North Central College Names Abiodun Goke-Pariola Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty
North Central College has named Dr. Abiodun “GP” Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. Dr. Goke-Pariola will begin his new role at North Central College on July 1 after serving most recently as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Read more
Drury Appoints Dr. Steven Combs as VP for Academic Affairs
Drury University has appointed Dr. Steven C. Combs as its next Vice President for Academic Affairs. He begins January 26. Combs comes to Drury from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a public comprehensive university, where he has spent the past year as founding dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. “Drury University has a tradition of excellence that I have been aware of since I was a graduate student at the University of Kansas,” Combs said. “From its exceptional faculty and staff to its committed alumni, administration and Board of Trustees, Drury has strong organizational DNA. I am delighted to stand shoulder to shoulder with this community, working together for something they love.” Read more
Carnegie Names Samford Fournier Alabama Professor of the Year
Samford University geography professor Eric J. Fournier has been named the 2014 Alabama Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Fournier was recognized for his superb teaching skills at the U.S. Professors of the Year awards ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country—those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. The program is sponsored by Carnegie and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
A Samford faculty member since 1997, Fournier served as chair of the geography department for 12 years. He was recently named director of Samford’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship (CTLS), a position that will allow him to continue in his teaching role. Read more
Nine NAC&U Members Recognized for Study Abroad Participation
The Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report ranked nine NAC&U members among top 40 masters institutions nationwide for study abroad participation. Arcadia University (#3), Hamline University (#6) and Belmont University (#29) were ranked among top masters institutions in Total Number of Students Participating in Study Abroad. Several more members were ranked among the top masters institutions for Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad, including Arcadia University (#1), Stetson University (#3), Pacific Lutheran University (#14), University of Redlands (#15), University of Evansville (#16), Samford University (#22), John Carroll University (#38), and Belmont University (#40). For more information: Arcadia: For Fifth Consecutive Year, Arcadia University Ranked First in U.S. in Study Abroad | Hamline: Study Abroad Leader | Stetson: International Student Enrollment Up 65 Percent
Sage President Susan C. Scrimshaw to Receive Career Achievement Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology
President of The Sage Colleges Susan C. Scrimshaw has been named the 2014 recipient of the Society for Medical Anthropology’s Career Achievement Award. The Career Achievement Award is presented bi-annually and honors an individual who has advanced the field of medical anthropology through career-long contributions to theory or method, and who has been successful in communicating the relevance of medical anthropology to broader publics. Read more
The University of Scranton Awarded $2 Million Economic Growth Initiative Grant
The University of Scranton was awarded a $2 million Economic Growth Initiative grant for its new center for rehabilitation education, a project that is estimated to have an $87.7 million regional economic impact. The 116,000-square-foot, eight-story center will house the school’s occupational therapy, physical therapy and exercise science academic departments when completed in August 2015. Read more
Caterpillar Foundation Awards Funding to Valparaiso University to Support Study Abroad in China
Valparaiso University has received funding from the Caterpillar Foundation to support study abroad in China, as a partner in the United States Department of State’s 100,000 Strong Initiative. Recognizing the importance of studying abroad to an increasingly globalized economy, the Caterpillar Foundation has designated funds to help those students who wish to study abroad in China but might not otherwise be able to have the opportunity. Study Abroad programs have a long history at Valparaiso University, with the first program in Cambridge and Germany going back nearly 50 years. The study center in Hangzhou, China, is celebrating 25 years as one of the longest running academic exchanges between the United States and China. Read more
Belmont University President Unveils Vision for the Future
Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher unveiled the University’s Vision 2020 to a room full of students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Vision, comprised of seven strategic priorities that will guide Belmont through the next five years, integrates the University’s values of integrity, inquiry, collaboration, service and humility to build what Vision 2020 calls, “Nashville’s University.” With Vision 2015 coming to a conclusion, the University is looking toward the future with a strong emphasis on student-centeredness, Christian character and a people-first culture, among other things. Read more
Hampton University President Receives the TMCF Educational Leadership Award
Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey was awarded the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) 2014 Educational Leadership Award. The Educational Leadership Award is the highest volunteer award presented to an individual who has a demonstrated record of commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and education. The Educational Leadership Award is presented annually to a president of an HBCU who has demonstrated outstanding business, academic and visionary leadership through effective management of his or her institution. Read more
Hampton Provost Named Interim President of Virginia State
Pamela Hammond, provost at Hampton University, was named interim president at Virginia State University. She will take over Jan. 1 and will be the first female president in the college’s 133-year history, according to a statement from VSU.
