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Expanding on its mission to offer a quality, affordable online education for lifelong learners, the private nonprofit National University System (NUS), which includes three affiliate universities and serves more than 35,000 students, announces its latest investment in the future of higher education through the introduction of FlexCourse℠, a teaching and learning platform that offers faculty-supported, self-paced online degree programs at an affordable price point of $8,500 annual tuition.
In support of the well-being of future generations, South Dakotan and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, one of the country's most generous philanthropists, is donating an unprecedented $100 million to the private, nonprofit National University System to make social emotional learning available to every child nationwide in the PreK-6 grades. The funding allows the System to dramatically expand the Sanford Harmony social emotional learning program, which is based on the vision of Mr. Sanford and offers a comprehensive toolkit of life-transforming lessons and strategies emphasizing diversity and inclusion; empathy and critical thinking; communication; problem-solving; and peer relationships.
Peter Seidler, General Partner of the San Diego Padres, will be the keynote speaker at the May 19 Southern California Commencement of National University. Seidler, a leader in the San Diego community whose philanthropic efforts focus on helping the most vulnerable segments of the homeless population, will address approximately 20,000 attendees including graduates, their families and guests at Petco Park, which is the home of the Padres.
With adult learners becoming a significant part of the nation’s higher education population, National University is pleased to announce the expansion of the National University Scholars Program that aims to recognize 100 students through a comprehensive scholarship and educational support program. The scholarship, offered by the private, nonprofit University, is now open to California community college transfer students, and it covers the cost of degree completion for qualifying students who agree to participate in the selective program’s co-curricular activities and leadership development component.
In recognition of exceptional PreK-12 teachers, National University joins the San Diego Padres in honoring San Diego County teachers as the presenting partner of the Padres’ Annual Teacher Appreciation Night at their May 11 game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Petco Park.
National University will recognize students at a special Nevada Graduation Celebration on Sunday, April 29, 2018. The private, nonprofit university, which holds commencement ceremonies in Northern and Southern California each year, is thrilled to kick off its inaugural Nevada ceremony that recognizes a diverse student population and includes students completing their degree programs online and at the University’s campus in Henderson, NV.
Stedman Graham, a New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned speaker on Identity Leadership, will deliver the keynote address at the April 22nd Northern California Commencement Ceremony for National University, which is among the largest private, nonprofit universities in California.
National University is partnering with the San Diego Workforce Partnership and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to launch a regional discussion on increasing upward mobility opportunities through the use of data-driven methods. To initiate the conversation, guest lecturer Dr. Raj Chetty, who has been named one of the top economists in the world by the New York Times and The Economist, will present his research Feb. 27 on “Creating Conditions for Economic Mobility.”
The Collaborative to Advance Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s top evaluator of SEL evidence-based programs; Sanford Harmony is reaching more than 1 million students through a university network led by the private, nonprofit National University System
The private, non-profit National University is collaborating with Institute co-founder and leadership expert Will Marré to offer individuals, businesses and organizations evidence-based principles to advance workforce equity and company performance
The national scholarship, which may go toward supporting 60 scholarships at National University, aims to recognize students who have persevered through adversity and who are dedicated to education and serving their communities.
The private, nonprofit National University is among the top colleges and universities in the United States for adult learners, according to an exhaustive new report by Washington Monthly, a nonprofit magazine that is known for its annual rankings of higher education systems in the country. The rankings use a range of attributes to assess the impact of institutions to the public good in categories of social mobility, research and service.
Dr. Ilkay Altintas, Chief Data Scientist of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, will present Nov. 30 on the topic of “Creating a Data Science Ecosystem for Scientific, Societal and Educational Impact,” as part of the Precision Institute at National University Distinguished Speakers Series.
Planetree International announced today that the National University School of Health and Human Services, based in San Diego, California, has been awarded Planetree Silver Recognition for Significant Advancement in Person-Centered Care. As the first academic institution in the world to achieve Planetree Recognition, the private, nonprofit National University will be positioned to train a new generation of healthcare providers in principles aimed at advancing the highest standards of person-centered healthcare.
San Diego Police Department Dispatch Supervisor Danielle Schule, who in her capacity has worked to support public safety for the past 15 years, has been named the 2017 City of San Diego/National University Professional Development Scholarship recipient. The scholarship will enable Ms. Schule to complete her studies at National University, and it is the result of an ongoing collaborative effort which three years ago led to National University becoming the City of San Diego’s designated Preferred Employee Education Program Partner.
When National University alumnus Brent Reel saw the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey—the wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history, dumping more than 40 inches of rain on eastern Texas—he knew he had to help. Reel (BSN, 2016), a senior clinical nurse consultant for Cardinal Health, used his own vacation time and frequent flyer miles to get to Houston where he volunteered four days as a disaster relief nurse.
