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First NCU Faculty Symposium Held in Scottsdale, Ariz.

On February 6th and 7th, NCU core faculty members gathered in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the first ever Faculty Symposium. The Symposium served as an invaluable opportunity to bring together our core faculty in-person for discussions and planning around key University initiatives. Faculty members also had the chance to visit NCU's Scottsdale Academic and Administrative Center for a special dinner and evening of networking. The Symposium was also streamed online so adjunct faculty could participate as their schedules permitted. Attendees and non-attendees were able to follow #NCUSymposium2014 on Twitter to catch all the latest pictures and comments on the Symposium.

$50,000 Donated to Community Organizations in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

Northcentral University recently made a number of donations to support our hometown community in Prescott Valley, Ariz.:

  • $5,000 to Yavapai Big Brothers and Big Sisters (YBBS) to increase the number of mentors working with children in Lake Valley Elementary School.
  • $5,000 to Yavapai Big Brothers and Big Sisters (YBBS) to introduce YBBS’s Best Practice One-on-One Mentoring Program at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School.
  • $15,000 to the Hungry Kids project, a volunteer organization that provides children in need with a weekly bag of groceries to take home to their families.
  • $25,000 to the Boys and Girls Club for youth programming in the Prescott Valley community.

$20,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Three NCU Students

Three students recently received scholarships to NCU. Chuck Page of Erie, Penn., received a $10,000 scholarship to apply towards his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice. Molly Colgan of Scottsdale, Ariz., received a $5,000 scholarship to apply to towards her B.Ed., while Melissa Dorn of Dix Hills, New York also received $5,000 to apply towards her Ph.D. in Psychology.

New NCU Merchandise in the Student and Alumni Store

Show your NCU Spirit – check out the new merchandise in the NCU Student and Alumni Store at ncustore.com.

Rich Karlgaard Delivered 2014 Commencement address

Rich Karlgaard, columnist and publisher of Forbes magazine and author of Life 2.0, delivered the University's 14th Annual Commencement address.

“We were thrilled that Rich Karlgaard gave NCU’s 2014 Commencement Address,” said Scott Burrus, Ph.D., provost and chief academic officer. “Mr. Karlgaard is well known and respected for his professional and personal accomplishments.”

Mr. Karlgaard is the publisher of, and a columnist for, Forbes magazine plus the author of Life 2.0: How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding the Where of Their Happiness. He is also a regular panelist on the Fox News Channel’s Forbes on Fox, CNBC’s Kudlow & Co, and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

DVD’s of Northcentral’s 2014 graduation ceremony are available for $10 in the NCU Student and Alumni Store.

Educator Enrichment Series with Dr. Bob Sornson Launched

The School of Education’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning hosted its first Educator Enrichment Series on May 31, 2014, in Scottsdale, Arizona., featuring best-selling author Dr. Bob Sornson. Dr. Sornson has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. He presented on Helping Students Develop Self-Regulation and Empathy.

University Team Members Share Online Education Expertise with the National Association of Educators

Cindy Guillaume, Ed.D., dean of the School of Education, and School of Education Professional Advisory Committee member (PAC) Casey Reason ,Ph.D., teamed up to provide valuable training for members of the National Education Association’s GPS Network, which serves millions of educators across the United States. The training was held in Washington D.C. on April 25-27 and focused on facilitating online education in professional learning communities (PLCs).

First Issue of Journal of Online Doctoral Education Hits Virtual Newsstands

The Journal of Online Doctoral Education (JODE), edited by Greg Bradley, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School and associate editors, Eva Mika, Ph.D., assistant dean of the Graduate School, and Heather Rasmussen, Director of Research Curriculum and Practice in the Graduate School, just launched its inaugural issue. It can be read online at http://jode.ncu.edu.

“The focus of the Journal of Online Doctoral Education is to feature outstanding scholarly contributions in online doctoral education from researchers around the world. The journal is to be a forum for scholarly dialogue regarding the most important emerging issues in the field,” explained Bradley.

“Online doctoral education is a reflection of evolving contemporary paradigms in the workplace, in education, and in the global marketplace as rapid and continuous advances in communications technology have modified the way we work, learn, and transact” shared Mika. “In that regard, it is our intent to provide a comprehensive forum for the best research in the rapidly changing and ever growing discipline of online doctoral education.”

The first issue includes seven articles, authored by leading experts, on a variety of topics related to online education:

  • Teaching Methods to Overcome Challenges in Online Graduate-Level Courses
  • Six Instructional Best Practices for Online Engagement and Retention
  • Transactional Distance in Online Graduate Courses at Doctoral Institutions
  • Quality Considerations in the Design and Implementation of an Online Doctoral Program
  • Procedural Justice and the Advisor-Advisee Relationship in Graduate Education
  • Healthcare Reform Means Training Reform
  • From Candidate to Colleague: Mentoring Online Doctoral Students

“Coinciding with the distribution of the first issue of the journal, we are also announcing a Call for Papers for the Fall 2014 edition. Manuscripts will be reviewed on any topic related to online doctoral education,” said Rasmussen. “Manuscripts will also be considered in the more general area of online graduate education. Please visit http://jode.ncu.edu for more information on how to submit a manuscript for review.”

The Journal is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging focus on online doctoral education. It’s double-blind peer review process makes certain that the selection process is independent and solely merit-based, with the objective of identifying the best research in the field.

NCU Offers Students Study Abroad Opportunity in Havana

“We are excited to offer doctoral students in all NCU schools with the opportunity to study abroad in Havana, Cuba,” shared Bill Reay, vice president of Academic Partnerships, at Northcentral University.

Dr. Karelin Lopez Sanchez, Dean of the School of Psychology at the University of Havana, will be hosting 10-12 NCU students during the first week of October, 2014.

“Depending on the composition of the NCU delegation, Dr. Sanchez will coordinate activities across the disciplines of education, business and psychology at the University of Havana. During the week in Havana, NCU students and Cuban students and faculty will discuss and study a variety of research and applied topics,” explained Reay.

The final scholastic agenda will be determined by the members of the delegation.

In June, NCU Launched the Academic Success Center

NCU replaced the current Writing Center with the Academic Success Center (ASC) in June. The name change celebrates the addition of a significant new academic support service for our students: NCU coaching services!

The ASC will initially offer academic coaching in scholarly writing, reading, and statistics from NCU-trained coaches. Students can schedule online (live, synchronous) coaching with audio, video, chat, and an online whiteboard or eTutoring (asynchronous) coaching in which a coach provides 10-15 minutes of a recorded screencast in response to a coaching request.

All current Writing Center services will be available through the ASC, including:

  • Smarthinking tutoring services. ASC Coaching services will run in parallel with, and in 2015 replace, Smarthinking tutoring.
  • Time management training through Attack Your Day.
  • A library of resources for students and faculty on scholarly writing, critical thinking, academic integrity, and APA formatting.
  • Guidance in understanding Turnitin reports, correcting improper paraphrasing, creating dynamic Table of Contents, and other matters. For help with these, students will schedule a Quick Chat by Phone with the ASC Manager.