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Sloan Foundation grant to create first-ever,on-line bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering

Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, with the engineering schools at the University at Buffalo and Stony Brook University, will receive a $300,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support the creation of the world’s first on-line bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

“The State University of New York very much appreciates the continuing generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for our distance learning programs,” said SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan. “SUNY’s position as a national and world leader in distance learning is clearly demonstrated by our continuing growth in on-line enrollment, the increasing number and variety of courses and degree programs offered online, and through the recognition and financial assistance provided by inde-pendent organizations such as the Sloan Foundation.”

“This program represents the first online SUNY degree created cross-institutionally,” said SUNY Provost Peter D. Salins. “We will be pooling faculty resources from three campuses to achieve something no one institution could do on its own. This is a tremendous testament to the benefits of a system and the value of collaboration.”

“Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook have had a long-standing collaboration in on-line education in engineering,” said Charles R. Westgate, dean of the Watson School. “This new partnership will create additional educational opportunities for a significant student population and will greatly advance on-line education by drawing from all three institutions to offer this degree.”

According to SUNY, the planned program will be the first on-line degree in the scientific or technical disciplines of this stature coming from campuses in the Research I Carnegie classification.

“This is a great opportunity for the State University,” said David Porush, director of SUNY’s Office of Learning Environments. “It symbolizes the power of on-line learning to leverage our resources across SUNY and to offer a high-quality SUNY education to a much broader audience.”

The on-line electrical engineering degree will serve as a resource to the 1,172 State University students currently enrolled in a SUNY community or technology college in a related associates degree program. It will also open up new outreach opportunities for the University.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic nonprofit institution, established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr., then president and chief executive officer of the General Motors Corporation. It has provided more than $4.5 million to support the distance learning efforts of the State University of New York since 1994.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08