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Three Fingers Up – Way Up – for This Real Business Experience Team

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PUBLISHED ON Mar 26 2015

Whenever a player in the men’s basketball Final Four hits a three-point shot this year, look for kids in the student section to be excitedly waving a gray foam hand with three fingers extended upward.

That’s called a “Thringer,” and it’s the brainchild of Brian Straughn, Adam Pallini, Cole Dalton, and Brian Todd, four Butler College of Business sophomores who created the novelty item as part of their Real Business Experience (RBE) class.
Brian Todd, left, and Brian Straughn show off the Thringer -- with a little help from Trip.

The NCAA was so taken with the Thringer that it bought 3,000 of them—750 for each student section—to give to the student sections during Final Four weekend April 4-6.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity that we have, and we’re excited to see how it plays out,” Todd said.

Todd said the idea for the Thringer hit him in his dorm room last fall while watching TV, when he noticed the number of foam fingers being used by fans at sporting events. He proposed the idea to his team in the RBE class.

The yearlong RBE class begins each fall with students coming up with an idea for a product or service and creating a business plan. They get up to $400 to do a “proof of concept”—test marketing—where they learn about pricing, target marketing, and packaging. The Thringer team, which calls its company Freelance Foam, tried out the Thringer at a Butler basketball game and saw that students liked the idea.

The final step in the first semester is making a presentation to an independent funding panel that can award up to $5,000 in startup funds.

It was there that Freelance Foam first made contact with the NCAA. One of the panel judges saw the students’ business plan and knew someone at the NCAA who oversaw some of the March Madness events. The NCAA representative came to the funding panel to hear their presentation.

“We asked her for her business card and we kept in touch with her,” Todd said. “She directed us to someone who’s in charge of their internal promotions.”

Then they went out and executed, including finding a manufacturer in Elkhart, Indiana, to produce their product.

“I didn’t know if this would work or not,” said Jim McKneight, Instructor in Management and Prelaw Advisor in the Butler University College of Business, who advises RBE students about legal, contractual, and tax issues while they run their business. “But what we challenge kids to do in RBE is to take a swing. Go try it. As long as you’re ready and you’re professionally prepared, usually good things will happen. And these guys were terrific.”

The Freelance Foam students said they don’t know whether they’ll continue to run the business after their class is over. Todd said they “never really did it for the money. It was just taking the idea and running with it. And there’s not a much bigger stage you can do than the Final Four, the biggest stage in college basketball.”

“After putting in hours of work for months to finalize this deal, we couldn't be more proud of ourselves for this accomplishment,” Straughn said. “It proves that hard work truly does pay off.”

 

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COPHS to Begin the Nation’s First Pharmacy Student-Driven Multimedia Journal for Healthcare

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PUBLISHED ON Mar 23 2015

Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) this summer will launch the first open-access multimedia healthcare review journal, BU Well, featuring articles on pressing health issues such as the overuse of antibiotics and the development of resistance, the push of virtual healthcare and its effect on medical costs, and the rapidly changing future of the healthcare industry.
The staff of BU Well

This journal will be run by approximately 30 student co-founding editors, an external advisory board that includes professionals in healthcare and healthcare law, and founding executive editor Erin Albert, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.

The project was created through a Butler Innovation Fund Grant written by Albert and Dean Mary Graham of COPHS.

More is at BU Well’s Facebook page and Twitter (@BUWellJournal). The website for the open-access journal will be available on Butler University Digital Commons website.

“We wanted to give students an opportunity to lead through writing,” Albert said. “In this first independent study course with the 30 founding students during the spring 2015 semester, the students will be building policy, procedure, promotion, and the long-term strategy for sustaining this journal over time. During my own law school experience, law review was one of my favorite co-curricular activities, yet I never found a pharmacy school that offered a student-edited and student-driven journal like law review, so we created one at Butler.”

Graham said one of Butler’s strategic initiatives is to exemplify excellence in liberal arts, professional education, and their effective integration, and “that is exactly what we strive to do through BU Well. The communication and collaborative skills developed through this project are highly sought after in today’s health professionals.”

The 30 current Butler founding students were selected to be part of BU Well based on PCAT composite writing scores, along with interest in starting something new.

