March 1, 2011

Katherine Jelly of SUNY Empire State College Appointed to the Board of the Adult Higher Education Alliance (AHEA)

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Katherine Jelly, Director of the Center for Mentoring and Learning

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – March 1, 2011) - Katherine Jelly, of Saratoga Springs, director of the Center for Mentoring and Learning at SUNY Empire State College, has been elected to the board of the Adult Higher Education Alliance, a national association of individuals and institutions committed to adult education. The organization’s primary mission is to serve professionals and institutions offering alternative undergraduate and graduate degree programs for adults by fostering the exchange of ideas, information and resources on a national and international level, supporting the professional development of members, supporting practitioner research, promoting cultural diversity and multicultural perspectives, influencing institutional and public policies, and serving as an advocate for adult students and alternative degree programs for adults.

“I’m very pleased to become more involved with this organization, which has been important to adult higher education,” said Jelly. “ This year in particular AHEA is at a critical juncture, as we re-look at our mission and the scope of our work in a rapidly changing context; and I am glad to be helping to shape that conversation.”

The Center for Mentoring and Learning at Empire State College works to support effective mentoring, teaching and learning at the college and, through inquiry, dialogue and collaboration, to promote a real community of learning across the college. Goals include supporting all faculty, as well as professional employees and administrators who mentor, in broadening their knowledge, deepening their understanding, and strengthening their practice, and through that ongoing development and renewal, to support all Empire State College students’ learning and growth as well.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, 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 34 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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