News & Notes
from The New American Colleges & Universities

December 2012

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Teagle Grant
CIC Leadership
ACE Fellowship
Manhattan College
IIE Myanmar
Best Values
Top Study Abroad
New Programs
Hello & Goodbye
Applied Learning
New Online

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NAC&U Awarded Teagle Grant 

The Teagle Foundation has awarded The New American Colleges and Universities a $150,000 grant for a project that will identify new approaches to build on the core values of a liberal education in a residential setting and prepare students for productive and successful careers. When the project, "Preparing 21st Century Students through New Visions for Faculty Evaluation, Campus Governance and Curriculum," is completed, NAC&U hopes to have, among other outcomes, a curriculum development map that shows the integration of liberal and professional studies and emphasizes general education and disciplinary learning outcomes. 


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CIC Program Propels Potential Leaders to Think Differently 

Deborah Garrison
Liz Rihl-Lewinsky



Experiential learning is a key component for students at New American Colleges and Universities, but aspiring leaders in NAC&U are finding that it applies to their careers as well. Liz Rihl-Lewinsky, executive director of federal aid programs and financial aid systems, at Arcadia University, and Deborah Garrison, dean of the school of nursing at Widener University, are among only 24 people participating in the Council of Independent Colleges  (CIC) Senior Leadership Academy this year. 


The program, which prepares mid-level administrators for senior leadership positions, requires participants to engage in experiential learning that helps them examine issues from an institutional perspective. Participants are able to tailor the experiential learning component for areas that they wish to develop. 


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Building Leadership Skills through an ACE Fellowship
Dawn Hiles
While the CIC Leadership Academy participants are growing through experiential learning on their own campuses, Dawn Hiles, vice president of enrollment management at
 Drury University, is engaged in an off-campus experience that will enrich her leadership capabilities. As one of only 57 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows for the 2012-13 academic year, Hiles hopes that the program will expand on the skills she brings to her current role at Drury.
Featured Campus: Manhattan College

View a profile of our latest featured campus, Manhattan College, which joined NAC&U this past summer.

Fisk to Lead Samford Participation in IIE Myanmar Initiative

Rosemary Fisk
Samford University
Professor Rosemary Fisk will participate in an Institute of International Education (IIE) initiative to develop partnerships with universities in Myanmar and to assist in rebuilding higher education capacity in the country. Nine U.S. colleges and universities will take part in the initiative known as the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP), although Samford is the only one from the South. Read more.

Seven NAC&U Members Named Best Values
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has named seven NAC&U members among the nation's top 100 "best values" in the private universities. Kiplinger's rankings emphasize both academic quality and affordability. Criteria include a school's admission rate, academic support, graduation rate, and cost and financial aid. Members on the list are Butler University, Drury University, Ithaca College, John Carroll University, Nazareth College, Samford University and Valparaiso University.

IIE Names NAC&U Members Among Top Study Abroad Institutions

The Institute of International Education released its annual Open Doors report, which ranks the study abroad participation in the nation. Arcadia University continued to be ranked #1 for the percentage of undergraduate students participating in a study abroad experience of master's level universities. The University of Redlands, University of Evansville, Samford University, Pacific Lutheran University, Valparaiso University and Ithaca College were also ranked on the same list. The report also examined the number, rather than percentage, of students participating in study abroad programs and among master's level universities, Arcadia, Hamline University, Redlands and Ithaca were ranked.
New Programs and Initiatives




Hampton Receives $2.9 Million to Establish Nanoscience Concentration


Farewells and Welcomes

Illinois House Congratulates North Central President Harold Wilde for Leadership    

University of Evansville Hires Two New Administrators -- Vice President for Enrollment Services and Vice President for Marketing and Communications   

Meet Kevin Dyerly: Redlands' New VP of Enrollment 
NCC President Hal Wilde is presented with his resolution.

Awards and Achievements

New Buildings

Hands-on Learning


Check It Out

Check out NAC&U's YouTube channel for three videos about civic engagement at Widener University.

Also, Valparaiso University recent launched its new website.

Valpo's new website