Throughout spring semester 2015, working on this journal will be comparable to a law review, giving the students the potential to distinguish themselves while at Butler. A law review is a journal focusing on relevant legal issues that is written, published and edited by students in the organization.

Functioning in teams, these Butler scholars have the chance to enhance their writing and editing abilities and promote more awareness on prominent healthcare information to the Butler community. Student duties will include constructing, collaborating, and circulating various scholarly articles gathered from other faculty, alumni, and professionals in the healthcare field.

“As students, we realize that this is a groundbreaking learning opportunity within the Butler curriculum and the first of its kind in pharmacy education,” said Craig Fisher, 2016 PharmD candidate and Project Leader for the spring 2015 semester. “To have a reaching impact on our profession while still students will be an invaluable educational experience, and these talented and innovative students are excited to soon make BU Well a reality.”

 

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A Night at the Opera: Soulful, Vengeful, Comedic and More

BY Sarvary Koller ’15

PUBLISHED ON Mar 17 2015

After more than 30 years as Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Opera and guest conducting across the country, James Caraher now relies on his vast expertise to prepare the next generation of opera talent—students.

Caraher, who joined the Butler Opera Theatre as Music Director in January, has opera students preparing for the upcoming “A Night at the Opera” performances, March 27-29 at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts.
James Caraher

Show times are March 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. Tickets and more information are available at schrottcenter.org. The program is below.

The performances join the opera theatre and Butler Symphony Orchestra for an unamplified, live musical journey through contemporary and historical opera.

Carissa Riedesel, a graduate student in her final year of the Master of Music in Voice Performance program, will perform an aria as Sesto, a revengeful and hot-headed young man from the Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt), and a comedic scene as Despina, a snarky maid who claims all men are the same—useless—from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.

Riedesel said getting to perform in the Schrott Center with a live orchestra is a valuable experience for singers in the program. The opportunity to spend time developing her characters and then to bring them to life onstage with an orchestra has provided “a vivid glimpse into professional life.”

Thomas Studebaker, Director of the opera theatre, said he offers all seniors and graduate students the chance to perform an aria with the orchestra. The experience is advantageous for Butler students thanks to the small size of the program.

He hopes to grow the number of professional performance opportunities for Butler opera students in the coming years. The goal: to hold an opera performance each semester, including full operas and scene performances.

But the dream doesn’t end there. For opera students to gain realistic performance experience, there must be “butts in seats” to provide a live audience to engage with, Caraher said.

With soulful American tunes, vengeful Italian arias, and hilarious comedies about unrequited love, he encourages people from Butler and the surrounding community to give “A Night at the Opera” a chance and support the student singers armed with only their voice and expression, not even a microphone.

“It’s music theatre,” Caraher said. “Everybody thinks of oversized folks with horns on their heads screaming, but that’s not the case. It’s vocal music, orchestral music, drama, and theater. It’s many art forms in one big package—there is something for everybody.”

BUTLER OPERA THEATER SCENES PROGRAM

Overture from Guillaume Tell (Gioacchino Rossini)

Act I Trio from L’elisir d’amore (Gaetano Donizetti)

L’angue Offeso from Giulio Cesare (G.F. Handel)

The Trees on the Mountain from Susannah (Carlisle Floyd)

Act II Trio from Così fan tutte (W.A. Mozart)

Sous le dôme épais from Lakmé (Leo Delibes)

Donde lieta usci from La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini)

Evening Prayer duet from Hansel und Gretel (E. Humperdinck)

Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila (Camille Saint-Saëns)

INTERMISSION

Three Little Maids from School from Mikado (Sir Arthur Sullivan)

Quanto è bella from L’elisir d’amore (Gaetano Donizetti)

Finale from Mitridate, Re di Ponto (W.A. Mozart)

Vilia from Die Lustige Witwe (Franz Léhar)

Act III Quartet from La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini)

Ach, ich fühls from Die Zauberflöte (W.A. Mozart)

Act III Trio from La Rondine (Giacomo Puccini)

Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana (Pietro Mascagni)

Va, pensiero from Nabucco (Giuseppe Verdi)

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College of Education Is Named a 'Model of Excellence'

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PUBLISHED ON Jan 27 2015

Butler University’s College of Education is the recipient of the 2015 National Model of Excellence awarded by the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.

