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New! NAC&U Members Ranked Among U.S. News’ 2015 Best Graduate Schools

Photo of Scranton campusCongratulations to several NAC&U members who were ranked among the best graduate schools in the nation. They include:

The University of Scranton’s online graduate program in education ranked No. 6 in the nation. U.S. News also ranked the University’s online MBA program No. 51 in the country and the University’s part-time MBA program No. 132 in the nation. The University’s graduate programs also ranked on the U.S. News website include: rehabilitation counseling (30); healthcare management (46); occupational therapy (69); physical therapy (99); and nursing (193). Read more

Samford University's Cumberland School of Law is once again ranked among the top 10 in the 2015 list of law schools with the best programs in trial advocacy training. Cumberland tied for sixth place in the category. Read more

At #121 on the “Best Law Schools” list, Hamline University School of Law is now the top-ranked private law school in Minnesota. Read more

The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University was recognized in the top half of the list of 310 ranked part-time MBA programs. Read more

New! Manhattan College Ranks 15th in Nation for ROI According to Survey of Graduates

Payscale LogoThe Payscale 2014 College Return on Investment (ROI) Report cites Manhattan College as No. 15 out of more than 900 institutions nationwide. In Payscale’s recent 2014 College Return on Investment (ROI) Report, Manhattan College ranked No. 15 in the nation for offering bachelor’s degrees with value. The College was evaluated among more than 900 colleges and universities, and also was the leading institution for religiously affiliated schools. Read more

COD logoNew! Sage Named to 2014 “New York Colleges of Distinction” List

The Sage Colleges have been recognized as a 2014 “New York College of Distinction.” This is the third year in a row Sage has earned the designation.“Colleges of Distinction” is a college guide that recognizes colleges which are the best places to learn, to grow, and to succeed. Read more

New! Sage Trustees Approve Tuition Freeze for Fifth Year in a Row

The trustees of the Sage Colleges approved a 0% increase in undergraduate tuition during their recent winter board meeting.  This marks the fifth year the board has held tuition flat. Read more

Photo of Richard GuarasciNew! President Guarasci Named Chairman of Campus Compact Board

Wagner College President Richard Guarasci has been named chairman of the board of Campus Compact, a nonprofit coalition of 1,100 college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. President Guarasci assumes his post from outgoing chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor of Purdue University North Central, on July 1. Read more

New! Arcadia University Provost Elected to ACAO Leadership PositionPhoto of Steve Michael

Dr. Steve O. Michael, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Arcadia University, has been elected to the Executive Committee and the Board of the newly established Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO). The ACAO is the first national organization representing chief academic officers (CAOs) from accredited higher education institutions. The organization provides a forum for discussing important national academic issues and an environment where CAOs can communicate with one another. Read more

Photo of William MooreNew! Hampton University School of Science Awarded Grant to Build Super Computer

The Hampton University School of Science has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s HBCU-Research Infrastructure in Science and Engineering (RISE) program. The $1 million grant will be used to build a high-performance computer cluster for Numerical Modeling and Simulation. Read more

New! National Science Foundation Provides New Scholarships for St. Edward's University Students

A $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will be used to provide scholarships and academic support for high-achieving math and science students at St. Edward’s University. Read more

New! Widener Building New Residence Hall to Address Increased Enrollment and RetentionPhoto of new hall

Widener University will break ground this summer on a new 200-bed residence hall to address growing housing needs on campus due to increases in undergraduate enrollment and student retention. Read more

Photo of Jeffrey UlmerNew! Stetson Names Ulmer Vice President for Development

Stetson University has named Jeffrey A. Ulmer as vice president for development and alumni engagement. Ulmer joins Stetson from the University of Central Florida where he serves as assistant vice president overseeing fundraising at multiple academic colleges. Read more

New! Valparaiso University Commercial Earns National Recognition

The Office of Integrated Marketing and Communications at Valparaiso University is a Silver (the highest honor) and Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their advertisement titled “Where Passion Meets Purpose.” There were nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

Valparaiso University Selects Next Provost

Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., will join Valparaiso University as incoming provost and executive vice president for academic affairs effective July 1, 2014. In his role, Biermann will be responsible for leadership and oversight of the University’s academic programs as well as student affairs, including campus ministries, international programs, and diversity initiatives. Read more

Belmont Professor, Students Receive Grant for Research in China

Photo of groupAsian Studies and Chinese Language Assistant Professor Dr. Qingjun (Joan) Li and four of her students – Anna Croghan, Samantha Hubner, Joseph Minga and Ryan Pino – recently were awarded an ASIANetwork/Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Grant. Of 27 team applications, only eight were selected for grants which will fully fund the team’s research project in China this summer. Read more

