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UMass Lowell’s online programs get high marks in national ranking - Lowell Sun UMass Lowell’s online programs get high marks in national ranking - Lowell Sun Posted: 31 Jan 2021 12:00 AM PST LOWELL — UMass Lowell's online education programs are again ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which assessed more than 1,000 programs nationwide. UMass Lowell's online graduate program in criminal justice is No. 4 in the nation and No. 2 among all public colleges and universities, and offers the lowest price among New England-based programs appearing in the new ranking. UMass Lowell's online graduate program in information technology is No. 16 in the nation and is the highest ranked among all public institutions in New England. UMass Lowell's online graduate programs in education are ranked No. 23 nationally and the highest among New England colleges and universities. UMass Lowell offers multiple opt

SUNY Oswego Again Recognized As Top Public Online MBA By U.S. News - Oswego Daily News

SUNY Oswego Again Recognized As Top Public Online MBA By U.S. News - Oswego Daily News

SUNY Oswego Again Recognized As Top Public Online MBA By U.S. News - Oswego Daily News

Posted: 26 Jan 2021 12:00 AM PST

SUNY Oswego's online MBA continued as the highest-ranked public school offering in New York state and among the nation's top online master of business administration programs in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 "Best Online Degree Programs: MBA."

OSWEGO – SUNY Oswego's online MBA continued as the highest-ranked public school offering in New York state and among the nation's top online master of business administration programs in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 "Best Online Degree Programs: MBA" released today.

Oswego was one of four schools in New York state in the top 100 (ranking #62 overall), and the only public college program in the state on that level.

"This ranking reflects many dimensions of our faculty excellence that include their student-centric approach, flexibility, globally recognized leadership and expertise in their area of teaching," School of Business Dean Prabakar Kothandaraman said. "Their continued pursuit of cutting-edge content and state-of-the-art pedagogy have always come in for praise by our MBA program alumni, and that is what is reflected in this ranking."

"Our MBA program success is grounded in the outstanding faculty in our program, the specialized student support we provide to MBA students and the collaborative effort between many departments on campus to serve our faculty and students," said Irene Scruton, director of MBA programs and assistant dean of the School of Business.

Understanding the specific needs of working professionals furthering their careers through the online MBA is a significant strength, Scruton said, as Oswego's program has higher retention rates than average for national online programs.

"The majority of our MBA online students are working professionals with significant career and personal responsibilities," Scruton noted. "Our MBA program is experienced with that perspective and our team and faculty are able to offer customized student support for their program success."

This has meant adapting to any number of factors, including the way the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the professional and personal lives of those students.

"Our student-centered approach was displayed this past year during the pandemic as our faculty and our team worked with students individually, especially those in the healthcare industry, to address their needs so that they could continue and complete the program," Scruton said.

The School of Business also boasts an AACSB accreditation that reflects a rigorous and industry-relevant curriculum with a strong alumni network for students, she added.

Team effort
Since most of Oswego's online MBA students will never visit campus, a team effort to deliver services is another key ingredient, Scurton explained.

"We collaborate with campus departments such as Extended Learning, Graduate Studies, EXCEL, Career Services, Student Accounts and the Registrar, who all are also committed to providing that personal connection to our campus for our online students so that they can succeed," Scruton said.

Ongoing recognition "is really a reflection of our institution's commitment to creating worthwhile learning experiences that prepare our graduates to be leaders in their industry," said Kristen Eichhorn, SUNY Oswego dean of graduate studies.

"The strong reputation of our online MBA continues to grow," Eichhorn noted. "Students in our MBA program feel the deep commitment from our faculty to personalize the graduate experience and appreciate the opportunities to connect with alumni and industry professionals. It is rewarding that our intentional efforts to keep the MBA experience relevant and current is being recognized."

An impressive ranking effectively answers questions applicants might have about whether schools understand needs of students from various backgrounds, including working full-time; the quality of teaching and advising; and how students, alumni and the industry feel about their programs, Kothandaraman said.

"Through its strong showing in the rankings, the School of Business has positioned itself exceptionally well for our potential students who are looking for a high-quality business school to pursue their MBA," Kothandaraman said.

"Our online MBA program ranking affirms our high degree of commitment to have the same faculty members who teach on-campus programs also teach online, the passion with which our Graduate Studies division and concierge advising professionals help to ensure the success of every student and the tremendous emphasis our alumni place on the low-cost, high-value proposition offered by SUNY Oswego's MBA programs," he added.

When U.S. News listed the top part-time MBA programs in spring 2020, Oswego was also among those listed.

Other recent honors include Oswego making the Princeton Review's Top 50 Online Programs for 2021 (#33, also the highest of any New York state public college) and making the ranking service's Best Business Schools for 2021: On-Campus MBA Programs. The Oswego MBA also ranked #30 overall and top in the state on business school website Poets and Quants' most recent top online MBA rankings.