“Virginia State University has a remarkable history and a compelling story,” Hammond said as part of her introductory remarks, according to a statement from VSU. “We must communicate our message with clarity and consistency. We will communicate with our constituencies at each step. We cannot expect buy-in of our plan from our community if we do not offer input into that plan.” Read more
Military Times Ranks John Carroll, University of Evansville Among Nation’s Best Schools for Veterans
John Carroll University has ranked in the top 30 nationwide on the Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” four-year school list. John Carroll is the #1 Ohio school, the #5 private school, and #29 overall on the list of 100 colleges and universities. The University of Evansville also made the rankings list. Read more
The Daily Beast Ranks Manhattan College Among Top 25 with Best ROI
The Daily Beast recently placed Manhattan among the top 25 institutions in the country for return on investment, citing the College for providing graduates an opportunity to earn a strong starting salary and mid-career average salary. The College was the only religiously affiliated school on a list dominated by Ivy League schools, public flagships such as the University of California, Berkeley, and private research universities including Duke, MIT, Stanford and Vanderbilt. Read more
Ohio Northern University Announces Record Placement Rate for 2014 Graduates
The Office of Polar Careers at Ohio Northern University has announced a record 95 percent placement rate for students who graduated in 2014, according to its six-month assessment report. The new mark is up 1 percent from last year for those students who reported placement. Ninety-seven percent of the class of 2014 participated in the placement report. Read more
Redlands Alumni Couple Give $35 Million Gift
University of Redlands alumni couple Richard (Rich) and Virginia (Ginnie) Hunsaker, class of 1952, has conferred upon the institution its largest-ever single gift—$35 million—to establish a unique scholarship fund for deserving and talented students. Beginning with the freshman class entering in 2015, The Richard and Virginia Hunsaker Scholarship Prize will be awarded annually to eight incoming Redlands students. It is designed to attract excellent students from diverse backgrounds who have historically considered Redlands, but ended up choosing different schools for primarily financial reasons. Read more
Westminster Receives $50,000 for Competency-Based Program Scholarships
Westminster College announced the availability of $50,000 in scholarships for the first time in its competency-based programs. This unique scholarship gift supports the college’s commitment to making higher education more flexible and affordable for both undergraduate and graduate students. Thanks to David Simmons, CEO of Simmons Media Group and Westminster Board of Trustees member, the Simmons Scholarship is available to new students enrolling in one of Westminster’s competency-based (online) programs. Rather than merit or need-based awards, scholarships are granted to students who best articulate why competency-based learning is a good fit for them. Read more
‘Grow Wagner’ Was Most Successful Fundraiser in College’s History
Wagner College took part in the National Day of Giving with its own “Grow Wagner” campaign — which became the most successful one-day fundraiser in the college’s 131-year history, raising $129,479 from 314 different people. Read more
Arcadia’s College of Global Studies Appoints Andrew Law as Academic Dean
Dr. Andrew Law has been appointed as the next academic dean of The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University. Dr. Law will begin his position at The College of Global Studies at Arcadia in January 2015. Dr. Law serves as director of Off-Campus Study at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Prior to his position at Denison, he held positions at Lawrence University, Macalester College, and the University of Minnesota. Read more
Nazareth’s Gagan Named to CASE District II Board
Kelly Gagan, Nazareth College’s vice president for Institutional Advancement, is a new member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II Board. CASE District II is the largest of the eight CASE Districts. It is a regional organization of advancement professionals in the areas of alumni relations, communications, and philanthropy. Its purpose is to advance the knowledge and wisdom of its members through district training programs, communication vehicles, and networking opportunities. Read more
St. Edward’s Partners with Carroll College to Offer BS in Civil Engineering
A newly created partnership provides an opportunity for students at St. Edward’s University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Carroll College. Students enrolled in the program spend three years at St. Edward’s University and two years at Carroll College. After completing the academic requirements of both institutions, students shall be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree from St. Edward’s and the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Carroll College.
Valparaiso’s Biermann Reflects on His Journey to Provost
In “A Thoughtful Reflection, a Bright Future: Provost Biermann Sees Light at Valpo,” Provost Mark Biermann reflects on his career and coming to Valparaiso University earlier this year. In the article he is quoted: “I desperately miss teaching. I desperately miss being in the classroom with the students. As an academic administrator, if you don’t have a real love for teaching and scholarship, then your chances of being really effective decrease. You have to love what you’re trying to support.” Read more
Business Schools at Belmont, Scranton, and Valpo Named Among Nation’s Best
The Princeton Review named three NAC&U members in the 2015 edition of its annual guidebook, “The Best 296 Business Schools.” It cited Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, the Kania School of Management at The University of Scranton, and the College of Business at Valparaiso University among the top schools in the country.
Hampton University Receives NIH Grant to Study Treatment for Infectious Diseases
The Hampton University Department of Biological Sciences has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop vascular protection against select pathogens. Under the leadership of HU associate professor, Dr. Joanne Chan, the goal of this grant to develop new, safe and effective treatments for several infectious diseases. This initiative seeks to stimulate innovation in the discovery of pathogens, including those that can be used as bioterror weapons. Read more
John Carroll’s Boler School of Business Award U.S. Dept. of Education Grant
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded an Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) grant to the John M. and Mary Jo Boler School of Business at John Carroll University. The University is one of only 31 institutions nationwide to receive this award, which is part of a $2.9 million fund. The $82,000 grant represents the first year of an expected two-year commitment that will provide funds for faculty and course development, and expand the number of internships related to JCU’s International Business with Language and Culture (IBLC) program. The central focus of the IBLC major is problem solving in an international context. Offered at John Carroll since 2010, the IBLC major integrates the study of international business with advanced skills in language and culture, as well as overseas and domestic internship experiences. Read more
North Central College Welcomes Syrian Writer/Director Riad Ismat as Visiting Professor
North Central College has welcomed Riad Ismat as scholar-in-residence for the 2014-2015 academic year. Ismat’s residence at North Central occurs as the College is establishing an innovative academic program in Middle Eastern and North African studies that will include language courses in Arabic. Ismat will serve as visiting professor of arts and letters and teach courses in playwriting, acting and directing, besides lecturing on Syria, Arabic literature and drama. An acclaimed dramatist in the Arab world with 34 books to his credit, Ismat served as Syrian minister of culture from 2010 to 2012 and also served as Syrian ambassador to Pakistan and Qatar, director general of State Radio & TV and rector of Syria’s Academy of Dramatic Arts. Amid the turmoil in his homeland, Ismat left Syria in 2012. During 2013-2014 he served as visiting professor at Northwestern University’s Buffett Center for International & Comparative Studies in Evanston before arriving at North Central College. He recently responded to a series of questions about his experiences as an artist and the situation in Syria and the value of a liberal education. Read more
