CN.edu News http://www.cn.edu/ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:58:22 -0400 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:58:22 -0400 1800 Carson-Newman Cited as a Best College by both Princeton Review and Forbes <p><br />Carson-Newman College has received accolades from The Princeton Review and Forbes. Ranked by The Princeton Review among the Southeast region&rsquo;s best 135 institutions, C-N is also one of only 14 Tennessee colleges or universities included on the Forbes list.</p> <p>Only schools that allow Princeton Review to independently survey students are eligible to be considered for the firm&rsquo;s endorsement. Forbes features the top 20 percent of America&rsquo;s undergraduate institutions, as deemed by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP).</p> <p>&ldquo;The reality behind the rankings is what pleases us most,&rdquo; said C-N President Randall O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;Carson-Newman's faculty is committed to academic excellence for themselves and our students. They model and mentor joyfully and superbly, which is the secret to our success.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We're pleased to recommend Carson-Newman College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,&rdquo; said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president for publishing. &ldquo;We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as &lsquo;regional best&rsquo; colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Princeton Review Southeast region encompasses Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The publication also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 121 in the West as best in their locales on the company&rsquo;s &ldquo;2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region&rdquo; lists.</p> <p>C-N is ranked sixth among the 14 Tennessee institutions noted by Forbes. Using criteria developed by Dr. Richard Vedder and the CCAP, the Forbes ranking system considers post-graduate success (30 percent), student satisfaction (27.5 percent), debt (17.5 percent), four-year graduation rate (17.5 percent), and competitive awards (7.5 percent).</p> <p>The rankings are available at www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings.aspx and <a href="http://www.forbes.com">www.forbes.com</a>.</p> http://www.cn.edu/news?view=90 http://www.cn.edu/news?view=90 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:47:21 -0400 U.S. News & World Report Ranks C-N among Best National Liberal Arts Colleges <p>U.S. News &amp; World Report has ranked Carson-Newman College in its 2011 edition of Best Colleges. Additionally, C-N is championed in the publication&rsquo;s &ldquo;Least Debt&rdquo; section and is noted as being an institution to which high school guidance counselors direct students.</p> <p>&ldquo;While we are pleased by our inclusion as a &lsquo;Top Tier&rsquo; institution among the country&rsquo;s best liberal arts colleges, we are more excited to be noted for educating students without leaving them with insurmountable debt,&rdquo; said C-N President Randall O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;We are committed to providing resources to our students, many of whom are first generation students from our Appalachian region.&rdquo;</p> <p>U.S. News researchers examined &ldquo;loans taken out by students from colleges, from private financial institutions, and from federal, state, and local governments.&rdquo; It reports that one-third of Carson-Newman graduates are debt-free upon graduation, which ranks the College in the top seven percent of institutions cited in that category.</p> <p>In the spring of this year, U.S. News asked guidance counselors from schools it ranked as &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Best High Schools&rdquo; to list national liberal arts colleges they believe offer the best undergraduate education for their students.</p> <p>&ldquo;The top tier designation and the endorsement of high school counselors are powerful evidence of our exceptional faculty,&rdquo; said Dr. O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;Our professors immerse themselves in the lives of their students, which, of course, is at the core of our mission to educate minds and hearts in a caring Christian community.&rdquo;</p> <p>U.S. News annually rates more than 1,400 colleges and universities, utilizing 16 factors that include alumni giving, class size, graduation and retention rates, graduation rate, peer assessment and student selectivity. Its recognition of Carson-Newman comes on the heels of The Princeton Review&rsquo;s inclusion of the school as one of the best colleges in the Southeast. One of 133 institutions cited in the region, C-N&rsquo;s faculty was described as &ldquo;very intelligent (and) always accessible.&rdquo;</p> <p>Founded in 1851 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Carson-Newman College provides its students a quality liberal arts education with a Christian worldview. For more information, call the College&rsquo;s Admissions Office at 865-471-3223 or visit C-N&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://www.cn.edu">www.cn.edu</a>.</p> http://www.cn.edu/news?view=89 http://www.cn.edu/news?view=89 Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:01:50 -0400 Carson-Newman Cited by Newsweek as One of Top Service-Minded Schools <p><img style="float: left;" src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/Kaplan_Newsweek_Top_Ranked_Logo.jpg" alt="" width="218" height="175" />Fifth Annual Operation Inasmuch Should Push # of Volunteers over 2,500 Mark</p> <p>In its first ever college guide, Newsweek magazine ranks Carson-Newman College among the country&rsquo;s 25 best &ldquo;service-minded schools.&rdquo; A total of 510 four-year institutions were evaluated and C-N was ranked 13 among the top 25 schools featured in the publication.</p> <p>Published in conjunction with Kaplan, the 2010 &ldquo;Finding the Right College For You&rdquo; guide uses categories that its editors say are &ldquo;tailored to address the real concerns of prospective students and their parents in an increasingly complex admissions process.&rdquo; (The information is available online at http://education.newsweek.com.)</p> <p>Partnering with Washington Monthly, the guide&rsquo;s editors considered colleges and universities based on student commitment to service (including number of students and hours invested), faculty, number of students in ROTC programs relative to the school&rsquo;s size, proportion of alumni who have served in the Peace Corps, incorporation of service in classes, percentage of federal work-study money given to community-service projects and service-based scholarships.