Maria College is in the midst of a transformation and signs of progress and technology in the classrooms are everywhere. The college was granted a new four-year degree granting charter on September 17, 2013 by New York State’s Board of Regents. Lea A. Johnson, President stated, “This is a major milestone for the College. It marks the beginning of a new era for Maria College.”
An updated charter and significant investment in capital projects, underscores Maria’s commitment to meeting student needs. Over an eighteen month period, approximately $2.5 million will be spent in curriculum, faculty and infrastructure, supporting the College’s 56 year evolution.
The first round of capital projects, in 2013, included a comprehensive makeover in six major areas including, a campus café, bookstore, smart classrooms, a “Welcome Center” to house the Admission and Financial Aid team, and new offices for both the business team and faculty. A second investment wave is underway. By the fall 2014 semester, Maria College will unveil a state of the art nursing simulation lab and two modernized hall spaces. It is working with Sano-Rubin Construction Services for these projects.
The college has expanded both its physical space and academic offerings to pave the way for new programs; the first new academic degree is a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. President Johnson expects to submit applications for four additional degree programs in the coming months. She states, "We will enhance our reputation to be known not only for strong academic offerings, but also for our use of teaching technology that will ultimately set us apart from many other institutions."
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