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Information Session: Online BS in Health Services Administration

Information Session: Online BS in Health Services Administration

So welcome tonight to our Webinar. We’re going
to be talking to you tonight about our bachelor of science in health services administration
at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. More about School of Professional Studies
later in the presentation. But yes, this is a fully online degree. And we’ll describe
it to you in just‑‑as we go along in the presentation. So we’re going to introduce‑‑we
have two folks here tonight: Myself and professor Janet who run this program. I am the academic
director and we have three programs that we are running in our group,
health information management, a medical coding certificate, and this relatively
new health services administration program. So I have about 30 some odd years worth of
experience working in healthcare and specifically in health information management. But I do
have an MB A with a concentration in health administration from the university of Miami.
Received that quite a number of years ago. And I do have a B.S. in health information
management from the university of central Florida. So you might think I’m from Florida
since I have 2 degrees from there. But no. I really am a New Yorker. Grew up on Long
Island. I went to school at State New York for a couple of years, my family moved to
Florida, and I spent 10 years living down there. But I had jobs in Florida, New York,
and New Jersey, at a large hospitals, small hospitals, everything in between. So that’s
just a little bit about me. And now I am going to turn it over to professor Mohenhoff.
>>SPEAKER: Hi everyone. My name is Janet Mohenhoff. As you can probably tell by my accent, I am
a New York girl. I have been born and raised in New York City. I have over 25 years working
in the field of health information management and healthcare. I’ve worked in several different
healthcare settings: I’ve worked in acute care, I’ve worked in long‑term care, and
I’ve also worked in clinics of the developmentally disabled. I also have a degree in Masters
in public administration with a healthcare concentration, and I also have a degree in,
a bachelor’s degree in health information management, which I’m going to keep from the
SUNY down state. Again, both colleges were in New York, and I’ve worked only in New York
City. So enough about us. Let’s move on to the program. So what is really health services
administration? Well, it’s really a growing field. According to the bureau of labor statistics,
it’s really growing. It’s expected to grow even more by about 17% between 2014, so we’re
a little bit out already in this growth spurt, and by through 2024. This is a significantly
higher rate than the average growth rate for all other occupations. So it’s really, really
growing. So what does a student in health services administration study? Well, we have
some science courses, we have some technology courses, some business. We really have a balance
as you’ll see here from some clinical side and the administrative side, which is really
what you need in healthcare, because you need some of those clinical skills, but you also
need that administrative side. Some of you might already have some of those clinical
skills, but you’re lacking the administrative side skills. So we want to give you a strong
foundation for those of you that are lacking those administrative skills and also give
you that foundation if you want to go on and pursue a high level of education such as
a master’s degree. So it’s a sort of a balancing act that we’re doing here. So where are some
of the places that people with a health services degree work in? Well, it’s all different healthcare
settings, they’re needed in hospitals or hospital net works, in clinics, in nursing homes, which
are long‑term care facilities, and also some of those small, independent medical facilities,
you know, like there’s a lot more smaller facilities, you know, those urging centers
and that sort of thing. And they take on different roles. They take on leadership of management
roles. They may have a title of a director or a coordinator. And they really work behind
the scenes to make sure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently in these healthcare
settings. There’s a definite need for health services administration graduates. So as I
mentioned, some people might have a title of a manager or supervisor, coordinator. Some
other areas might be in quality improvement and analyst. There’s a lot of data out there
now. So there’s a lot of need to analyze that data. It might just be an operations manager
or even a patient navigator. These career opportunities really rely on what your skills
are currently or what your area of expertise are or where your interests lie. As I said,
many of you might already have some experience in specific area of healthcare. This program
will build upon those skills that you already have and prepare you for those higher level
positions in healthcare, so I’m going to toss it over to Ellen now, and she’s going to talk
a little bit more specifically about the program.>>SPEAKER: Great. Thank Janet. So for bachelor’s
degrees, you need to earn a total of 120 academic credits. Our programs and CUNY runs
on a semester‑based system. So you will need to earn a total of 120. Now some of
you, from some of those perhaps clinical areas, you may already have that associate degree
in a clinical area. You know. You’re probably halfway there. Just really to slice and dice
it a bit. So you probably have 60 some odd credits from an associate degree, and then
you probably have 60 more to go to finish this program. In this program, there are 39
credits from the general education curriculum. So those are your Englishes and your math,
history, et cetera. You need to earn 39. And then there are 69 credits in the major. There’s
54 that are required, and there’s 15 credits that are electives in the major. And then
on top of all of those, there are 12 credits in free electives. So if you’re coming from
another healthcare associate degree program, you may have some of these 15 credits and
electives in the major, and you certainly might have 12 credits of free electives. So
we will do our very best to maximize the credits you receive from your other institution. So just want to talk a little bit about what it takes to be an online student. Some of
you may have had some experience in being an online student. Some of you may have been
a student, a face‑to‑face student, but you might have already experienced the use
of Blackboard. Blackboard is our learning management systems. There’s many different
kinds of learning management systems out there. Blackboard is one of the bigger ones. Blackboard is used throughout CUNY. So if
you have a CUNY background, you may have already had a little experience with Blackboard. But
what does it take here? The first thing up at the top of the list is time management.
