Business First: Niagara to move ahead with master’s program in developmental disabilities

Niagara University has received approval for a new master’s program in developmental disabilities, and school officials say they’ll begin accepting applications for fall 2013.

The program targets current or potential employees of agencies that provide services for individuals with developmental disabilities, and was created with the guidance of experts in rehabilitation and independent living.

NU’s program includes 30 credit hours and two tracks — those seeking career opportunities working directly with people with disabilities, and those who want to cultivate their leadership skills to work at administrative levels in the industry.

“The field of developmental disabilities is experiencing great concerns regarding succession planning for organizational leadership at all administrative levels and building a highly qualified workforce that can address the needs of those with developmental disabilities,” said Debra Colley, dean of Niagara’s College of Education. “The College of Education is pleased to extend our work with the rehabilitation community to serve young adults and adults with developmental disabilities.”

Those seeking more information or application instructions can call 716-286-8550.

• In other higher educational news, Trocaire College’s Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The online program graduated its first class in May 2012. Those seeking more information on the program can visit

• Leslie Bisson has been named the chair of the Department of Orthopaedics in the University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

UB conducted a national search before hiring one of its own associate professors, said Michael Cain, medical school dean, in a news release. Cain has hired 12 new chairs and chair-level appointees over the past five years as the medical school readies itself for a new building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, along with expanded programming and a significant increase in annual class size, from 140 to 180.

UB plans to hire 250 new faculty members over the next five years, including 100 for the medical school alone.

Miner, D. (2013 August 27). Niagara to move ahead with master’s program in developmental disabilities. Business First.  Retrieved from

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