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.
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.
Getting Back to In-Person
Having negotiated the new remote normalcy, the latest stumbling block is how to return to campus safely, how to keep track of who is in class and whether they are vaccinated. Both CUNY and SUNY have mandated that all students coming on campus must have documentation indicating complete vaccination and as continuing education administrators we know that our constituency falls outside the tidy confines of credit programs. Our classes begin and end at different times than others, may be shorter (or longer) than regular credit courses and our students enroll the day before class starts (or even the day of or the day after). And that is not counting the people who visit the campus as student athletes, vendors or guests or who come for the sole purpose of taking a test.
As continuing education/workforce development professionals we generally wrestle with these issues alone, but there is help at hand! CEANY exists to provide professional development, information and even solace to lighten the burden. For the past year and a half this has been done remotely by means of webinars, happy hours and“ask a member anything”sessions. The good news is that from November 17-19 the CEANY 50th anniversary conference will be in person in lovely Saratoga Springs. The decision to be in-person was taken after much heart-searching. Our recent board meeting there, where the directors saw each other again for the first time since January 2020, convinced us even more that the benefits of direct communication are huge and outweigh the inconveniences of mask wearing, social distancing and vaccination. In addition to thought-provoking keynotes and informative panels and workshops, the value of in-person conferences is the chance conversation with a colleague at breakfast, answering a concern you had barely articulated, the remark tossed aside by another professional which sets off a train of thought which in turn solves a pressing problem, the book recommendation, the problem solving, the shoulder to cry on. This is why we will be in person at Saratoga Springs, to make connections, foster relationships and recharge our batteries. We hope to see you there!
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.