We feel that this‑‑time management skills are going to make or break you in an online
environment. You really have to be very disciplined and manage your time really with the use of
a calendar, make yourself accountable. If you say you’re going to spend Tuesday night
completing all your work in your medical terminology class, then make yourself accountable. We
tell students, put it on your calendar. Make sure you black out certain times during the
week that you know you’re going to take care of your schoolwork. That way, you can successfully
navigate and manage through your courses. We also say that for each course you take,
you can expect to spend between 9 and 12 hours a week on one course. So sometimes we have
students that say, oh no. I can take, I can do a full load. I want to take four courses.
Well, if you do the math, you’ll see pretty quickly that that student might need to spend
approximately 40 hours a week working on those four classes. So you’ve already got
yourself a second full‑time job. And you do need to certainly be disciplined the more
you take. We think students should sort of, you know, if you’re really hesitant or unsure
about the online situation, start slow. Take one or two classes. And then once you get
your confidence up and you know that you can do the time management, you can properly manage
the course work. Now then step it on up. But you know, start off a little tentatively to
make sure you got your sea legs under you. We also do here, as I mentioned, we use Blackboard.
We have a very robust orientation program. It runs for 2 weeks prior to the semester
starting. We highly suggest that all students participate in Blackboard orientation. We
have a great course site set up for orientation. It steps through all of the things that you
would need to know once the semester starts. So if you are thinking about applying, I would
apply sooner than later so that by the time orientation starts in‑‑if we’re talking
about the fall semester in August‑‑that you’re already ready to go and you have those
2 weeks in advance of the semester starting on your calendar so you can spend some time
that week getting used to the online platform. Okay. So what does a course look like? So
this is actually the inside of one of our courses. This is called organization development
and planning in healthcare which is one of the requirements for this program. So when
you first enter an online class, this is what you see. You see announcements that your professor might have some sort of
important announcement they want to communicate.
So you’ll see that initially here. On the left hand side is a menu that’s standardized throughout our health
services administration course work in the HIM program. So start here. Just says exactly
what it means. First thing you do when you log in the first time. You’re going to click
on start here, and you can see how to introduce yourself, you can see what the Professor’s
introduction, et cetera. Further down, you see the syllabus, you see the weekly folders,
the discussion board, and a little bit of information about your professor. If you have
group work, there’s a place for groups. And here you can access your grades through these
tools. So this is what looks like when you click into one of the weekly folders. And
all of the courses are set up like this. You see at the top, you know this particular week or this week’s information. Week one, August 25th to September 3rd. This is actually from last
fall’s semester. And you see here, everything is organized together. What you need to read,
what the objectives are for this particular chapter or learning module. Discussion, what you need to discuss in
the discussion board that week. It also might have an assignment.
If you’re having a quiz, it will all be located here. So everything’s tidy and packaged together
so that you could easily step through all of the material. And‑‑so one course will
open up. You have until September 3rd to complete all the work in this folder. So even
though it is online and we do have some flexibility about when you turn in things, and you know,
if you’re working the 3:00 to 11:00 shift and you do your work when you get home after
11 o’clock, there’s nothing prohibiting you from submitting your work at 2:00 a.m. But
what is required is that you get everything done by September 3rd and usually at 11:59 p.m.
