Adventist University of Health Sciences and Pearson Renew Online Education Partnership

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has renewed its online education partnership with Adventist University of Health Sciences, which designates Pearson as the exclusive partner for ADU Online, providing student support, retention and recruitment. ADU Online offers four degree programs, including Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing, diagnostic medical sonography and radiologic sciences, as well as an Executive Master of Healthcare Administration. The university plans on adding additional programs in the future, according to a news release.

Houston’s College of Biblical Studies Named One of the Best Christian Workplaces for 2016

The Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) has named Houston’s College of Biblical Studies (CBS) as one of the Best Christian Workplaces for 2016, according to a news release. The honor distinguishes organizations excelling in building a healthy workplace based on several criteria, including job satisfaction, commitment, Christian witness, personal growth and development, teamwork, management effectiveness, salary and benefits, and more. They are identified through an anonymous BCWI employee engagement survey conducted and distributed across the U.S. and Canada to workplaces with Christian mission and/or values. According to its mission, CBS “provides biblically based education for the Body of Christ, with primary focus on African American and other minority groups.” It also earned this distinction in 2014.

Methodist University Adding Bachelor of Science in Nursing

North Carolina’s Methodist University announced it has added a bachelor of science in nursing degree, which will allow registered nurses to advance to a bachelor’s degree. The upstart hybrid RN-to-BSN program would combine online and flexible in-person classes and allow registered nurses who have completed an associate’s degree or diploma program to more easily attain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. According to a 2013 study by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, more than 79 percent of employers are now requiring or expressing a strong preference toward nurses with bachelor’s degrees, writes the Fay Observer. Applications are now being accepted for the program, for which the spring semester begins Jan. 11.

Marquette University Launches $1 Million Challenge with Help of CNBC Television Star

Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s The Profit and alumnus of Milwaukee’s Marquette University, has teamed up with his alma mater to launch a $1 million giving challenge, which began Jan. 5. For every $250,000 the school raises for scholarships through March 12, Lemonis has committed to add $100,000. Marquette hopes to attract young alumni and others who have not yet made donations to the school, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports. Lemonis is the chairman and CEO of Camping World, nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer and Good Sam club, an RV owner’s organization. He also assists struggling businesses from all over the U.S. in his CNBC program.

Kiplinger Names Saint Michael’s College a 2016 ‘Best College Value’

Saint Michael’s College has earned the honor of being named one of Kiplinger Personal Finance’s “Best College Values” of 2016, according to a news release. The list of 300 schools highlights public and private universities and colleges that combine high quality academics with affordable cost. Saint Michael’s was included as one of the 100 Best Values in Private Universities. The distinction is determined by measurable standards of academic value and affordability, including admission rate, percentage of returning freshmen, student-faculty ratio, four-year graduation rate, sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. The complete rankings are available online and will appear in the February 2016 issue of Kiplinger.

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