The Models of Excellence Award identifies outstanding programs in professional education that serve as tangible models of quality in the areas of Moral and Ethical Dimensions of the Learning Community; Partnerships; Liberal Arts; and Global Awareness and Action.
Ena Shelley

“The College of Education believes we must prepare our students for schools as they should be, not simply perpetuating schools as they currently exist,” Dean Ena Shelley said. “We must be willing to explore with our students the difficult issues of inequities that exist in our schools and society and to help them to become agents of change. This, of course, means that as faculty we must examine our own beliefs, be willing to keep our hearts and minds open to the ideas of others, live our lives with integrity, and model how great teachers take risks, challenge the status quo, and advocate for the rights of all students.”

The College of Education was recognized for its numerous partnerships with school districts in Indianapolis, including:

-The Metropolitan School District of Pike Township. The partnership provides a current practicing teacher the opportunity to serve in a dual faculty role in both the district and University contexts. This role, known as the Pike/Butler Master Practitioner, has been an important part of the middle/secondary program in the College since 1998.

-Indianapolis Public Schools’ Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy. The Early College Program (ECP) provides students at Shortridge who are academically ready with access to college courses for credit at Butler while the students are completing their high school requirements. Early College Program students also have the opportunity to spend time on Butler’s campus participating in many educational programs such as Academic Day (during Welcome Week) and the Diversity Lecture Series. Butler has welcomed ECP students on campus since fall 2011.

-Indianapolis Public Schools/Butler Lab School. In August 2010, Indianapolis Public Schools and Butler University signed an agreement to create the IPS/Butler University Laboratory School, a public magnet elementary school. The College of Education helped design the Lab School concept, and has worked with IPS to oversee its curriculum and assessment development. The curriculum and learning environment is inspired by the practices of Reggio Emilia. Every teacher at the Lab School has completed his or her education preparation at Butler, and has participated in graduate coursework focused on Reggio Emiliaor in professional development through the Indianapolis Reggio Collaborative.

-Indiana Partnership for Young Writers. The Indiana Partnership for Young Writers, located at the IPS/Butler Lab School, provides professional development in the teaching of reading and writing. In 12 years, it has served more than 1,500 teachers, 150 undergraduates, and 113 schools.

“Butler’s College of Education certainly strives to build exceptional partnerships across the University, in our local schools, and across the Indianapolis community,” Shelley said. “In this challenging time of teacher education, it certainly takes all those who are passionate about this profession to lift it up and give it the recognition it so richly deserves. Butler serves as an exemplary beacon of how our next generation of teachers can be prepared.”

 

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Butler Study Abroad Program Ranked Among Nation's Best

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PUBLISHED ON Jan 22 2015

Butler University’s Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts (GALA) program, in which professors accompany students on a semester-long trip, has been named one of the top study-abroad programs in the country by bestcollegereviews.org.

“This program is perfect for the student who does not want to settle in one place, but wants to experience several cultures,” the website said. “While traveling, the faculty member teaches one course, and then students are joined at different locations by other faculty, who teach other courses related to the locale. In addition to GALA, Butler University offers over 100 other study abroad programs.”

GALA was ranked ninth among “The 50 Best Study Abroad Programs in America.”

More about GALA can be found here.

Monte Broaded, Butler’s Director of International Programs, said most of the courses offered during the GALA programs are designed to satisfy Butler core curriculum requirements that students would normally take in their second year.

“A course from Butler’s Global and Historical Studies program—such as Frontiers in Latin America, East Asian Interactions, Modernizing and Contemporary Europe, or Resistance and Reaction: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Africa—serves as an academic anchor for the GALA program,” he said.

 

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Grant Will Help Butler Students Intern in Asia Next Summer

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PUBLISHED ON Dec 11 2014

Butler University’s Center for Global Education has been awarded a grant of nearly $100,000 from the Freeman Foundation to enable students to complete internships in East and Southeast Asia in the summer of 2015.