So yes, it’s flexible, but yes, there is also a great deal of structure about when things
have to be turned in. Okay. So why should you use CUNY SPS for our
health services administration program? Well, you know, we are part of the City University of New York, a huge, huge
university system in the five boroughs. We have 24 campuses throughout the city. This
is a great opportunity for personal growth and job mobility and upgrading knowledge. We are accredited by Middle State Commission on Higher Education. And I would highly suggest
to all of you no matter where you’re looking or where you want to go to school, please,
please be sure that wherever you’re looking in applying that it is regionally, it’s in
a regionally accredited college. This ensures that all of your credits that you earn in
a program are fully transferable. If by chance you want to go on to get a master’s degree,
you need to be, you need to have credits from a regionally accredited school. That is an
indicator of what type of college you’re applying to. So please be careful about that. Also
right now, we have recently been told that we were ranked 16th in the nation in U.S.
news and world reports 20 18. I know this is 2016 down there but 2018 list of best
online degree programs. So we’re ranked in the top 5% of institutions and
we are pretty happy about that. So who are our students? And you may be wondering and thinking
maybe you’re different. But most likely you are just like our
students currently attending the School of Professional Studies. We have many,
many students that are currently working, some are in career transition, many of our
students have families of their own, many of our students need a degree that fits into
their schedule. They just have found it very difficult to attend a face‑to‑face program
somewhere, and you have to commute back and forth to the campus. And we do have students
from across all 50 states and from around the world who are attending our CUNY School
of Professional Studies. Actually, our‑‑there was a survey done not long ago. The average
age of our students is 34. So as you can see, also our programs are all considered to be
degree‑completer programs. That means in order to be admissible, you need to have at
least 24 college credits from a regionally accredited institution in order to be eligible
for admission. So‑‑and that’s our rule for all of our programs at the CUNY School
of Professional Studies. And it doesn’t matter what your 24 college credits are in. It could
be in music or it could be in healthcare. It doesn’t really matter as long as you,
those 24 credits. So a little bit about our faculty. We have experienced CUNY faculty
who are working for us. We also have knowledgeable practitioners who are out there working every
day in their 9:00 to 5:00 job as knowledgeable practitioners. And all are skilled at teaching
online. Actually this is a picture of Janet and myself. She’s laughing, and I’m being
very serious right next to her. I think we were at some sort of reception or something.
So that’s what we look like. We have a student services. Just a little bit about student services. We do have a career services department. When you do apply and when you are admitted,
you will be assigned to one advisor. That advisor sticks with you from start to finish,
your whole entire career at CUNY School of Professional Studies. We also do have tutoring
both online and in person. And we do have a library online and in person. We actually
share library services with the Baruch. If you’re familiar with CUNY. But Baruch is one
of the other colleges, and we share their library with them. We also have library services
online and in person. And the library services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
I’ve tried this out myself. There’s a shared, like, shared library service. And you will
get somebody to respond to you even if at 2 o’clock in the morning when you’re working
on that paper you need to turn in. And we do have a help desk that can help you out
with any technical issues by phone or by e‑mail. So here’s some of the frequently asked questions.
And I know probably some of you have already started putting in some questions in the question
box. And we’d be happy to answer them at the end of the presentation. But, so here are
some of them that we do get frequently. Can you really earn your degree online? And,
of course, the answer is yes. I think I said that at the beginning. This is a fully online
program. Is your school accredited? And I think I also addressed this. What kind of
accreditation does it have? As I mentioned, we are accredited by Middle States. They are the accrediting body for the northeast or for, actually, for
the middle states. There are five regionally accrediting bodies across the United States.
So wherever you’re applying, make sure you can see that your college is regionally accredited.
And this is a question we get a lot and all the time about how long will it take you to
get your degree. And we can’t really tell you the answer to that question. If you remember,
one of the first things I said was you need to get 100 to 120 credits. Well, as you can
imagine, some of those students come in with 24 credits that are required for admission,
and then on the other end of the spectrum, we have some students who have 90 credits
that they transfer in. And 90 is the maximum number of credits that you can transfer in.
So it’s very difficult for me to tell anybody how long it will take to get your degree.
Another thing, of course, that it depends on is how many courses you are taking every
semester. Are you taking advantage of the summer semester and taking a course there
to get you through a little bit faster? So all I can say is how long will it take? All
of that depends on you. And how many credits can I transfer in? So I already answered that question,
I guess, in my ad lib here. You can transfer in anywhere from 24 to 90 credits.
Anything in between. And so do we give credit for life
experience or prior learning? Yes we do. We have a fairly robust prior learning assessment program. It is a combination of
quite a few things. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of a CLEP exam?