About Oswego's MBA
Oswego — the first comprehensive college in the SUNY system to offer an MBA degree, starting in 1997 — has increased the options students have for specializing within their graduate business studies, offering MBA programs in health services administration, management and public accounting. The college also offers a variety of graduate programs and five-year options that combine an MBA with such bachelor's degrees as in broadcasting, public accounting or psychology.

MBA delivery options include classroom-based in Oswego and/or at SUNY Oswego's Syracuse campus or blended classroom-online programs, as well as the online MBA.

For more information on Oswego's MBA programs, visit or email [email protected]

Dr. Maro: Love animals enough to make a career working with them? - The Times

Posted: 13 Feb 2021 09:48 PM PST

By Cynthia Maro  |  Beaver County Times

The love humans feel for animals is nearly universal. The role that veterinarians and their staff play in supporting the loving bond between people and their pets has been magnified during this pandemic. 

With so many people currently experiencing reduced employment and reevaluating their work lives, which have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, now is a good time to explore fields that allow you to work with animals. If you have ever thought/said, "I wish I would have gone to veterinary college or a vet nursing/technician/client support program," perhaps a career in veterinary work could allow you to find a purposeful career in these challenging times.  

Even if you have training in another field, there are roles that you may be able to fill in a vet clinic setting that are in the fields of marketing, administrative work, accounting, client relations, data entry, records and reception. 

Almost everyone I meet, both outside the workplace and at the veterinary clinic, comments on how fortunate I am to be able to work with animals. My passion and dream became a reality for which I feel immensely grateful every day. After 34 years, my work has not become stagnant but has evolved into an increasingly fulfilling, lifelong learning endeavor.   

When I observe people complaining about unfulfilling careers, my appreciation for my work is amplified.  

Though many of my staff and I feel very passionate about our work, it is important to recognize that the veterinary and animal career worlds are not all about rainbows, butterflies while skipping along with baskets full of kittens and puppies. 

Having an affinity for animals is only part of the equation when looking into making a career out of working in an animal care support role.  

For example, loving animals enough to work with them while they are having diarrhea, vomiting, acting grumpy and painful and dealing with anxious and worried pet parents requires love, compassion, patience and tolerance for both humans and their companions. 

Recently an employee at my animal hospital commented that many of his friends tell him that he has their "dream job." When they express their envy over his career, he quickly sets the record straight and explains all the challenges which come with the rewards. 

Those challenges include working through breaks and lunches when emergencies and sick pets arrive, staying past scheduled hours for add-on cases, counseling owners through end-of-life decision making and having to multitask to attend to multiple cases and client requests. 

If you are someone who can do the aforementioned and desires to assist people and their companions, easing suffering and improving the lives of our animal angels, then visiting some vet clinics with posted job openings for support staff could help you decide if a vet career is for you.  

 You may also seek employment with on-the-job training.  

Many veterinary offices provide training for non-board licensure positions including reception, client service representative, veterinary assistant, kennel attendant, administrative and scribe positions. 

High school-aged students can find veterinary assisting certification programs through their high school technical affiliate programs. These are wonderful opportunities for on-the-job training which often lead to excellent career stepping stones, for employment as a vet assistant, with valued skills. 

Some VA students will find satisfying careers as veterinary assistants, while others continue may choose to continue their studies as veterinary technicians. 

The technician programs range from 18-month programs to full four-year college degree programs, depending on the institution. These graduates can sit for Pa. State Board Licensure as veterinary technicians.  

Currently, many veterinary clinics are seeking LVTs, from recent grads to highly skilled vet techs. 

LVTs may apply for opportunities in small animal, exotic and large animal veterinary practices, wildlife rehabilitation, zoos, animal behavior practices, university and research programs and animal conservation careers. 

To learn more about the rewards of a career as a vet technician, you can read stories from superstar vet technicians here: 

For high school and non-traditional students who want to become licensed or certified veterinary technicians, with the designation of LVT, RVT or CVT, there are several college and technical programs with accreditation through the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). 

It is imperative that people who want to become licensed, with increased earning potential, study in an accredited school. Non-accredited program graduates cannot sit for board licensure.  

You can explore all the accredited veterinary technician licensing programs here:

If you have the desire to become a veterinarian and can commit to a longer seven to eight-plus year educational plan, you can find more information at the following site, including a list of accredited veterinary colleges in the USA:

Many veterinary offices offer mentoring and shadowing programs to interested students to gain experience and insights regarding veterinary careers. 

My office has offered mentoring to thousands of students on their path to becoming vet assistants, LVTs and veterinarians. 