Widener Faculty, Student Edit Anthology of Writing to Help At-Risk Youth
Jayne Thompson, a senior lecturer in English who has been a Widener University faculty member for 18 years, and Emily DeFreitas, a senior English/creative writing major, have collaborated to edit a new book ,Letters to My Younger Self: An Anthology of Writings by Incarcerated Men at S.C.I. Graterford and a Writing Workbook. For the past three years, Thompson has been volunteering to teach creative writing to men at the prison, many of whom are serving life sentences. Read more
Westminster Faculty, Students Present Health Impact Assessment of Prison Relocation
Over the past four months, a team of Westminster faculty and students have been conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on the potential relocation of the Utah State Prison in Draper to Tooele County. The group presented their findings to the residents and local officials of Tooele County at the Tooele County Health Department. Westminster public health professors, Dr. John Contreras and Dr. Kristine Lynch, along with graduate students Heather Bertotti Sarin (lead researcher), Brenda Henderson and Mercedes Rodriguez, were contracted by Tooele County in May of 2014 to conduct the assessment to provide decision makers with information about the potential impacts on human health, both positive and negative, that may be experienced by the prison relocation. Read more
Ohio Northern University Professor, Student, Alumnus Published in Criminal Justice Journal
Tristin Kilgallon, assistant professor of criminal justice in Ohio Northern University’s Department of Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice; Jordan Turner, a senior criminal justice major from Casstown, Ohio; and Enver Krivaca, a 2012 ONU graduate of the LLM program; have co-authored an article published in the 2014 spring edition of Criminal Justice Praxis, the journal of the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education. Titled “Combatting Corruption in Kosovo Customs: Observations and Recommendations,” the article is a result of the trio going to Kosovo in summer 2013 to tour Kosovo Customs checkpoints and interview customs officials to research reasons for corruption in the country despite great amounts of money and time invested by donor nations in attempts to reform Kosovo Customs. Read more
University of Scranton’s Admissions Marketing Campaign Uses ‘Augmented Reality’
Prospective students now have the opportunity to interact with The University of Scranton even before they step on campus. A new marketing campaign from the school implements “augmented reality,” a technology that presents users with sound, video or graphics that appear to be imposed on a live, physical environment.Posters highlighting The University’s upcoming open house events invite users to download a free app, called Layar, point their mobile device or tablet at the ad, and watch it “come to life.” Read more
St. Edward’s, University of La Verne Rank High Among Hispanic-Friendly Institutions
The college ranking site BestColleges.com placed St. Edward’s University and the University of La Verne at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, among the “Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students.” La Verne ranked highly because it has a Hispanic student population of more than 40 percent, it has a Latino Student Forum and because the institution offers a graduation ceremony geared toward Latinos, in addition to a school-wide ceremony, among other criteria.
In related news, The University of La Verne became the first private institution in California to partner with TheDream.US, paving the way for undocumented students to receive as much as $25,000 in financial aid for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. TheDream.US formed less than a year ago with the goal of serving students on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protective Status (TPS), who are not eligible for federal financial aid. Both statuses are temporary, but renewable, allowing immigrants to stay in the states and gain employment. La Verne, designated a Hispanic Serving Institution with more than 50 percent of its students being the first in their families to go to college, was selected because of its commitment to diversity.
Also, five College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) students from St. Edward’s University were selected for the Monsanto Scholars Program. Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. The St. Edward’s CAMP is dedicated to serving the higher education needs of students from migrant and seasonal farmworker families. Over 2,800 migrant students have accessed higher education through CAMP and St. Edward's University.
University of Redlands Releases Report on Comprehensive Internationalization
The final report of the Council on Comprehensive Internationalization at the University of Redlands is now available for review. Last fall, President Ralph Kuncl charged a University-wide council led by Associate Provost Ed Wingenbach to define projects needed to enrich the educational experience in Redland’s undergraduate and graduate international programs. The council, collaborating with special working groups (composed of faculty, staff, and administrators), has since come back with their findings, recommendations, proposals for the University, and a summary of progress made over the past year on studying this major initiative. Read more
North Central College to Establish Program in Middle Eastern and North African Studies
North Central College is establishing an innovative academic program in Middle Eastern and North African studies that will include language courses in Arabic. The new program is partially funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. Beginning in fall 2015 the College will offer a minor in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies, significantly expand Oesterle Library’s holdings in MENA studies and introduce students to cultural experiences in the Chicago area and abroad. Read more
University of Evansville Announces New Physician’s Assistant Program
The University of Evansville will launch a new physician assistant program to build on its existing strength in health professions education and help meet the growing need for health care providers. The master’s-level program is slated to begin classes in January 2017 at the incoming multi-institutional academic health science and research center heading to downtown Evansville. Read more
Hampton Receives $3.5 Million to Increase Minority STEM Majors
The Hampton University First in the World Partnership (HU-FITWP) has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The project goal is to increase the access to and affordability of a university education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines (STEM) for underrepresented, and or low-income students. Read more
Sage President Susan C. Scrimshaw Helps to Author Report on the Future of Global Health
The Sage Colleges President Susan C. Scrimshaw co-authored the report “Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining Gains, Transforming Lives” which was published by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The report examines the value of American investment in health systems in low- and middle-income countries. The findings summarize how health systems improvements can lead to better health, reduce poverty, and make donor investments in health sustainable. The report also puts forth an effective strategy for donor investment in health and recommends broad priorities for health systems strengthening. Read more
University of Evansville Receives 2014 NCEES Engineering Award
The University of Evansville was only one of only six colleges to receive a 2014 National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education. UE’s Civil Engineering Program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science will receive $7,500 as a winner of the competition.
For their entry, UE’s civil engineering senior design team worked with faculty, residents of Fairfield, Illinois, and licensed professional engineers on the Fairfield Reservoir and Dam project in Fairfield. Read more
Belmont Receives Musical Accolades
Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business continues to be recognized as one of the world’s top colleges and universities to learn about the music industry according to a recent survey on music business education conducted by Billboard Magazine. Also, In Tune Magazine, a publication for students in grades 7-12, has released their Best Music Schools for 2015 and Belmont University’s School of Music is on the list.