Hamline’s Arts in Health Class Leads into Internships

Photo from meetingA new class in Hamline University’s College of Liberal Arts merged what could be thought of as vastly different disciplines, art and public health. The Arts in Health class, offered for the first time during January term of 2014, allowed students to explore real-world applications of art in the health field and the relationship of creativity to health. The class also served as a prerequisite for a valuable professional opportunity, an art therapy internship at Shriners Children’s Hospital. Read more

Arcadia University One of Six Schools Accepted into Peace Corps Prep Program

Arcadia University is one of six schools accepted into the Peace Corps Prep Program, an academic and service initiative designed to build solid cultural awareness and develop practical skills sought by the Peace Corps, other non-profit organizations, and global employers. The program at Arcadia will begin in fall 2014, with applications being accepted this spring. The program will provide several opportunities for Arcadia students to share service learning experiences, make connections with others both on and off campus, and build their futures in global careers. Read more

Samford Sets Spring Enrollment Record of 4,698

Photo of entranceSamford University has set another record for spring semester enrollment. Spring 2014 enrollment is 4,698, topping the record spring enrollment of 4,605 set in 2012. The 2014 totals are 106 students higher than the spring 2013 enrollment. Read more

Manhattan College President Elected to ACCU’s Board of Directors

Photo of presidentBrennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College, was recently elected to the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Board of Directors. ACCU’s Board oversees the work of the association to encourage and facilitate the sharing of ideas and cooperative efforts among its member institutions, and to promote the positive work being done at its member colleges and universities. The terms of the new presidents begin immediately and run until 2017. Read more

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Hampton Awarded Grant to Promote Financial Literacy in Low-Income Communities

The Hampton University School of Business is one of four institutions recently awarded the Minority Retirement and Security grant which focuses on the promotion of financial literacy research and workshops in primarily low-income African-American communities. Read more

Valparaiso Welcomes New Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Valparaiso University has selected John Palmucci as the senior vice president for finance and administration. Most recently Palmucci served as the vice president for finance and treasurer at Loyola University Maryland. He begins employment at the University on April 14. Read more

Stetson Wins 11 Communication and Marketing Awards at CASEPhoto from event

Stetson’s University Marketing Office won 11 communications awards from CASE III (Council for Advancement and Support of Education, District III), including three Grand Awards, the district’s highest honor. Read more

Pacific Lutheran University Named One of Nation’s Greenest Campuses

Photo of bike coopPacific Lutheran University was named as one of the nation’s 50 greenest colleges and universities by BestColleges.com. The list, released Feb. 17, ranked institutions that have distinguished themselves by launching the most impactful initiatives to reduce on-campus waste and energy consumption, promote alternative transportation, provide funding to student and faculty-led green proposals and take other measures to benefit the environment. Read more

Photo of labInnovative New Digital Media Arts Lab Opens at Hamline

Hamline University has built an innovative digital media arts lab to accommodate growth in the digital media arts major and foster group collaboration among students. Read more

Widener Signs the Green Chemistry Commitment

Widener University has signed the Green Chemistry Commitment, joining 17 other colleges and universities at the forefront of a national effort to transform university-level chemistry education. Widener is the first institution to sign in Pennsylvania. Read more

US News Ranks Scranton MBA Among Top 5 Financial Values in Nation

The University of Scranton’s MBA ranked No. 5 in the nation for having the best financial value at graduation according to a U.S. News & World Report list released Jan. 21. The ranking compared the average salaries at graduation to the average student loan debt for MBA programs across the country. Read more

North Central College Names Marty Sauer and Kimberly Sluis to Vice President Positions

North Central College has named Marty Sauer as vice president for enrollment management and athletics and Kimberly Sluis ’99 as vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Sauer is the College’s dean of admission and financial aid and Sluis is dean of students. The promotions are effective Feb. 1, the day Laurie Hamen, North Central College vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs, begins serving as the ninth president of Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Read more

Valparaiso University Introduces Business Analytics Degree

The College of Business at Valparaiso University has developed a new major in business analytics, joining an emerging trend in higher education seeking to address a growing marketplace need. Read more

Hampton President Makes Donation to Increase Hourly Staff Wages

Photo of President and Mrs. HarveyHampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey and Mrs. Norma B. Harvey have given a $108,403 personal gift to Hampton to support a wage increase for all full-time permanent staff earning less than $9 an hour. Through this donation, 121 full-time, permanent staff employees will receive a wage increase equal to $9 an hour. The Harveys have made two similar donations to the University in the past. Read more

Nazareth Receives Regional Economic Development Funding from Gov. Cuomo

Photo of WRI ProjectNazareth College's Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute (WRI) is the recipient of a $250,000 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) grant awarded by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The grant is part of the $715.9 million awarded through Round Three of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. Nazareth's WRI project will create new capacity and opportunity to meet growing workforce needs in the field of healthcare. The WRI Project will break ground in March 2014 and will be ready for students and clients in 2015. Read more

John Carroll’s Advancement Division Wins Awards

Both the Office of Alumni Relations and Integrated Marketing and Communications at John Carroll University were honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) District V. The Alumni Relations team received an Honorable Mention for its Alumni Chapter Program in the Best Volunteer Engagement Program category. Integrated Marketing and Communications was awarded honors in four categories: Best Video Features; Best Alumni/Institution Magazines; Excellence in Design, Posters; and Best Graphic Identity/Logo.

