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Welcome to the APCU News Blog! The posts below highlight activities and accomplishments from our member institutions as well as other items of interest from the world of higher education.

Sunday, January 31 2016

For all the thought that families put into choosing a college, very often the decision is dominated by a simple line of reasoning: The more prestigious the school you attend, the higher your salary will be after you graduate.  However, what the Wall Street Journal found was that diplomas from prestigious schools do boost future earnings, but only in certain fields. In other areas, they simply don’t make a difference. More.

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Saturday, January 30 2016

Journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham will deliver the address at Monmouth College’s 159th Commencement Exercises, to be held on May 15. More.

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Thursday, January 28 2016

The Westminster College (PA) Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson, provost and professor of communication at Berry College, Mt. Berry, Ga., to become Westminster’s 15th and first female president. Dr. Richardson will assume her new duties on July 1. More.

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Wednesday, January 27 2016

The College of Idaho has received a $100,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of digital liberal arts education. The grant, which will help fund curricular and pedagogical planning at the C of I, is the first award the College has received from The Mellon Foundation. It also marks the first foundation grant cultivated by new C of I President Charlotte Borst. More.

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Tuesday, January 26 2016

The University of Jamestown is the best college in North Dakota according to a recent Business Insider article, “The best college in every state.” Business Insider referenced the rankings from, a site that gathers information on about 1,700 public and private institutions nationally, including MIT, Ohio State, and NYU. The data is taken from the U.S. Department of Education, student surveys, and other public sources. More.

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Tuesday, January 26 2016

The board of trustees of The College of Wooster selected Sarah Bolton, dean of the college and professor of physics at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., to become Wooster's twelfth president. She will assume her new duties on July 1, 2016. More.

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Tuesday, January 26 2016

The Board of Trustees at Davis and Elkins College recently accepted a $25 million gift challenge from a longtime friend and Trustee, Jim McDonnell and his family. This represents the largest gift in the college's history and ranks among the single largest gifts ever made to any comparably-sized college. The McDonnell funds – which will be added to the College’s permanent endowment - are part of the 10-year, $100 million Secure the Future Campaign that runs through June 30, 2018. More.

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Tuesday, January 26 2016

Wilson College was recently awarded a $35,000 grant from the Eden Charitable Foundation to support the college’s Helen Carnell Eden Chaplaincy. The foundation has provided funding for Wilson’s chaplaincy annually since 1993 for a total of $713,000, according to Margaret Light, Wilson director of corporate and foundation relations. More.

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Monday, January 25 2016

At a time when colleges and universities face unprecedented challenges, boards are not adding the value that is crucial to institutional success, write Cathy Trower and Peter Eckel. More.

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Friday, January 22 2016

Three Davidson College projects were among 295 humanities projects nationwide to receive National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants announced last month. More.

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Thursday, January 21 2016

College of the Ozarks will host two-time national college football champion and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow for the Leonard B. and Edith Gittinger Community Convocation on April 14, 2016. More.

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Thursday, January 14 2016

S. Alan Ray, former president of Elmhurst College in Illinois, writes that the Wheaton controversy regarding a faculty member's comments that Muslims and Christians both "worship the same God" goes beyond a liberal vs. conservative context to offer a cautionary tale for all whose job it is to discern "the kerygma of a college or any institution".  More.

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Thursday, January 07 2016

This great article describes why Agnes Scott decided to refocus its liberal-arts curriculum to emphasize leadership and global awareness—and how the decision is making a profound difference on the college.

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Thursday, January 07 2016

Maryville has received a $433,152 grant from the Lilly Endowment to establish “Maryville College Adventures in Studying Theology (MAST)”, a program designed to cultivate youth leaders for the church and the world.

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Thursday, January 07 2016

Monmouth College Chaplain Teri Ott provides examples of her interactions with students who have no formal religious affiliation, but have much to offer when it comes to understanding spirituality and providing support for one another.

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Tuesday, January 05 2016

Dr. Ken Hartman, former president of Drexel University Online and current senior fellow at Eduventures offers a series of bold predictions related to the issues and opportunities that colleges and universities will grapple with in 2016.  More.

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Monday, January 04 2016

The Atlantic recently published a series of perspectives on the future of higher education from experts within the education sector. Each perspective addresses either a "reason for hope" or a "reason for dispair".  More.

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Sunday, January 03 2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently profiled new William Peace University presidentBrian Ralph in its "People" section. Dr. Ralph began his term as president this past summer after having served as vice president of enrollment management at another APCU school, Queens University of Charlotte.  More.

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Sunday, January 03 2016

Davidson Chaplain Rob Spach provides insight into an April 2016 conference co-sponsored by the APCU, the Presbyterian College Chaplains Association, the Interfaith Youth Core, and Monmouth College. The conference will address the importance of understanding the multiple faith perspectives represented across most Presbyterian colleges. More.

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Sunday, January 03 2016

Among the 375 Eckerd students who will be studying abroad this semester, 80 will go to Cuba to study subjects such as economics, the environment and photography.

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Friday, January 01 2016

USA Today has named Westminster College in Pennsylvania and the College of Idaho among the ten best colleges for the money. The rating was based on an extensive evaluation of student outcomes (high graduation rates, low student loan default rates, etc.), as well as a reasonable cost of attendance. More.

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