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Pace University President Marvin Krislov featured in "E-Learning Inside News"

02/12/2018

Pace University President Marvin Krislov featured in "E-Learning Inside News"

E-Learning Inside News: "In Coverage of Online Courses, Generalizations Prevail"

From E-Learning Inside News:

Last month, the New York Times published an Op-Ed by Professor Susan Dynarski, who teaches education, public policy, and economics at the University of Michigan. The headline reads “Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help.” The story was well-researched, and made many salient points about K-12 students who both benefit and stagnate in online courses offered by their schools.

“[I]n so-called credit recovery programs,” Dynarski writes, “many students who have flunked a course in an old-fashioned classroom retake the class online. The negative consequences may not be obvious at first, because the pass rates in these courses are very high and students who take them tend to graduate from high school instead of flunking out. What could be wrong with that?”

“But there is something wrong with it. In reality, students who complete these courses tend to do quite poorly on subsequent tests of academic knowledge. This suggests that these online recovery courses often give students an easy passing grade without teaching them very much.”

Dynarski cites several studies which conclude that failing or poor-scoring students simply don’t learn effectively in online environments. Her evidence is compelling. The Op-Ed received attention and acclaim from people around the web, such as Ryan Craig who covers education for Forbes.

Every Online Course?

...But many found Dynarski’s take to be tone deaf. The reason? Her title suggests she discusses all online courses, when in fact she’s addressing a fairly narrow area. As Pace University president Marvin Krislov points out in a letter the editor, “an important segment of online learners not mentioned are adult students looking to advance in their careers who are often juggling a full-time job and family responsibilities. A 2016 survey found that more than two-thirds of students felt time spent in online academic programs was worth it.” Adult learners aren’t just an important segment that Dynarski overlooked; they’re a much larger, more diverse, and more apt demographic for online learning.

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Daily Voice: "Neurobiologist Picked As New Provost At Pace University"

02/06/2018

Pace University President Marvin Krislov has announced that Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., a neurobiologist and biopsychologist will assume the role of Provost of Pace, effective July 1 featured in Daily Voice

Pace University President Marvin Krislov has announced that Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., a neurobiologist and biopsychologist who serves as Associate Provost for Student Success and Retention at CUNY’s Hunter College, will assume the role of Provost of Pace, effective July 1.

Quiñones brings to Pace decades of experience in scientific research, academic administration, program- and research-focused fundraising, and a long record of working to improve diversity in science and the arts.

As a young researcher at The Rockefeller University, Quiñones realized that she saw few who looked like her. This led to her career-long focus on creating opportunities for underrepresented students across scientific disciplines and within the arts. Quiñones holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s in cell biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a doctorate in neurobiology and physiology from Rutgers University.

“We were looking for a creative and inspiring provost,” Krislov said. “We found one in Dr. Quiñones. She has a compelling vision for our academic program, and she shares our commitment to diversity and inclusion. She’s an impressive academic, an inspirational leader and a champion of student success. Most important, she is a tireless advocate for the transformative impact of an education.”

“Pace University routinely demonstrates how higher education can change lives,” Quiñones said. “I have dedicated my career to improving minority representation in STEM and the arts, and Pace is the perfect place for me to build on that work. I’m honored to have been selected as provost and will work tirelessly to help faculty and students maximize their potential.”

Pace Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Besca added, “There has never been a more exciting time at Pace University. . . . I’m confident that with Dr. Quiñones serving as our new provost, Pace will build on its strong foundation of academic excellence and student achievement.”

Quiñones will succeed Interim Provost Nira Herrmann, Ph.D., who will reassume her role as dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace. Herrmann has served as interim provost since July 2017, and will continue in that role for the remainder of this academic year.

This appointment follows an exhaustive national search that included exceptional candidates from across the country.