The Center will organize a group experience—Butler Summer in Shanghai—in which 12–14 students will travel with a China-specialist member of the Butler faculty to Shanghai for a six-week program of individually designed internships combined with group excursions and cultural immersion activities.

Monte Broaded, Director of the Center for Global Education, said the Center will also be able to award 5-7 “at-large” grants to individual students who organize their own internships during summer 2015 or during the 2015-16 academic year.

In all, the grant will enable the Center to make 19 awards of $5,000 each, which will offset a significant portion, though not all, of the total participation cost.

The Center will hold information sessions about the program in the first two weeks of the spring semester. Applications for the summer program will be due by Friday, February 6.

Broaded said that because of Butler’s emphasis on combining liberal arts education with pre-professional training, experiential learning opportunities—such as internships—play an important role in each of Butler’s six colleges. More than 600 Butler students participate in internships and related experiences each year.

Butler also has a strong commitment to global engagement. The University consistently ranks in the top 25 master’s institutions nationwide in the proportion of undergraduates who study abroad. In recent years, Butler has placed 4-6 students each year in academic-credit-bearing internships in East and Southeast Asia locations, including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

 

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New MBA Class Offers a 360-Degree View of Sports

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PUBLISHED ON Nov 24 2014

Students in Butler University’s MBA program said they wanted to learn more about the economy of Indianapolis, and the College of Business listened: It created Business Practicum (MBA522), an experiential 2½-day, two-credit course designed to explore a specific local economic cluster.

This spring, the course will focus on the business of sport, including an in-depth look at the finance, marketing, entrepreneurial, and overall impact of sports in Central Indiana.

Butler University's College of Business building June 26, 2013.During the class, which will meet March 4­–6, students will visit multiple teams, venues, and related businesses around Indianapolis.

“In the Butler MBA program, ‘real life, real business’ is not just an advertising tag,” said Tim Bennett, the College of Business’ Director of Graduate Programs. “It’s a guiding force for how we deliver our curriculum. We’re telling the Central Indiana community that if you engage in this graduate education, it’ll be about real life, real business. Every opportunity we can take, we will expose you to that real life, real business.”

Bennett said that after students visit with people involved in the world of sports in Indianapolis, they will be split into groups and assigned to work on a research question. They’ll present their findings to a panel of judges that includes industry leaders in the sports field.

“This course was designed based on student feedback and a desire to look at an entire economic cluster, not just one organization, and to be exposed to a 360 view,” Bennett said.

In future sessions of Business Practicum, students might examine segments of the economy that include life sciences, heavy manufacturing, and energy.

“There are lots of ways we could go,” he said. “For this class, sports just bubbled to the top.”

 

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To Hone Their Skills, Recording Industry Study Students Get a Backstage Pass

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PUBLISHED ON Nov 07 2014

Recording Industry Studies juniors Dan Fuson and Jesse May had two of the best seats in the house when Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett from the band Little Feat played Indianapolis in late October. In fact, they had something better than seats: They were on the side of the stage, making a recording of the concert that may end up as a live album.

From left: Jesse May, Mark Harris, Fred Tackett, Paul Barrere, Cutler Armstrong, Dan Fuson
From left: Jesse May, Mark Harris, Fred Tackett, Paul Barrere, Cutler Armstrong, Dan Fuson

 

The two College of Communication students, working with Technical Services Coordinator Mark Harris and Communication Instructor Cutler Armstrong, spent about 10 hours in the theater that day, setting up equipment, recording the show, and packing up as part of their coursework in CME 220—Remote Recording Lab.

“It was a great experience,” May said. “That’s something you can’t get inside of any other class. In recording classes, we’re doing studio recordings and working with artists, but it’s still on campus. So to have an event where you’re going to work off campus in a real environment, that kind of experience is unmeasurable.”

“You can teach students all sorts of things in the classroom,” Harris agreed, “but here they got to go out and actually do something different than what they’d been doing. They also got to meet some legendary guys, hang out with them a little bit, work with them. It was really special.”

The opportunity to record the show came together after Harris conferred with his friend Mark Butterfield, an Indiana concert promoter who brought Barrere and Tackett to Indianapolis as part of his Indy Acoustic Café series.

