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Waynesburg University’s nursing programs were recently reaccredited for the next ten years by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The University was notified by the CCNE Board of Commissioners this week that its baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN), master's degree in nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs met all four CCNE accreditation standards with no compliance concerns related to the key elements of any of the standards.

“Accreditation is indicative of program quality,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair of the University’s Department of Nursing. “Current and prospective students can be assured that a rigorous review process of the programs occurred and program outcomes were met.”

The CCNE accreditation standards were amended in 2013, and the University’s Department of Nursing was held to the new standards. The programs were evaluated in regard to mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and assessment and achievement of program outcomes.

Over the course of a year, a self-study document was written and an evidence room was created to provide documentation of ongoing committee, faculty and student work.

A team of five evaluators visited the campus from April 7 through 9 to verify and amplify information provided in the self-study document. The evaluators met with senior staff, students, alumni, chief nursing officers in area hospitals and community advisory boards for the Department of Nursing. The evaluators visited both main campus and the Monroeville Center, where Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing Programs are located.

CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that operates in accordance with nationally recognized standards established for the practice of accreditation in the United States.

The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

For more information on the BSN program at Waynesburg University, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-225-7393. For information on the MSN or DNP programs, contact Sherri Stonecipher at 724-743-7617. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Aladdin.jpgPresident and CEO of Aladdin Food Management Services Tom Cusimano and Aladdin District Manager Joe DeSalvo presented a gift to Waynesburg University Monday, Oct. 20. Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee accepted the check on behalf of the University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ETC-Rankings-Logo-2015-RGB--to-408-top-College-sm.jpgWaynesburg University has been ranked a top value college in an outcome-based college rankings index compiled by Educate To Career (ETC) for the second consecutive year.

The University ranked No. 104 out of the 1,224 schools listed in the nationwide ETC College Rankings Index for 2015. Included in the ranking are more than 1,200 accredited four-year colleges with annual enrollments greater than 1,000 students, representing 94 percent of all students enrolled in four-year colleges.

“We feel that the colleges scoring in the top one-third of our index, number 1 through number 408, are doing a very good job on behalf of their students,” said Michael R. Havis, ETC president and founder.

According to ETC, colleges in the top third of the ETC Index have a relatively high percentage of graduates employed in their field of study and the earnings of graduates are relatively high. In addition, a majority of students graduate in four or five years and loan default rates are very low.

“The ETC College Rankings Index measures the improvement in employability and earnings that a particular college brings to its graduates, relative to students similarly situated at other colleges,” said Havis. “Students and parents are focused on the value added by going to a particular college and pursuing a specific area of study.”

Waynesburg University’s career path analysis report states that 97 percent of 2013 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation. Additionally, according to the federal government's College Scorecard, the loan default rate for Waynesburg graduates is 4.5 percent, which is substantially lower than the national average of 14.7 percent.

The ETC Index analyzes the quality of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market. The rankings results are determined by which schools did the best job of improving the earnings and attainment of quality employment of their students, according to a description of the index on the group's website.

The full ETC College Ranking Index can be found at www.educatetocareer.org.

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Waynesburg University’s director of faith and mission Rev. Carolyn Poteet will move into the new position of director of international programs as the University works to increase global literacy for its students, the University announced today. 

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to, once again, use my international experience to bless the Waynesburg community and deepen our relationships with God’s people around the world,” Poteet said.

With her experience at World Vision, an international, Christian humanitarian organization, combined with her familiarity with Waynesburg University, Poteet brings to her new position a strong background in international outreach as well as a vital understanding of the mission of Waynesburg University.

“Focusing on international opportunities is one of the priorities in our strategic plan,” said Mary Cummings, vice president for Student Services at the University. “Rev. Poteet’s international experience, coupled with her passion for the mission of Waynesburg University, makes her the perfect choice to effectively represent the University at various schools and organizations abroad. She brings broad international experience having worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.”

For several years, Poteet worked for World Vision, an organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

She developed and managed grant-funded programming as an international program development officer at World Vision. Poteet acquired more than $100 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, World Food Program, UNHCR and UNICEF through her grant-proposals.

Poteet is an ordained Presbyterian minister and previously served as the associate pastor and minister for Christian education and young families at the First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, N.C.

Rev. James Tinnemeyer, who joined the University as the director of the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry in July, will now also serve as the University chaplain.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_homecoming-14.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate Homecoming Friday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 11. Throughout the weekend, a number of activities will be held for students, alumni and members of the community.

“Homecoming is a very special event for our alumni,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “I look forward to greeting Waynesburg graduates and sharing with them all of the exciting things happening on our campus.”

The weekend will offer a variety of scheduled activities, including athletic events, a 5K walk/run, class reunions and more. The Yellow Jacket football team will take on Case Western Reserve University at 1:30 p.m. at John F. Wiley Stadium Saturday, Oct. 11.

Registration for Homecoming 2014 is encouraged. For more information or to register, visit www.waynesburgunited.com/homecoming14 or call 724-852-3256.

The Homecoming Weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 10

  • 1 p.m. – Golf at Rohanna’s Golf Course (reservation required)
  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Reception at the President’s house (reservation required)
  • 6 p.m. – Recent Graduates are invited to join current students in Johnson Commons for a picnic, followed by a pep rally and Waynesburg Idol Finale on our outdoor stage.
  • 7 p.m. – All Alumni Celebration at The Lodge at Rohanna’s (reservation required)

Saturday, Oct. 11

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk registration (Johnson Commons). Please pre-register online at myconnect.waynesburg.edu or by calling 724-852-3206.
  • 8:30 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk shotgun start (Johnson Commons)
  • 9 a.m. to noon – The Paul R. Stewart Museum will be open
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – The Campus Bookstore will be open
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – All alumni who check in at Orange Alumni Tent (Johnson Commons) will receive two complimentary game tickets. Alumni can also check in at the front and back gates of John F. Wiley Stadium from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. - Volleyball Trimatch vs. Saint Vincent and Pitt Greensburg (Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – JacketFest (Johnson Commons), a family-friendly event featuring booths, activities and giveaways from a number of student clubs and organizations
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Come-and-Go Brunch (Benedum Dining Hall)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Football Game (John F. Wiley Stadium)
  • Halftime – Alumni Tent (John F. Wiley Stadium back gate)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Hospitality Room (Stover Campus Center)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Women’s Tennis vs. Alderson-Broaddus College (Waynesburg University Tennis Courts)
  • Postgame – 5th Quarter Steak Cookout (John F. Wiley Stadium - reservation required)

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