Meanwhile, Belmont’s Black Student Association members Keayana Robinson, Cameron Bryant and Kristoff Hart were featured in The Huffington Post for their song and video “I Dig the Skin I’m In,” an empowering testament to their refusal to be anything less than comfortable in their own skin despite the things that have been said to them.
Partnership Puts Drury’s Future Health Care Professionals in Clinical Setting
As entry into professional health and medical schools becomes more competitive, a new partnership between Drury and Jordan Valley Community Health Center (JVCHC) gives undergraduates the chance to experience and work in a real-world medical setting well before they take that next step in their academic careers. Read more
Widener’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology Receives $190,000 Grant for Internship Program
The Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP) at Widener University was awarded a grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to begin a Center for Integrative Medicine Internship Program, which will offer students internship opportunities in health psychology for the 2014-15 academic year. Read more
Majority of NAC&U Members Named “Military Friendly” Schools
Victory Media’s 2015 Military Friendly Schools list includes 14 NAC&U members including Arcadia University, Belmont University, Drury University, Hamline University, John Carroll University, Nazareth College, North Central College, Ohio Northern University, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Evansville, University of La Verne, Valparaiso University, Westminster College, Widener University. These institutions have demonstrated a commitment to supporting student veterans on campus and in their careers.
Samford Announces 6th Consecutive Record Fall Enrollment
Samford University's fall 2014 enrollment has reached an all-time high of 4,933. The total exceeds last year’s record of 4,833 and is the sixth consecutive year of record fall enrollment. Included in the totals are 3,051 undergraduates and a record 1,882 graduate and professional students. Three programs saw significant increases over fall 2013: undergraduate business, up 13 percent; graduate nursing, 20 percent; and graduate education, 23 percent. Read more
Wagner Alumni Salaries Rank High in New York State
According to PayScale’s annual rankings of alumni salaries and return on investment for American colleges and universities, Wagner College graduates ranked #14 in New York State for salary potential of bachelor's degree graduates (out of 183 four-year colleges and universities in NYS). Read more
Nazareth College Creates Campus Illuminated in Green
Nazareth College is taking energy savings to a new level by becoming one of the first colleges nationwide to complete an overhaul of its campus lighting. The 150 acre, tree-lined campus, will soon be lit by more than 600 energy-efficient LED lights, reducing the College’s electricity needs by more than 70% and cutting the equivalent carbon emissions by more than 350 tons a year. It is one of the largest projects of its size in the nation. Read more
University of Scranton to Offer Doctorate of Nursing Practice
The University of Scranton will offer its second doctoral degree – a doctor of nursing practice (DNP). Offered through an innovative “executive format,” Scranton’s DNP prepares students to excel in the increasingly demanding field of nursing. Read more
John Carroll Launches the Mike Cleary Program in Sports Studies
John Carroll University has established the Mike Cleary Program in Sports Studies, a new academic major to help students gain and develop the knowledge and abilities to succeed in leadership roles in sports administration, coaching, and other careers. Read more
North Central Launches New Media Studies Department
North Central College is launching a new media studies department this fall to prepare students for the increasingly dynamic media field. The new department combines journalism, broadcast communication and interactive media studies (IMS). The popular IMS major blends art, computer science, English and communication. Read more
Valparaiso Begins Accelerated Physician Assistant Program
Valparaiso University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions has begun accepting applications for an accelerated Physician Assistant program. In five years, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
University of La Verne Chief Financial Officer named CFO of the Year
The Los Angeles Business Journal named University of La Verne Chief Financial Officer Avedis “Avo” Kechichian “CFO of the Year” during a ceremony in Los Angeles. Kechichian was among 42 finalists representing a wide variety of private and public companies, as well as government and nonprofit organizations.
College Rankings Round-up
New American Colleges and Universities were mentioned in several rankings and listings this month.
U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015
U.S. News & World Report released their annual Best Colleges issue online this week. Eighty percent of NAC&U members ranked as regional universities were in the top 20 in their respective regions. All but two NAC&U members are regarded as regional universities. See below for rankings by region as well as highlights of additional rankings data.
Samford University #3 • Belmont University #5 • Stetson University #6 • Hampton University #18
- Stetson and Samford were listed as “Best Values” in the region.
- Belmont, Samford, and Stetson were listed as “A+ Schools for B Students” and took three of the four spots on the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” list.
- Hampton was ranked #4 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities nationally and took the #2 spot on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list.
- Hampton was also listed on a regional roundup of institutions in which students graduate with the least debt.
- Belmont’s internship program was touted on the list of “Programs to Look For” which recognizes enriched offerings linked to student success.
- Belmont was also recognized as an “Up and Coming” school.
Valparaiso University #5 • John Carroll University #7 • Drury University #8 • University of Evansville #9 • Hamline University #12 • North Central College #14
- Drury was listed as the “Best Value” in the region with Valpo listed as the second “Best Value” in the region.
- U of Evansville, John Carroll, and Hamline were in the top 12 out of 15 “Best Values” in the region.
- All of the NAC&U schools in this region were listed as “A+ Schools for B Students.”
- Valpo was listed among the top 59 engineering programs (bachelor or master’s degree as highest offered) in the country.
- The “Programs to Look For” listing recognized John Carroll’s service learning programs and U of Evansville’s study abroad programs.
- Valpo and John Carroll were recognized on the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” list.
- Valpo was also recognized as an “Up and Coming” school.
- Drury was #3 on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list.
The University of Scranton #7 •Manhattan College #18 • Wagner College #28 • Nazareth College #31 • Arcadia University #41 • The Sage Colleges #87
- Wagner College again prominently factored into the “Programs to Look For” list with its first year experience, internships and service learning.
- Arcadia was recognized for its study abroad programs on the “Programs to Look For” list.
