Military Advanced Education University Corner Q and A: President Alan Davis Interviewed in Magazine
By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange
June 1, 2012
President Alan R. Davis, right, was featured in a Q and A in Military Advanced Education, talking about SUNY Empire State College’s relationship with service members and veterans and their families. The interview was in the magazine’s May 2012 “University Corner” column (page 28).
Davis explained how the college’s nontraditional and online approach to educating adult learners makes it ideal for service members who travel away from a setting where they can work with mentors face to face or attend a class; both active military and veterans who have attained college-level learning through standardized testing, certifications or training that may be assessed for academic credit, allowing learners to enter with advanced standing; and learners eligible for special funding.
He also noted the college’s multiple partnerships with military-education programs such as SOCNAV, GoArmyEd and many others; its connections with local and national organizations that support service members and veterans, such as the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Defense and the Council of College and Military Educators; and the location of the college’s military outreach specialists in locations convenient for service members, veterans and their families.
Davis discussed the college’s adoption of emerging and mobile technologies that allow students to take courses from anywhere, any time; scheduling designed to accommodate individuals whose busy lives include commitments to family, work and civic responsibilities; individualized degree programming designed to support educational, career and personal goals; and special programs, such as Troops toTeachers, established specifically to prepare service members to teach as civilians.