A Compendium of Recent News from CIC Member Institutions

Celebrating Achievements

Two photos: (left) art exhibit of colorful women's faces along a wall; (right) guests stand an view the art
Webster University’s (MO) campus in Geneva, Switzerland, held 40th anniversary events in late September, celebrating the university’s first international campus, established in 1978. The art exhibit and community day events marked the beginning of a year of celebrations. A special exhibition of Norwegian artist Sema Jonsson’s “100 Portraits of Women Who Inspire” showcased portraits of female artists, activists, writers, singers, scientists, politicians, businesswomen, humanitarians, and philanthropists. (Photos courtesy of Webster University)

The United Nations Academic Impact initiative and the Millennium Campus Network partner on the Millennium Fellowship to convene, challenge, and celebrate student leadership for United Nations goals. This year, student leaders from 285 campuses across 57 countries applied to join the program’s Class of 2018. In September, 30 campuses worldwide were selected to host Millennium Fellows, including eight CIC member institutions: Alma College (MI), Becker College (MA), Furman University (SC), Jarvis Christian College (TX), Lynn University (FL), Moravian College (PA), Rollins College (FL), Spelman College (GA), and Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico).

The White House announced in September the appointments of 13 college presidents and business leaders as members of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Among the appointees are Bennett College (NC) President Phyllis Worthy Dawkins and Talladega College (AL) President Billy C. Hawkins. The board will assist the president and the secretary of education in improving the identity, visibility, capabilities, and overall competitiveness of HBCUs and engaging different communities in a national conversation regarding new HBCU programs and initiatives.

In September, the National Society of Experiential Education awarded Furman University (SC) President Elizabeth Davis the 2018 William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education. The award recognizes a sitting college president who has made “significant contributions to experiential education and exemplifies a commitment to college students through entrepreneurial support of experiential education on campus and in the community.” Davis received the award for unveiling the Furman Advantage program, which combines learning with immersive experiences outside the classroom and provides students with intentional mentoring, advising, and reflection opportunities.

This fall NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, named Indiana Wesleyan University’s Donald P. Osborn the NAADAC Addiction Educator of the Year. Osborn serves as graduate school program director and assistant professor of addiction counseling in the College of Graduate Studies at Indiana Wesleyan.

The Council on Undergraduate Research’s Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division recently announced the recipients of its 2018 Faculty Mentor Award, which recognizes outstanding mentoring of undergraduate researchers. Two of the three awardees are faculty members at CIC institutions: Liz Bouzarth, associate professor of mathematics at Furman University (SC), and Karl Schmitt, assistant professor and director of data sciences at Valparaiso University (IN).

Special Projects

Two photos: (left) students view a mural on an outside wall; (right) a speaker discusses a painting on wall to seated students
Dominican University (IL) hosted a national conference, “El Futuro Is Here!,” that focused on ways Catholic colleges can enhance their campus ministries and theological pedagogies to better serve their increasing numbers of Latinx students. During the July 31–August 2 conference, more than 150 representatives from 41 colleges and universities shared best practices in their campus ministries for welcoming their Latinx students; 29 CIC institutions participated in the event. Conference sessions were supplemented by an excursion to Pilsen, one of Chicago’s most vibrant Hispanic neighborhoods, that included a visit to the National Museum of Mexican Art and a mural walk through the community. (Photos courtesy of Dominican University)

Fifty-seven colleges and universities nationwide have joined the #YouAreWelcomeHere national scholarship program, pledging to create scholarships for international students to study in the United States. Temple University leads the initiative, which began with nine universities in May 2018 and now includes the following 24 CIC member institutions: Albion College (MI), Augsburg University (MN), Cedar Crest College (PA), College of Saint Rose (NY), Concordia College (MN), Furman University (SC), Hawaii Pacific University, Hollins University (VA), Illinois College, Illinois Wesleyan University, La Roche College (PA), Lebanon Valley College (PA), Loras College (IA), Marian University (WI), North Central College (IL), Saint Leo University (FL), Saint Michael’s College (VT), Salve Regina University (RI), St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY), Transylvania University (KY), University of Saint Joseph (CT), Valparaiso University (IN), Western New England University (MA), and Widener University (PA). Beginning in fall 2019, each of the participating institutions will offer at least two annual, renewable scholarships that will cover a minimum of 50 percent of recipients’ tuition.

