Continuing Education & Workforce Development Committee - Annual Report for 2019-2020

TO: Secretary, Academic Senate Steering Committee

FROM: Committee on Continuing Education, & Workforce Development, Philip Nelan, Chairperson

SUBJECT: Annual Report

DATE: June 13, 2020


2019-2020 Committee Members: Philip Nelan (Chairperson), Alison Cimino (Secretary),

Weinjian Liu, Gabriel Lataianu, Anuradha Srivastava, Humberto Morales.


President’s Liaison: Dean Hui-Yin Hsu

COC Liaison: OPEN

Steering Committee Liaison: Agnieszka Tuszynska

Student Representative: OPEN

Dates Met: October 2, 2019; December 11, 2019; March 11, 2020; May 13, 2020

The committee met four times, twice in Fall 2019 and twice in Spring 2020.

Philip Nelan was re-elected the committee chair, unopposed. Alison Cimino was re-elected secretary, unopposed.

Committee Members and Terms: Philip Nelan (Chair since Spring 2019) (Member since Fall 2018); Wenjian Liu (Member since Spring 2017); Anuradha Srivastava (Member since Fall 2019); Alison Cimino (Member since Fall 2018, Secretary since Spring 2019); Gabriel Lataianu (Member since Fall 2019) & Humberto Morales (Member since Spring 2020); Agnieszka Tuszynska (Steering Committee Liaison since Spring 2019).

New Committee: During our March 11th meeting, Dean Hui-Yin Hsu announced that the Academic Senate Committee voted to split this present committee, Pre-College and Continuing Education and Workforce Development Committee into two separate committees: Pre College Committee and the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Committee.

We discussed how six members may remain on the same committee. Wenjan Liu requested and was confirmed to stay on the Continuing Education Committee.

We welcome Dr. Agnieszka Tuszynska as our new Steering Committee Liaison.

During our final meeting, May 13th, the committee held elections for 2019-2020 year. The Committee discussed if anyone wanted to run for the office of Committee Chair and Secretary, and no one wished to run for these offices. Philip Nelan was accepted as Chair for another year and Alison Cimino was accepted as Secretary for another year.

Dean Hsu’s Update Report:

  • (AWS Solution Architect, Google IT Support Professional Certificate, Cloud Cybersecurity Risk Management Professional, Machine Learning/Data Sciences)

  • With decreased enrollment in CUNY, Dean Hsu presents the value of stackable micro credentials. We would harness the draw of stackable, micro credentials in Continuing Education and Workforce Development to bring in more students. A stackable micro credential is a certificate or unit of study that could later by applied toward a degree program. Non-traditional students and adult learners would benefit from stackable micro credentials.

  • Promote programs with stackable micro credentials: Health Care Systems; CEWD; CTE (high school students from Career and Tech Education); AWS, Academy Web Services.

  • Train faculty for online learning mindset.

  • Google IT Professional Certificate: Supported by Google for training for IT certificates. Has 125 accounts available. Entry level, no prior knowledge.

  • Coursera—free self-paced learning

  • Five courses leading to cybersecurity path.

  • Higher Level Certified Cybersecurity Risk Management Professional

  • Machine Learning / Data Sciences

  • Private / Public Universities—Dual credits

College Now

Tuition-based programs

  • Runs 525 (approx.) courses and programs a year

  • Serves 14,500 students

  • Sectors: Personal Enrichment, Preparatory Skills, Professional Development,

  • Budget: 1.2 M self-funded

  • Dean Hsu invited the members of the Committee to a virtual meeting with the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Advisory Committee Board Meeting on June 5th, 10 AM-12 PM.


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