If you have desire to work in the veterinary field, learn more about job opportunities, apply for an internship, externship or other explore veterinary careers, you may contact, Attention HR Department.  

Dr. Cynthia Maro is a veterinarian at the Ellwood Animal Hospital in Ellwood City and the Chippewa Animal Hospital in Chippewa Township. She writes a biweekly column on pet care and health issues. If you have a topic you'd like to have addressed, email

The Latest: Australia receives over 142,000 vaccine doses - Lincoln Journal Star

Posted: 14 Feb 2021 07:51 PM PST


CANBERRA, Australia — Australia will begin vaccinating its population against COVID-19 next week after its first shipment of Pfizer vaccine was delivered on Monday.

More than 142,000 doses had arrived at Sydney airport, the government said. Health care, aged care and quarantine workers will be among the first to be vaccinated from Feb. 22.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will also be among the first to receive a dose in a bid to raise public confidence in the program.

Australia decided against accelerating the vaccine regulator's approval process in order to increase public confidence that the Pfizer product was safe.

So far, Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for use in Australia. But the regulator is expected to also approve the AstraZeneca vaccine soon.

Australia is contracted to receive 20 million Pfizer doses and to receive or manufacture at home 53.8 million AstraZeneca doses.


Scientists say it's still too early to predict the future of the coronavirus, but many doubt it will ever go away entirel y. The average of new U.S. virus cases has dipped below 100,000 a day for the first time in months. With more vaccines available, business owners wonder whether to require employees to be inoculated. Disability groups are pleading for the vaccine. Japan has formally approved its first COVID-19 vaccine. With street parties banned, Brazil Carnival goes online.


NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand's largest city of Auckland has begun a three-day lockdown following the discovery of three unexplained coronavirus cases in the community.

Health officials say the cases are of the more contagious variant first found in Britain and that genome testing hadn't linked them to any previous known cases.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the lockdown after an urgent meeting with other top lawmakers in the Cabinet. She says they decided to take a cautious approach until they find out more about the outbreak.

The rest of New Zealand has also had restrictions imposed, including limiting crowd sizes to 100.

The lockdown, which extends through Wednesday, is the first in New Zealand in six months and represents a significant setback in the nation's largely successful efforts to control the virus. It has also forced a delay in the America's Cup sailing regatta.

LOS ANGELES -- The rates of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations continue to fall across California, but the state's death toll remains persistently high.

California on Sunday reported another 408 deaths, bringing the total since the outbreak began to more than 46,840 -- the highest in the nation.

Despite the grim death count, health officials are confident that California is emerging from its worst surge of the pandemic.

The number of patients in hospitals with COVID-19 slipped below 9,000 statewide, a drop of more than a third over two weeks.

The 8,842 new confirmed cases are more than 80% below the mid-December peak of about 54,000.

ROME — On the eve of what was supposed to finally be the much-delayed opening of Italy's ski slopes, the government yanked permission because high circulation of a coronavirus variant.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza's ordinance on Sunday forbidding amateur skiing at least until March 5 effectively kills hopes of ski lift operators and resort owners to salvage at least some of the season.

The ministry noted that analyses of virus samples indicate that a variant found in Britain is present in 17.8% of recently infected people in Italy.

The ski industry swiftly complained that operators have repeatedly prepared facilities only to be denied permission, as Italy's crucial tourism industry takes another blow.

The day-old government of Premier Mario Draghi promised to quickly compensate the ski sector for economic losses.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico received a shipment of 870,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses from a plant in India Sunday and laid out plans to vaccinate elderly people in the country's poorest, most remote areas first.

Mexico has so far used Pfizer shots to vaccinate frontline health workers, but has nearly run out of those. So the government will start applying its first doses of the AstraZeneca shot, which it purchased at $4 each.

Critics say it would be quicker and more efficient to start vaccination efforts in the worst-hit urban areas, where the elderly live closer together. But the government announced plans to send teams by truck, plane and helicopter to 330 outlying townships.

"The decision has been made to start in the most remote, marginalized towns with the country's poorest population," said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Mexico hopes to get enough vaccines from Pfizer, Russia, China and India to vaccinate all Mexicans over 60 by mid-April.

LONDON — U.K. government scientific advisers say the COVID-19 variant now predominant in the country may be up to 70% more deadly than previous variants, underscoring concerns about how mutations may change the characteristics of the disease.

The findings from the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, published Friday on the government's website, build on preliminary research released Jan. 21. The group includes experts from universities and public agencies across the U.K.

The new report is based on analysis of a dozen studies that found the so-called Kent variant, named after the county where it was first identified, is likely 30% to 70% more deadly than other variants. The studies compared hospitalization and death rates among people infected with the variant and those infected with other variants.