Several CIC member institutions announced bold tuition price matches or reset initiatives in recent months. Among them, in August, Oglethorpe University (GA) launched Flagship 50, a merit tuition scholarship program open to students across the country. Beginning in fall 2019, Oglethorpe will match the in-state tuition at the flagship institution of each U.S. state for qualified incoming freshmen. Robert Morris University (PA) rolled out Public Price Match Plus in August. In fall 2019, Robert Morris will charge qualified students the same price as the University of Pittsburgh or Penn State charge and provide a $3,000 scholarship. Capital University (OH) announced its Good Guarantee initiative in September. Effective immediately, undergraduates whose families have chosen mission-centered careers through nonprofit and public-service work are only charged half the regular tuition cost. In September, Elizabethtown College (PA) announced its Tuition Transparency initiative, which will lower tuition 32 percent, to $32,000, for the 2019–2020 academic year. Also in September, Mills College (CA) announced a tuition reset that will reduce its base undergraduate tuition from $44,765 to $28,765—representing a 36 percent reduction and rolling back Mills tuition to the 2005 rate. And this fall, Drew University (NJ) turned back the clock, charging the same tuition price the university offered in 2010. Drew’s tuition is now $38,668 before financial aid, down from $48,336 the year before.

Creating Partnerships

Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has partnered with the University of Dayton School of Law to offer ODU students an accelerated path toward earning a juris doctor (JD) degree. The 3+2 program, which began admitting students this fall, allows students to complete their bachelor’s and JD in as few as five years.

The College of Saint Rose (NY) recently formed a partnership with the African Leadership Academy, a two-year pre-university program outside Johannesburg, South Africa, that seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting the continent’s future leaders in ways that lead to social change. The partnership allows for cross-continent collaboration between the two institutions, with a focus on leadership development, faculty exchange initiatives, and scholarship opportunities for students.

A new agreement between the University of New England (UNE) (ME) and the Nature Conservancy will enable UNE faculty members and students to pursue a goal that is central to the missions of both institutions: sustainable, ecological aquaculture development. Through the agreement, UNE and the Nature Conservancy will collaborate to assess the social-ecological benefits of seaweed farms.

The Graduate School at Hood College (MD) and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have partnered to allow students who have completed relevant FAES coursework to transfer credits into Hood’s MBA, MS in bioinformatics, or MS in biomedical science programs. The partnership also will provide additional elective options, taught by top NIH scientists on their Bethesda campus, to a variety of Hood College graduate students.

Alverno College (WI) has partnered with the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee to create a dual-licensure program that integrates the college’s bachelor of arts degree in education with a Montessori teacher preparation program, the only program of its kind in Wisconsin and in direct response to high local, regional, and national need. Designed to be completed in four years, the program exposes students to Montessori and traditional education philosophies to prepare them to teach in both settings.

Dominican University of California and the San Francisco-based Make School are collaborating on a computer science venture. Beginning in 2019, the partnership will enable Dominican to offer a minor in computer science and Make School to offer an accelerated bachelor’s degree in applied computer science under Dominican’s oversight.

Under an agreement signed in July by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and the California Community Colleges, California community college students pursuing an associate degree for transfer (ADT) can receive guaranteed acceptance and a more affordable, seamless pathway to a bachelor degree at 36 private, nonprofit four-year colleges and universities. Several CIC member institutions began accepting applications this fall under the new ADT agreement: Azusa Pacific University, Brandman University, California Baptist University, California Lutheran University, Concordia University Irvine, Fresno Pacific University, Golden Gate University, Holy Names University, La Sierra University, Mills College, Mount Saint Mary’s University, National University, Pacific Union College, Pepperdine University, Simpson University, University of La Verne, University of Redlands, and Whittier College. In addition, the following CIC institutions will begin accepting applications in spring 2019: Marymount California University, Notre Dame de Namur University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Saint Mary’s College of California, Westmont College, and William Jessup University.

Averett University (VA) and Virginia Western Community College signed an articulation agreement in July that makes it easier for Virginia Western students to complete their bachelor’s degree at Averett. The agreement allows qualified students who have completed their associate in applied science degree in administration of justice to transfer to Averett to complete their bachelor of science degree in sociology/criminal justice.

Through an articulation agreement with Owensboro Community and Technical College, Brescia University (KY) will offer a BS degree in agricultural business starting in January 2019. Students will earn an associate’s degree in applied science in agricultural studies at Owensboro and then continue their education at Brescia University with business and agriculture business classes tailored to the student’s agriculture background.

This summer, Central Methodist University (CMU) (MO) extended an articulation agreement with Three Rivers College (TRC) that will help TRC students transfer to CMU after completing one of several associate degrees. Students have the option of pursuing a bachelor’s degree through CMU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or College of Graduate and Extended Studies.