</p> <p>C-N President Randall O&rsquo;Brien called the recognition &ldquo;gratifying, yet not surprising. It&rsquo;s great to know that Carson-Newman&rsquo;s long history of active compassion and Christian service has been noted at the national level. I might be expected to say that we are grateful to Newsweek&rsquo;s editors and others involved in the recognition, but we are truly grateful for and humbled by our students who are willing to serve.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to Dr. O&rsquo;Brien, it takes effort to foster an ethic of service. &ldquo;Our faculty instills in their students a sense that God knows how much we care by how much care we give to others, and these efforts are also often replete with faculty and staffers who volunteer too. I am pleased to see that scholarship dollars were part of the research rationale because we are grateful to partners like the Bonner Foundation, the U.S. Army and Tennessee Baptists, all of whom help make such funds available to our students.&rdquo;</p> <p>The timing of the recognition is fitting as the College&rsquo;s Campus Ministries and Community Connection Offices put the final touches on planning C-N&rsquo;s fifth annual Operation Inasmuch (OI) workday, slated for Saturday. Carson-Newman was the first college or university to implement the service model, which began as a church ministry in North Carolina several years ago.</p> <p>OI participation has steadily grown each year, from 290 in 2006 to 619 last year. C-N Campus Minister Nenette Measels expects the five-year total number of participants to break the 2,500 mark when Saturday&rsquo;s tally is added. Students, along with faculty and staff, will go to service sites across Jefferson and Hamblen counties where they will help service agencies and their clients.</p> <p>C-N&rsquo;s inclusion on last year&rsquo;s President&rsquo;s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was a factor in the model used in the Newsweek ranking. Data for the survey period used to select schools for the Honor Roll offers impressive figures for C-N student involvement. Almost 1,400 members of the student body actively engaged in volunteer efforts and 158 of those students were part of classes that incorporate service-learning in the curriculum. All together, C-N students contributed some 59,000 hours of community service in the time frame studied.</p> <p>C-N&rsquo;s School of Nursing and Behavioral Health, in conjunction with the College&rsquo;s Army ROTC program, has been recognized as the country&rsquo;s leading producer of nurses who join the military upon graduation. Presently, 24 of the Eagle Battalion&rsquo;s 72 cadets (33%), are nursing majors who will join the military when they graduate. The program&rsquo;s success has obtained Army recognition as a Nursing Center of Excellence for Education, say Eagle Battalion officials.</p> <p>The Bonner Scholars Program, of which C-N is a charter member, offers valuable scholarship dollars to students in exchange for at least 140 community service hours per semester. With 52 current students, the program will account for 14,560 service hours this academic year alone.</p> <p>While the numbers are impressive, so are results. Amy Scott, a recent graduate, interned with Jefferson County&rsquo;s juvenile court system and saw firsthand the problems created by high school truancy. In response to the situation, Scott worked with the Bonner Center to establish the Journey Program, through which C-N students mentor truants and those who are otherwise at risk of dropping out of school.</p> <p>Another effort is the Afterschool Program, a partnership between the Bonner Center and Jefferson City&rsquo;s Housing Authority. The housing authority had space but few monetary and human resources while C-N had students in need of experience. School of Education faculty members helped shape a program that now exists at two sites.</p> <p>Other C-N programs dedicated to volunteerism include SPOTS (Special Projects Other Than Summer), which provided 173 spring and fall break missionaries last year, and BCM-sponsored summer mission programs, through which 43 C-N students recently took part in initiatives in 10 states and 10 foreign countries. Appalachian Outreach, the College&rsquo;s auxiliary ministry, offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year, including AO Workdays as well a Samaritan</p> http://www.cn.edu/news?view=87 http://www.cn.edu/news?view=87 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:17:04 -0400 Carson-Newman one of Best Colleges in Southeast, says Princeton Review. <p><img style="float: left;" src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/PrincetonReview2008.JPG" alt="" width="96" height="100" />Carson-Newman College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. One of 133 institutions cited in the region, C-N&rsquo;s faculty is described by a current student on the publisher&rsquo;s website as &ldquo;very intelligent, always accessible, and caring about my academic career and life in general. I feel like we&rsquo;re family.&rdquo;</p> <p>Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president/publishing, said, &ldquo;We're pleased to recommend Carson-Newman College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as &lsquo;regional best&rsquo; colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Being cited as one of our region&rsquo;s best institutions is most pleasing, but, given the quality of our faculty, I cannot honestly say I am surprised,&rdquo; said C-N President Randall O&rsquo;Brien. &ldquo;We have an outstanding collection of scholars who pour themselves into their work and the lives of their students. That&rsquo;s at the heart of our mission to educate minds and hearts in a caring Christian community.&rdquo;</p> <p>The 133 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its &ldquo;Best in the Southeast&rdquo; designations are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 152 in the Midwest, and 120 in the West as best in their locales on the company&rsquo;s &ldquo;2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region&rdquo; lists. Collectively, the 623 colleges cited constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.</p> <p>According to Franek, his team selected schools based on &ldquo;institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite.&rdquo; The reviewers also consider what students have to say about their schools via an 80-question survey.</p> <p>For its project, The Princeton Review asked students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues &ndash; from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food &ndash; and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site (www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx).</p> <p>The Princeton Review, which is not affiliated with Princeton Univesity, has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals through college and graduate school test preparation.</p> http://www.cn.edu/news?view=88 http://www.cn.edu/news?view=88 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:15:59 -0400