CSIS Receives $850,000 from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) was awarded $850,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for two separate grant programs that will support the efforts to rebuild downtown New York. The Sloan Coop Scholarship Program grant of $350,000 will subsidize paid student internships at downtown New York area businesses and not-for-profits, while $500,000 will support the University’s initiative to create over 50 new online courses for New York City students whose education may have been interrupted or adversely impacted by the events of September 11.

Pace University Receives $850,000 from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
To Aid in 9/11 Recovery Effort to Rebuild Downtown New York

NEW YORK — Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) was awarded $850,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for two separate grant programs that will support the efforts to rebuild downtown New York. The Sloan Coop Scholarship Program grant of $350,000 will subsidize paid student internships at downtown New York area businesses and not-for-profits, while $500,000 will support the University’s initiative to create over 50 new online courses for New York City students whose education may have been interrupted or adversely impacted by the events of September 11.

Through the Sloan Coop Scholarship program Pace students will work for businesses and non-profit organizations located in lower Manhattan that were adversely impacted by the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. These internships will be at no cost to the employer. Internship placements include, a Web coordinator for DowntownNYC!, a broad-based coalition of arts organizations, civic groups, restaurants, and businesses working to help revitalize the downtown area; an accounting intern for a neighborhood hardware store that provides equipment to Ground Zero workers; a marketing intern to help a displaced area restaurant to implement a new marketing plan; and a publishing intern to work with a consulting firm to help develop materials for recouping business lost since September 11.

“The organizations and individuals we contacted or who have contacted us about internships have lost not only income but employees, friends and families. Most companies knew they needed help but did not have the funds to pay additional staff,” said Joan Mark, executive director of cooperative education and career services. “This funding will provide an invaluable educational experience for these students at no cost to the employers.”

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant for Online Course Development will be used to create 50 new undergraduate and graduate courses for fall 2002.The represented disciplines include computer science, information systems, technology systems, accounting, marketing, management, criminal justice, science and history.

“The focus of the grant is to enable Pace University to offer a wide array of online courses to NYC based students who may have been displaced by the attacks of September 11,” said Susan M. Merritt, dean CSIS. “Students will be able to access courses anytime, anywhere using the University’s online distance education infrastructure.”

In a collaborative effort faculty members from CSIS are working with the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, and the Lubin School of Business to create the new online course offerings. Additional staff members specializing in Web development will also be hired.

For complete information about the new online course offerings, individuals should look at http://online.pace.edu

For more information on Sloan Coop Scholarship Program please see the website: www.pace.edu/coopcs.

The Sloan Foundation also funded the development of CSIS’S NACTEL program, which has made it possible for hundreds of employees of four major phone companies and two unions to earn associate degrees in telecommunications online. Established by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., a former president and CEO of the General Motors Corporation, the foundation primarily funds initiatives related to science and technology and standard of living and economic performance.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

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