Husson University (ME) and Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) recently entered into an agreement that facilitates credit transfers for nursing students. The agreement helps students in NMCC’s associate of science in nursing program transfer credits that can be used toward earning a bachelor of science in nursing from Husson University.
Southern Vermont College and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) announced a formal affiliation in August to enhance health care education and workforce opportunities for college-bound high school students as well as working professionals interested in pursuing a BS degree in nursing. The affiliation will focus on several areas: supporting shared leadership and multidisciplinary collaboration; developing educational programs to attract students seeking careers in nursing and other health care disciplines; and stimulating workforce development through programs that will encourage staff to pursue educational advancement while retaining existing SVHC employees.

The Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed the 2018 Class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns to Cooperstown, New York, for a ten-week study in a variety of disciplines this past summer. The program offers college undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to work alongside museum and library staff members to gain hands-on professional training in a field that closely matches the student’s major. Interns developed leadership and communication skills by attending career seminars, participating in thematic public speaking, and completing research and writing assignments that directly relate to the museum’s mission. Selected from more than 500 applications from students nationwide, 19 students hailing from 18 colleges and universities completed the internship, including students from Aquinas College (MI), Baylor University (TX), Berry College (GA), Franklin & Marshall College (PA), and Middlebury College (VT).

Major Gifts, Grants, and Campaign Successes

Students hold signs of numbers, representing the amount of money raised
Mars Hill University (NC) celebrated the conclusion of its Building Our University fundraising campaign in September. The campaign raised more than $53.4 million—eclipsing its original 2013 goal by more than $11 million. The contributions will support student scholarships, creation of a nursing school, and the construction and renovation of several buildings. (Photo courtesy of Mars Hill University)

Davis & Elkins College (WV) celebrated the conclusion of its decade-long Secure the Future fundraising campaign this summer. Surpassing the college’s initial $100 million goal, nearly 5,700 donors made more than 23,800 gifts that totaled $100.9 million over the period.

A $20 million gift to DePauw University (IN) from 1968 graduates Steve and Karen (Ogren) Sanger will create the new Sanger Leadership Initiative. The initiative will bring together DePauw’s already established co-curricular centers to broaden co-curricular leadership learning opportunities for all students, create new experiential programs, bring a variety of leaders to campus, and establish and sustain connections with other universities.

St. Lawrence University (NY) in June announced two financial commitments that will help renovate the university’s historic Appleton Arena: a $10 million gift from 1974 alumnus Tom Dolan and the Dolan Family Foundation; and a $1.5 million gift from the Torrey and MacAllaster families in memory of William A. (Bill) Torrey Sr., a 1957 alumnus.

In August, Edgewood College (WI) announced one of the largest gifts in its 90-year history: an estate gift commitment of $7 million. The funds, from a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, will be applied to the college’s endowment.

Westminster College (UT) received a $4.1 million, 8,019-square-foot, French-style château—complete with antique furnishings—in July. Donated by Dale and Sheri Holt of Salt Lake City, the college will use the nearby property, newly named the Westminster Holt Home, as a presidential residence and entertainment space.

Thomas Aquinas College (CA) in September acquired 714 acres of open space around its existing campus. The acquisition includes much of the historic Ferndale Ranch along Santa Paula Creek, 131 acres of which was deeded to the college in 1975. The acquisition will enhance the campus and provide expanded educational and recreational areas.

In August, Westminster College (MO) announced receipt of a nearly $3.9 million bequest from Californian and former trustee, the late Ronald J. Kostich, ’63. The funds will be added to the college’s endowment to support scholarships, the National Churchill Museum, and the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Through their Sacred Harvest Foundation, Azusa Pacific University (CA) alumni Steve and Susie Perry donated $3 million to help fund the expansion of the university’s doctor of physical therapy program, including a new facility on the university’s West Campus that will be completed in 2019. The expansion will help the university boost enrollment and provide an enhanced clinical and academic experience for students.

Franklin College (IN) announced in September a $2 million “super endowment gift” from Indianapolis art patron and philanthropist Douglas L. Tillman, a 1970 alumnus and trustee. The gift will support continued transformation of the college and help provide financial flexibility. Also in September, an Indianapolis businessman, John D. Peterson, and his wife, Nancy, established a $500,000 fund at Franklin College to create an engaged learning opportunity and space for students, alumni, and the community. The John and Nancy Peterson Endowment for Innovation and Leadership Development will establish “The Hive at Franklin College,” which will enrich the educational experience of students pursuing degrees in business, leadership, mathematics, and technology.

As part of a $15.8 million grant for higher education institutions across the state, the Maryland Department of Commerce recently supported eight research professorships at five colleges and universities. The endowments were made through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative, a program to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields. Hood College received $1 million to support its new Endowed Chair in Project Management, and Mount St. Mary’s University received $1 million to establish an Endowed Professorship in Computational Science and Mathematics.