- Scranton was listed as a Best Value in the region as well as an “Up and Coming” school.
- Arcadia, Nazareth, Scranton and Wagner were listed as A+ Schools for B Students.”
- Manhattan was listed among the top 59 engineering programs (bachelor or master’s degree as highest offered) in the country.
- Nazareth was recognized among “Best Colleges for Veterans.”
University of Redlands #12 • St. Edward’s University #13 • Pacific Lutheran University #17 • Westminster College #20
- Redlands was listed as a ”Best Value” in the region and #1 on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list.
- St. Edward’s and Pacific Lutheran were #2 and #4, respectively, on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list.
- All of the NAC&U schools in this region were listed as “A+ Schools for B Students.”
University of La Verne #166 • Widener University #189
- Both La Verne and Widener were recognized as “Best Colleges for Veterans.”
Washington Monthly’s Contribution to the Public Good
Ten members were among the top 90 schools recognized for their contribution to the public good in three categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). Half of the members named were in the top 25. Members ranked as follows:
Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money
Money magazine listed Manhattan College as #40 and John Carroll University as #95 in the nation in its “Best Colleges for Your Money” rankings. Valparaiso University also made the list at #214. Institutions were evaluated based on 17 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For
According to a 2014 survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education, North Central College and Westminster College are two of the best colleges in the nation to work for. Results are based on a survey of more than 43,500 employees at 278 colleges and universities. In the survey, Westminster employees lauded the school in the following four recognition categories: collaborative governance; teaching environment; facilities, workspace and security; and job satisfaction.
Princeton Review’s Best 379 Colleges 2015
Eight NAC&U members are among the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book. Members included on the list were Hampton University, Wagner College, Nazareth College, The University of Scranton, Drury University, North Central College, Valparaiso University and Westminster College.
Wagner College was also listed as #1 in Best College Theater, and its student newspaper ranked among the country’s top 20 collegiate news publications. Wagner was also listed among the “Great Schools for Health Services Majors” for the second year in a row. Nazareth College was ranked #17 for Best College Theater, and The University of Scranton was among the 20 “Best Run Colleges” in the nation.
Forbes’ Americas Top Colleges
Fifteen NAC&U members were listed on Forbes 2014 Top Colleges list, produced in partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The rankings assessed five general categories, with several component factors within each category, including student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate and academic success. Members on the list were Belmont University, Hamline University, John Carroll University, Manhattan College, North Central College, Pacific Lutheran University, Samford University, Stetson University, The Sage Colleges, The University of Scranton, University of Evansville, University of La Verne, University of Redlands, Valparaiso University, and Wagner College.
Colleges of Distinction
Belmont University, North Central College, Samford University, and Westminster College were named among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing graduates for real-world success.
Great Value Colleges’ Great Affordable Colleges
The University of Evansville and Valparaiso University were recognized among 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest by Great Value Colleges. UE was ranked 3rd in the Private School category.
U.S. Veterans Magazine Top Veteran-Friendly Schools
In the summer issue of the U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM), the University of Evansville was recognized as a Top Veteran-Friendly School on the magazines 2014 Best of the Best Lists. UE was the only private university in Indiana, and one of only two colleges in the state, to receive this distinction.
Manhattan College Receives Grant to Study Higgs Boson
|The Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile subterranean tunnel that enabled the discovery of the Higgs boson. (photo courtesy of Maximilien Brice, CERN)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Manhattan College a grant in the amount of $226,446 to conduct research during the next three years on Higgs boson, the subatomic particle that accounts for the creation of mass, essentially allowing human life to exist. Rostislav Konoplich, Ph.D., professor of physics and a member of ATLAS, one of the two international teams that collaborated to pinpoint the Higgs boson in 2012, will spearhead the research with undergraduate students at the College. Read more
Hampton University Awarded $1.5 Million to Prepare Students for Biomedical Research Careers
The Hampton University Department of Biological Sciences has been awarded a five year $1.5 million dollar grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program at Hampton University. This program addresses the need to reduce the disparity in the number of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research careers and therefore addresses the needs for the U.S. to remain optimally competitive and productive in the 21st century. Read more
St. Edward’s University Welcomes New Deans, VP for Financial Affairs
St. Edward’s University welcomed new senior leadership in the School of Natural Sciences, The Bill Munday School of Business and the Office of Financial Affairs. Gary Morris, PhD, is the new dean of the School of Natural Sciences; Nancy Schreiber, PhD, is the new dean of The Bill Munday School of Business; and Kimberly Kvaal is the new Vice President for Financial Affairs. Read more
John Carroll Appoints Assistant Provost and Vice President for Mission and Identity
John Carroll University has appointed Terry L. Mills, Ph.D., as the University’s first Assistant Provost for Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer, effective August 18. Read more
John Carroll University also has appointed Edward J. Peck, Ph.D., as vice president for university mission and identity, effective August 15. Read more
Hampton Appoints New Deans and a Director
Hampton University is preparing for the new academic year with two promotions of faculty/staff, as well as welcoming a new face. Dr. Linda Malone-Colon was named dean of the HU School of Liberal Arts; Dr. Almarie E. Munley was named dean of the HU University College; and Ms. Tina D. Rollins was named director of the William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library. Read more
Belmont Reaches New High of 7,301 Students for Fall 2014 Enrollment
Belmont University announced a Fall 2014 enrollment of 7,301 students, putting the thriving University at more than double its enrollment from 2000 (2,976 students) and up 5.5 percent from last fall’s total of 6,915. Applications for undergraduate and graduate admissions for Fall 2014 also saw an increase of 12.5 percent and resulted in the University’s largest freshman class to date with 1,420 students. Read more
Total Enrollment Increases for Three Consecutive Years at Valparaiso University
Valparaiso University expects to welcome nearly 1,000 new undergraduate students when classes begin Tuesday for the fall 2014 semester. Valpo anticipates total enrollment will be nearly 4,525 — the largest in 34 years. Read more
Scranton Welcomes its Largest Freshmen Class to Date
At 1,086 members, the Class of 2018 is the largest in the University of Scranton’s history, surpassing the previous record of 1,054 students set by the Class of 2015. Read more
University of Redlands Welcomes Most Diverse Class in its History
