Faith-Based Higher Education Headlines in June 2015

By July 2, 2015 July 19th, 2018 News, Academic Articles

Siena Heights University receives high reaccreditation for nursing program

The nursing program at Siena Heights University, a Catholic university based in Adrian, Mich., was granted a 10-year reaccreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, which is the most a graduate nursing program can achieve. According to MLive, the program met all the required standards without issue. In 2010 the program received an accreditation for five years and began a year-long extensive self-study process. SHU has campuses in Lansing, Jackson, and other major cities.

Walsh University earns College Of Distinction recognition

Ohio’s Walsh University has been recognized as a 2015-2016 College of Distinction for its cutting-edge educational opportunities for its students, including its global learning programs, service learning opportunities, living-learning communities, and internships. The Review reports this is the fifth consecutive year the college has been selected for this designation, which is awarded based on the institution’s freshman experience, general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures. The College of Distinction website and e-guidebook was established in 1999 and requires that the schools achieve excellence in four areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

Southwestern Adventist University Showcases Own ‘Jurassic World’

National Geographic recently released two new documentaries that were shot at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas, where one of only five (possibly six) specimens of the Nanotyrannus dinosaur was found in 2001. According to the Adventist Review, scientists argue the Nanotyrannus is a new breed of dinosaur, but some say is simply an adolescent Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Nat Geo documentaries “Dino Death Match” and “Ultimate Dino Survivor” investigate the controversy amid an increased public interest in the extinct creatures thanks to the recent release of the film Jurassic World. SAU’s 18-year-old Dinosaur Research Project is highly respected in the field and houses the only dinosaur bone collection in the world with 3D images of every specimen.

Pepperdine Named No. 4 Best Christian University 2015

The Church of Christ-affiliated Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. was selected as no. 4 in the nation on’s 2015 Best Christian Colleges & Universities list. The school beat out several top contenders, including Belmont University, Baylor University and Cal Lutheran University, for its spot. Schools are chosen for the list based on their academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the job market post-graduation. Information from U.S. News and World Report, National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale are consulted for information on these criteria, according to the Malibu Times.

Belmont University campus ranked among most beautiful

Nashville’s Belmont University was named one of the most beautiful urban college campuses in the country by, coming in at no. 10 on the list. Most notably the list highlighted its “southern charm” and the on-campus Belmont Mansion, which was home to antebellum socialite Adelicia Acklen and was inducted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, the Tennessean reports. No. 1 on the list was the University of San Diego, while Belmont’s neighbor, Vanderbilt University, was no. 16. Schools chosen for the list were required to be located in a city with more than 100,000 people and were judged based on historic places, national and international recognition, and student enjoyment, among other factors.

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