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from The New American Colleges & Universities

June 2012

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Lloyd Armstrong
Fulbright Awards
Redlands New President
Goodbye to President Bassis
New on YouTube
Hamline Research Grant
Valpo Grad Placement Rate
PLU Medal of Freedom
SIFE Victories
UE Civic Service Award
Faculty and Administration Achievements
Student Achievements
Campus Improvements
Commencement News
Summer Institute


NAC&U Summer Institute  



June 20-22, 2012  

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

Westminster College
Salt Lake City, Utah 

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Change at What Cost?
One-on-One with Lloyd Armstrong, Summer Institute Keynote Speaker 
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In his blog,, Lloyd Armstrong quoted the following statistics: Median family income has dropped 8.7 % since 2000 while average tuition and fees in constant dollars increased by 35.5% at private non-profit colleges and 80.9% at public colleges during the same period. In a phone interview, Dr. Armstrong referred to a familiar phrase, "If something can't go on forever, it won't." This cost conundrum in higher education will be the highlight of Dr. Armstrong's keynote speech at the NAC&U Summer Institute. Read more...

Fulbright Awards send NAC&U Alumni, Faculty on Teaching and Research Assignments across the Globe


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Twenty-six graduates and six faculty members from more than half of NAC&U's members will head to a combined total of 21 countries under the Fulbright program. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Read more...


Redlands Appoints Ralph Kuncl as Next President

Boyer Award photoThe University of Redlands Board of Trustees elected Dr. Ralph W. Kuncl as the 11th president of the University. Kuncl, currently provost and executive vice president of University of Rochester, succeeds retiring President James R. Appleton and will assume his duties in mid-August 2012. Read more... 
Westminster (and NAC&U) Say Farewell to President Michael Bassis
Westminster College presented Dr. Michael Bassis with an Honorary Alumnus plaque before his official retirement this month.

New Videos on YouTube

New videos have been added to NAC&U's YouTube channel, including several featuring NAC&U presidents:

Hamline University Receives $1.1 Million Grant to Expand Undergraduate Research


Boyer Award photoHamline University will receive a $1.1 million grant over the next four years from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to develop Engaging Science Students through Investigative Research, a new program that will expand Hamline's science education programs and fund additional research opportunities for undergraduate students focusing on biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, pre-med, and pre-health science majors. This is the largest grant Hamline's science department has ever received. Hamline was among just a few dozen colleges and universities from across the country selected to receive one of the 43 grants given out this year by the Institute. Read more... 


Valparaiso's Graduate Placement Rate Tops 90 Percent for 19th Consecutive Year
The placement rate for Valparaiso University graduates from the classes of December 2010 and May and August 2011 was 96.1 percent, the 19th consecutive year it topped 90 percent. Read more...
Pacific Lutheran Alum Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Boyer Award photoDr. William FoegePacific Lutheran University '57, received the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at a White House ceremony, where President Barack Obama called him a leader in "one of medicine's greatest success stories." Obama noted that the epidemiologist had "driven a decades of progress in medicine," leading the effort to wipe out smallpox and save millions of lives. "In the 1960s," noted Obama, "2 million died each year of smallpox; a decade later, that number had dropped to zero... we all owe Dr. Foege a debt of gratitude." Read more... 


SIFE Teams from Belmont, Drury, North Central Compete in Nationals; Belmont Wins Top Prize


Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) teams from Belmont University, Drury University and North Central College were among only 156 teams nationwide to compete in the SIFE USA National Exposition. For the second time in three years, Belmont's team won the national championship. Belmont's SIFE team will now represent the United States at the international SIFE World Cup competition this fall. In addition to winning the national championship, the Belmont team also won second place in a competition sponsored by Sam's Club-the $4,000 cash prize will go to purchase equipment for Spring Back Recycling, a nonprofit business the students helped start last year. Read more... 


Watch Belmont's winning presentation on YouTube.


University of Evansville Mechanical Engineering Graduate Earns National Award for Civic Service


A Spring 2012 graduate of the University of Evansville's mechanical engineering program has won one of the nation's top honors for engineering-related civic service. Kyle Picha received the 2012 Arthur L. Williston Medal for his paper "The Future of Power Generation in a Post-Fukushima Society: A Partnership of Rising Renewables and Promising Nuclear Technologies." The Williston competition is a national writing contest sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and honors the student who submits the best paper on a specific topic in the area of civic service. This year's contest challenged students to reflect on how the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan affects the future of power generation. Read more...


Faculty and Administration Achievements


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Student Achievements


Campus Improvements
Commencement News
Scranton, Westminster Confer Record Number of Degrees
Have you registered for Summer Institute yet?


Boyer Award photoWestminster College will host the 18th Annual New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) Summer Institute from June 20-22, 2012. The Summer Institute brings together faculty and administrators from member colleges and universities across the nation to discuss issues facing their schools and also provides a venue for professional development and networking.

This year's NAC&U Summer Institute builds on the theme explored through the NAC&U Teagle Foundation Planning Grant. Through the grant project, teams are exploring what it means to be a NAC&U professor in the 21st century. In this year's Summer Institute, participants will delve into what it means to be a 21st century NAC&U institution.

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