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New! Making Mentoring Inroads through Hoops Program

Photo of Gong and BarnesMichael Gong, ’15, spent many hours fulfilling a service learning requirement at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center (CCJDC) during his freshman year at John Carroll University (JCU). It was as much a learning experience for Gong as it was for the youth he mentored. Together with Ned Barnes, ’15, and JCU’s Center for Service and Social Action, that learning experience became only a starting point.

JCU’s Arrupe Scholars program provides a mission-based scholarship to several students each year as it seeks to build leaders for social action. As an Arrupe Scholar, Gong fulfilled the service requirement by mentoring youth in the CCJDC in a program called "Passport to Manhood."

"Everyone has stereotypes about what a juvenile delinquent is, but in reality, these kids are not like that. They have goals and dreams, and they're hard-working," said Gong. Read more

Photo of several magazine coversNew! The Next Frontier: Where is Higher Education Headed?

Wagner Magazine editor Laura Barlament took a sweeping look at several developments in higher education. Her section on "The Way of the Ugly Ducklings" mentioned NAC&U. Read more

New! NAC&U Members Included in USNews Best Online Programs

Program LogoU.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Online Programs ranked The University of Scranton, the University of La Verne and Stetson University’s online programs among the nation’s best.

The University of Scranton’s graduate program in education was ranked No. 13 and its MBA program was ranked No. 74 in the nation. Read more

U.S. News rated the University of La Verne’s online undergraduate offerings 18th best in the country, the third straight year La Verne has achieved a top 20 national ranking. And, for the second straight year, La Verne is No. 1 among California colleges and universities making the list of 297 institutions nationally that offer bachelor’s degree programs online. Read more

Stetson University’s Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program earned recognition again in the category of Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA) where it tied for 42 in the nation. Stetson tied for 93 in Online MBA and Graduate Business Programs specifically for the joint Master of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration program (Pharma/M.B.A.). Read more

NAC&U Boyer Award Recipient Devotes Career to University-Community Relations

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Ira Harkavy
2015 Award Recipient

In the 1960s the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), located in West Philadelphia, was certainly “in” the city, but no one thought of it as “of” the city. West Philly residents accused the University of expanding its campus and operations without any thought to the impact on the residents, mostly renters, who were forced to move without compensation. The relationship that existed was largely that of mistrust.

Ira Harkavy, NAC&U’s 2015 Boyer Award recipient, remembers this well as an undergraduate student at Penn who protested this treatment of neighbors. Today the university has a completely different relationship with West Philly due in part to the work of Dr. Harkavy and his colleagues at the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at Penn.

Dr. Harkavy, founding director and associate vice president of The Netter Center, describes the center’s work as an evolution. In 1984, a student in one of Dr. Harkavy’s courses wrote a research paper on the problems plaguing West Philly’s public schools. Dr. Harkavy saw that many other students shared the young woman’s passion for the topic. He seized the opportunity to help these students make a difference. Read more

Majority of NAC&U Members Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

LogoNearly three-quarters of NAC&U’s membership were named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll which recognizes higher education institutions that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Two members -- Nazareth College and the University of La Verne were among just four Presidential Finalists in their respective categories. Nazareth College was a finalist for its Economic Opportunity Community Service, and the University of La Verne was a finalist for Interfaith Community Service. Below are listings of each of the four categories of community service and the NAC&U members recognized in each of them.

General Community Service
The General Community Service category recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low-income individuals.

Photo of Stetson service projectHonor Roll with Distinction:
Nazareth College
Wagner College
Stetson University
University of Redlands
Widener University
John Carroll University
Valparaiso University

Honor Roll:
Westminster College
Belmont University
Hamline University
North Central College
The University of Scranton
University of La Verne
Arcadia University
Ohio Northern University
University of Evansville
Drury University

Interfaith Community Service
Interfaith community service programs foster meaningful relationships among community members of differing faiths and backgrounds. Institutions recognized in this category demonstrate participation of campus and community faith-based organizations, including cooperation of faculty, staff, and students of diverse faiths and secular perspectives, in projects that tackle community challenges.

Westminster Community Service photoPresidential Finalist:
University of La Verne

Honor Roll with Distinction:
Nazareth College
University of La Verne
Stetson University
Hamline University

Honor Roll:
John Carroll University
St. Edward's University
Westminster College

Economic Opportunity
The Economic Opportunity category recognizes institutions with service programs that build economic independence, increase family stability, and create more sustainable and resilient communities.

Presidential Finalist:
Nazareth College

Honor Roll with Distinction:
Stetson University
Valparaiso University

Honor Roll:
The University of Scranton
Hamline University

Education Community Service
The Education category recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving educational outcomes for children and youth in pre-kindergarten through undergraduate education.

Honor Roll with Distinction:
Stetson University
Widener University
John Carroll University
Valparaiso University

Honor Roll:
The University of Scranton
University of La Verne
University of Redlands
Belmont University
Westminster College
Hamline University

Carnegie Foundation Selects Seven NAC&U Members for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

Photo from Scranton eventThe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected seven NAC&U members among the 240 institutions that will receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. These institutions join the three NAC&U members that earned the classification during the 2010 selection process.

The following NAC&U members have received the classification: University of La Verne (2015), University of Redlands (2006, 2015), Stetson University (2008, 2015), Nazareth College (2008, 2015), Wagner College (2008, 2015), John Carroll University (2010), The University of Scranton (2008, 2015), Widener University (2006, 2015), Belmont University (2010), Westminster College (2010).

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List of our members:
Arcadia University
Belmont University
Drury University
Hamline University
Hampton University
John Carroll University
Manhattan College
Nazareth College
North Central College
Ohio Northern University
Pacific Lutheran University
St. Edward's University
Samford University
Stetson University
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The University of Scranton
University of Evansville
University of La Verne
University of Redlands
Valparaiso University
Wagner College
Westminster College
Widener University