Additionally, The Society of Professional Journalists recognized John Walsh, university editor and director of publications, and John Carroll magazine for two awards. Read more

Snow, Acts of Kindness Blanket Samford Campus

Photo of students in the snowRandom acts of kindness were everywhere on the Samford University campus in late January as the university responded to an unexpected winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on the Birmingham area. Snow and ice, coupled with traffic gridlock across the metropolitan area caused several hundred Samford commuting students and employees to be stranded on campus. Residence life staff and resident students collected sleeping bags, pillows, linens and extra toiletries and delivered them to stranded employees and students staying in offices and campus buildings. On-campus resident students invited stranded students to share their rooms and bathrooms for the night. Some employees even took advantage of their sons and daughters who live on campus to unexpectedly share their rooms for the night. Good deeds went beyond the Samford community, however, as students provided snacks for motorists stranded along Lakeshore Drive, the state highway that fronts the campus. Read more

Redlands Outdoor Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Photo of outdoor groupIn May 2004, two students from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies designed and implemented the University of Redland's first Outdoor Education May Term Travel Course throughout California and Utah. The success of that course led to the development of Outdoor Programs, which endeavors to get students off campus to experience the mountains, deserts and ocean of Southern California. It has grown to include additional academic courses, opportunities for leadership development and training, local outreach and community service, pre-freshman orientation programs, and May Term Travel Courses including trips to Nepal, South Africa, Australia, and the European Alps. Read more

Wagner College Theatre Wins Community Enrichment Award

Wagner College and the Wagner College Theatre were honored by Staten Island’s Minty Organization for the Performing Arts with its inaugural Community Enrichment Award. Read more

Scranton Professor Pens Op-Ed about Investing in Liberal Arts for Huffington Post
Thinking Like an Investor... About the Liberal Arts

Photo of KrausJoe Kraus, associate professor and director of the Honors Program at The University of Scranton wrote about the investment in a liberal arts education in the Huffington Post. He began:

“If you think of a college education as the stock market, what are the "value buys," what are, to paraphrase Warren Buffett, the "companies" with strong fundamentals and long track records that other investors are overlooking?

Today's conventional wisdom often shouts at students to select vocational majors such as accounting, nursing or business because, so the surveys say, that's where the jobs are. The bigger question isn't where the jobs are, though, it's where they're going to be. And, if you're going to spend $200,000 on tuition, you want to prepare for a lifetime of employment not just a first job.” Read more

Scranton, Samford Online Programs Rank Among Nation’s Best

Photo of Scranton online websiteThe University of Scranton’s online graduate program in education ranked No. 9 in the nation, and its online MBA program ranked No. 51, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Education Programs. Graduate programs in Samford University's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing climbed to number 24 for in the same rankings. Samford was in the top 25 percent of all the accredited nursing schools included in this year's overall rankings. The lists, published Jan. 7, ranked online programs offered by nonprofit and for-profit institutions in the United States in categories of business, education, engineering, nursing and computer information technology. For more information: US News | Samford | Scranton |

Arcadia Students Participate in History on Field Study Trip to Kosovo and Serbia

Photo from tripTwo months after the governments of Serbia and Kosovo had reached their first-ever agreement towards normalizing relations in April, 15 students in Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program sat down with Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi to discuss this historic shift. For three years, adjunct professor Alex N. Grigorev has led students in the IPCR program to the fractured region of the Western Balkans. This field study trip, central to the IPCR course Conflict, Governance, and State-Building, allowed students an up-close look into an area still in crisis. Read more

Nazareth Names New VP for Finance and Administration

Photo of RicheyNazareth College has named Patrick Richey as the college’s new vice president for finance and administration. Richey has 25 years of progressive experience in senior leadership roles for higher education and government organizations as a chief financial officer. He begins his role on January 20. Richey previously worked as vice president for business and finance/treasurer at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. Read more

Photo of online editionStetson Law Launches Online Advocacy Journal

Stetson University College of Law has launched the inaugural issue of the Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law, a unique law review designed to be read entirely online to meet the needs of the modern reader. The Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law includes a range of articles related to trial work and practical advocacy skills. Read more

Photo of WestmorelandSamford’s Westmoreland Elected SACSCOC Board Chair

Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland has been elected chair of the board of trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). He will serve during 2014. Read more

Drury Names New Media Relations Director

Mike Brothers became the Media Relations Director for Drury University on December 16. Brothers served as the public health information officer for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for two years. Prior to that, he worked for the City of Springfield as well as the Springfield News-Leader. Read more

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