Manhattan College Enhances Adult Education Program

Manhattan College is pleased to announce that its division of continuing studies, which focuses on adult education, is being transformed into the school of continuing and professional studies effective July 1, 2011.

With more than 40 years of experience in adult education programs, Manhattan College is pleased to announce that its division of continuing studies, which focuses on adult education, is being transformed into the school of continuing and professional studies effective July 1, 2011. The newly named school will continue to serve as the key educational resource for adult students but also expand course offerings and programs including a master’s degree program set to launch in 2012 and much more. In addition, Cheryl Harrison, Ph.D., has been named the new executive director of the school of continuing and professional studies and will oversee the development of the school and its future success.

“Dr. Harrison brings a vast range of experience in adult education, as faculty and administrator in both academic and corporate environments, including Quinnipiac University, Central Connecticut State University, Tufts University, Rhode Island College, CIGNA Healthcare, Aetna Life and Casualty, and NYNEX,” said William Clyde, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost at Manhattan College. “With Dr. Harrison’s management skills and educational background, I am confident that adult education at Manhattan will continue to flourish.”

Prior to joining Manhattan College, Harrison served as executive director of organizational leadership programs for the college of professional studies at Quinnipiac University, and helped to integrate all of the undergraduate and graduate programs for adult learners in the classroom and online.

From 1997-2002, Harrison was an assistant professor for the school of business at Central Connecticut State University and taught courses in management and organizational behavior and theory. She also worked as a team leader for a leadership development system for healthcare clinical managers. Harrison’s educational experience includes working at: Tufts University as a senior fellow assisting in designing the curriculum for the Management and Community Development Institute (MCDI) and Rhode Island College as a director of the learning skills center for mid-career adults.

Before starting her career in higher education, Harrison spent 15 years developing her business skills in corporate America. She was a director of organization and leadership at CIGNA Healthcare, a consultant and human resources director at Development by Design, a manager for targeted selection and development at Aetna Life and Casualty, a consultant at NYNEX (now Verizon) and a corporate consultant at John Hancock Life Insurance Company.

Harrison holds a doctorate in the area of organizational behavior from Harvard University, a master’s in instructional design and technology from Boston University and a bachelor’s in comparative literature from University of Southern California.

“I am thrilled to be a part of Manhattan College as it introduces another school that will be dedicated to offering exciting and timely programs for the adult student population,” said Harrison.