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

CUNY SPS Dean Braverman Speaks at Enrollment Success Luncheon

CUNY SPS Celebrates Highest Spring Enrollment Ever

March 15, 2024

The School saw a nearly 11% increase in the total number of students enrolled in Spring 2024 from the prior year.

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Observing Women's History Month 2024

March 01, 2024

Dean Braverman reflects upon the importance of Women's History Month and invites the CUNY SPS community to celebrate this March with several events and programming.

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New Scholarship Created by the Alumni Engagement Council

February 15, 2024

The scholarship will offer financial assistance for graduate students at CUNY SPS who previously earned a bachelor's degree at the School.

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Commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 12, 2024

Dean Braverman offers a few suggestions on how to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year.