Articles by Maria C. Sparks

Maria C. Sparks
Maria Sparks is the director of content and creative services at Excelsior College and serves as editor of Excelsior College Magazine. She brings experience in communications and publishing in higher education, not-for-profits, and business to her role. A graduate of Syracuse University with majors in magazine journalism and history, she earned a MS in Communications Management from Simmons College.
Jim Baldwin

James Baldwin, the president and chief executive officer of Excelsior College, will retire on July 3, 2020. Baldwin was appointed to the role by the Excelsior College Board of Trustees in October 2016, after serving as the executive vice president of the College since September 2014. A strong proponent of the transformational power and enduring …

President James N. Baldwin awarding an honorary degree to Rep. Paul D. Tonko

On September 3, 2019, President James N. Baldwin awarded an honorary degree to Rep. Paul D. Tonko, a sixth-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York’s 20th Congressional District in the Capital Region. “Throughout his career, Congressman Tonko has been a champion for the working class and advancing policies that create jobs. …

Comfort, Confidence, Community, Courage, Curiosity

New first course positions learners for success throughout their degree program To help provide students with an engaging start to their learning experience at Excelsior College, all undergraduate students admitted to the College as of November 1, 2019, are taking a Cornerstone course that will provide them with foundational skills and the resources needed for …

Excelsior College offers a professional development training for college-level faculty who are interested in improving their students’ writing skills for academic, career, and life success. The free, self-paced Writing in the Disciplines Certificate Course includes assessments and optional networking discussion forums during which faculty who wish to can share resources and collaborate on designing assignments …

Keith W. Wilson

Nyquist Leadership Series event considers how communities can streamline support for military veterans Keith W. Wilson, of the Army’s Soldier for Life program, encourages communities to establish a network of services for veterans. Photo: Jason Hughes With about 200,000 servicemembers leaving the military each year, opportunity exists to ensure veterans make a smooth transition to …

Rosendo Ramos

When Rosendo Ramos began looking for a bachelor’s program in electrical engineering technology, he knew he wanted to enroll in an ABET-accredited program. He also knew he wanted to pursue his degree online. That was two factors in Excelsior’s favor. The third factor was a nostalgic one: Excelsior was the name of a junior college …