You can take a CLEP exam to get credit if that’s considered prior learning. You can take a course that we have designated
as prior learning. And in that course, you can develop a portfolio to demonstrate that
you are competent in the content of another course and if you successfully developed that
portfolio and it’s approved by the reviewer, you will get college credit that way. If you
are interested in learning more about that, we do have, every once in a while, there is
a Webinar that the folks, they will conduct to talk to you a lot about prior learning
assessment. Also, if you have a license or a credential, we also‑‑we also can give
credit for a license‑‑like, some sort of healthcare license for a credential. So
there’s all sorts of different ways that you can earn credit. But it’s not as easy as just reviewing a resume and saying “oh yeah. This counts for this, and this counts for that.” Doesn’t work that way. We do have a formal process that you need to go through in order
to earn credit for life experience and for prior learning. So this is my contact information
and also our contact information for our person in admissions, our Director of Admissions
Lucas Fuentes and Felix Huertas is our financial aid guru.
So certainly you can e‑mail any of us about any, you know,
question you might have. One thing I neglected to say was that if you are interested in finding out in advance of your–
of submitting your application how many credits you might be
eligible for, we can certainly help you with that. So if you have an unofficial transcript
already, you could scan it and e‑mail it to me or to professor Janet. We’d be happy
to take a look at what credits you already have and how many you might expect to get
in transfer. And how many, of course then that will determine how many you have to earn in
the end. So I think that’s the end of our formal presentation. And now we’re going to
try and field your questions. So Janet, behind there, behind the screen, are there some questions
in the question box?>>SPEAKER: Yes. We briefly talked about this,
but I think you can probably expand a little bit more about it. Are their classes offered
through the summer and winter session?>>JANET: So yes. We do have‑‑we have
courses in the summer and the winter. Both. We have limited offerings in the summer and
winter. However, there are many general education courses that are offered in the summer and
the winter. So if you think you have, you think you’re going to go in the summer and
winter, I would maybe put off some of those general education courses and save them for
the summer and the winter. Because you know for sure some of those are going to be offered.
We offer all of our courses both in the spring and the fall semester. But as I mentioned
there, are limited offerings in the summer and in the winter, which is only, the winter
is only a three‑week semester. So that’s really fast and very intense. So you have
to be prepared to be really doing a lot of work in that 3‑week semester because you’re
earning three credits just like you would for a regular 15‑week course. So how long are the semesters and when do they start? Okay. So semesters in fall and spring semesters,
they’re 15 weeks. And they‑‑let’s see‑‑ I think the fall semester starts, like, August 27th
in 2018. This past semester, in spring, we started January 29th, which is very late.
And we do, so, like spring semester doesn’t get out till at least mid May, mid to late
May. Our graduation this year isn’t till June 1st. So we start late in the spring and then kind
of go late into May. In the fall, we’ve been starting before Labor Day for the last quite
a few years and then go to right before the holidays. In the summer semester we have,
we have the winter semester that’s 3 weeks, and in the summer semester, we are offering
either a seven‑week semester or a ten‑week semester with courses in both of those. And usually the orientation begins,
again, 2 weeks before the semester starts. So how many credits
are each course worth? Each course is three credits. It’s standard across all of CUNY
School of Professional Studies. I don’t know that there are any other courses that are
anything but three. So everything’s pretty much a three. Okay. Someone is saying they noticed that we mentioned people having a health background would be a good match. They have a different associate degree
in a different area. Is this degree right for me?>>JANET: So read that again. They have
an associate degree in non‑health?>>Right. And we mentioned
that people that have a background in healthcare or health in some way, and is this degree
right for them?>>JANET: Well, it could be if that’s the
direction that you want to take. If you want to work in healthcare, this is certainly, certainly a way to do it. It is helpful to
have sort of background in healthcare,
no doubt about it. Just like anything else. But I would
encourage you to really, you know, think hard and fast about it. Do you want to work in
healthcare? Is that what you want to do? Then maybe while you’re starting this program,
you transition to see if you can get a job in healthcare. Make sure it’s what you want. We talked a little bit about this. How long