The results of the analysis are worrisome, said Dr. David Strain, a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School and the clinical lead for COVID at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.

"The higher transmissibility means that people who were previously at low risk of catching COVID (particularly younger fitter females) are now catching it and ending up in hospital,″ Strain said. "This is highlighted by the latest figures for hospitalization that now suggest almost 50:50 male to female ratio compared to this being predominantly in men during the first wave.″

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- School officials in Alaska have implemented a new policy requiring masks at sporting events last week in response to coronavirus outbreaks at a half-dozen Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District schools.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Friday that three large high schools in the district — Colony, Palmer, Wasilla — are among five facilities currently closed because of the outbreaks.

It is unclear when they are expected to reopen.

Public health officials say some of the confirmed COVID-19 cases started with students mixing at school lunches, but most are attributed to extracurricular activities, including sports.

Claudia Blydenburgh, assistant principal and activities director at Joe Redington Sr. Junior/Senior High School, said student-athletes would rather wear the masks than not participate.

PRAGUE — The Czech government has re-declared its state of emergency for next two weeks to be able to effectively tackle the coronavirus pandemic in one of the hardest hit European countries.

The decision has been approved in defiance of the lower house of Parliament, which has refused the government's request to extend the tool that gives the Cabinet extra powers necessary to impose and keep in place strict nationwide restrictive measures and limit people's rights.

Some lawyers and politicians say the government's move violates the country's Constitution.

The current state of emergency would expire on Sunday. The government could use other legal options to reimpose some measures but not all of them.

That means bars, restaurants and cafes would reopen Monday as well as services could return to business while the nighttime curfew and a ban for more than two people to gather in public would be cancelled.

The government warned that would worsen the pandemic and might cause the health system to collapse.

Sunday's move comes at the request of the heads of governments of all 14 Czech regions who say have not enough powers to fight the pandemic.

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has extended coronavirus restrictions through mid-March, but said that could change if confirmed cases remain low.

Blangiardi said during a news conference on Friday that he believes he is being realistic and is managing expectations following potential coronavirus superspreader events like the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day.

Blangiardi said he will shift the island to the next reopening stage before March 15 if numbers remain low.

Some business owners have disagreed with the decision, arguing their businesses are still struggling.

Meanwhile, the city extended the deadline to renew driver's licenses, state identification cards and permits to mid-April in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Friday, Hawaii has had 26,743 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 425 deaths since the pandemic began in March.

UNDATED -- Though many people with disabilities are more vulnerable to COVID-19, in some U.S. states they're being left behind in the massive effort to get limited vaccines into the arms of those who need them most.

People with disabilities have been pushed down the priority list in places such as North Carolina and California, where the state reversed course after days of public pressure.

In Minnesota, parents are begging unsuccessfully to give their vaccination spots to their children whose Down syndrome makes them up to 10 times more likely to die if they catch the virus.

A trade group for disability service providers found 20 states haven't explicitly placed people with disabilities on their priority lists.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are often immunocompromised, putting them at greater risk for complications if they get sick. They're also more likely to lose their jobs, can have a harder time with mask-wearing and social distancing, and have had to worry about whether they would be less likely to get critical care at hospitals.

Many have also had to make do with less help, since caregivers can be an infection risk.

LONDON — The U.K. government said Sunday that it reached its goal of giving at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to at least 15 million of the most vulnerable people in the country by mid-February, increasing pressure on ministers to clarify when they will ease a lockdown imposed in early January.

More than 15 million people, or 22% of the U.K. population, have received their first shot. The figure includes most people in the government's top four priority groups, including everyone over 75, frontline healthcare workers and nursing home staff and residents.

"15,000,000! Amazing team,″ Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, said in a tweet that featured a red heart and three syringes. "We will not rest till we offer the vaccine to the whole of phase1 the 1-9 categories of the most vulnerable & all over 50s by end April and then all adults.″

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to unveil his roadmap for easing restrictions on Feb. 22 amid signs that infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths have fallen sharply since England's third national lockdown began on Jan. 4.

Johnson said in England, everyone in the four top priority groups had been offered the vaccine. He plans to release further details on the vaccination effort on Monday.

NEW YORK — Millions of New Yorkers with health conditions that leave them at high risk of illness from COVID-19 can theoretically sign up for appointments at state-run vaccination sites starting Sunday, but a lack of vaccine supply means many will be frustrated in their search for a shot.

Seven million New Yorkers, including health care workers and people over 65, were already eligible for vaccinations under previous state rules. About 3 million people over 16 with so-called comorbidities will become eligible starting Monday.

In order to be vaccinated, people will have to provide a doctor's letter, a signed certification or other medical information showing they have an eligible health condition.

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