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Ashland University Online Programs Receive National Recognition

Ashland University Online Programs Receive National Recognition

Three of Ashland University’s online programs were recognized with high rankings in the prestigious U.S. News and World Report lists for Best Online Programs for 2019.

AU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Online Program was ranked as the best private online program in Ohio as well as the 101st ranked program overall nationally among Best Online MBA Programs, while AU’s Online Bachelor’s Programs were rated as the third best private online programs in Ohio and the 173rd ranked programs overall nationally among Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. In addition, AU’s online Graduate Education Program was ranked as the 169th best Online Graduate Education Program in the nation.

Ashland University's Winter 2018 Commencement to be Held Dec. 15

Ashland University’s Winter 2018 Commencement will be held on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. in Kates Gymnasium inside the Physical Education Center on the Ashland University campus. The speaker for the event will be Dr. Steve Fuller, professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. His speech title is “Staying Human in the Twenty-First Century: It’s Harder Than It Sounds.”

No tickets will be required for the event, which is open to the public. The ceremony will be streamed live at www.ashland.edu and broadcast live in the Student Center Eagles’ Nest and the Student Center Auditorium. Faculty and students who are participating in the ceremony are to assemble at 9:15 a.m. in the Conard Field House, located just west of the Physical Education Center.

Ashland University Winter 2018 Commencement to be Held Dec. 15

Ashland University Alumna Named Ohio Middle Level Association Educator of the Year

Ashland University Alumna Named Ohio Middle Level Association Educator of the Year

AU alumna Michelle Koussa, a sixth-grade teacher at Independence Middle School, has been named the Educator of the Year by the Ohio Middle Level Association (OMLA). This award is the most distinguished honor the OMLA can bestow upon an individual to recognize his or her contributions to middle level education.

Koussa’s students, staff, administrators, board members, family and OMLA representatives all were present to witness this recognition on Oct. 5 in the Independence Middle School auditorium. In order to receive this award, an educator must promote the middle school concept through involvement in exemplary programs, leadership, and research that serves the needs of middle level students. He/she also must be involved at the local, regional and state levels. Koussa has been actively involved with OMLA since she was in college and will soon be named president of the organization.

Community Events Scheduled to Discuss the Impact of Lead Poisoning on Children

Community Events Scheduled to Discuss the Impact of Lead Poisoning on Children

Two community events featuring national experts on lead poisoning will be held this month in Ashland. Both events are free and open the public.

A seminar titled “Addressing our Community’s Crisis: Educational and Health Impacts of Childhood Lead Exposure” will be held for medical professionals, educators and community leaders on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the UH Samaritan Community Room at 663 E. Main St. in Ashland. There will be an opportunity for medical professionals to earn CE credit at no cost, and for educators to earn CE credit for a nominal fee of $20. Those planning to attend the seminar are asked to RSVP by Oct. 16 to wbigelow@ashland.edu or 419.521.6869.

Ashland University Ranked as Fourth Best College in Ohio for Online Education

Ashland University Ranked as Fourth Best College in Ohio for Online Education

Ashland University is ranked as the fourth best college or university in Ohio for its online education program. The 2018 ranking, listed by BestColleges.com, noted that Ashland “stands out as one of the best of the best in Ohio.”

Ashland is listed No. 4 in the state behind top-ranked University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University and Ohio University. The top 25 ranking can be viewed at: https://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-online-colleges-in-ohio/

Ashland University Associate Professor Co-Authors Book on Keeping School Students Safe

Ashland University Associate Professor Dr. Amy Klinger, a national school safety and crisis management expert, has co-authored a book titled, “Keeping Students Safe Every Day: How to Prepare for and Respond to School Violence, Natural Disasters, and Other Hazards,” that provides recommendations for improving school safety for teachers and students.

“At a time when schools at every level and in every community face the possibility of a crisis event, ‘Keeping Students Safe Every Day’ equips leaders with the knowledge they need to give their students, staff members, parents and the broader community confidence that their school knows what to do and makes safety a top priority,” Klinger said.

Ashland University Associate Professor Co-Authors Book on Keeping School Students Safe

National Acclaim Granted to Ashland University’s Professional Programming

National Acclaim Granted to Ashland University’s Professional Programming

Colleges of Distinction has spent nearly two decades advocating for institutions that prioritize the overall undergraduate experience with a hands-on, thorough liberal arts education. Its unique selection process evaluates each school holistically, going beyond typical rankings lists to acknowledge the everyday opportunities for students to engage actively with their peers, professors and respective areas of study. As a trusted, one-of-a-kind resource, Colleges of Distinction is now awarding further accolades to help prospective students find the best-fit school for them.

Already honored as a College of Distinction for its personal approach to education, Ashland University has now received program-specific recognition in business, education and nursing. Today’s job market is growing more complex every day, requiring the modern worker to be not only knowledgeable, but also apt at communication and vigilant in the face of new challenges. Ashland University’s exhaustive curriculum has worked to meet these needs, preparing its students to take on the post-graduate world through an education that reaches far beyond the basics.

Ashland University Meets New, Rigorous CAEP National Accreditation Standards to Better Prepare Teachers of Tomorrow

Ashland University Meets New, Rigorous CAEP National Accreditation Standards to Better Prepare Teachers of Tomorrow

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced Monday that Ashland University has received accreditation for its educator preparation program following the spring 2018 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council.

“Our teacher education program has a great reputation as being one of the strongest education programs in the state of Ohio and this stamp of approval by CAEP confirms that fact,” said Dr. Donna Breault, dean of AU’s Schar College of Education. “I want to thank all the faculty and staff in the College for their hard work in preparation for this review.”

AU Commencement Outside at Miller Stadium

Ashland University’s Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony for today will be held OUTSIDE at Miller Stadium in the Schar Athletic Complex off Broad Street on the northwest side of campus. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. with the procession to begin at approximately 9:55 a.m. No tickets are needed for the ceremony held at the Stadium.

Graduating students and faculty who are participating in the ceremony are to assemble at 9 a.m. at the soccer field and track located just southwest of the football stadium. Handicapped parking for those attending the ceremony will be located in parking lot E, which is lot located next to the John C. Myers Convocation Center and Amstutz Hall.

AU’s Outdoor Commencement Option Being Moved to Miller Stadium

AU’s Outdoor Commencement Option Being Moved to Miller Stadium

Because of the soft ground and the forecast for more rain this week, Ashland University administrators have decided to move the outdoor location back to Miller Stadium for the May 5 Commencement. The location had been scheduled for the front lawn of Founders Hall as part of the 140th anniversary celebration of the University.

“It has been an unusually wet and cold spring and the ground is still saturated,” said Rick Ewing, vice president of operations and planning. “We are worried that with the wet conditions of the front lawn and the forecast for more rain, the lawn will be too soft to accommodate the ceremony.”

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