January 13, 2012

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Northwood 9th in Top Online Education Programs

Northwood University ranked 9th in “Faculty Credentials and Training” and 15th in “Teaching Practices and Student Engagement” for undergraduate programs in the U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever “Top Online Education Program” rankings. Online bachelor degree programs as well as graduate online degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education and computer information technology were ranked by U.S. News & World Report which created the rankings in response to today’s high demand for flexible education options, including online programs.

The rankings are important to us on many levels. First, they validate the hard work and dedication of Northwood faculty and staff, in particular our Adult Degree Program academic team, faculty, and Program Center Managers. Their initiative, leadership, and guidance were, and continue to be, vital to this program.

Second, they support the strategic planning and implementation process we began in 2008, as well as our commitment to executing this process over the last three years.  They confirm our decision to meet the evolving needs of our students by investing in online education, including faculty training and development.

Finally, the rankings mark important and significant progress toward our strategic vision of becoming globally recognized as one of the foremost institutions in the development of leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs.

Please join me in celebrating the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings and in congratulating our colleagues who made this possible.

For more information on the U.S. News Top Online Education Program rankings, please visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education or find U.S. News on Facebook or Twitter.

Northwood Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.

Four days after the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968, U.S. Congressman John Conyers of Detroit, Michigan suggested the establishment of a holiday honoring Dr. King. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan approved legislation passed by the U.S. Congress establishing the third Monday of January as an annual holiday commemorating Dr. King’s life and sacrifice.  

As we have in the past, Northwood University will host observances on our three residential campuses honoring Dr. King and his mission of nurturing a culture where people are judged on the basis of their character rather their race or skin color.

On January 16, our Florida Campus will show videos on the life and work of Dr. King, including his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech on all media screens throughout campus. A photo display concerning Dr. King will be on exhibit in the Dalby Commons Marketplace, and to end the day, students, faculty and staff will hold a remembrance ceremony at the Julia Edwards Bell Tower at 5:00 PM.

On our Michigan Campus, the Minority Business Leaders student organization will host “Transcending Dr. King’s Dream: A Time for Accountability” on Tuesday, January 17 from 12 noon to 1:00 PM. Students, faculty and staff will gather at the NADA Hotel & Conference Center for a program and luncheon featuring several Northwood alumni and students including:

  • Jennifer Newell, class of ‘00, will welcome the assembly
  • John Hardison, President of the Minority Business Leaders student organization who will welcome guests.
  • David Valentine, Tiffany Biro, and the NU music choir will perform the National Anthem and the Black National Anthem.
  • Bryce Rucker, class of ‘09 will narrate Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
  • Bobby Gibson who will recite Martin Luther King, Jr., poetry.
  • Shamalis Wills, Cedric Brown, and Samaya Nichols who will address the question, “If Dr. King was alive today would he say we are living his dream?”
  • Samaya Nichols, Vice President of the Minority Business Leaders student organization will provide closing thoughts and remarks.

On our Texas Campus, students, faculty and staff will assemble at the Patterson Chapel on Monday, January 16 at 10:30 AM for a program which will include an MLK memorial video, brief remarks and an introduction by Student Government Association President Christen Noble, followed by a keynote address from Northwood University alumna Tenetia Carpenter (Class of ’08), who serves as Sales Coordinator for the Dallas Convention Center.

You are each invited to be part of these events and encouraged to take time out on Monday January 16 to consider Dr. King’s example and message. Give it some serious thought, talk about it at the dinner table with family and friends, and then act on it.

Two of the many resources to consider often as guides for restoring excellence in America and around the world are:

Have a great weekend

Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640
989.837.4203 (phone)
989.832.9590 (fax)