Advancing Continuing Education Together
Mission: The Continuing Education Association of New York, Inc., dedicates itself to the promotion and support of quality programs of public continuing higher education in New York State. The Association serves as an advocate for the postsecondary adult learner and encourages the professional development of its members.
Statement: Along with the Chancellors of CUNY and SUNY, CEANY reaffirms our commitment to equity and inclusion for all, and our determination to create programs and courses where those values are lived out every day. The proposed investments in education by the Biden administration present an exciting opportunity for rethinking our work as we pivot to greater involvement in academic programs, develop innovative micro-credentials, assist adults with retraining so they can re-engage in the workforce and help implement bold economic development initiatives in our communities.
CEANY is a membership organization whose purpose is to promote and support quality public continuing higher education and the professional development of continuing education professionals.
The Association seeks:
• to promote an exchange of information and ideas;
• to address problems confronting continuing education personnel and the adult learner;
• to strengthen lifelong learning programs;
• to encourage professional development among its members;
• to provide membership and constituents with information relative to the impact of the continuing education field;
• to support student persistence and completion through the continuing higher education ecosystem.
CEANY has over 600 individual members throughout New York State representing over 80 institutions and organizations.
The Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY) evolved out of an annual but informal gathering of SUNY two-year college Deans and Directors of continuing education. In 1966, during one of these gatherings, the need for a formal institution was discussed. However, it wasn't until October 6, 1972, at the annual conference in Poughkeepsie, NY, CEA-SUNY was officially formed. Within its first year, CEA-SUNY would comprise of over 83 members. In 1976, CUNY was added to the association and on December 10, 1981 the association officially decided upon the CEANY moniker to represent the both public continuing higher education institutions in New York State.