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Canisius Named No. 1 Best Value in New York State

U.S. News & World Report is affirming what we here already knew – that Canisius is the No. 1 best value among colleges and universities in New York State.

The news comes out today, following the publication’s release of its 2021 rankings of Best Colleges and Universities. That same Best Value ranking has Canisius at No 3 among all 73 regional colleges and universities in the North. That’s up two spots from No. 5 last year.

The Best Value college and university ranking takes into account a school’s academic quality (based on U.S. News’ Best Colleges ranking, see below) and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.  The higher the quality and the lower the cost of the program, the better the deal.  The average discounted cost of a Canisius education is $24,989, which represents an approximate 42 percent discount from the total cost of tuition.  Sixty-nine percent of Canisius students receive need-based aid.   

But wait … there’s more:

In addition to being the No. 1 Best Value in New York State, U.S. News & World Report  placed Canisius at No. 19 on its list of Best Regional Universities in the North and No. 9 on its list of Best Colleges for Veterans in the North. 

Click here to view the full rankings report. (LINK TO WEBSITE)

Submitted by: College Communications

Student Affairs Appoints New Assistant Dean

Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Dentino, PhD, has appointed Bennie D. Williams as assistant dean of students and director of the Multicultural Student Center. Williams is charged with supporting and advancing the college’s initiatives related to the student experience with a focus on students of color and the education of the entire student population around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. 

In his new role, Williams works directly with the ALANA Student Center to provide African-American, Latinx American, Asian American and Native American students with services to help them succeed at Canisius and beyond.  Williams also oversees the college’s Center for International Education, which supports the academic needs and development of the global student community. 

Williams came to Canisius from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, where he served in a number of capacities within the institution’s Student Development Division.  Most recently, he was director of the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Global Education, a role in which he oversaw student diversity and inclusion, international student services and study abroad. 

Click here to read more about Bennie Williams.

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Bailey Becomes Fitzpatrick Professor of History

Sara Morris, vice president for academic affairs, has named Richard A. Bailey, PhD, the Fitzpatrick Professor of History. In this new role, Bailey will collaborate with faculty colleagues to bring a diverse and engaging number of prominent speakers to campus, under the auspices of the college’s Fitzpatrick Lecture Series. 

Bailey is an associate professor of history at Canisius and chair of the History Department.  He joined the college faculty in 2008 as an assistant professor of history with an academic focus on early American history to 1815, American religious history, African-American history, slavery in the Americas, and race and critical race theory. 

The Fitzpatrick Lecture Series at Canisius is part of the larger Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership at the college, which provides an array of opportunities for Canisius students to develop leadership potential through close contact with and exposure to those who contribute to American public affairs and societal issues. 

The institute and the Fitzpatrick Lecture Series are named for William H. Fitzpatrick, a South Buffalo builder and longtime chair of the Erie County Democratic Party.  His sons, Paul E. and Walter D. Fitzpatrick, endowed the Fitzpatrick programming at Canisius in 1958, in memory of their father.  A few years later, in 1962, the Hon. Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the United States, inaugurated the Fitzpatrick Lecture Series at Canisius.  Each year since, Canisius has hosted national figures in politics, government, academia and media, including Jane Goodall, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Bernice King, all under the auspices of the Fitzpatrick family.

Click here to learn more about Richard Bailey and the Fitzpatrick Lecture Series.

Submitted by: College Communications