Quiñones joined Hunter College in 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. As a tenured professor, she went on to lead its biopsychology and neuroscience doctoral graduate sub-program before assuming the role of department chair. During her 20 years at Hunter she has held numerous positions culminating in her current role as associate provost for student success and retention. A few highlights from her distinguished career include:

● Published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and given over 200 presentations, monographs or invited papers.

● Brought more than $25 million in funding for Hunter from the NIH, private foundations, the Department of Education, among others grants. Many of the grants were to support underrepresented minorities, including the NIH’s Career Opportunities in Research and Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Education Experiences (ENDURE) programs.

● Supported cross-departmental infrastructure projects at Hunter, including renovating the Baker Theater Building and Library Learning Centers, developing a STEM flex laboratory, and design/renovation of the Online Technology Center.

● Increased department funding by $3.4 million during her six years as chair of Psychology (Hunter’s largest and highest extramurally funded department).

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Press Release: Pace University Hires Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld

02/06/2018

Press Release: Pace University Hires Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld

Seasoned communications strategists to support Pace President Marvin Krislov and highlight University successes

NEW YORK, NY, FEBRUARY 6—Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld have joined Pace University as Executive Director of Media Relations and Director of Executive Communications, respectively.

Ternes comes to Pace from DKC, a public relations firm consistently named one of the most influential public relations companies in the United States, where she served as executive vice president. Her client list included Fortune 50 companies, tech start-ups, biotech firms, and real estate leaders. Prior to that she worked as Chief of Staff to former Congressman Anthony Weiner in New York and Washington, D.C. As Executive Director of Media Relations, she will sharpen the University’s focus on press engagement and help tell the story of the nation’s most upwardly mobile private nonprofit university.

Oxfeld began his career as a journalist and has more recently worked in marketing communications. He was an editor at “New York Magazine” and the theater critic for the “New York Observer.” He has been a copywriter at Ogilvy and the director of content at Vox Creative, Vox Media’s content studio. He has also worked on speechwriting and editorial projects for several political communications firms. In his new role reporting to President Marvin Krislov, Oxfeld will develop presidential communications and work closely with the university’s media relations and editorial staff to ensure consistent messaging that strengthens Pace’s position as a leading private educational institution.

“Pace has an impressive story of student success, and more than any other private university we demonstrate the transformational impact of an education,” said Krislov. “We are a well-kept secret that needs to be less well-kept. I know Marie and Jesse will use their skills and expertise to shine a bright spotlight on the important work that we do.”

“With President Krislov at the helm, there has never been a more exciting time to be at Pace,” said Ternes. “Every day Pace is creating transformational opportunities for its students and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that.”

“Pace does important, meaningful work, and not enough people know about it,” said Oxfeld. “I’m excited to help President Krislov tell that story.”

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu

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Patch: "Pace University Names New Provost"

02/05/2018

Pace University President Marvin Krislov has announced that Vanya Quiñones will assume the role of Provost of Pace, effective July 1, 2018 in the Pleasantville Patch

Pace University President Marvin Krislov has announced that Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., a neurobiologist and biopsychologist who serves as Associate Provost for Student Success and Retention at CUNY's Hunter College, will assume the role of Provost of Pace, effective July 1, 2018.

Quiñones brings to Pace decades of experience in scientific research, academic administration, program- and research-focused fundraising, and a long record of working to improve diversity in science and the arts.

As a young researcher at The Rockefeller University, Quiñones realized that she saw few who looked like her. This led to her career-long focus on creating opportunities for underrepresented students across scientific disciplines and within the arts. Quiñones holds a bachelor's degree in biology and master's in cell biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a doctorate in neurobiology and physiology from Rutgers University.

"We were looking for a creative and inspiring provost," said Krislov. "We found one in Dr. Quiñones. She has a compelling vision for our academic program, and she shares our commitment to diversity and inclusion. She's an impressive academic, an inspirational leader and a champion of student success. Most important, she is a tireless advocate for the transformative impact of an education."

