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from The New American Colleges and Universities
January 2014
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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

NAC&U to Present Boyer Award at AAC&U Annual Meeting This Month
NAC&U welcomes all attendees to join us 
on Thursday, January 23 at 1:30 p.m. for the presentation of the 2014 Ernest L. Boyer Award at the annual AAC&U meeting in Washington, DC. This year's recipient is Dr. Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and nationally renowned American historian.


Read more about Dr. Ayers and other NAC&U members' sessions at the AAC&U meeting.


NAC&U Announces Speakers for 2014 
Summer Institute
NAC&U will hosts its annual Summer Institute at the 
University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, on June 25 - 27, 2014
We are proud to announce that this year's speakers will be Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and a noted historian and author; Robin Heyden, an educational consultant and blogger of how new media tools affect education; and David Asai, senior director of science education programs at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Read more.

Scranton Professor Pens Op-Ed about Investing in Liberal Arts for Huffington Post

Joe Kraus, associate professor and director of the Honors Program at The University of Scranton, wrote about the investment in a liberal arts education in the Huffington Post. 


He began:

"If you think of a college education as the stock market, what are the "value buys," what are, to paraphrase Warren Buffett, the "companies" with strong fundamentals and long track records that other investors are overlooking?


Today's conventional wisdom often shouts at students to select vocational majors such as accounting, nursing or business because, so the surveys say, that's where the jobs are. The bigger question isn't where the jobs are, though, it's where they're going to be. And, if you're going to spend $200,000 on tuition, you want to prepare for a lifetime of employment not just a first job." Read more.


Scranton, Samford Online Programs Rank Among Nation's Best

The University of Scranton's online graduate program in education ranked No. 9 in the nation, and its online MBA program ranked No. 51, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 Best Online Education Programs. Graduate programs in Samford University's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing climbed to number 24 in the same online rankings. The lists, published Jan. 7, ranked online programs offered by nonprofit and for-profit institutions in the United States in categories of business, education, engineering, nursing and computer information technology.


For a link to the complete rankings or press releases from Samford and Scranton, please go here.  

Valpo Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships

The illustrious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has honored five undergraduate students at Valparaiso University with awards to study abroad in spring 2014. The five 2014 Gilman Scholarship recipients are Jon Bicanic, Tyler Clark, Alexander Grask, Carly Tolle, and Daniella Tripodis. Since 2009, 13 Valpo students have received this award. 


Last month we reported on sophomore Arijeta Lajka who was the first student at Wagner College to win a Gilman Scholarship.




Wagner Professor's Book Selected Among the Best in Political Science

New Hires & Appointments

Nazareth Names New VP for Finance and Administration  

Samford's Westmoreland Elected SACSCOC Board Chair


Hamline, Nazareth, Samford Name New Deans 

Westminster Announces New Endowed Chair in Business Innovation


Drury Names New Media Relations Director  

Faculty News

Belmont Faculty Present at 2013 Lilly Conference  


Hampton Professor James Russell Named 2013 AGU Fellow


John Carroll Professors Receive Prestigious Creative Workforce Fellowships 


Redlands Professor Pens New Book 


Manhattan Professor Inducted into American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists 



Global Learning
Arcadia Students Participate in History on Field Study Trip to Kosovo and Serbia

Sage Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Bacterium in Soil that May Make You Sharper and Calmer

New Ventures
Stetson Law Launches Online Advocacy Journal


Student Achievements
North Central Student Chosen for Student Affairs Program

St. Edward's Student-Athletes Score High in NCAA Academic Success and Federal Graduation Rates   

Widener Alumnus Named 2014 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year

Any Masterpiece Fans?
Nazareth College Student Creates Lego Version of Downton Abbey Castle

NAC&U Online Course Inventory

Have you checked out the robust offerings in the NAC&U Online Course Inventory yet?  


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