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Preparing and Evaluating 21st Century Faculty: Aligning Expectations, Competencies and Rewards

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NAC&U Members Honored for Community Service
With civic engagement at the core of NAC&U's mission, it's notBoyer Award photo surprising that the overwhelming majority of members are on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll which recognizes institutions that "achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve." Nazareth College was one of only 14 colleges nationwide named as finalists for the President's Award. Belmont University and the University of Redlands were recognized in the Honor Roll with Distinction category. Additionally, ten members made the general Honor Roll: Arcadia University, Hamline University, Ithaca College, North Central College, Stetson University, The University of Scranton, University of Evansville, Valparaiso University, Wagner College and Westminster College.
Learn about Nazareth's work in the Rochester community, especially in health and human services; Belmont students' unique business that creates jobs for formerly incarcerated men and helps recycle; and the University of Redlands' students efforts to help others rebuild their lives by building houses. Read the story.
Current Leaders Meet a Future Leader in 'Serendipitous' Moment


When Tim Wong read his father's publications he recognized aBoyer Award photo metaphor that stemmed from an earlier conversation. His father, Frank Wong, had asked him about the mosh pit's allure, and he responded that what looked disorderly from the outside was actually a cooperative situation on the inside. A fan of metaphors, Frank's most important - at least to The New American Colleges and Universities - was "the ugly duckling of higher education," the title of an essay he wrote while provost at the University of Redlands in which he explored the identity and characteristics of comprehensive colleges and universities, giving rise to the formation of NAC&U.


Frank passed away when Tim was only 17, so the younger Wong knew very little of his father's impact on higher education. That changed when Tim, now 34, was awarded a K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders award at the AAC&U conference where he met many of his father's friends, including University of Redlands president Jim Appleton, AAC&U president Carol Geary-Schneider and NAC&U president, Nancy Hensel. Read the story.

U.S. Professor of the Year: Samford's Chew Recognized for Quality in the Classroom

When Samford University psychology professor Stephen Chew wrestled with the question, "What are my students reallyBoyer Award photo learning?" he decided to put theory into practice. As a cognitive psychologist, Chew was well-versed in research showing how students learn. So he decided to throw out the notion that being a good professor meant giving out a certain percentage of As, Bs and Cs each semester and instead focused on what his students were taking away from class.


Last fall the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named Chew, who is also psychology department chair, the 2011 U.S. Professor of the Year for Master's Universities and Colleges. It is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, and it's the latest in a string of awards Chew has received for his teaching. Read the story. 


Westminster College Names Dr. Brian L. Levin-Stankevich as Next President

Dr. Brian L. Levin-Stankevich
chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will become Westminster College's 17th president when President Michael Bassis retires on July 15, 2012 after a 10-year tenure.  Read more.
National Rankings: Butler's Undergraduate Business Program a Top 50 by BusinessWeek

Butler University's College of Business (COB) has secured the 48th position in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of the best U.S. undergraduate business programs for 2012. Since its debut on the list two years ago, the College has climbed 15 spots (63rd in 2010 and 58th in 2011). And, as has been the case for the past two years, the COB remains the only Indianapolis school out of the 124 schools ranked. Read more.

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