does the whole program take? Okay. So it takes
as long as it takes for you to get done. And it’s 1 20 credits. If you have 60 credits
that you’re transferring in and you have to do complete 60 credits to get to the 120,
and much of that depends on you. If you’re going to take one course a semester, it’s
going to take you a very long time. But if you take two or three courses a semester, you’re going to get through a lot more quickly. And certainly, if you’re able to take courses
in the summer and in the winter, that gets you a little bit closer to that graduation
stage.>>If there is a class that is offered in class, I think they mean in person course,
is it possible to take that in person course to be substituted for an online class credit?>>JANET: Yes. We have something in CUNY called, you can take a course at another CUNY college
on permit, meaning you can then go take a face‑to‑face class. However, at the CUNY
School of Professional Studies, does not offer any face‑to‑face classes. You would have
to go outside to a different CUNY school or another college that offers the class you
need to take, and then you can transfer the credit in, but keep in mind you can only transfer
in a maximum of 90 credits.>>And, of course, before you take that class, you would really want to make sure that that– speak with one of us to make sure that course is going to be a match for the course
that we have at SPS.>>SPEAKER: If it’s an Anatomy and Physiology course, then yes. Chances are that that’s going to match. If it’s, say, a healthcare quality course, it might not match our healthcare quality
course. So that’s really important to check before you just go ahead and take that course.>>JANET: Okay. On average, how many students are in the same online class during the semester? At our school, we do not allow more than 25 in each online section. So 25 is the maximum.>>And this was, I think you answered. That was that person that was asking about in person classes, and
would it be acceptable at a SUNY college?>>: Oh yeah. Absolutely.
>>SPEAKER: Yes. Okay. So after applying, how long does it usually take to hear back?
>>: Well, we actually have started reviewing applications a couple weeks ago.
So we’re already starting that process. We’re on open rolling admission. So there is no
one deadline where everybody is notified that, you know, of the decision. So next time we
review applications, if you’re in that pool and your application is complete, then you
should hear something very quickly after that. And as we lead up to the summer, I believe
our deadline, I don’t know Janet. Do you remember? Is it July 7, ’27?
>>SPEAKER: I’m not sure.>>SPEAKER: So in July is the deadline,
which means we would like not only your completed application,
which includes the short essay, we would like your application, but you must have all of
your transcripts submitted to us even from CUNY schools. Just because it’s CUNY doesn’t
mean we can get it automatically. We cannot. You still need to request your CUNY transcripts
and have them sent to us. So by that deadline, we would like to have your application, you
need to pay the application fee, you need to write your essay, and you need to have
all your transcripts from all of your colleges that you’ve ever attended and be complete
by the deadline. Which means you cannot submit it the night before and expect that your
transcripts will be there right away. You need to give yourself a little bit of leetime.>>What kind of jobs can I attain after graduation?>>Well, you know, some
of that depends on what your interests are and what your background is. We went through
some of them. There are a lot of administrative positions in healthcare, supervisory positions,
in a clinic area. If you already have experience as a radiology tech, perhaps you want to be
the administrative director of the radiology department. Maybe you want to go work at a
free standing federally qualified health center. There are administrative positions in those
types of clinic environments. There’s insurance companies that hire people with bachelor’s
degrees in health services and administration as well as other nonprofit organizations.
So it’s really wide open. It really just depends on what your interests are and where you see yourself working.>>SPEAKER: Okay. I found my deadline for applications. It’s July 9th. Monday, July 9th.
>>SPEAKER: Okay. So don’t start your application on July 8th because your transcript will
not get to us in time for July 9th. So I just encourage you to get it started
sooner than later.>>SPEAKER: Okay. Is there a campus or facility
we can use to study or computer lab?>>SPEAKER: Actually, at our location, we do
have several floors in an office building at 119 West 31st Street. We do have computer
labs there. We do have places that students can come and study. You know. It’s a pretty
convenient location. It’s between 6 And Seventh Avenue on 31st Street. So that’s certainly
something that’s available to you. However, because you would be a CUNY student, I believe
you’re also eligible to go to any of the other CUNY campuses to use their library and their
study spaces.>>How do group assignments work?>>SPEAKER: Well, that’s kind of– different and works in each course.