Butterfield put Harris and Barrere in touch with each other, and they worked out a handshake agreement to allow the recording.

In the CME 220, students are required to make three remote recordings, mix the sound on one recording, and write an essay. Typically, the students record groups on campus, including the Butler Symphony Orchestra.

“The best part of this experience in my eyes was learning how to setup equipment in a completely foreign environment,” Fuson said. “I learned how much time it takes to get the necessary equipment not only for recording but for live sound set up at a professional level. Patience is necessary.”

Neither Fuson nor May knew much about Barrere and Tackett before the concert. They came away impressed. So did Armstrong, who described the musicians as “very nice guys, very unassuming.”

“It was super cool for those students because they got to work with and interact with these guys, and we had a bird’s eye view from the side of the stage,” Armstrong said. “We were able to be that close, and just to see that genius and that level of performance and dedication and professionalism was great.”

Now everyone involved is hoping the recording will be released sometime next year.

“And if and when it does,” Harris said, “Paul Barrere’s already told us that the students will have recording credits.”

 

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Pharmacy Student Gives a Shot in the Arm to Vaccination Education

BY Sarvary Koller '15

PUBLISHED ON Nov 05 2014

Matthew Budi ’15 wants people to know the truth about vaccines, and he is conducting his senior thesis project through the Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to educate Indianapolis residents and contribute to research on vaccination.

Budi, a sixth-year Pharmacy student in the Butler Honors program, released an informational video and an accompanying survey on vaccines last weekend to begin collecting data on vaccination trends in the greater Indianapolis area. The survey will remain live through January 15, and any adult living within 50 miles of Indianapolis is eligible to take the survey.

Budi said he believes it is imperative that people understand and acknowledge the importance of vaccines to health. Whether dissuaded by common myths about vaccinations or the fear of being poked in the arm with a needle, he encourages all to partake in his study to learn the facts about vaccination.

“Forget Ebola for a second—that’s only a few cases in the country,” Budi said. “These diseases have hundreds to thousands of people who get it every year just because they don’t want to receive a vaccine. It’s so much worse than Ebola because it’s something we can easily fix.”

The YouTube video, featuring Budi in a white lab coat, provides participants with an introduction to vaccination before taking the survey. The vaccines included in the survey are flu, shingles, and pneumonia, as well as tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, and a measles, mumps, and rubella.

“I picked these vaccines in particular because they have a high health burden,” Budi said. “They cost the health care system money on an annual basis, and since they are preventable diseases through vaccination, we can do a lot to improve public health just through education.”

Chad Knoderer, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director for Clinical and Health Outcomes Research, assisted Budi to fine-tune his survey. He said the survey Budi created is especially tough to conceptualize because it tests for trends in general while creating an educational tool that fits seamlessly into the survey.

Budi will analyze survey data in January when the study closes to prepare a presentation for the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference in April. All senior Pharmacy students must present a project at the conference, and Budi will present alone as a requirement of completing the Honors program.

Knoderer said he has high hopes for the study results and its impact on education and relationships with pharmacists in the greater Indianapolis community.

“It’s significant from a public health perspective—immunization and vaccination is an important topic for promoting health in terms of the individual and also the community,” he said. “This project gets at that. It gets at how a pharmacist can participate in the care of patients.”

Budi said he has several goals in this study: to educate; to earn recognition for the Butler Pharmacy program; and to give the study utility so other people can use it as a model.

“Pharmacists are very accessible,” Budi said. “We [Butler University] are the only Pharmacy school close to downtown Indianapolis, so I figured, let’s test what people think of vaccines here in our city. Not only that, but I’ve always loved education—teaching people and imparting knowledge.”

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Professor Snyder Elected to Head Physician Assistant Education Association

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PUBLISHED ON Oct 31 2014

Jennifer Snyder, a professor in the Physician Assistant Program, has been elected President-Elect of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), the national education association representing 188 physician assistant programs.

159865Snyder is concluding her elected term as a Director at Large on the Board of Directors for the Association on December 31, 2014. She begins her three-year term with PAEA, first as President-Elect on January 1, 2015, followed by one year as President, and then one year as immediate Past President.

