News & Notes
from The New American Colleges & Universities

September 2012

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Tom Krise's Inauguration
Presidents' Answers
Drury's Learning Island
UE Tuition Freeze
Welcoming Speeches
President Harris
Featured Campus: Widener
New Year Stories
Member Programs Featured
College Rankings
Faculty Accolades
Student Accolades
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Pacific Lutheran University Inaugurates Thomas Krise as its 13th President

The beginning of Pacific Lutheran University's 123rd year marked a time of change and a celebration of a rich history of pursuing lives of service and thoughtful inquiry. The Presidential Inauguration and Convocation welcomed the class of 2016 and the swearing in of PLU's 13th president, Thomas W. Krise.
"We become Lutes together today," Krise told a crowd of students at Olson Auditorium. "Ceremonies like today are how we act out what we cannot say." Read more about the ceremony or view photos from the inauguration. 

Meet Our New Presidents


NAC&U would like to warmly welcome our three new presidents at Pacific Lutheran University, University of Redlands and Westminster College. We caught up with each one during their first few weeks on the job and asked each to answer a different question so we can get to know them better. With backgrounds in the military, neurology and history, find out what we asked, and how they answered.


Drury Embraces Online Learning with Real-World Feel

Have you ever dreamed of owning an island? Drury University is living the dream and using it to deliver education to its students. Since 2009, Drury has operated Drury Island in Second Life, a virtual world that is free for users.
Read more about real learning in Drury's virtual classrooms as well as possible applications for NAC&U.

University of Evansville Freezes Tuition for Four Years
The University of Evansville implemented an immediate freeze on undergraduate tuition. For incoming students who arrive in fall 2013, tuition is guaranteed to remain fixed at its current level for four years. Tuition for returning students will be locked in until those students have completed four years at the University.  

NAC&U asked University of Evansville President Tom Kazee to discuss the consideration that went into the decision as well as the logistics of implementing the plan.  Read what Dr. Kazee said.
Presidents Welcome Staff, Students to Campus
In his welcome speech to staff, President Andrew Westmoreland of Samford University discussed seven issues in higher education.


Higher education may be in "a really big, bad mess," but the people of Samford University are unusually equipped to help solve the problems, he told employees. Read more.
Check out convocation speeches from NAC&U presidents:
Widener Trustees Extend Contract of President James Harris

The trustees of Widener University extended the contract of President James T. Harris III for another five years beyond its current expiration date.


"President Harris's strong and inspiring vision for Widener University to become a leading metropolitan institution ismatched only by his approach to lead us toward a future in which our university is recognized as one of the most dynamic and civically committed universities in the country," said Board of Trustees chairman Nicholas Trainer. "The trustees are confident that Dr. Harris is the best president for Widener University at this time in our history and delighted he has agreed to this extension." Read more.

Featured Campus: Widener University

NAC&U was fortunate to welcome three new members to the consortium this past summer. Learn more about what makes new member Widener University unique in our Featured Campus series. 
New Year Traditions at NAC&U Campuses

The new 200,000 sq. ft. Loyola Science Center at The University of Scranton

Service to others, the unveiling of new and renovated buildings and climbing enrollment figures dominated campus news feeds as the semester began. 


NAC&U Programs Featured by The Chronicle, AAC&U


The Chronicle of Higher Education featured Arcadia University in the article "For a Growing Number of Freshman, Packing for College Requires a Passport," on Sept. 3. Contributor Ian Wilhelm reported that a growing number of universities are encouraging students to study abroad early in their college life, something that Arcadia, an innovator in study abroad, has been doing since it introduced Preview in 1994 and the semester-long First Year Study Abroad Program in 2003. Read the article.

The September 2012 issue of AAC&U's newsletter looks at Belmont University's Sophomore Experience program which seeks to support sophomores' unique needs. Read the article.


College Rankings: Princeton Review, Washington Monthly, Colleges of Distinction, The Best Colleges

The Princeton Review ranked its top 377 colleges and universities nationwide and then asked students to rate their institutions in various categories. Eight NAC&U members were among the 377 top colleges, and many more were rated tops in their regions. Read more.

Washington Monthly's 2012 rankings rated 682 schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility, Research, and Service. Stetson University was the top-ranked NAC&U member, coming in at #13 on the list. Cindi Brownfield, director of news and media relations at Stetson, attributed the high ranking to Stetson's emphasis on community engagement, plus the growing ROTC program and high number of students who join the Peace Corps. She wrote, "Community service and outreach have long been a part of Stetson's mission, but in 2011, we took that commitment further by making 'fostering civic and community engagement' a top priority in our new three-year strategic plan." Find out more about how NAC&U members were ranked.
Colleges of Distinction, an online college guide, included nine NAC&U members in its 2012-13 rankings based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators and admissions professionals in four areas of undergraduate education: student engagement in the educational process, great teaching, vibrant learning communities and successful outcomes. Read more.  
The Best College's list of the 10 Most Innovative Colleges for Foreign Language Study included Valparaiso University. Read more. 
Embargoed releases are flooding our inbox! Check next month's issue to see how NAC&U members ranked in USNews.
Faculty Awards and Accomplishments
Claire Nolte, Ph.D., Manhattan College


Student Awards and Accomplishments



Videos Added to NAC&U's YouTube Channel

  What happens when a college president is game to rally the student body, even if it means donning a mascot uniform? Check out the video on our YouTube channel.

Also, watch professor Greg Rawski's Convocation Address to the University of Evansville.