The University of Redlands welcomed the most diverse class in its history, including 27 percent first generation students and 51 students international students. The class includes published authors and poets, a student who built a float in the Rose Parade, an actor of television and film, a U.S. Marine veteran, cancer survivors, and volunteers for a variety of causes, including animal shelters, Alzheimer’s assistance, and political campaigns. Read more
Westminster Welcomes Freshmen Class with Highest GPA in Recent History
Westminster welcomed the Class of 2018 as 487 students began their first day of classes, hailing from 13 countries and 33 states. The class also boasted the highest high school grade-point average in recent history. Read more
Samford Exceeds Campaign Goal More than Four Months Early
President Andrew Westmoreland announced that Samford University had exceeded its goal for “A Campaign for Samford” more than four months early. As of Aug. 15, gifts and pledges totaling $200,155,265 had been received from 17,381 donors, representing the largest fundraising effort in the university’s 173-year history. Gift amounts ranged from 36 cents to $13.4 million. The campaign launched in October 2009 with a goal of $200 million. Read more
Stetson CFO Wins National Business Award
F. Robert Huth, vice president for business and chief financial officer at Stetson University, received national recognition as the 2014 Distinguished Business Officer by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) at the July annual meeting. Read more
In their letter of recommendation to the nomination committee, signed by both Stetson President Wendy B. Libby and Provost Beth Paul, they listed several descriptors of Bob Huth as reasons why he should receive this top NACUBO award. They included: “a system thinker for One Stetson; a builder, not a maintainer; a calculated risk taker; a trusted communicator and teacher; one who is committed to strategy above all and service to the profession, with an endearing sense of humor.”
La Verne College of Law Dean Gilbert Holmes to be Awarded by State Bar of California
The State Bar of California named University of La Verne College of Law Dean Gilbert Holmes the first recipient of the Annual Presidential Awards for his efforts to provide access to justice. Read more
Drury Students Settle in with Dinner at Faculty Homes
Part of Drury’s four-day new student orientation includes Sunday evening dinner and dessert with faculty. Groups of students gather at faculty homes and in some campus locations for food and conversation. It’s moment of personal connection in a time of transition. Read more
Young African Leaders Study Civic Leadership at Wagner
A group of 25 young African leaders from 19 sub-Saharan countries is studying community and nonprofit organizations at Wagner College. The Wagner College cohort is part of President Barack Obama’s Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, which has placed 500 men and women in programs at 20 colleges and universities across America this summer. Read more
Arcadia Class Makes Headlines in Sierra Leone
by Christopher Sarachilli, ‘14
In late spring, the Ministry of Youth Affairs in Sierra Leone hosted Arcadia University students in Freetown, the nation’s capital, garnering notice in local newspapers such as The Exclusive and The Awareness Times, as well as on the country’s national television station. Students traveled to the West African country from May 25 to June 5 as part of Beyond Conflict in Sierra Leone, a Global Field Study course taught by Associate Professor Dr. Jennifer Riggan and Fodeba Daboh ’11M, a graduate of Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution program. Read more
Hamline Names Sr. VP for Business, Finance and Technology
Hamline University is pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret Tungseth as senior vice president for business, finance and technology. Tungseth comes to Hamline from Central College in Pella, Iowa, where she currently serves as treasurer and vice president for finance and administration. At Hamline, Tungseth will provide leadership and management of the university’s finance, ITS, facilities services, and human resources departments. She will begin her duties at Hamline on September 1. Read more
Liberal Education, Soft Skills, and Success
The Huffington Post published a blog written by University of Evansville President Thomas Kazee in which he wrote about how liberal education teaches ‘soft skills’ necessary for success in career and life. Read more
Hampton University Named 2014 HBCU of the Year
Hampton University was named the HBCU of the Year at the fourth annual HBCU Awards ceremony on July 11. The award was one of three of the evening for Hampton, which also won top honors for research and women’s athletics. Read more
Hampton University Administrators Travel to China with U.S. Secretary of State
Hampton University’s Provost Dr. Pamela Hammond and Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Barbara Inman traveled to Beijing, China this week along with United States Secretary of State John Kerry as part of the fifth U.S-China Consultation on People to People Exchange (CPE). The effort is designed to enhance and strengthen ties between U.S. citizens and the People’s Republic of China in the areas of culture, education, science and technology, sports and women’s issues. Read more
Manhattan College Launches Campus-Wide Energy Conservation Project
Manhattan College launched a $2.3 million water and energy-saving project that is expected to save an estimated $652,000 per year in utility costs and reduce electricity use by nearly 2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. The project is scheduled for completion in the fall 2014 semester. By implementing energy and water conservation measures, Manhattan College expects to conserve an estimated 6.3 million gallons of water and avoid the equivalent annual emissions from 433 passenger vehicles, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data. Read more
Westminster Awarded Grant to Diversify STEM Education
Westminster College is one of 20 institutions selected for a national initiative called Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES). As a TIDES school, Westminster received a $285,731 grant to increase diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Computer Science Professor Helen Hu will use the grant to create innovative new course combinations that are designed to excite freshmen about the versatility of technology. Read more
Samford Nursing Receives $1.3 Million Grant to Prepare Nursing Educators
Samford University's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing has received the third largest award nationally of the 92 Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grants for 2014-15. This is the 12th year for Samford to receive the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Samford's grant of $1,310,955 is third only to Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and Wayne State University in Michigan. It is one of only four grants nationally that exceed $1 million. Read more
Pacific Lutheran to Offer MS in Marketing Research Degree
Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Business is accepting applications for the first cohort of its latest master’s degree, the Master of Science in Marketing Research (MSMR). The program will begin in September 2015, making PLU the only university on the West Coast to offer a dedicated MSMR degree. Read more
Barbara Nodine to Serve as Provost, VP for Academic Affairs at Arcadia for 2014-15
Arcadia University announced that Barbara Nodine, Ph.D., who has served for more than four decades in faculty and leadership positions at the University, will serve as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for the 2014-15 academic year. During this time, Arcadia will conduct an international search for the University’s next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Read more
Dr. Perry Moulds Appointed Vice President of Development, External Relations at Belmont
