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from The New American Colleges and Universities
April 2013
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NAC&U Members
Arcadia University
Belmont University
Butler University
Drury University
Hamline University
Hampton University
Ithaca College
John Carroll University
Manhattan College
Nazareth College
North Central College
Pacific Lutheran University
Samford University
Stetson University
The Sage Colleges
The University of Scranton
University of Evansville
University of Redlands
Valparaiso University
Wagner College
Westminster College
Widener University

Fifteen NAC&U Members Earn Presidential Honor for Community Service

Nazareth College Wins Top Award

With civic engagement as a core component of the NAC&U mission, we proudly congratulate our 15 members who were recently named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


Nazareth College was one of only five institutions nationwide to receive the Presidential Award, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. John Carroll University, Stetson University and Widener University were among 14 finalists for the Presidential Award. Belmont University, University of Redlands, Valparaiso University and Wagner College were named to the Honor Roll with Distinction. Hamline University, Ithaca College, North Central College, Pacific Lutheran University, The University of Scranton, University of Evansville and Westminster College were listed on the Honor Roll. 




USNews Ranks Graduate Programs

Several graduate programs at New American Colleges and Universities were ranked in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools, 2014 edition, which was published online on March 12 (print version available on April 9).


Highlights include:

  • Hamline University's School of Law jumped up 25 places and is now ranked within the first tier of law programs. Its alternative dispute program was ranked #4, marking the 13th year in a row to be ranked in the top five. Hamline's health law program was ranked #16, moving up one place from last year.
  • The University of Scranton's online graduate program in education was ranked #6.
  • Butler University's part-time MBA program was ranked 67th, moving up two points from last year.
Drury Business Professor Makes the Case for the Value of Liberal Arts

In an essay that first appeared on InsideHigherEd.com, Amy Lewis, PhD, associate professor of management, at Drury University, wrote: 


Part of my job as a Drury professor is to advise my management students as they schedule classes. They often are stumped when selecting free electives and classes to meet their general education requirements.  I typically point out that employers want well rounded employees who can draw on a breadth of knowledge. Here's another reason for taking classes outside of the business school: Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to sell offensive t-shirts. Read more...


Pacific Lutheran Professor Uses Real-World Strategy to Improve Group Projects

Antonios Finitsis, associate professor of Hebrew Bible, at Pacific Lutheran University discovered that employing a corporate world strategy to students' group projects made the entire process run more smoothly. Read his blog post: "You Are Fired": Keeping Group Work Real in the Classroom.

Manhattan College Physicist Contributes to Landmark Scientific Discovery

Forbes magazine hailed the discovery of the Higgs boson particle as "the biggest scientific discovery of the 21st century." 


Rostislav Konoplich, PhD, associate professor of physics at Manhattan College, worked as a member of ATLAS, one of the two international teams that collaborated to pinpoint the Higgs boson. Read more...


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