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The Brookings Institution recently scored institutions of higher education based on the value the colleges added to student outcomes, ranking Waynesburg University higher than 92 percent of 1,666 four-year colleges analyzed nationwide.

The nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions measured the value colleges add to student outcomes, irrespective of student characteristics, based on the earnings of alumni. As Brookings describes on their website, value-added measures provide a more equal way to compare colleges and attempt to isolate the contribution of a college to student outcomes.

“We take pride in yet another national distinction that highlights the value of a Waynesburg University education,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Our students are being challenged on a daily basis, gaining skills that they are successfully employing in the workforce.”

The research builds upon the Obama administration’s new College Scorecard database that produced value-added rankings for 3,173 colleges (1,507 two-year colleges and 1,666 four-year colleges). According to Brookings, the College Scorecard database “represents a substantial improvement in data quality and transparency in higher education.”

Brookings analyzed criteria including curriculum value, STEM orientation and completion rates.

This recognition follows Waynesburg’s recent ranking in the top 100 of a national Social Mobility Index (SMI) by CollegeNET, which rates schools based on how well they help students improve their economic status. Ranked at No. 66, Waynesburg University was the only school in Pennsylvania to break the top 100 on the national list.

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If you ask senior Luisa Singletary what the greatest thing is about Waynesburg University, she is likely to tell you it’s the school’s ability to turn passions into careers and futures.

When she began her education at Waynesburg University, Singletary was unsure about the direction of her career path. But after a short period of time, during which she utilized the skillsets and connections of her classes and professors, she was certain she wanted to become a writer. Her passion for writing overflowed into her every educational and professional pursuit, leading her to a major in English and professional writing.

Now, she believes the skills and lessons she has learned throughout her spectrum of writing courses have set her up for possible jobs in any number of fields.

After three semesters at the University, Singletary chose to add a Communication minor. The Department of Communication was unfamiliar territory for her, but in a good way – she soon learned that her class work in her communication courses was often used for real-world journalistic or public relations pursuits.

Through multiple internships and a varied course load, Singletary has enough professional experience to require a tiny font size on her résumé. She has completed tasks like developing grant templates, offering public relations work to businesses, becoming a published writer and copy editor and experiencing multiple roles related to TV production.

“Between the preparation I’ve gotten from my English major and the professional opportunities I’ve received through my Communication minor, I truly feel prepared for whatever line of work I choose,” she said.

While Singletary’s undergraduate success is unmistakably a result of her own passion and ambition, she is also quick to mention the things that led her to Waynesburg and how they have played a part in her achievements. She cites dedicated professors, generous financial aid and a Christian community as having benefited her both in college and in the long run.

Just a half-semester away from graduating, Singletary is grateful to discover she’ll leave college with far more than a degree. She has, in fact, acquired nearly every tool, skill and quality necessary for success in the future, because Waynesburg University has helped her to direct her love for writing toward what is sure to be a successful life.

Singletary’s Waynesburg experience has led her to this advice for her fellow students: “Pray. Breathe. Trust. God has a plan for all of us.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUSC15_092.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will offer its second Chamber Works concert of the semester Thursday, Nov. 19, at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert includes performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, James D. Randolph Kiltie Band, Jazz Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at or 724-852-3420.

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Waynesburg University has expanded its relationship with Chatham University through the establishment of a third articulation agreement. This most recent agreement with Chatham’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program will guarantee admission interviews to qualified Waynesburg applicants. 

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Chatham to include an option for students who have vocational aspirations to be a Physician’s Assistant,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, Waynesburg University provost. “These programs provide great introductions for our students to established and successful programs and provide Chatham with the opportunity to interview our best students.  Both institutions benefit, but in the end it’s the students who win as a result of these agreements.”

Successful candidates must maintain a specified GPA, receive satisfactory GRE scores and meet all other established admission requirements for the program.

Waynesburg students who declare intent to enroll in Chatham’s MPAS program will benefit from advisement from faculty at both Waynesburg and Chatham during their undergraduate studies at Waynesburg. 

The MPAS program provides academic and clinical training that prepares its graduates to be certified and licensed to practice as extenders to the practicing physician, especially the primary care physician. Students complete two didactic semesters at the Chatham Eastside facility before beginning their clinical rotations at various sites in the greater Pittsburgh area, other parts of the U.S. and around the globe. 

Graduates of the program have achieved a 93 percent average first-time pass rate over the past five years on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) and are known as outstanding clinicians in the community and leaders in the profession. 

Waynesburg also has established agreements with Chatham’s Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MOT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT), which guarantee interviews to qualified Waynesburg University students for consideration into the MOT or DPT programs. 

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology at Waynesburg University, at or 724-852-3379. 

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will offer an evening of song and testimony on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Admission to the concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Touring Choir is made up of 20 University students who auditioned to be a part of the traveling group and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their 2015 Spring Tour took them to Washington, D.C., where they volunteered with Central Union Mission, completing service projects and evangelizing. 

The concert will focus on this Faith, Learning and Service Immersion trip, as the choir members will share Christ-centered songs and spoken and video reflections of the trip. 

“We are excited about what God has done in us and through us to impact this community at Central Union Mission with love and encouragement,” said Melanie Catana, director of choral music at the University. “We are pleased to carry on the traditions of our organization, presenting the gospel of Christ through song and community service in our area.”

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