"Pace University routinely demonstrates how higher education can change lives," said Quiñones. "I have dedicated my career to improving minority representation in STEM and the arts, and Pace is the perfect place for me to build on that work. I'm honored to have been selected as provost and will work tirelessly to help faculty and students maximize their potential."

"Pace University routinely demonstrates how higher education can change lives," said Quiñones. "I have dedicated my career to improving minority representation in STEM and the arts, and Pace is the perfect place for me to build on that work. I'm honored to have been selected as provost and will work tirelessly to help faculty and students maximize their potential."

Quiñones will succeed Interim Provost Nira Herrmann, Ph.D., who will reassume her role as dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace. Herrmann has served as interim provost since July 2017, and will continue in that role for the remainder of this academic year. "Dr. Herrmann's stewardship has been instrumental in advancing Pace's vast academic endeavors during a year of considerable transition and the entire Pace Community is grateful for her service," Krislov said.

This appointment follows an exhaustive national search that included exceptional candidates from across the country.

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Pace University President Marvin Krislov Names Neurobiologist Vanya Quiñones as New Provost

02/05/2018

Press Release: Pace University President Marvin Krislov Names Neurobiologist Vanya Quiñones as New Provost

Champion of diversity in science and arts joins Pace from CUNY’s Hunter College

NEW YORK AND WESTCHESTER, NY, FEBRUARY 5—Pace University President Marvin Krislov has announced that Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., a neurobiologist and biopsychologist who serves as Associate Provost for Student Success and Retention at CUNY’s Hunter College, will assume the role of Provost of Pace, effective July 1, 2018.

Quiñones brings to Pace decades of experience in scientific research, academic administration, program- and research-focused fundraising, and a long record of working to improve diversity in science and the arts.

As a young researcher at The Rockefeller University, Quiñones realized that she saw few who looked like her. This led to her career-long focus on creating opportunities for underrepresented students across scientific disciplines and within the arts. Quiñones holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s in cell biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a doctorate in neurobiology and physiology from Rutgers University.

“We were looking for a creative and inspiring provost,” said Krislov. “We found one in Dr. Quiñones. She has a compelling vision for our academic program, and she shares our commitment to diversity and inclusion. She’s an impressive academic, an inspirational leader and a champion of student success. Most important, she is a tireless advocate for the transformative impact of an education.”

“Pace University routinely demonstrates how higher education can change lives,” said Quiñones. “I have dedicated my career to improving minority representation in STEM and the arts, and Pace is the perfect place for me to build on that work. I’m honored to have been selected as provost and will work tirelessly to help faculty and students maximize their potential.”

Pace Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Besca added, “There has never been a more exciting time at Pace University. As the nation’s number one four-year private university for driving social mobility, we are creating life-changing opportunities for our students. I’m confident that with Dr. Quiñones serving as our new provost, Pace will build on its strong foundation of academic excellence and student achievement.”

Quiñones will succeed Interim Provost Nira Herrmann, Ph.D., who will reassume her role as dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace. Herrmann has served as interim provost since July 2017, and will continue in that role for the remainder of this academic year. “Dr. Herrmann’s stewardship has been instrumental in advancing Pace’s vast academic endeavors during a year of considerable transition and the entire Pace Community is grateful for her service,” Krislov said.

This appointment follows an exhaustive national search that included exceptional candidates from across the country.

Photo of Quiñones available here.

Background on Quiñones: Quiñones joined Hunter College in 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. As a tenured professor, she went on to lead its biopsychology and neuroscience doctoral graduate sub-program before assuming the role of department chair. During her 20 years at Hunter she has held numerous positions culminating in her current role as associate provost for student success and retention. A few highlights from her distinguished career include:

• Published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and given over 200 presentations, monographs or invited papers.
• Brought more than $25 million in funding for Hunter from the NIH, private foundations, the Department of Education, among others grants. Many of the grants were to support underrepresented minorities, including the NIH’s Career Opportunities in Research and Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Education Experiences (ENDURE) programs.
• Supported cross-departmental infrastructure projects at Hunter, including renovating the Baker Theater Building and Library Learning Centers, developing a STEM flex laboratory, and design/renovation of the Online Technology Center.
• Increased department funding by $3.4 million during her six years as chair of Psychology (Hunter’s largest and highest extramurally funded department).

