News & Notes 
from The New American Colleges and Universities
April 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 CFOs, Enrollment Managers Meet at North Central
For the first time in NAC&U history, enrollment management administrators joined CFOs for their annual affinity group meeting which was held at North Central College in Naperville, IL, from March 19 - 21, 2014. The meeting afforded the CFOs and enrollment managers time to meet together and among their respective groups. It was the first time that enrollment managers met as a group. 


Westminster Participates in National Effort for Competency-Based Education

As Westminster College develops its competency-based

education (CBE) programs, it

Cid Seidelman, provost, Westminster College

looks at what students must be able to accomplish at the conclusion. Westminster's CBE programs flip the classroom - outcomes drive projects, students take responsibility for learning, and faculty serve as mentors.


Westminster offers four CBE programs, the first being its Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) which began in 2008. 

Read more.

Register for the 2014 NAC&U Summer Institute 
NAC&U's 2014 Summer Institute will be held at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, from June 25 - 27. "Creating Community Through Collaboration" will focus on how we can provide opportunities for students and faculty by fostering unique collaboration among NAC&U members. For more information or to register, please go here.
NAC&U Members Ranked Among U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Graduate Schools

Graduate programs at The University of Scranton, Samford University, Hamline University, and Belmont University were ranked among the best in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best Graduate Schools.

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Belmont, Widener Name New Deans

Belmont University has appointed Judge Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. Attorney General, to the position of dean for its College of Law. Also, Dr. Thom Spence has been named as the founding dean of Belmont University's new College of Sciences and Mathematics. 


Widener University has appointed Dr. Laura Dzurec as dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Shawn Fitzgerald as dean of the School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies, and Dr. Sharon Meagher as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 


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Students Present Research at NCUR

Several students in NAC&U presented research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky in early April. North Central College sent a record 44 students to NCUR. With 40 accepted undergraduate presentations, the most ever in its history, North Central College places in the top 4 percent of the nation and the most accepted proposals of any college or university in Illinois. Hamline University also was well-represented with 38 abstracts presented at the conference. Students from the following institutions also presented: Arcadia University, Russell Sage College, Samford University, St. Edward's University, University of Evansville, The University of Scranton, Valparaiso University, and Widener University.


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Congratulations to the Manhattan College Men's Basketball Team!

After winning 11 of their last 12 games, Manhattan College's men's basketball team advanced to the 2014 NCAA Championships following a 71-68 victory over Iona. The Jaspers were in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time and the first time since 2004, when Manhattan advanced to the round of 32 as a #12 seed. Manhattan College earned a #13 seed in the Midwest to take on fourth-seeded Louisville in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64 this year.

Awards & Achievements

Manhattan College Ranks 15th in Nation for ROI According to Survey of Graduates


Sage Named to 2014 New York Colleges of Distinction List  

Valparaiso University Commercial Earns National Recognition


North Central Professor's Book Chosen for Illinois Reads Campaign  


Redlands Professor Featured in 'Nautilus'


Scranton Communications Student Garners National Award and Coveted Internship  


PLU's MediaLab Documentary Wins 2014 National Broadcasting Society Award  


North Central Students Among Top Broadcasting Award Winners, also Recognized for New Website   

University of Evansville Seniors Win Second Place at Annual IEEE Competition  


Samford Law Teams Sweep AAJ Regional Trial Advocacy Tournament



Appointments & New Hires
Wagner's President Guarasci Named Chairman of Campus Compact Board

Research & Funding

Hampton University School of Science Awarded Grant to Build Super Computer


National Science Foundation Provides New Scholarships for St. Edward's University Students  


Eighteen Scranton Students Present Research at Major Professional Conference  


Experiential Learning

Widener Students Lobby for Student Debt Relief


Drury Physics Major Has Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Bag

Business News
Sage Trustees Approve Tuition Freeze for Fifth Year in a Row

Widener Building New Residence Hall to Address Increased Enrollment and Retention


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.


Call for Proposals: 

Samford University's "Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition: Augustine Across the Curriculum" 

From October 2 - 4, 2014 in Birmingham, AL, Samford University will host its inaugural conference on "Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition." Specialists and non-specialists are invited to submit proposals. The deadline for proposals is May 16, 2014. For more information on how to apply, please click here.


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