National University, a member of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), was selected to be the site of this year’s Youth Leadership Development Leadership Forum for students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The forum provides middle and high school students with varying levels of exposure to STEM fields an opportunity to learn about academic and career pathways in these areas.
The Dean of National University’s School of Health and Human Services, Dr. Gloria McNeal, will lead a presentation at an international conference this month on the topic of how academic institutions can better prepare health care professionals in exceptional patient-centered in coordination with Planetree, Inc., which is a mission-based not-for-profit organization that partners with healthcare organizations. The presentation is one among several involving National University faculty at the annual Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care Oct. 15-18 in Baltimore.
One of the country’s largest school districts, Los Angeles Unified School District, is expanding a research-based social emotional learning program, Sanford Harmony, this 2017-2018 school year following its initial introduction to the District’s early childhood centers. The Sanford Harmony program promotes positive peer interactions and relationships among students through easily-integrated lesson plans and activities that emphasize communication, empathy, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving skills.
National University, which is among the largest private, nonprofit universities in California, and John F. Kennedy University, which has been serving the East Bay community for more than 50 years, are pleased to announce the launch of the East Bay NU campus in Pleasant Hill. The introduction of NU East Bay will significantly expand academic offerings in the region, providing access to more than 120 programs through National University.
National University is proud to participate in Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a nationwide effort during the month of October that is promoted by the Department of Homeland Security to highlight the importance of cybersecurity in our communities and provide tools and resources to stay safe online.
Dr. James Stigler, who is widely recognized for his research into teaching and learning methodologies and is considered a leading authority on K-12 comparative math teaching and learning globally, has been named the first fellow of the Precision Institute at National University. In his role as an Institute fellow, Professor Stigler will contribute to developing and sharing research that aligns with the Institute’s mission of expanding data-driven approaches to identifying and applying effective personalized learning methodologies in higher education.
Xavier University of Louisiana is pleased to announce it is joining the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy network by opening its own affiliated Institute dedicated to helping nonprofits significantly increase their fundraising capabilities and positive impact in Southeast Louisiana.
As the first recipient of the City of San Diego/National University Professional Development Scholarship, city employee Nicole McNeil demonstrated her determination to achieve her education goals, graduating this June while giving back to the local community. Her success represents the spirit of an education-focused collaboration launched in 2015 that expands educational opportunities to city employees through National University’s designation as the City of San Diego’s Preferred Employee Education Program Partner.
The Sanford College of Education at National University, which recommends more teachers for credentials than any other university in California, will co-host the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit on July 28. The Summit is a free statewide day of learning and networking that is open to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. National University - which held one of the largest of the statewide events last year - invites San Diego area teachers to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in their classrooms.
National University, which is among the largest private nonprofit universities in California, is proud to support U.S. Marine Corps Captain Maggie Seymour in her run across the United States. Seymour, who will be transitioning from active duty to reserve status this summer, founded the nonprofit organization Run Free Run to raise awareness of and support for a variety of notable military-affiliated causes and communities. National University, which has a strong tradition of serving the military community is hosting the Run Free Run kickoff event Saturday, July 22 at 8:30 a.m. at the Women’s Museum of CA, Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, Suite 103.
Aiming to address some of the most challenging issues confronting higher education today, National University, which serves more than 28,000 primarily-adult learners on campuses and online, is launching today the Precision Institute at National University. The Institute will lead a four-year, $20 million initiative, called Precision Education, that is piloting new approaches to personalize higher education through advanced technologies that adapt to individual student needs and interests with the intent of better serving a diverse student population to college completion. To achieve this goal, the Institute will advance current and future partnerships in coordination with faculty; leading global experts; educational organizations; and education technology partners such as Gooru, Civitas Learning, and Pragya Systems.
The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University is pleased to announce the launch of an affiliated Institute at Maricopa County Community Colleges that will help nonprofits increase their fundraising capabilities and positive impact in Arizona. The addition marks the ongoing expansion of a nationwide network of Institutes that are led by the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University to offer curricula for nonprofit leaders and fundraisers based on the vision of philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford. The approaches are presented by recognized nonprofit leaders, members of academia and renowned philanthropists.
William Burfitt, a proven fundraising professional who has led highly-effective fundraising and development campaigns over the past two decades on behalf of some of the San Diego County region’s most notable institutions such as University of California, San Diego and The Scripps Research Institute, will join National University June 12 as vice president for development.
San Diego City Council President and National University alumna Myrtle Cole— the first African-American woman elected to the City Council and to serve as its president—will be the keynote speaker at the Southern California Commencement of National University. Cole, who started her public service career in law enforcement, will address approximately 20,000 graduates and their families and guests on June 17 at Petco Park. This marks the second year the event is being held in the ballpark by the University, which is one of the largest private, nonprofit universities in the state.