Following a four-month nationwide search, Belmont University announced that Dr. Perry Moulds, senior director of development for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has been named vice president for development and external relations. He will begin his new role at Belmont on Aug. 5. Read more
Keith Brower Joins Manhattan College as the New Dean of the School of Arts
Manhattan College welcomed Keith Brower, Ph.D., a seasoned professor of modern languages, as dean of the College’s School of Arts, effective July 1. In his new role he will oversee and lead 15 academic departments, which encompass 16 majors and 12 minors as the school continues to embark on new opportunities. Read more
Stetson Appoints Associate Provost
Dr. Rosalie Richards, nationally recognized leader in undergraduate research, faculty development, inclusive excellence and cultural competence, STEM, and STEM education, joined Stetson University as associate provost for Faculty Development and professor of Chemistry and Education, effective July 21, 2014. Read more
Stetson Appoints Associate Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs
Dr. Madhu Rao, former senior associate dean at The Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University in Oregon, has been appointed associate dean of Undergraduate Business Programs in Stetson’s School of Business Administration, as of June 15. In his new role, Rao will help lead Stetson’s initiatives for interdisciplinary programs throughout the university and help build extensions into experiential learning methods and programs. Read more
Tropello Named Spiro Nursing School Dean at Wagner
Wagner College’s Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing announced that Associate Professor Paula Tropello, previously the chairwoman of the college’s nursing program, has been named dean of the Spiro Nursing School. Read more
Westminster College Announces Dr. Lucille Sansing as Interim Provost
Westminster College has selected Lucille Sansing, Ph.D., as the new interim provost for the college. Dr. Sansing, formerly the interim chief academic officer and president of Trident University International, began her position on July 14. Read more
Arcadia University Names Dean of Health Sciences, Chair of Physical Therapy
Arcadia University has announced that Rebecca Craik, PT, PhD, FAPTA, has been named dean for its College of Health Sciences, and Philip McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA, has been named chair of its Department of Physical Therapy. The two have a combined total of more than 36 years of service to Arcadia University in faculty and leadership positions. Read more
Samford Announces Three New Administrative Appointments
Samford University announced the following administrative appointments:
- Mary Sue Baldwin will assume a new title of chief institutional effectiveness officer in the office of the president.
Nancy Biggio will become associate provost for administration.
- Chris Metress will have an expanded role as associate provost for academics. He will continue with the special projects he has undertaken as University Professor to increase faculty and student opportunities for academic excellence. He will also have administrative involvement with University Fellows, the Office of Global Engagement, Air Force ROTC, General Education, and other academic programs. Read more
John Carroll Renews President’s Contract, Appoints Provost
The John Carroll University board of directors has renewed the contract of Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., as president. The board unanimously voted in May to extend Father Niehoff’s term through June 2020.
Jeanne M. Colleran, Ph.D., will become provost and academic vice president of John Carroll University, effective Aug. 4, 2014. The decision was made after an extensive national search. Most recently, Dr. Colleran served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at John Carroll University. Read more
The University of Scranton Names New Provost and SVP for Academic Affairs
Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., will serve as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of The University of Scranton, effective July 1. Dr. Boomgaarden currently serves as dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans, a position he has held since 2009. Read more
Redlands President Co-Authors Paper on U.S. News Rankings
University of Redlands President Ralph Kuncl co-authored a study, published by the journal Research in Higher Education, arguing that small movements in the rankings are simply “noise” and that any kind of sustained upward movement is both immensely expensive and nearly impossible. Read more
Valparaiso University Appoints Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion
Valparaiso University has named Professor Phillip Powell, Ed.D., as Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion, effective June 1, 2014. Powell currently serves on Valpo’s faculty in the communication department. Read more
Widener to Offer $100,000 Scholarships to Every Student at Local Charter School
Widener University announced that it would award $100,000 college scholarships to every eighth-grade student who graduates from Widener Partnership Charter School in Chester and attends Widener University. Read more
Wagner College to Offer Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Beginning this August, Wagner College’s Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing will enroll the first cohort in its new Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Read more
Shoes for an Entire Nation: Samford’s Global Outreach Takes on a Daunting Goal
Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland announced last March that the university would undertake a significant goal: provide shoes to the children of an entire nation. In doing so, the school hopes to foster the meaning of the university's mission as well as its vision for the future. Samford has aligned its resources with Charlotte, N.C.-based Samaritan's Feet to shoe the entire nation of Dominica. Read more
Westminster Graduates Largest Class at 2014 Commencement Ceremony
Westminster College graduated its largest class of 977 students on May 31, 2014, at the Maverik Center. Approximately 610 undergraduates and 367 graduate students participated in this year’s event. Read more
Nazareth President Reflects on the Anniversary of the Brown Decision
A blog on the Huffington Post from Nazareth College President Daan Braveman. Braveman reflects on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Read more
NAC&U Members Earn National Recognition for “Green” Efforts
The Princeton Review has named Drury University, North Central College, Pacific Lutheran University, Stetson University and Westminster College to its annual “Guide to 322 Green Colleges.” The U.S. Green Building Council also has awarded the Drury University’s University Suites residential building with a LEED Platinum certification. For more information: Drury | North Central | Westminster
Hampton Receives NSF grant for Computing Pre-College Program
The Hampton University Department of Computer Science received a $397,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will be used to equip incoming freshman students with the necessary tools to achieve in the field of computer science. This summer the Department of Computer Science will offer its first Computing Pre-College program. The funds will be used over the next three years for incoming freshmen computer science/ computer information systems students to sharpen their computational thinking and programming skills. Read more
Sage Names New Chief Financial Officer
Patrick Jacobson-Schulte will serve as chief financial officer of The Sage Colleges, effective June 9. Jacobson-Schulte will replace retiring CFO Peter Hughes, Ed.D., who has served as Sage’s vice president for finance and treasurer since 2009. Jacobson-Schulte comes to Sage from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota where he served as the associate vice president for financial management and budget.
