The College of Professional Studies Announces New Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management

Today’s businesses face unprecedented turbulence and disruption. Rapid changes in technology and the impact of globalization yield uncertainty. In response to the growing need for managers with the adaptability to succeed in the changing landscape of business in a global economy, the College of Professional Studies (formerly known as University College) announces a new online Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS)  degree in Business Management.

The comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum explores contemporary business concepts, including international business, strategy, finance, global leadership, communication, project management, marketing and organizational management.

Ideal for individuals interested in launching or advancing their careers in the business world, Syracuse University’s 120-credit Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in business management is fully online with weekly interactive live sessions that can be completed from anywhere in the world. This online undergraduate degree represents a partnership between the College of Professional Studies and the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Registration for the fall semester is now open. Classes start Monday, August 30. For more information contact The College of Professional Studies at 315.443.9378, toll free at 1.866.498.9378 or email

Celebration of Life Honoring Syracuse Music Legend Eli Harris Set for July 17 at Hendricks Chapel

Elijah Harris Jr.While a beloved Central New York musician died unexpectedly last year, he will be remembered this month not by how his life tragically ended, but by the spirit in which he embraced it.

Popular troubadour and local legend Elijah Harris, Jr., killed by a pair of hit-and-run accidents in April 2020, will be honored during a celebratory memorial service at Hendricks Chapel on the Syracuse University campus Saturday, July 17, from 3 to 7 p.m.

All members of the community are invited to this special observance being organized by his daughter, Lakisha Harris and her family, and hosted by Syracuse University’s College of Professional Studies. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the family asks that attendees wear masks to keep the community safe.

“Mr. Harris could be heard on the streets of downtown and across University Hill, where folks delighted in seeing his presence and listening to his special brand of music,” says Dean Michael Frasciello. “We’re proud to play a part in honoring him and the influence he had on many other musicians.”

The service will feature tributes by family members, friends, and performances by those who have been impacted by his artistry, as well as raffles for a portrait of Eli, as he was known, and a gift card from J Michael Shoes on Marshall Street. “My dad used music to communicate and to teach others how to love through music,” says Lakisha. “This celebration will be a reflection of his passion and inspiration.”

Last fall, the Harris family established the Eli Harris Scholarship Fund, through the College of Professional Studies, which will assist a part-time music student annually. For more information about the scholarship, visit here. To make a donation in memory of Eli Harris, please contact Jeff Comanici, executive director of Advancement and External Affairs, at 315.443.1409 or

For more information about Eli Harris’ memorial service, please contact Lakisha Harris at 315. 418.5536 or

View a live stream of the service online at 3 p.m. EST on July 17 via Zoom:


University College Becomes the Syracuse University College of Professional Studies

In its May meeting, the Syracuse University Board of Trustees approved renaming University College to the College of Professional Studies.

“Since its inception, University College has served as Syracuse University’s point of entry for part-time and adult learners,” says Michael Haynie, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation. “As we set the conditions to launch and scale Syracuse University Global, the college’s new name better reflects its stature as a top-tier provider of professional degree programs, certificates and credentials to part-time students.”

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College of Professional Studies Creates New Department of Executive Education; Hires Executive Director

Art Thomas portraitUniversity College has been renamed the College of Professional Studies. For over 100 years, the college’s mission has been to provide educational opportunities to those whose only access to Syracuse University is through part-time study. The new name reflects the expanded purpose to serve students who desire to attend Syracuse through a college recognized for market-sensitive professional studies degree programs, accessible academic pathways and world-class online education.

Within the College of Professional Studies, the department of executive education has been established to develop responsive and market-sensitive credit, non-credit, continuing education and alternative credential courses and programs for students looking to complement existing credentials, advance their knowledge or redirect their careers.

The new department serves and supports the schools and colleges within the University to set strategic direction and coordinate partnership opportunities, developing strong working relationships with faculty, staff and external parties to identify and leverage instructional talent and opportunities for collaboration. The department’s additional near-term services will include identifying and analyzing challenges, opportunities, markets, competitors and industry trends.

Art Thomas, associate dean for career services and experiential learning at the School of Information Studies (iSchool), has been named executive director of the executive education department. Thomas began his career at Syracuse in 2001 as an adjunct professor. He became an assistant professor of practice in 2009. He consistently rose through the ranks becoming associate dean for academic affairs in the iSchool in 2015 and associate dean for career services and experiential learning in the iSchool in 2020.

“Art is a long-time collaborator with the college, an active supporter of our students and staunch advocate of our mission,” says Dean Michael Frasciello. “He is creative and thoughtful and has exceptional relationships throughout the University. We could not be more fortunate to have someone of Art’s depth, experience and entrepreneurial spirit designing and launching our new executive education strategy and programs portfolio.”

Thomas earned a bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Brockport and a master of education degree in curriculum development and instructional media from SUNY at Buffalo, where he also completed his Ph.D. in research and evaluation – instructional systems design and management.