Responsibility for all Association activities lies with the PAEA Board of Directors. The board administers the association's financial affairs, appoints and conducts association business. As president, Snyder will represent PAEA on all issues affecting the association and assure the board fulfills its responsibilities for governance of the association, PA education and the profession.

“Being elected to this position is a great honor,” Snyder said. “The number of PA programs and the number of students in those programs have grown dramatically; healthcare and higher education are in a time of great transition. There is much work to be done.”

PAEA is a not-for-profit association representing accredited physician assistant educational programs in the United States. PAEA provides services for faculty at its member programs, as well as to applicants, students, and other stakeholders.

In September, Snyder completed her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, becoming the first graduate of the program offered by the school’s College of Health Care Sciences. She wrote her dissertation on the “Investigation of Physician Assistants’ Choice of Rural or Underserved Practice and Framing Methods of Recruitment and Retention.”

Snyder has taught at Butler since 1999. In 2009, the Physician Assistant graduating class voted her Faculty of the Year. In 2010, the American Academy of Physician Assistants recognized her as a Distinguished Fellow for her outstanding dedication to the PA profession. In2011 the Student Academy of American Academy of Physician Assistants awarded her the President’s Award for her service and promotion of leadership, educational and professional development of PA students.

 

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Butler's Office of Institutional Research Earns Recognition

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PUBLISHED ON Oct 28 2014

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has chosen Butler University’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website to be featured on the NILOA website, www.learningoutcomesassessment.org, in recognition of its practices in innovative and transparent online communication of student learning outcomes assessment.

“This website is a centralized location for the University’s assessment efforts,” NILOA said.

NILOA praised the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website for offering a host of resources regarding Butler’s student learning outcome assessment efforts. The website includes information regarding academic assessment, administrative assessment—which includes administrative assessment reports—and information on the University Assessment Committee.

Included in the Academic Assessment section, website visitors can view academic assessment reports regarding the University’s colleges and programs assessment efforts, in addition to the Academic Assessment Committee’s Academic Program Review purpose statement. There is also information on the University’s mini-grants for assessment-related activities.

“Being featured by NILOA is a great honor,” said Provost Kathryn Morris. “NILOA is run by true leaders in the field of student learning and assessment. Congratulations to Director of Institutional Research and Assessment Nandini Ramaswamy and her team for their excellent work.”

 

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Butler University Listed Among the Best in the Nation for Undergraduate Education

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PUBLISHED ON Sep 09 2014

Butler University is among the top schools in the country when it comes to enriched undergraduate offerings that lead to student success, according to U.S.News & World Report.

In its “Best Colleges” edition, released today, U.S. News highlighted Butler as one of the nation’s finest in five categories: the first-year student experience, internships, study abroad, service learning, and undergraduate research/creative projects. Such areas of enriched offerings, said U.S. News, demonstrate that “some colleges and universities are much more determined than others to provide freshmen and all undergrads with the best possible educational experience.”

Butler was one of only three universities in the United States recognized in five or more categories, and was recognized in more categories than all other Indiana schools combined.

Butler President James M. Danko said this recognition of Butler’s focus on student success reflects its core academic mission. “This year’s edition of ‘Best Colleges’ highlights our commitment to the provision of outstanding undergraduate learning experiences—firmly rooted in the liberal arts—within a residential campus environment.”

Butler’s student activity rates underscore the power of the school’s educational approach: nearly all students participate in some form of internship, student teaching, clinical rotation, research, or service learning. And within 6 months of graduation, 96 percent of new alumni are employed, attending graduate school, or involved in a gap-year experience. “These rates are the result of our students’ hard work, the dedication of our faculty and staff to high standards of academic excellence and support for our students, and the unique experiential learning opportunities that both Butler and Indianapolis provide.”

For the sixth consecutive year, Butler was ranked No. 2 overall among Midwest schools, behind only Creighton University. Butler was also listed among the Midwest’s “best value schools,” and led the top-10 Midwest universities in several categories, including percent of freshmen in the top quarter of their high-school class (81 percent), percent of alumni who support the university through giving (23 percent), freshman retention rate (90 percent), and percent of applicants accepted to the university (66 percent).

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