Panel: Leveraging SUNY Micro-Credentials to Meet Changing Needs

Panel: Leveraging SUNY Micro-Credentials to Meet Changing Needs

Panel Moderator:
Cynthia Proctor, Director of Communications and Academic Policy Development, Office of the Provost, SUNY System Administration.

Tracks: Online Admin/Leadership, Online Faculty, Online Instructional Designer

DAY 5: Friday, February 26, 2021
9:00 – 10:00AM


Deb G. Pernat currently holds the position of Program Coordinator, in the Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), at SUNY Cobleskill. With a background in Animal Science, Admissions and Continuing Education, Deb has over 20 years of high education experience. She has earned a Bachelor of Technology in Animal Science: Equine and holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. Deb is an integral member of the Micro-Credential Team at SUNY Cobleskill where she has assisted with the development and launching of 30 Micro-Credentials since May 2020. She also is the SUNY Cobleskill Manager of the digital credentialing platform, Acclaim.

Dr. Edward Bever became the founding Director of SUNY Old Westbury‘s School of Professional Studies in 2015. Before that, he was a Professor of History at the College for 17 years, during which time he also served as its Director of Distance Learning.  Prior to coming to Old Westbury, he worked as a computer game designer, programmer, and project manager for a number of companies, after receiving his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 1983.  He was a co-chair of the campus task force that investigated and recommended the adoption of Micro-Credentials in 2018, and as Director of the School of Professional Studies, he administers them for the College.

Dr. Mindy S. Kole is an Assistant Professor of Business at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge NY, teaching and developing curriculum in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Management, Leadership and Business Ethics. Mindy has worked with faculty and staff to implement SUNY Ulster’s microcredential program with the support of SUNY guidelines. Recently Mindy was part of a team that developed SUNY Ulster’s New Start for Women program, designed to help women in Ulster County with economic challenges to come back to school, earn a one-year business certificate, as well as skills and a professional network needed for living wage employment and economic mobility. Mindy is an entrepreneur, founding and operating The Marketing Department, LLC, a marketing and advertising company that served small and medium sized businesses located throughout the Hudson Valley, from 1996-2016. She is a former vice president of marketing at Citibank. Mindy earned her PhD in Organizational Management and Management Education at Capella University in 2016 and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Panel: Leveraging SUNY Micro-Credentials to Meet Changing Needs

Online Admin/Leadership, Online Instructional Designer, Online Faculty

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