Professional Development at SUNY Broome

Education Budgets, Adult Learners, and Upcoming Events!

Welcome back and I hope you are well and looking forward to a restful spring break. There are a few short articles I wanted to share with you this week, along with a list of upcoming events, both local and at the SUNY level on a variety of topics. Thank you for reading; email us with info/questions/etc. at or you can reach me directly at

Making Education a Budgetary Priority

With everything happening in the world, sometimes it is hard to see the possible good news, but I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to read this article on President Biden’s budget for fiscal year 2023. Some of the budgetary priorities include measures that would support students transitioning from high school to postsecondary education, more explicitly linking career education in high school to postsecondary degree attainment, and proposes investments with programs to increase college affordability. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona indicates that this budget plan focuses on the critical resources that post-pandemic students need, as well as “access to affordable higher education and the creation of stronger pathways that meet the demands of our workforce and connect students to well-paying jobs and fulfilling careers.”

Colleges Work to Re-Enroll Adult Learners

Institutions are attempting to enroll the 36 million adults who have left colleges without earning a degree so they can bolster enrollment. In states with programs specifically focused on adult learner enrollment, institutions are finding that these students need additional support throughout their time in college. There are numerous “promise” programs throughout the country that offer tuition assistance to adult learners. In addition, schools are recognizing efforts to re-enroll adult learners are also increasing equity at their institutions. One such institution taking on the challenge to enroll more adult students is LaGuardia Community College. They have recently created an Office of Credit for Prior Learning, dedicated to giving working adults credits for experiences and accomplishments earned outside of the classroom environment, shortening time to degree completion. Their grant funded initiative will also pay off debts that a student may owe as part of a larger campaign to address poverty and economic mobility.

Audio Description (AD): Desire, Reality, and In Between

This panel presentation will cover the legal landscape and business of Audio Description, challenges for filmmakers, distributors, streaming vendors, and successful advocacy. Vendors will share their roadmaps and how they got there.  Panelists include:

  • Rebecca Oling: Director of Digital Accessibility, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Michele Spitz: AD expert, consultant, voiceover artist, and philanthropist
  • Sarah Brennan: ProQuest, Senior Product Manager – Academic Video Online
  • Stacie Taylor: Customer Success Manager, Swank Digital Campus, and K12 Streaming

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

Register for Audio Description Panel at SLCNY

Upcoming Professional Development

Spring Cleaning — Preparing Your Blackboard Course for Migration


Please join us in the TRC for a Spring Cleaning of your courses event!

This hands on session will walk you through what you can do now to prepare your Blackboard course for the upcoming migration to Brightspace. A little bit of work now can make a huge difference in the way information is ultimately transferred to the new platform. Emphasis will be placed on file management, course size, and overall structure. This is a hands-on, working session which will be held face-to-face in the TRC Lab.

3 Seats Available.. Save your seat today!

When: Monday, April 25 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Where: TRC Lab (LI 101)

Hosted by: Instructional Designers

Ready to register for this event? Fill out the  Spring Cleaning Registration Formplease identify which course you would like to work on. Thank you!

An Introduction to Assembling and Coding Interactive, Accessible Lessons in the Desmos Online Platform

Discussion will include forming classes, adding lessons by copying and editing shared slides, using the Desmos Computation Layer Language to develop formative assessments and following accessibility guidelines.

Discussion will include forming classes, adding lessons by copying and editing shared slides, using the Desmos Computation Layer Language to develop formative assessments, and following accessibility guidelines.

After registering for this session, you will receive directions for creating an instructor account before the day of the session so that you will be able to practice the techniques during our time together. Desmos and this presentation target math and physics instructors, but lessons could be developed for use in other subject areas.

Space is limited, save your seat today! 

When: Thursday, April 28 at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: TRC Lab (LI 101)

Presented by: Sara Rose

PD Offering Registeration Form

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