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from The New American Colleges and Universities
November 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

Faculty, Administrators Gather at North Central for NAC&U Innovation Summit

Last week North Central College hosted 40 faculty members from various disciplines at an Innovation Summit to share ideas about how the institutions could collaborate. The three-day summit brought together professors from various disciplines to brainstorm and recommend to the NAC&U board ways in which the 21 member schools could help each other through collaboration. Read more.


Don't miss the video trailer created by attendee Dr. Sybril Bennett, executive director of Belmont University's New Century Journalism program.  

NAC&U Launches Online Course Inventory
How can NAC&U students explore the function of leaders as coaches and mentors, brush up on business communications and writing, and learn more about cybercrime? NAC&U is proud to announce its online course inventory, providing students with many opportunities to build unique educational experiences that help them achieve their goals. Courses are available in the following disciplines: art and music, business and finance, communications and marketing, criminal justice, education, humanities, math and science, social sciences and theology. Students should be sure to read the online course principles before applying with the online registration form. Find everything here.
NAC&U Announces LEAP Partnership with AAC&U
NAC&U will leverage its members' collective mission - to purposefully integrate liberal arts, professional studies, and civic engagement - to partner with the Association of American Colleges and Universities' (AAC&U) on its signature national initiative, Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP): Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College. The collaboration will focus on the integration of liberal arts and professional studies. Read more.
Syrian Students Adapting to Campus Life at the University of Evansville

Accepting students from war-torn nations such as Iraq and Sierra Leone is not new for the University of Evansville, but this fall UE became one of only 35 institutions in a consortium dedicated to helping students from Syria continue their studies. 


In response to the crisis in Syria, the Institute of International Education (IIE) established the consortium in an effort to recruit students from Syria who could no longer study in their home country.  The IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis is part of a partnership among IIE, Syrian organization Jusoor, and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Wes Milner, executive director of international programs at the University of Evansville, said that UE was able to move quickly on this initiative because of its smaller size. They turned around the material for the students in only six days, and this fall, eight students from Syria enrolled at UE through this program. Read more.

Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen Named President of Arcadia University
On October 11, 2013, the Board of Trustees at Arcadia University announced the election of Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen as the twenty-first President in the University's 160-year history. 
"The Board's decision was based on the quality of Dr. Christensen's consistent leadership and innovative vision demonstrated over the past seven months as Chief Operating Officer and the past five years as Vice President and Executive Director of The College of Global Studies," wrote Board Chair Chris van de Velde in an announcement to the Arcadia community. "The Board believes Dr. Christensen has proven the ability to provide strong and stable leadership." Read more. 

University of Evansville President Publishes Editorial in Huffington Post

University of Evansville President Thomas A. Kazee published "Learning and Understanding: The Power of The Residential University" in the Huffington Post. Read the article.


Four NAC&U Institutions Rank Among the Top Producers of Fulbright Students in Nation

The University of Scranton, Nazareth College, St. Edward's University and Valparaiso University were recognized among only 21 "master's institutions" in the "Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students" by The Chronicle of Higher Education, published Oct. 28. Read more.

North Central College Magazine Highlights Millennial Entrepreneurs who are Creating Their Own Niches

With the support of faculty, ever-evolving technologies, creative ideas and new emerging funding sources, young millennial entrepreneurs are finding ways to create their own niche in the business world. And many are gaining important lessons in entrepreneurship outside the parameters of economics and business, in North Central College courses in theatre, anthropology, computer science, art and more. Read more.


Six NAC&U Members Among Kiplinger's Personal Finance 2014 Best Private Universities

Kiplinger's Personal Finance has included Belmont University, Drury University, John Carroll University, Samford University, University of Evansville and Valparaiso University on its list of the country's best values in private universities. Kiplinger's annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. Read more.


Six NAC&U Members Among Princeton Review's 'Best 295 Business Schools' 

The Princeton Review has named business schools at Belmont University, John Carroll University, Pacific Lutheran University, Stetson University, The University of Scranton and Valparaiso University to its list of the "Best 295 Business Schools. Read more. 


Arcadia University Launches Digital Repository to House High Quality Student Work  

Cross-Disciplinary Innovation Has a Place at Stetson


International News
Stetson Boosts International Connections in Brazil, Vietnam

New Hires & Appointments

Nazareth, Westminster Welcome New Vice Presidents for Enrollment Management  

Valparaiso University Appoints Dean to Law School


Dr. Jeffery Burgin Appointed Associate Provost and Dean of Students at Belmont 


Stetson Names Student Development, Campus Vibrancy Head 


Infrastructure Improvements
Scranton's New Science Center Featured as a "Beacon for STEM" Education

Belmont "Tops Out" New Residence Hall 

New Programs

Student & Alumni Accolades

Recent PLU Alum and a Team of Scientists Discover New Species of Marsupial

Student Experiences

Where in the World is Widener? Read stories that highlight student experiences in disparate parts of the world.


Grace Kelly and Me: An Arcadia Student Blogs about her Internship at an Art Museum 


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