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from The New American Colleges and Universities
February 2014
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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

Under a Microscope: Examining How We Can Promote Diversity in STEM

Approximately 30 percent of Americans are black, Latino, or Native American, as are nearly 30 percent of freshmen STEM students. But at graduation, the seats are filled with only 17 percent of the same minority groups. 


Dr. David Asai, senior director of the undergraduate and graduate science education program at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, MD, spends much time thinking about this conundrum.   


Asai believes that it could be that the way science is taught fails to engage all students.


Read more.


University of Evansville Launches Loan Repayment Assistance Program
money_parachute.jpg The University of Evansville (UE) will offer a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to assist eligible students with loan repayment after graduation. After earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville, eligible graduates, beginning with the class arriving in the fall of 2014, who do not obtain full-time employment with annual earnings of $37,000 or more will receive a quarterly check to reimburse some or all of their student loan payments. Loan assistance will continue until the graduate's income rises above the program's upper income threshold of $37,000 or until loans are paid off.  

NAC&U Presents Boyer Award to Edward Ayers at AAC&U Annual Meeting
NAC&U presented the annual Boyer Award to Dr. Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and nationally renowned American historian, at AAC&U's Annual Meeting. Ayers was selected because of his extensive work in the field of digital humanities scholarship, which has far-reaching impact on both faculty and students as well as the general public. 

Listen to a podcast of Dr. Ayers' lecture on "The Future of Scholarship" which followed the award presentation.

Video Recaps NAC&U Innovation Summit Goals

Wondering what our faculty were hard at work doing during the first NAC&U Innovation Summit last November?

Check out this video.

Westminster Athletes Competing in Sochi

Cheer on Westminster College's 23 student-athletes as they go for the gold in the Sochi Olympics.

For a list of the athletes, go here.

Also, ten percent of athletes in Sochi are Westminster College! See this story from Forbes.com. 

In other Olympics news:

Nazareth Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships

Nazareth College students Peter Beck, Jonathan Bukowiec, Salina Fasulo, and Jasmin Picariello are recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This brings it to a total of 10 students within the consortium to receive this award. Other Gilman Scholars are from Wagner College and Valparaiso University.



Experiential Learning

Stories with a Heart
New Hires & Appointments

North Central College Names Marty Sauer and Kimberly Sluis to Vice President Positions  


US News Ranks Scranton MBA Among Top 5 Financial Values in Nation

New Programs

Valparaiso University Introduces Business Analytics Degree  


Nazareth Receives Regional Economic Development Funding from Gov. Cuomo

NAC&U Student Programs:
Study Away, Online Courses
NAC&U student have many opportunities to expand their horizons, whether abroad, at another campus, or online.

For a list of Study Away programs, please go here.

For NAC&U Student Exchange programs, please go here.

For our Online Course Inventory, please go here.


PLU Students Blog about Study Away Experiences

Pacific Lutheran University students reflect on their various locations and cultures while studying abroad.

To read what they have to say, go here.


Study Abroad Highlight: Nazareth-in-Berlin

Nazareth-in-Berlin is a full-time, fall semester program, open to students throughout NAC&U. The program includes humanities courses, a professional internship and formal as well as informal language learning, all set in Germany's exhilarating capital.


Program Highlights:

  • Nazareth-in-Berlin, in tandem with Studienforum-Berlin, allows students from any academic major to become exposed to a European capital city famous for its international flare. There is no language requirement to participate.

  • Students live with bilingual host families, providing an unparalleled cultural immersion experience.

  • The Program offers the students a choice of three courses in liberal studies taught in English, one course in the German language at the student's own level, and one credit-bearing internship.

  • Students take German language courses together with other international students at the Neue Schule and are placed in courses from elementary to advanced, according to their present skills. Further language development takes place in a two-language environment with the host families.

  • Credit-bearing internships are offered in a variety of professional fields. The Program facilitates internships according to each student's interests and language proficiency.


For additional information and application materials, please go here or contact Kathy Hansen, assistant director for Overseas Studies and Exchanges at Nazareth College at (585) 389-2673 or via email.


Application deadlines for all NAC&U fall study away programs are fast approaching.


NAC&U campuses are offering programs in the following locations:

  • Austria
  • China (multiple locations)
  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • England (multiple locations)
  • Germany (multiple locations)
  • Greece
  • Israel and Turkey (combined)
  • Japan (combined with China program)
  • Norway
  • Senegal
For more information, please visit here.
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