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from The New American Colleges and Universities
September 2013
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Arcadia University
Belmont University
Drury University
Hamline University
Hampton University
John Carroll University
Manhattan College
Nazareth College
North Central College
Pacific Lutheran University
St. Edward's 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

NAC&U Undergraduates Research Cost of Higher Education


"When I arrived at NAC&U I contacted the provosts regarding participation in a collaborative undergraduate research project on the cost of higher education. Although NAC&U campuses routinely engage in undergraduate research in the sciences, my vision was to provide collaborative opportunities for research, especially in areas beyond the sciences," wrote Nancy Hensel. Read more from NAC&U President Nancy Hensel.  

Dr. John Wesley Leckrone reached out to his American Government class at Widener University - asking the 14 freshman honors students if they wanted to be instruments of political change. Read a first person perspective on their research project from students Nicole Crossey '16 and Andrea Stickley '14.

"Participation in the NAC&U Costs of Higher Education Project was advantageous for three primary reasons," wrote Dr. Leckrone at Widener University. Read about his students' project and what impact it had on them.

Business students at Widener collaborated with the political science students. Read Dr. Richard Goeke's perspective on the project.

Other undergraduate research news from around NAC&U:



Dr. Edward Ayers Selected as 2014 Boyer Award Winner

NAC&U is pleased to present its 4th annual Ernest L. Boyer Award to Edward L. Ayers, Ph.D., president of the University of Richmond and nationally renowned American historian. The official awards presentation will take place at AAC&U's Annual Meeting, January 22-25, 2014, in Washington, DC. Read more.


Study Abroad Deadlines Approaching
Deadlines for Study Abroad programs are just around the corner. Applications for programs in Austria, Denmark, England, Germany, and Senegal are due in October or early November.


Applications for programs in Greece and India are due on September 15.


If your students are interested in any of these locations, go to our Study Abroad page for more details.

NAC&U Presidents Blog for Huffington Post
Sage President Susan Scrimshaw discusses college accountability
Nazareth College President Daan Braveman writes about the beginning of a new year and the value of liberal arts and sciences education.

Nagengast Receives National Chemistry Award for Involving Widener Undergraduates in her Research

Dr. Alexis Nagengast, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and chair of biochemistry at Widener University, has received the Braude Award from the Maryland chapter of the American Chemical Society. This award recognizes chemistry faculty in the United States who involve undergraduate students in their research.It is presented annually in memory of Dr. George Braude, a former president of the ACS Maryland chapter. Read more.

Arcadia Works with Heifer International to Connect Theory and Practice in Sierra Leone

Four faculty members from the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program sought to build upon Arcadia University's relationship with the global nonprofit organization Heifer International and their efforts in Sierra Leone, focusing on a small village of war widows called The Crossing. 


Heifer International is developing agricultural projects in the village in the hopes of making it self-sufficient. Arcadia's efforts in Sierra Leone include a long-standing relationship with student interns working at Heifer International and newer initiatives such as preparations for an Arcadia course there and a faculty development project with universities and colleges within the consortium of New American Colleges and UniversitiesRead more.

North Central College Selected to Take Part in Civic Learning, Engagement Initiative

NASPA, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, selected North Central College as among just 73 schools nationwide to take part in its new Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. Read more.

Wagner Learning Communities Help Students Stay in College

Wagner College is cited in a new book by higher education researcher Vincent Tinto, "Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition," published by the University of Chicago Press. His research sought to identify the conditions that made it possible for students to stay in college and earn their degrees, and he identified Wagner College as an example of the kind of school that integrates multiple efforts to ensure student success. Read more.

Rankings News: USNews, Princeton Review, Washington Monthly, Forbes
It's college rankings season again! Highlights include:

More than three-quarters of NAC&U members were ranked in the top 25 among regional universities within their respective geographic locations in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2014" rankings.
Also in the USNews rankings, five NAC&U members were recognized for undergraduate teaching, and another five were recognized as "Up-and-Coming." Half of our members were cited as Best Values among regional universities. Three members were recognized on the "Programs to Look For" list.
Six NAC&U members were among Princeton Review's "378 Best Colleges," and another four members were cited as regional picks.
Washington Monthly, which recognizes institutions for contribution to the public good included 20 NAC&U members in its rankings. Nineteen members were in the top 60% of institutions nationwide, and nine of them were in the top 40 overall. Eleven were named "Best Bang for your Buck" institutions.
Forbes named four members to its list of 650 top colleges.

To read the full round-up and link to members' news releases, go here.

Valparaiso University Provost Announces Retirement after 30 Years with University
Valparaiso University Provost Mark R. Schwehn '67, Ph.D., will retire from his position effective June 30, 2014, as provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. Schwehn has served the University since 1983 and was named provost in 2009. Read more.

Awards and Recognition

Hampton Receives $13.5 Million Grant to Combat Health Disparities in Minority Men


Student Experience

Arcadia Begins Study Abroad Blog -- Junior Amy Besser, studying in Australia, is first blogger.


Drury Student Writes about Fellowship


Hunger Games, Dungeons and Dragons Among Diverse First-Year Courses at Hamline


New Ventures



Hoffman Named Founding Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Arcadia University

West Named VP for Advancement at Redlands  

Yelda Balkir Named Coordinator of New Environmental Science Program at Manhattan College


Samford Archaeological Dig in Israel Uncovers Unfamiliar Jewish Village




University of Evansville's Dale Edwards Publishes New Book


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