The College of Professional Studies at Syracuse University offers online and on-campus professional degrees, non-credit programs and executive education programs, delivering exceptional support and services to a diverse part-time student population seeking a Syracuse University education.

University College Launches Online Cannabis Education Programs to Meet Demand for Qualified Workers in the Industry

Written by: Andriana Ruscitto via Cannabis Business Times

Following New York legalizing adult-use cannabis in March, one university is already working to meet the growing demand for qualified and educated professionals in the emerging industry.

University College at Syracuse University, the academic college of continuing education and professional studies, has partnered with Green Flower, a cannabis education association, to offer four programs where individuals can receive non-credit certificates in Cannabis Education.

The four programs are: Healthcare and Medicine, Cannabis Law and Policy, The Business of Cannabis, and Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture. Each course is six months and includes three eight-week online classes.

Individuals do not have to be a student at Syracuse to enroll in the course. University College Dean Michael Frasciello said the university expects the primary student population to be individuals already in the industry looking to upskill and further educate themselves or people looking to enter the industry. However, he suspects that more university students will show interest in the programs over time as the cannabis industry continues to expand.

Frasciello gives a general overview of each program:

The Cannabis Law and Policy program will cover business practices, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation, future opportunities in related career fields, intellectual property, social equity, labor law, environmental law and consumer law, including advertising, labeling and packaging, he said.

“What we expect that we’ll see interest in this program from lawyers who are practicing but want to build expertise in this area within their practice,” he said. “Certainly, paralegals, or others in specific areas of the industry like advertising, labeling and packaging, that need to have a [better] grounding in some of the legal and policy aspects of it.”

The Business of Cannabis program will cover a wide range of topics, from business to the fundamentals of cultivation. Some cultivation topics include processing, extraction, manufacturing, lab setup and protocols and distribution. While the business side covers retail, delivery, licensing, business ethics, marketing, human resources, sales, accounting, how to scale business operations, real estate, innovation, investment and more, he said.

“The interesting thing I think about this program is that students create a business portfolio,” he said. “Basically, the portfolio is [students] set up [their] own company and create a very high-level business plan. They will look at risk analysis, operations, project management and lots of case studies.”

The Health and Medicine program is specific to understanding medical cannabis properties, he said. The course will cover human physiology, health care ethics and law, the use of cannabis in health care practices for practitioners and more.

“Similar to where the business program has the portfolio, in this program, students [will be] partnered with integrated medical centers in the areas where they’re located or facilities to learn more about dosing, titration, administration—sort of drug interactions,” he said. “So, it [covers] some interactions that [they may] need to be aware of from a pharmacological perspective.”

The Agriculture and Horticulture program is the most “straightforward” of the four programs, he said.

Students run through how to engage in production effectively and sustainably, which includes management cultivation as well as statutory and administrative laws.

Similar to the other programs, Agriculture and Horticulture is also project-based, and students will be required to do case studies specific to their state on local jurisdiction for cultivation, he said.

“There is a chemistry or scientific component to the program [as well],” he said. “Students will cover plant chemistry, disease and threats, techniques and processes for harvesting and drying, trimming and processing, storage, and there’s a module on industrial hemp again. So, we are trying to attend to all of the opportunities within the industry.”

Frasciello added, “Our decision to make this a non-credit as opposed to a credit program is that the non-credit program allows us to customize better [the program] to meet workforce demand. When you attach a credit to something, there’s a lot of governance on the backend that has to come into play, and we felt that with the non-credit certificate, we could be more agile and responsive to the demand and interest as it increases.”

Essentially, the non-credit aspect gives the university the freedom to make changes to the curriculum as the industry evolves.

“There were some folks on my team that had the foresight to identify that the cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country,” he said. “Then we determined that we probably should be moving into space with a continuing education program, which is where Green Flower came in.”

Green Flower faculty members with years of experience in different aspects of the cannabis industry designed and developed the curriculum. The university worked with them to ensure that the curriculum aligned with the “tenets of rigor and excellence” that the university is known for in the online space, Frasciello said.

Professional instructors from Green Flower who are currently in the industry will be teaching the curriculum, which is essential to the university, as these individuals can teach from experience.

While the university was working with Green Flower last fall to get the curriculum approved, the state began to send strong signals that legalization would likely happen in the spring, Frasciello said. “It just aligned really nicely that we were able to get everything approved within the university through our governance process, and then the state announced [legalization],” he said.

Enrollment is currently open and all courses begin on June 28. Ever since the university released its first press release about it in April, the response has been great, he said. About half a dozen individuals have enrolled in the program and roughly 10 to 14 have inquired about it.

Designing a program like this to educate individuals on the cannabis industry and prepare them for jobs in the field is essential, Frasciello said, especially as New York and neighboring states move to legalize cannabis.

“Our mission here is to prepare individuals for success in whatever industry that they’re currently in or the industry or career that they want to move into—that’s our whole purpose here,” he said. “So, it was important for us to move into this opportunity because we want to be able to ensure that there are individuals in the industry who are informed, smart, capable, responsible and good practitioners.”