Dr. Lisa R. Braverman

Dean, CUNY School of Professional Studies

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Dr. Lisa R. Braverman is Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS), the City University of New York’s premier online institution, where she oversees the School’s efforts to provide top-rated online degree, certificate, and workplace learning programs to working adults who are seeking to finish a bachelor’s degree, progress from an associate’s degree, earn a master’s degree or certificate in a specialized field, and advance in the workplace or change careers.

Dr. Braverman is a national leader in adult, online, and continuing higher education whose experience includes more than 25 years in senior leadership roles in public, private, and online colleges.

She comes to CUNY SPS from Mercy College, where she served as assistant vice president of workforce credentialing and community impact. In her role there, Dr. Braverman helped spearhead a new division of the college that develops workforce programming and credentials for adult and professional studies learners.

Prior to this, Dr. Braverman served as vice provost for academic and faculty affairs at Excelsior College and spent four years in the role of dean of the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

In addition, she has served as chief academic officer at Jones International University, associate provost for adult programs at Long Island University, dean of continuing and professional studies at SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, and dean of extended education at New York Institute of Technology.

An active participant in professional associations, Dr. Braverman has served on the board of directors for the University Continuing Professional Education Association and the Association for Continuing Higher Education; in 2021, ACHE awarded her its individual leadership award. In addition, she is a published author of chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals and books about online, adult, and continuing education.

Dr. Braverman earned a doctorate and two master’s degrees from New York University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.

Recent News

Celebrating 20 Years of CUNY SPS Graphic Featuring Text and White Lines on Purple Background

CUNY SPS Commemorates Historic 20th Anniversary with Special Publication

December 11, 2023

The anniversary publication explores the School's history since its founding in 2003 and features personal reflections from twenty members of the community.


CUNY SPS Marks 10th Annual Scholarship Reception with Student Success Stories and Anniversary Toast

November 21, 2023

The CUNY SPS community celebrated the Annual Scholarship Reception's 10th anniversary with a festive event that honored scholarship recipients and generous donors. 

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CUNY SPS Celebrates Highest Enrollment and Largest Transfer Student Class

October 20, 2023

In an eye-popping increase, over 4,400 students enrolled at CUNY SPS for the Fall 2023 semester.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

September 15, 2023

Dean Braverman reflects upon the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month and offers some suggestions for what to read, see, and do during the month.