Spring 2011 SPD Committee Report


Phi Delta Kappa became fully integrated into the SBU community through the auspices of SPD.  This professional education related fraternity currently has approximately 100 members and honored Dean Edelson and Dr. Moraghan at its “Friends of Education”

Spring semester overall enrollment in SPD is about 2600 matriculated students. Online education is expanding at a significant rate with approximately 1300 students per semester enrolled in online courses this past year.  The largest online program after the MA/LS is the Educational Leadership program with students in Western New York (Tonawanda and Jamestown/Fredonia), Central New York (Syracuse area and Oneonta) and the Adirondack region and Northern New York.  In addition SPD is servicing students in Hawaii, North Carolina, California, Europe, and in several cases, servicemen serving in Qatar and Bahrain.

Online dilemma – too much of a good thing?  Online classes vs face-to-face was discussed.  Enrollment figures show an increased percentage of online students as opposed to face-to-face.  The EDL (Education Leadership) Program was used as an example, where student preference is driving growth in online courses.

New Program/ MA/HEA (Higher Education Administration):  The program has been approved and has 20 matriculated students already enrolled.  The program began in the fall semester with three classes. 
The Driver Rehabilitation Program added a training center in Southampton for East End participants. In addition, Spanish speaking trainer/facilitators have been added to the program to provide full service to the Hispanic community.  This program currently has over 3700 participants.

Non-Credit has hosted a CSI Challenge in Forensics for high school Students across Long Island and New Rochelle (Westchester County).  They also hosted the Digi Girls Camp this summer, which was underwritten by Microsoft Corporation.  This camp is designed to get young women involved in working computer hardware and software with the ultimate goal of having some matriculate into majors in computer science, software engineering, information systems management, etc.

The Teachers Professional Development Institute increased its outreach to the education community by 10% this past year through School Districts, Teacher Centers and NYSUT in New York City.  TPDI has programs in 26 locations on Long Island, New York City and Westchester.

SPD sent representatives to expositions and career fairs in New Jersey and has been very active in on-campus recruitment as well as attendance at AACRAO sponsored events in the New York metropolitan area.

The current president of the SBU Alumni Association is Gloria Snyder, an SPD graduate.  SPD is working with her and two other SPD graduates on her staff to begin development for 20,000+ SPD graduates who heretofore have been an untapped resource for the school and university.

Paul Edelson was named to a position on the Board of Directors of the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY) and was asked to be a keynote speaker at the University Professional and Continuing Association (UPCEA) international conference to be held in Toronto, Canada.