Hamline Nationally Ranked as One of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs
After a national study, Hamline Student Affairs has been named one of the "30+ Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs" by Diverse magazine. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has teamed up with the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) to conduct this study. Read more
President Emeritus Harold Wilde Named North Central College Life Trustee
Harold R. Wilde, President Emeritus of North Central College, has been named a Life Trustee of the College. Wilde served as trustee and president for 22 years before his retirement in 2012. Life Trustees are retired from active board status and provide ongoing counsel to the College. Read more
Stetson Approves a New Strategic Map
After months of work and vetting with the broad Stetson community, the University has emerged with a new Strategic Map that received unanimous approval at the Board of Trustees’ May meeting. Read more
Nazareth College Partners with Industry Leaders to Design New Integrated Marketing Communications Master’s Program
In response to a demand for marketing professionals with the skills to be successful in today’s multi-channeled, media rich marketplace, Nazareth College’s School of Management is introducing a master of science in integrated marketing communications (IMC) in fall 2014. Nazareth College has partnered with a team of national and regional experts connected to emerging needs in the marketing communications industry to create, support, and continuously evaluate the College’s newest program. Read more
Faculty-Student Research Provides a Cornerstone of the PLU Mission
Recently Pacific Lutheran celebrated research projects from the three divisions of its College of Arts and Sciences—Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. The posters, articles and videos on display provide a window onto activities that are at the core of Pacific Lutheran University’s mission: scholarship and student learning. Read more
University of Evansville Annual Fund Hits Landmark Goal of $1,000,000
The University of Evansville Office of Development announced that a landmark goal of $1,000,000 was achieved at the conclusion of the 2013-14 Annual Fund campaign. Money raised for the annual fund will benefit UE students in the form of scholarships and financial aid. Read more
Hamline’s President Hanson to Retire June 2015
Hamline University President Linda Hanson will retire, effective June 30, 2015, at which time she will have completed 10 years of dedicated service to Hamline University. Under President Hanson’s leadership, the university has moved forward in several strategic areas. In the past nine years, Hamline launched its School of Business and competitive MBA program; developed and opened a second campus serving students in the West Metro Twin Cities; created and successfully marketed several new academic programs; achieved recognition as the top-ranked private law school in Minnesota; and maintained recognition as the top-ranked regional, comprehensive university in Minnesota. Read more
Sage Names New Provost
The Sage Colleges is pleased to announce that Susan Beatty, Ph.D. has accepted the position of provost of The Sage Colleges. Beatty will replace retiring provost Terry Weiner, Ph.D. who has served as provost since 2010. Read more
Jerome DeSanto Joins John Carroll as Executive Vice President
Jerome P. DeSanto, Ed.D., joined John Carroll University as executive vice president, effect March 17, 2014. DeSanto most recently served as vice president for planning and chief information officer for the University of Scranton.
Pacific Lutheran President Funds Student Internship
Starting this year, one Pacific Lutheran University student with an unpaid summer internship will be awarded $2,000, thanks to the debut of the Patricia L. and Thomas W. Krise Endowed Internship Fund. Read more
North Central President Emeritus Wilde Published, Interviewed for Advise on Selecting Commencement Speakers
Former president of North Central College Harold Wilde publisehd an April 7 op-ed story about the unique challenges college presidents face in securing Commencement speakers on zocalopublicsquare.org. It was subsequently published by Time.com and NPR, resulting in wide online distribution and an on-air interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” weekend program. Read more
St. Edward’s University Honors Entrepreneur and Supporter with Naming of Business School
St. Edward’s University has named its school of business in honor of an extraordinary business leader, humanitarian and friend of the university – Bill Munday. With businesses in the automobile industry, healthcare and real estate, Bill is known for his business acumen. But he is also known as a generous philanthropist and was named with Pat, his wife of 45 years, Philanthropist of the Year in 2008 by the Austin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Bill and Pat are the university’s largest donors, having contributed more than $36 million since 2003. Read more
Manhattan Launches Interdisciplinary Ethics Minor
Manhattan College is now offering an interdisciplinary minor in ethics in conjunction with the Philosophy department and Schools of Arts, Business, Education and Health, Engineering and Science.The new minor addresses both practical and theoretical issues in order to inform students about ethical challenges that they may face at work and in their daily lives. Read more
NAC&U Members Ranked Among U.S. News’ 2015 Best Graduate Schools
Congratulations 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
Manhattan College Ranks 15th in Nation for ROI According to Survey of Graduates
The 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
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
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
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
Arcadia University Provost Elected to ACAO Leadership Position
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
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
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
Widener Building New Residence Hall to Address Increased Enrollment and Retention
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
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
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
Asian 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
A 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
Samford 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
Brennan 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
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 CASE
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
Pacific 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
Innovative 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
Hampton 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
Nazareth 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
Random 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
In 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
Joe 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
The 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
Two 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
Nazareth 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
Stetson 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
Samford’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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