North Central College Hosts NAC&U Innovation Summit to Explore Collaboration
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North Central College on Nov. 7-8 hosted 40 faculty members from New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) schools 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
Check out a video about the NAC&U Innovation Summit 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. Please be sure to read the online course principles before applying with the online registration form.
NAC&U Announces LEAP Partnership with Association of American Colleges and Universities
Collaboration to Focus on Integration of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
The New American Colleges and Universities (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. As part of the LEAP States Initiative, public state systems and other consortia of public and private colleges and universities participate collaboratively in the LEAP initiative to accelerate and advance changes to improve student learning outcomes.
“Historically NAC&U has been at the forefront of integrating liberal arts and professional studies, an aspect of undergraduate education that has become increasingly sought after by families and students,” said NAC&U President Nancy Hensel. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to continue building on our mission through AAC&U’s LEAP program because it will allow us to share our findings with a larger audience, which will lead to greater benefits for students.”
As a LEAP partner, NAC&U will strengthen its efforts to purposefully integrate 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.
UE already had two students from Syria when it became part of the consortium. One of them set up an email address to field inquiries from potential students. Hundreds of emails poured in. After looking at individual applications, UE had to decide who could “make it,” according to Milner, both academically and financially (with assistance). Assessment is tricky because “we can’t call up and verify credits,” said Milner. Without records, they do a good faith estimate. They’ve found that the students’ academic levels are very high. One of the students even prepared a briefing on his country’s situation for UE’s Model UN. 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 more
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. For more information: Chronicle | Scranton | Valpo |
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.
The message that entrepreneurs can create their own success stories resonates across the campus, thanks in no small part to the introduction of an entrepreneurship class in 1987 by Gary Ernst, professor of international business and marketing emeritus. That was followed by the addition of an entrepreneurship major in 2000 and the Self-Employment in the Arts Conference in 2001, which in 2013, attracted representatives of 40 colleges and universities to learn about making a living in the arts. Ernst was named Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business in 1999 and North Central College continues to attract significant grant funding from the foundation, which to date has totaled $2.44 million.
The cultivation of entrepreneurship skills within a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum is a key factor in the success of the Coleman partnership. “We’ve been able to award Coleman Fellows to North Central professors who integrate entrepreneurship into their curriculum,” says Brian Hanlon, who was named the new Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship in 2011. “They decide how to best use the funding to engage entrepreneurship within their disciplines.”
As a Coleman Fellow, Silkaitis uses her funding toward a swanky showcase event in Chicago for senior theatre majors. Agents view auditions of 10 top graduates, and in 2013 many were signed to contracts immediately. Turning theatre majors into professionals who earn a living at their art is her goal. “I ‘walk the talk’ by sharing my own experiences as an actor, theatre company owner, photographer and acting coach,” she says. Read more
Read one of their stories:
Like many young entrepreneurs, Kevin Kittilsen ’14 and Mateusz Borej ’14 are busy every hour of the day, splitting their time between classes, homework and running their growing business. “Sometimes I don’t know if I should spend my free time on school work or on the business,” says Kittilsen, who along with Borej is majoring in entrepreneurship and small business management. 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. The top 50 colleges and top 50 universities appear in Kiplinger’s December issue—on newsstands November 5. For more information: Kiplinger | Belmont | Drury | John Carroll | Samford | UE | Valpo |
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. For more information: PLU | Scranton |
Enrollments and Retention Increase among NAC&U Members
After a record 10,508 applications – more than double the 4,605 applications received five years ago – Stetson University has the largest, most diverse and academically talented undergraduate class in its history. It’s in good company. More than one-third of NAC&U members reported record or continued growth in their enrollment numbers this fall. While admissions require an ever-changing strategy, it’s possible that the mission and values of NAC&U campuses are strongly resonating with today’s students and families.
The numbers show that NAC&U members are attracting students in record numbers. Belmont University reached its largest enrollment to date – 6,918 students – marking the 13th consecutive year it topped previous enrollment. Samford University’s enrollment is at an all-time high of 4,833, the fifth consecutive year of record fall enrollment. John Carroll University welcomed its largest freshmen class in a decade, Valparaiso University saw its largest incoming class in 36 years, and Widener University enrolled its largest freshmen class in the history of the institution. The University of Evansville (UE) saw a five percent increase in freshmen enrollment, including the highest number of international students in more than a decade. North Central College also had a high number of international students, higher numbers of out-of-state students, and a record number of overall students. Read more
Videos Added to NAC&U YouTube Channel