St. Bonaventure University (NY) alumnus John (Duffy) Sheehan and his wife, Sharon, committed $1 million to the School of Health Professions in August. The gift is the first in an initiative to fund the expansion of St. Bonaventure’s undergraduate and graduate programming through the School of Health Professions.

Elmhurst College (IL) recently received a “treasure trove” of a jazz collection from the estate of longtime jazz aficionado Dick Sorensen. A frequent attendee of the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, Sorensen acquired about 35,000 records, compact discs, and books related to jazz. After his death in 2017, his family honored his wishes by donating the collection to Elmhurst.

New Institutes, Programs, and Majors

Becker College (MA) recently established its fifth school: the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The new school replaces the previous Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies and centralizes the administration of the college’s graduate programs. The new school offers degrees and professional certificate programs in disciplines designed to meet the needs of adult learners.

Webster University (MO) is launching a Center for Innovation and Professional Development to create and implement a wide range of collaborative programs in the public and private sectors. The first phase will develop and deliver non-credit professional development and continuing education seminars and programs, incubate interdisciplinary initiatives, and administer Webster’s existing Audit for Enrichment program. Later phases will establish opportunities to seek grants and contracts for the center’s activities, develop seminars and workshops, and identify community-based research opportunities for faculty members.

Charleston Southern University (SC) began accepting applications for its first doctoral program this summer: a doctor of education with an emphasis in leadership. Designed for working adults, the program prepares students for all types of administrative leadership roles, including education, health care, and business.

Misericordia University (PA) will introduce an entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program beginning with the 2019 fall semester. The doctoral program in the health sciences features a six-year sequence that combines the foundation of a liberal arts education with occupational therapy coursework to produce a holistic practitioner.

In September, the University of New England (ME) introduced a professional science master’s degree in ocean food systems to nurture the next generation of leaders in sustainable ocean management. The 12-month program is designed to prepare students for leadership positions that link science, business, and policy in the North Atlantic and Arctic regions and kicks off with two-week residencies in Iceland and in Downeast Maine. In September, the university also announced a new bachelor of science degree in data science.

A new Alverno College (WI) graduate program will train educational specialists in school psychology. The EdS program, open to women and men, includes two degrees in one—a 30-credit MS degree in educational psychology will count toward a more advanced 60-credit educational specialist degree. Graduates of the three-year program will be eligible to become licensed Wisconsin school psychologists.

Ohio Dominican University launched three additional fully online master’s degree programs this fall: a master of arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), a master of science in health care administration, and a master of science in sport management.

Chaminade University of Honolulu has launched two new MBA programs in health care administration and science and technology innovation. The programs allow students to earn their graduate degrees in as little as 18 months through the university’s evening or online classes.

Bridgewater College (VA) plans to offer a second master’s degree program beginning in January 2019: an MA in digital media strategy. The interdisciplinary program will incorporate theoretical and practical coursework in communication studies, graphic design, and professional writing.

Saint Peter’s University (NJ) recently began offering two new degrees: an MS in consumer science with a specialization in mobile intelligence and a BA in mathematics with concentrations in elementary and secondary education.

California Lutheran University now offers a master’s degree program in management. The program is designed for students who recently earned bachelor’s degrees in non-business fields and want to acquire essential business skills to lead people, projects, and organizations. Students will receive a solid foundation in management theory and practice with an emphasis on operational leadership and interpersonal communication.

This fall, Knox College (IL) began offering a major in business and management. The program offers students real-world learning opportunities as entrepreneurs, as leaders of diverse teams, and in global business. Students can choose among five focus areas—finance and accounting, mathematical finance, human relations, global business policy and development, and environmental policy and management—or work with faculty members to create a personalized focus area.

New and Recently Renovated Facilities

Two photos: (left) outside view of Gill Center; (right) professor works with model of human skeleton with three students
McDaniel College (MD) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the campus’s renovated Gill Center in October. The $6.6 million renovation will facilitate the growth of one of the college’s largest majors, kinesiology, by expanding and modernizing classrooms and research spaces, as well as maximizing underutilized space. The center now has a kinesiology seminar room; nine faculty offices; three updated laboratories for human performance, neuromuscular performance, and human anatomy and physiology; and three multipurpose classrooms. (Photos courtesy of McDaniel College)

faculty and students work in financial-analysis computer lab
Limestone College (SC) held a grand opening for the Vera Jones Mitchell Finance Lab in September. Located inside the college’s Montgomery Hall, the state-of-the-art, glass-encased facility includes technology tools such as 14 financial-analysis platform computer terminals, an electronic LED stock ticker, and an interactive flat panel display that allows students to monitor and analyze near real-time financial market data. (Photo courtesy of Limestone College)

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