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu

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The New York Times: "Online Learning Successes"

02/02/2018

Online Learning Successes (The New York Times)

President Krislov published a letter in "The New York Times" about the value of online education, particularly for returning adult students.

From The New York Times:

"I applaud many of the points raised in the article. However, an important segment of online learners not mentioned are adult students looking to advance in their careers who are often juggling a full-time job and family responsibilities. A 2016 survey found that more than two-thirds of students felt time spent in online academic programs was worth it.

Pace University was an early adopter of online learning nearly 16 years ago, largely to meet the needs of students who don’t have the ability to attend classes full-time or conform to a schedule. We’ve learned that older students, often beginning studies after many years of work, need more feedback and engagement with professors and classmates.

Online programs work best when they are part of a university curriculum that is monitored by quality faculty and offers classroom and experiential learning opportunities.

While online learning might not be one-size-fits-all, I’ve seen it transform lives for the better.

MARVIN KRISLOV, NEW YORK

The writer is president of Pace University."

Read the letter here.

 

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Pace University Offers Tuition Benefits to Federal Employees

11/15/2017

Pace University Offers Tuition Benefits to Federal Employees

NEW YORK, NY, November 15, 2017 – Pace University has created an alliance with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to provide discounts to eligible Federal employees across the country.

This alliance is the latest example of Pace’s commitment to collaboration with the Federal Government and Federal employees. Pace has consistently been ranked a Military Friendly school and has been for the third time, recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for its role in cybersecurity education and research by designating it a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through academic year 2022, a distinction only held by two other institutions of higher education in New York State.

Through the School’s alliance with OPM, Pace recognizes a Federal workforce not only in New York, but around the country. The OPM discount is available to eligible Federal employees who enroll in Pace’s fully online programs.  

Pace has a rich history of providing access and opportunity to hard-working people — many of whom are the first in their families to attend college — and setting them on the path to success. Pace was recently ranked first in New York — and second in the nation — for economic mobility of students who enter college at the bottom fifth of income distribution and end up in the top fifth, based on data from the Equality of Opportunity Project.

“Pace is proud to expand and enhance the ability for qualified Federal employees to access a world-class Pace University education,” said Christine Shakespeare, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Adult and Continuing Education Programs at Pace.

“Federal employees bring a broad perspective to the classroom which complements the skills and knowledge of students working in the private sector,” said Nancy Hale, Ph.D., Executive Director of Pace Online. “It is my hope that this agreement will expand educational opportunities for civil servants.”

Federal participants will be eligible for discounts for each of its selected Alliance programs compared to the current tuition rate for Pace’s degree programs.

Pace offers online degree programs in business, technology, telecommunications, nursing and communications.

For more information about programs and admissions, visit: http://ipaceinfo.pace.edu/ipace-govt-0

About Pace University

A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor, master, and doctoral programs in its College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

About OPM

OPM’s mission is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve workforce performance.

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National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designate Pace University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through academic year 2022

03/28/2017

Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems recognized for its role in cybersecurity education and research

New York, NY – March 28, 2017 – Pace University, through the efforts of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through academic year 2022. An evening reception during the National Cyber Security Summit in June will recognize Pace and the other schools that have received this distinction.

"This recognition by the NSA and the DHS is a tribute to the faculty and students of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University and the excellence that they have brought to the study and practice of cybersecurity for more than a decade," said Dr. Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School. "The Seidenberg School faculty have developed a stream of well educated, highly trained students who are now on the front lines of the cybersecurity fight on behalf of our government. We could not be more proud of our designation as a Center of Academic Excellence, but we understand that our work in preparing the next generation of cybersecurity specialists is just beginning."

