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Briefs: More students benefit from Excelsior Scholarship program

Briefs: More students benefit from Excelsior Scholarship program

Cuomo: Excelsior scholarships up 20 percent

In the second year of the program's existence, round 24,000 students in SUNY and CUNY schools across the state are going to school on an Excelsior scholarship.

The number of students on the scholarship increased from 20,000 students last year, about a 20 percent increase, according to information Gov. Andrew Cuomo released Tuesday.

In a release, Cuomo also trumpeted data showing that students in the Excelsior program were beginning to register higher on-time graduation rates and were making faster progress toward graduation than their counterparts.

“The Excelsior scholarship program is off to an impressive start,” Cuomo said in the release. “This program is far from more than free tuition for New York’s future leaders – it is a college completion and degree attainment program.”


SUNY Schenectady pens deal to provide training to Schenectady ARC staff

SUNY Schenectady will serve as the lead campus for Schenectady ARC employees to obtain certificates as direct support professionals, under a new agreement between the community college and Schenectady organization.

The program will also let the ARC employees earn credits to apply toward an associate degree at no tuition cost.

The ARC program, which provides support to over 1,000 individuals and families with intellectual and developmental disabilities, was recently approved by the state as a direct service professional apprenticeship program. The program also pairs the student-apprentices to mentors with deep experience. Nine ARC employees have been accepted as the inaugural group of students in the new program.


SUNY Empire to host discussions on free speech, privacy in digital era

SUNY Empire State College is hosting a public discussion Tuesday about free speech, privacy and security in the digital era, part of a celebration of Constitution Day.

The discussion will be held at six of the school’s campuses around the state and is free and open to the public. One of the meetings will be held at the student center at 111 West Ave. in Saratoga Springs.

The discussion will focus on the sometimes contradictory aims inherent to the internet age: foster free speech, protect individual privacy and provide security for personal information.

The discussion will be held Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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