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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.

Wednesday, November 30 2016

On June 1, 2017, Hastings College will start a new era as Dr. Travis Feezell becomes the College’s 17th President. The Hastings College Board of Trustees appointed Feezell, who currently serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, to the position following a national search. More.

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Tuesday, November 29 2016

Without question, the momentum behind analytics in higher education has been building. Institutions have expressed a hunger to detect patterns in their vast quantities of data and the marketplace has answered, by providing more and more tools for analysis. Unfortunately, this momentum has collapsed different types of analytics under one overarching and seemingly singular term, resulting in a mistaken understanding that, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, “analytics is analytics is analytics is analytics.”  More.

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Tuesday, November 29 2016

After an extensive nationwide search, Carroll University has named Sara Ray Stoelinga as its next president. She will take office in July 2017 and succeed President Douglas Hastad who will retire after leading the University for over a decade. Stoelinga will be the first female to serve in the role of president at Carroll University since its inception in 1846.  More.

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Tuesday, November 29 2016

One hundred and ten college and university presidents, including ten who represent APCU schools, have issued a joint letter to President-elect Donald Trump urging him to forcefully “condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name, which is now synonymous with our nation’s highest office.”  More.


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Monday, November 28 2016

As school choice proponents cheered President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Republican donor and philanthropist Betsy DeVos as education secretary Wednesday, it wasn’t clear where she stands on higher education and the rising student loan burden. More.

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Monday, November 28 2016

The search for Johnson C. Smith University’s 14th president began this month with the naming of an 11-member committee of JCSU trustees and faculty. The search committee intends to hire an executive search firm by the end of this month and name the new university president by June. More.

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Sunday, November 27 2016

The Westminster College School of Nursing will launch its inaugural program in fall semester 2017 in a collaborative agreement with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in New Castle, leading to both a nursing diploma and a bachelor of science in nursing degree in the new four-year program. More.


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Saturday, November 26 2016

The University of Dubuque Mediation Team earned two first-place finishes at the 2016 International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament held November 3-5 at the University of Texas at Arlington. Amanda Downing (C’19), a psychology and criminal justice major,  placed first in the nation in the Individual Mediators category for her performance. She also received the Stephanie Jennings Memorial Award, which is given to the top Individual Mediator. More.

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Saturday, November 26 2016

Queens University of Charlotte will begin construction this week on a new field hockey facility, a $1.7 million project made possible in part by a major donation from, Cathy Bessant, a local Bank of America executive. Queens said Bessant and her family coordinated a $500,000 matching gift “in recognition of the important role the sport has had in their lives.” More.

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Saturday, November 26 2016

Anyone applying to Warren Wilson College from Nov. 21-28 will help feed someone in WNC living with HIV, AIDS or in home hospice care. The College will donate the equivalent of one Thanksgiving meal to Loving Food Resources, a nonprofit based in Asheville, for every application received. It’s a partnership that helps prospective students live Warren Wilson College values now. More.


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Friday, November 25 2016

The University of the Ozarks Theatre captured 12 honors, including the prestigious Director's' Choice and Respondent's Choice awards, at the 2016 Arkansas Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, held Oct. 28-29 in Fort Smith. More.

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Thursday, November 24 2016

A University of Tulsa mechanical engineering senior has been awarded a 2017 Rhodes Scholarship — one of only 32 recipients in the nation. Kirk P. Smith was announced as an honoree on Sunday, following two days of interviews.  More.


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Wednesday, November 23 2016

Nebraska may be known for it's passion for the gridiron, but at Hastings College, it's known as one of the powerhouses on the pitch. In his first year as head coach Aaron Champenoy and the Broncos are 20-0 this season and are aiming at their second national title in six years. More.

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Tuesday, November 22 2016

Crews are putting the finishing touches on the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math at Tusculum College. The facility is possible in part to the late Verna June Meen, whose $3.875 million gift towards funding the facility in memory of her husband, Dr. Ronald H. Meen, allowed the leadership of the college to move forward with plans for the facility. More.


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Sunday, November 20 2016

This op-ed piece by George Will challenges academia--in no uncertain terms--to consider how it contributed to, and reflects Americans’ judgments pertinent to, Donald Trump’s election. He states that the compound of childishness and condescension radiating from campuses is a reminder to normal Americans of the decay of protected classes — in this case, tenured faculty and cosseted students. More.

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Sunday, November 20 2016

Christian Universities Online has included three APCU schools among its ranking of the top 50 athletic programs in the nation. King University (10) made the top 10 and both Waynesburg University (15) and Whitworth University (16) were ranked among the top 20. programs. More.

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Monday, November 14 2016

The Council of Independent Colleges has released a new report, Online Learning at Private Colleges and Universities 2016: A Survey of Chief Academic Officers. The report summarizes the findings of the survey conducted on behalf of CIC by The Learning House and documents how online education is being used at CIC colleges and universities. More.


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Friday, November 11 2016

Like many companies in the United States, American universities are looking to big data to give them a competitive edge in attracting, educating, retaining, and ultimately graduating students. However, the actual application of data analytics is not balanced across the board, and in some cases is actually hurting students, a new report suggests. More.

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Wednesday, November 09 2016

More than 70 years after attending Chapel services as a student at University of the Ozarks, the Rev. Bruce Williams is giving back to the spiritual heart of the campus. Bruce, a 1943 graduate of Ozarks, and his wife, the Rev. Tracy Julian Williams, have recently established the Chapel Programming Endowment to "provide support to Chapel programming and spiritual life in keeping with the traditions of the Presbyterian Church (USA)." More.

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