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Long Island University to Offer Master’s-Level Programs in Riverhead

Will offer graduate classes in Education, Public Administration and Homeland Security at
Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

n September 2006 residents of eastern Suffolk County and Long Island's North and South Forks will have significantly greater access to higher education when Long Island University launches graduate-level courses at a recently acquired site in Riverhead. Long Island University will begin offering master's classes in education, public administration, and homeland security at the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead.

Evening and weekend courses will be conveniently located in a large classroom building on the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College (SCCC), County Road 51 (Riverhead-Moriches Road) in Riverhead. Formerly known as Montaukett Building, the location will include eight wireless classrooms and nine offices for faculty and administrative staff.  More than 200 students can be accommodated at the new site. The lease is still in negotiation.

Initial offerings will include master's degrees in childhood education, literacy education and teaching students with disabilities as well as courses toward the NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration degree program. The Riverhead site will also become the new home of Long Island University's Homeland Security Management Institute, which offers New York State's only online master's degree in Homeland Security Management and a 15-credit, graduate level online certificate in homeland security management. The Riverhead location will also offer on-site training designed for the needs of first responders, law enforcement and government agency personnel.

Long Island University will continue to serve Suffolk County at its Southampton Graduate Campus (239 Montauk Highway, Southampton) through master's level courses in teacher education and continuing education programs. The University also provides master's degree programs in counseling, teacher education, business and criminal justice at the Brentwood Campus of Long Island University, 100 Second Avenue in Brentwood.

“Long Island University has a proud tradition of offering undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in local settings throughout the metropolitan region,” said Jennifer Browne, associate provost for the new Riverhead site and the Southampton Graduate Campus. “The Riverhead location will bring valuable, highly respected degrees within easy reach of residents of eastern Suffolk County.” She added, “We are also pleased to continue to serve the East End of Long Island by providing outstanding graduate education and continuing education programs at our Southampton Graduate Campus.”

“We are excited by the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the Riverhead area and to provide a local option to residents who wish to advance their education and their career potential,” said Dr. Joseph Shenker, provost of Long Island University's regional campuses in Southampton, Brentwood, Rockland and the new Riverhead site.

Long Island University operates residential campuses in Brooklyn and Brookville (C.W. Post) and regional graduate campuses in Westchester County, Rockland County, Brentwood and Southampton. Long Island University also offers a nationally renowned library and information science program in Manhattan at New York University's Bobst Library and a counseling program at West Point.

On June 8 the SCCC Board of Trustees approved a resolution for a five year lease for Long Island University to occupy the land where the classroom building is located. On June 13, Long Island University's Board of Trustees also approved the proposal. The agreement will be presented to the Suffolk County Legislature on June 27 for its approval. The Riverhead location, surrounded by the beautiful east end Pine Barrens, offers Long Island University students ample parking and the use of SCCC facilities, such as the cafeteria, bookstore and library.

Long Island University plans to partner with SCCC to offer upper division bachelor's programs and master's programs to complement the community college's associate degree programs. Existing agreements allow graduates with two-year degrees from Suffolk County Community College and Nassau Community College to transition to bachelor's and master's degree programs at Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus.

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Posted 06/14/2006

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