In the project management course, the instructor assigns teams, and you have
to work together. There’s faces in Blackboard where you can communicate with one another
in your group, and you can only see what’s going on in your group, and you decide you
breakup via e‑mail or phone or however you guys decide as a group to section
off your work and then put it together in, you know, you can pull it altogether in Blackboard.>>SPEAKER: What about any tuition information? And if from a prior CUNY institution, are those transcripts required as well?>>SPEAKER: Yes. Any transcripts wherever you’ve attended college, including CUNies, you must
request them from the CUNY school you went to. We cannot get them automatically. You
must request them. About tuition, tuition right now, if you’re attending as a part‑time
student, it’s $285 a credit. So when you add up the tuition and fees for a three‑credit
course, it’s probably about $1,000. There is a‑‑if you do attend full‑time, which
is those 12 credits or more, I think it’s, like, $3400. But it is on our website. You
can locate that information and‑‑and if you’re from outside of New York, New York
State, we still honor the instate tuition rate for any student outside of New York.>>SPEAKER: This is somebody that has
an associates degree degree, and they would–would any of those
credits be able to be transferred in, or would you have to start all over again?
>>SPEAKER: Oh, no, no. You need at least 24 to get to be admissible. But chances are
you have a lot of credits that will fit into the general education. You need 39 credits
in general education. If you have an associate degree, I’m sure you took a lot of general
education. There’s also 15 electives, general electives, that you can transfer credits in
for, and if there are some course takes that relate at all to the courses in the major
from your associate degree, certainly those would get transferred in as well.
Such as, for instance, in statistics. That’s a requirement in our HSA program. If you took it in your associate
degree program, then it will transfer over into a course in the major.
>>SPEAKER: I’m just going to piggyback on that question somebody asked. If you have
that associate degree, that means all 39 general education is fulfilled?>>SPEAKER: No. I don’t think that that’s necessary the case. Not for an associate degree. However, if you had a
bachelor’s degree in something else, I don’t know if
we have (unintelligible) like that. But, If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, you do not have to take any general
education courses. Usually if you’ve had an Associates Degree, there are a few general education courses
that you need to take.>>SPEAKER: Do I still have to apply by July 9th
if I want to start in January?>>SPEAKER: No. We’ll have another deadline.
Usually somewhere around November or December for the January start.
>>SPEAKER: I mean, you could apply now and then you would be able to defer your, you
know, the start until January. So it’s up to you.>>SPEAKER: Okay. How do course
tests work?>>SPEAKER: Well, there is software in Blackboard
where your faculty member has set up an exam or test. And usually there will be some sort
of instructions, like, you can only take this exam once, you are being given 30 minutes
to complete this test, you can start the exam, but you can’t go back in. Usually that’s the
case. And then you go through just like an exam in a testing center or something like
that. You answer all the questions. And then once you’re done, you, I think you push submit.
>>SPEAKER: Yes.>>SPEAKER: And then, the information, you
know, and then you’re done with the quiz or the test. So there’s nothing special that
you need except for your computer in order to take the test.
>>SPEAKER: Would this‑‑I don’t know. I’m not sure about this question. Would this degree
be acceptible towards an accelerated program requiring a bachelor’s degree? Example, if
I want to switch careers in the future. I mean, it is a bachelor’s degree.>>SPEAKER: Yeah, I’m not quite sure what that means.>>SPEAKER: Okay. Is there a minimum GPA for admission?
>>SPEAKER: Oh yes. I forgot to mention that. Yes there is. In all those credits that you
have that you’re going to use toward your application, which is all your previous
college credits, you have to have a GPA of 2.5 or
above to be admissible. So if you’ve been
to multiple places, your GPA from all of those colleges gets all added up, and it should
be 2.5 or above.>>SPEAKER: Do professors give
recommendations for graduate school?>>SPEAKER: I’m sure they would if you asked them.>>SPEAKER: What computer requirements for taking online courses are needed?
>>SPEAKER: You know, I don’t know what those requirements are off the top of my head. But
if you do go to our website, and I think if you do a search for our help desk, there is
a nice little, you know, check your computer, I’m not sure if that’s exactly how it’s worded,
all proper components that you need in order to be successful, to use all the software
in Blackboard.>>SPEAKER: Okay. Somebody’s asking again the
deadline for the fall semester, the application, which I said was July 9th.
>>SPEAKER: July 9th.>>SPEAKER: Right.
>>SPEAKER: So far, I think that is all the questions. Let’s‑‑okay. Can a course do
double duty? Meaning, can it fulfil a requirement and an elective? For example, I see writing
at work is a requirement, also an option for college option.