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program. The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the Nation.

“Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure,” noted Karen Leuschner, National CAE Program Manager, NSA, in a letter to Pace about the designation. “The Presidents’ National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, 14 February 2003 and the International Strategy for Cyberspace, May 2011, addresses the critical shortage of professionals with these skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace.”

Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems actively promotes education, research and outreach in information security, with faculty members working to explore the challenges of securing information in areas ranging from software to networks to ethics.

There is an acute shortage of information assurance professionals in an industry challenged with an evolving threat to digital security. Pace’s Cybersecurity Education and Research Lab is committed to address that shortage and contribute to building a strong workforce in a field that is crucial to keeping cyberspace secure.

The Lab focuses on education, research, and partnerships with academia, industry, and government. Pace’s academic programs empower students with the knowledge they need to make a difference. Pace faculty members work in innovative research projects that help discover new ways to combat cyberattacks. Through partnerships, Pace strives to maintain a shared knowledge base that benefits the industry as a whole.

The Cybersecurity Education and Research Lab at Pace is directed by Dr. Li-Chiou Chen and Andreea Cotoranu. Dr. Chen is the Chair of the Information Technology department and has secured a wealth of grants for the Seidenberg School’s continued research and activities in cybersecurity. Andreea Cotoranu is the Assistant Dean for Academic Innovation and has similarly obtained many grants that have enabled Pace to offer excellent academic opportunities, as well as workshops and events, to students and the community.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

 

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Kiplinger's Retirement Report: "Join a Nonprofit as An Encore Career"

02/13/2017

Kiplinger's Retirement Report: "Join a Nonprofit as An Encore Career"

SUZANNE ARMSTRONG THRIVED IN THE CORPORATE world, working for American Express and later consulting for Citibank, Deloitte and other behemoths. Her expertise: helping leaders build support for major change in a company’s vision or systems.

Several years ago, Armstrong went through her own transformation. She left big business and now taps her “change leadership” know-how as a consultant for non-profits, splitting her time between Miami and Toronto.

When the Miami Art Museum was planning to move to a new location and expand its mission in 2012, the museum’s director asked Armstrong, who was a donor, to work with the leadership team to ensure a smooth transition for employees. (The museum changed its name to Pérez Art Museum Miami after the move.) Armstrong also found work at United Way, where she coaches executives at the organization. “I am tremendously fulfilled,” says Armstrong, 69. “It’s great to continue to do the same kind of work—and make a difference.”

For someone at Armstrong’s level of experience, the pay is nominal—about $20 an hour for about 15 to 20 hoursa week. She is paid through the South Florida affiliate of ReServe, which places professionals ages 55 andolder in part-time positions with nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Like Armstrong, many baby boomers with long careers in the business world are now eyeing work in the nonprofit sector. About 21 million adults between the ages of 50 and 70 report that they would like to seek jobs that address social needs, particularly in education, health care, human services and the environment, according to a 2014 study by Encore.org and market research firm Penn Schoen Berland.

These second-act, social-impact jobs are known as encore careers, and the survey found that most who seek these jobs want work that will help them feel worthwhile. Facing perhaps decades in retirement, “it’s so incredibly important to make these extra years meaningful, useful and productive,” says Joan Tucker, director of the Encore Transition Program at Pace University, in New York City. The program’s continuing education workshops help boomers figure out how to create a purposeful retirement.

 

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U.S. News: "Law Schools Experiment With Partially Online Learning"

11/14/2016

U.S. News: "Law Schools Experiment With Partially Online Learning"

. . . Some programs also have courses taught primarily online. Jason Czarnezki, associate dean and executive director of environmental law programs at Pace University's law school, plans to co-teach one next semester with Michael Pappas, a University of Maryland law professor, bringing renowned environmental law experts from around the world to students' computer screens to discuss climate change.

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