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from The New American Colleges and Universities
October 2013
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NAC&U Members
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

Enrollment and Retention Increase among NAC&U Members

After a record 10,508 applications - more than double the 4,605 applications received five years ago - Stetson University has the largest, most diverse and academically talented undergraduate class in its history. It's in good company. More than one-third of NAC&U members reported record or continued growth in their enrollment numbers this fall. While admissions require an ever-changing strategy, it's possible that the mission and values of NAC&U campuses are strongly resonating with today's students and families. Read more.


Dr. David Manuel Installed as Drury's 17th President
Dr. David Manuel was officially installed as

Drury University's 17th President on Friday, Sept. 20.


Paying tribute to Drury's 140-year history, Dr. Manuel borrowed from the university's first president, Nathan Morrison, as he mapped out his plan for Drury's future to a packed house of faculty, staff, students and community members.


"Drury's mission and vision are the outline of our horizon," Manuel said. "Join me as we take to heart the words of our first president, 'Look up, not down. Look forward, not backward and look out, not in." Watch the installation.


NAC&U Presidents Blog for Huffington Post
Stetson University President Wendy Libby wrote about why education is more than just a transaction and why quality and values matter. Read more.

Nazareth College President Daan Braveman discussed what campuses can do to help local K-12 schools provide access to summer enrichment for students no matter what their income levels. Read more.


University of Evansville Professors Awarded Grant for Science, Math Scholarships

University of Evansville faculty members Joyce Stamm, associate professor of biology, and Adam

Salminen, associate professor of mathematics, have secured a five-year, $610,600 grant through the National Science Foundation's S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program to assist students in science and mathematics. The grant is one of about 90 awarded from the 436 proposals submitted to the S-STEM program, and is the largest faculty grant in school history. Read more.  

Widener Students Begin Work on Clinton Global Initiative Projects

As part of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI University) Network, Widener University students were invited to develop a plan that addresses an issue at Widener, the community, or around the world and relates to one of five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, or public health.


This past spring, a committee led by Dr. Suk -Chung Yoon, associate provost for experiential learning and global engagement, chose five projects to receive funding for the 2013-2014 year. Read more.

New Programs
Samford, Cumberland Offer Six-Year Program for Bachelor, Law Degrees

Both Hampton University and the University of Evansville Announce BS-MD Programs

Westminster Introduces New RN to BS in Nursing Program 

Valparaiso University Launches 100% Online Master of Science in Health Management and Policy Degree


Nazareth Offers New Masters in Human Resource Development  



Drury University, Nazareth College, North Central College, the University of Evansville, Valparaiso University and Widener University were all named to the 2014 Military Friendly SchoolsŪ list. Read more.


Hamline School of Law Named a Best Value by The National Jurist 


Widener Among Most Underrated Colleges in America  

Manhattan College and Wagner College Rank High in Payscale.com College Salary Report


Appointments & Hires
St. Edward's Announces Strategic Hires (including a vice president for academic affairs)



New Online Platform Facilitates Civic Engagement On and Off Campus at Widener


Arcadia Launches New App for Study Abroad Catalogs

Infrastructure Improvements

Student Experiences
My International Experience in Our Nation's Capital: by Carrie Holt, Wagner College


(See page 18 of the Widener University magazine for a look at how Widener students conducted research and formed a Super PAC to address rising college costs.)

Video cameras were rolling at Valpo...

Check out video of the new solar energy research facility, the only one at an undergraduate institution in the country.

And in Heckler v. Schwehn, which one gets a pie in the face when the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) at Valparaiso University tries to raise $15,000 to fund technological materials for a reading program at the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota?


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