>>SPEAKER: Yes. Double duty. Yes. We like to have the courses do double duty. You can’t
count the credits twice. But it counts twice for requirement purposes.>>SPEAKER: If I’m transferring for a CUNY two‑year after graduating, would I still
have to apply as a new student or as a transfer?>>SPEAKER: Everybody, everybody should be
applying I think as a transfer student is my understanding. Because you’re all conferring
in with 24 credits or more. But don’t believe you’re a new student. I think you’re a transfer
student. I think that’s a question for Lucas.>>SPEAKER: But I’m pretty sure you’re right.
>>SPEAKER: Are reference letters acceptable?>>SPEAKER: No. We don’t require
reference letters.>>SPEAKER: Okay. This question is a little
tricky. Is there a sooner start date? I guess, for example, I guess they’re asking to start
the summer session.>>SPEAKER: So, yes. If you complete your application
now soon and get all your transcripts in and you’re notified that you’ve been accepted, you do potentially have the opportunity to start in the summer session. The summer session
starts, I believe classes start on June 4th. Monday, June 4th. So the answer to the question
is: Yes. You could get started early. You may not have the great benefit of our wonderful
online orientation which does not happen leading up to the summer semester. So if you think
that’s important for your success, I would wait. But, otherwise, you can start classes.>>SPEAKER: Yeah. I think if you’ve taken online courses before, then that should be an easy
transition. But if you’ve never taken an online course before, summer might be a little tough
to start, because I think the summer courses are
pretty intense. I think that’s allmost all–Ok.
Someone else must have missed the beginning. Are courses only online or are they in class
as well? No face‑to‑face classes at all at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Everything is on online class.>>What about textbooks? Is it all online
that we have to purchase?>>SPEAKER: No. There are textbooks. I would
say the majority of our classes have textbooks. There is a big initiative, though, throughout
the university, to use, to have classes that are considered to be 0 textbooks. So there
may be a few in this program I can think of that will be 0 textbooks. But there’s not
a textbook in Blackboard that you have to use. You still need to buy the textbooks.>>And you can purchase them anywhere. It’s not like we have a bookstore that you can get
them only at that bookstore. You can purchase them anywhere. Does the program provide
job placement assistance or internship assistance, primarily asking from a transition from a
different field of work?>>SPEAKER: We will certainly help you with that, and we do have a career services
department that could help with job placement and that sort of thing.
But generally speaking, we as the faculty do not sort of handle job placement. Occasionally, we will get some employers
contacting us saying they have a position open for a specific position,
and we will share that with students. That does happen.>>Would you recommend to come face‑to‑face
to go over what will transfer in about financial aid benefits?
>>SPEAKER: You can. I would recommend that you do most of your corresponding online just like it’s an online program.
But I will tell you, generally speaking, we don’t have students
coming in face‑to‑face go over those transfer credits unless you meet with an advisor in
the advising department. Janet and I, you know, we have very–
we work a lot from home. This is an online program.
So that’s why I recommended that you scan and send in your
transcripts. I would be happy to go over it and speak about it if need be. We don’t have
a huge office. It’s a fairly small space. But if that works for you, then please go
ahead and try and get something scheduled.>>And this is also, can you be advised by Skype
rather than e‑mail?>>SPEAKER: Oh sure. Of course.>>Okay. Where do we send transcripts?
Through mail or e‑mail? I’m not sure if they’re asking for an official
evaluation, unofficial evaluation or if this is reference to applying?
Because that’s two different answers.>>SPEAKER: Oh. Official.
>>SPEAKER: So where do we send official transcripts?>>SPEAKER: I think in the application it will tell you. It’ll tell you where to go and
how to do it. Yeah.>>SPEAKER: Okay. I think that’s about all
the questions. If you think of a question, you know, tomorrow, the next day, whatever, please, you can, you have
our contact information. You can just drop us an e‑mail and we’ll
be more than happy to answer any of the
questions you think of. I’m going to give another few
seconds to see if somebody else has another question, but otherwise, if I don’t see anything
come in, we’ll just let everybody go. And prepare for the snow that’s coming in New
York City. Well thank you, everybody, for joining us tonight. We really appreciate it. And if you do, you know, as we’ve said, please, if you have questions, please feel free to
e‑mail us. If you want us to do those unofficial
transcript evaluations, we’ll be happy to do so.
And hopefully we’ll see you in the fall semester. So thanks again, and have a
great evening, and stay safe.

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