May 26, 2011

Alan R. Davis, President of SUNY Empire State College, Named to Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

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Empire State College President Alan R. Davis(SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — May 25, 2011) Alan R. Davis, the president of SUNY Empire State College, has been named to the board of trustees of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, a national leader in the field of adult learning, and the foremost nonprofit organization coordinating educational services for adults.

“CAEL is an important service provider for adult learners and an important voice influencing state and federal workforce and educational policies for adult workers and learners. Service on the CAEL board will complement my work at Empire State College as we work to provide open and accessible education to adults, and in articulating the need in this country for comprehensive workforce programs and policies,”Davis said.

“We look forward to working with Dr. Davis, who has a long history working with adult learners, and who understands their unique educational and employment needs,” said Pamela Tate, president and CEO of CAEL. “He will serve on CAEL’s Innovation and Policy Committee, where his wide experience with innovative modes of learning will help steer CAEL forward in its advocacy and service to adult students.”

Founded in 1974 under the auspices of the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., CAEL provides individuals and organizations with the tools and strategies to create practical, effective lifelong learning solutions for their education needs. It is also a leading publisher in the fields of workforce development, adult education and prior learning assessment. With a membership of 700 colleges, universities, corporations, labor unions, associations and individuals, CAEL has headquarters in Chicago, with offices in Denver, Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C.

Davis became president of Empire State College on Aug. 1, 2008. He has studied and worked at traditional and open institutions in the U.K. and Canada, and has played leadership roles at the British Columbia Open University, Athabasca University, Niagara College and Vancouver Community College. He holds a B.Sc. (Honors) from the University of London and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. As an academic leader, his work has included the development of new and unique undergraduate and graduate programs, the development of online university consortia, the management of online learning, and the development of prior learning assessment and recognition. Dr. Davis is also a published playwright, and has worked for many years in community theater. He is married with four children.

SUNY Empire State College is designed for students who have job, family and other obligations that require flexible options in higher education. The average student age at the college is 36, and they study independently under the guidance of faculty “mentors” who help them design degree programs and plan their courses of study.

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

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