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New! NAC&U Launches the Academic Collaborative
Collaboration will Offer Nationwide Opportunities for Faculty and Students

4 photos of member profs and studentsThe New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) have announced the NAC&U Academic Collaborative, an initiative that will further leverage the collective resources of the consortium to provide additional opportunities for faculty and students. The 21 members of NAC&U share a commitment to quality education based on the intentional integration of liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement. The Academic Collaborative will enable students to more effectively take advantage of this collective mission, allowing them to draw more value from their educational investments.

“The NAC&U Academic Collaborative addresses present-day challenges in higher education by helping institutions operate more effectively and efficiently,” said Nancy Hensel, president of The New American Colleges and Universities. “This collaboration is a creative and innovative way to realize the promise of consortial collaboration, which is often aspired to in the abstract but seldom realized in practice.”

By sharing resources and opportunities through the NAC&U Academic Collaborative, students will have access to a wider range of courses and experiences without incurring additional costs. The NAC&U Academic Collaborative's operational assumption that “my student is your student” is the key to its success, for it enables members to leverage their collective assets to the benefit of all students – and thus all institutions. Recently the chief financial officers at NAC&U member campuses vetted a policy establishing a campus-based tuition agreement for Study Away (abroad and domestic exchange) programs and courses taken through the newly created online course inventory, allowing students to take these courses within the tuition they already pay at their home campuses. Read more.

New! Students from 11 NAC&U Member Campuses will Travel Abroad on Fulbright Scholarships

Fulbright Winners from PLU
  2014 graduates, from left, Tommy Flanagan, Brianna Walling and Lillian Ferraz are three of PLU's five new Fulbright Scholars. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)
Twenty-six recent graduates and two current students will travel to a combined total of 18 countries after earning scholarships through the Fulbright Program. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

The awardees are:

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Elvia Valle, a 2014 graduate who majored in global studies, received a full grant in political science and will study at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Austria.

Danielle Cravens, a 2014 who majored in international business, will teach English in Germany.

Courtney Dymowski, a 2014 graduate who double majored in photocommunications and art history, received an English Teaching Assistantship in Thailand. Courtney accepted the Davies Jackson Scholarship in lieu of the Fulbright Student Scholarship, and will spend the next year at the University of Cambridge.

Irma Fernandez, a 2013 graduate who majored in political science, will teach English in Brazil.

Kayla Larson, a Spanish and education major, will teach English in Brazil.

Catherine Maloney (BS Biology ‘16) received a cultural immersion scholarship through the UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institute at the University of Exeter in England. Read more

New! John Carroll Renews President’s Contract, Appoints Provost

Photo of NiehoffThe John Carroll University board of directors has renewed the contract of Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., as president. The board unanimously voted in May to extend Father Niehoff’s term through June 2020. Read more

Jeanne M. Colleran, Ph.D., will become provost and academic vice president of John Carroll University, effective Aug. 4, 2014. The decision was made after an extensive national search. Most recently, Dr. Colleran served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at John Carroll University. Read more

New! The University of Scranton Names New Provost and SVP for Academic AffairsPhoto of Boomgaarden

Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., will serve as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of The University of Scranton, effective July 1. Dr. Boomgaarden currently serves as dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans, a position he has held since 2009. Read more

New! Redlands President Co-Authors Paper on U.S. News Rankings

University of Redlands President Ralph Kuncl co-authored a study, published by the journal Research in Higher Education, arguing that small movements in the rankings are simply “noise” and that any kind of sustained upward movement is both immensely expensive and nearly impossible. Read more

Photo of Mark HecklerValparaiso Forges New Partnerships with Israelis, Palestinians

Located in the metropolitan Chicago area, Valparaiso University is surrounded by a diverse population, but President Mark Heckler envisions the campus as a “microcosm of the world.” Although 56 countries are represented in Valpo’s student population, Heckler traveled with his wife, Veronica, and Peter Kanelos, dean of Valpo’s honors college – Christ College – to Israel to create opportunities for both faculty and students. He also hopes to encourage potential students from Israel and Palestine to enroll at Valpo.
Group photo outside JerusalemThe trip to Israel reinforced several pre-existing relationships. Bishop Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and president of the Lutheran World Federation, had invited Dr. Heckler to Israel after speaking at Valpo’s commencement two years ago. (Younan’s son graduated from Valpo.) A Christian pastor and Palestinian in Bethlehem, Reverend Mitri Raheb, also extended an invitation to visit two organizations that he established. One is the International Center of Bethlehem which hosts academic symposia and discussions on peace and justice, and the other is Dar al-Kalima University in Jerusalem which educates Muslim and Christian Palestinians, a population with a high unemployment rate. Lastly, Dr. Heckler’s relationship with the Israeli Consulate in Chicago was a factor in the visit. Read more

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NAC&U Announces Speakers for 2014 Summer Institute

NAC&U will hosts its annual Summer Institute at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, on June 25 - 27, 2014. We are proud to announce that this year’s speakers will be Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and a noted historian and author; Robin Heyden, an educational consultant and blogger of how new media tools affect education; and David Asai, senior director of science education programs at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The theme is ‘Creating Community through Collaboration,’ and the focus will be NAC&U’s new initiative to provide new opportunities for students and faculty through collaboration among members. The New American Academic Community is a creative and innovative way to realize the promise of consortial collaboration – which is often aspired to in the abstract but seldom realized in practice. 

NAAC’s operational assumption that “my student is your student” is the key to its success, for it enables members to leverage their collective assets to the benefit of all students – and thus all institutions.  The Summer Institute will explore possibilities to enhance the educational experience through collaboration among NAC&U members, with campuses, and between campuses and their communities. Presentations may describe existing projects or may engage conference participants in working sessions to develop new ideas for collaboration. Read more.

NAC&U Launches Online Course Inventory

Photo of JCU student on computerHow 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.

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