UNC Today: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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UNC’s Online Graduate Education Program Ranked Among the Nation’s Best

U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University of Northern Colorado's online master of education degree program among the best of its kind in the nation in the magazine's annual evaluation of online degree programs.

UNC's program ranked ninth among the 208 evaluated and was the top-ranked program in Colorado.

The magazine evaluated programs' student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity in making the rankings. UNC's highest scores were in student engagement, which evaluated student satisfaction and instructor responsiveness, and faculty credentials and training.

"UNC has roots as a teacher preparation university and has a long-standing and strong reputation as a leader in preparing teachers and other education personnel," said Eugene Sheehan, dean of the UNC College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. "Recognition by U.S. News and World Report is a testament to the quality of education and service provided by our faculty and staff and our Extended Studies division."

UNC offers online advanced degrees in Special Education with multiple teaching specializations, Special Education Administration, Curriculum Studies and Educational Psychology with a Teaching Applications emphasis.

Online education has become an essential part of higher education with the number of schools offering fully online degree programs nearly doubling in the past 10 years, according to a study by the Babson Survey Research Group.

The complete list of rankings with school's scores in the categories evaluated is available at

Updated ’Ask Me: I Can Help’ Guide Available

"Ask Me -- I Can Help," UNC's guide to help faculty, staff and students answer students' and visitors' questions and refer them to the correct office or resource, was recently updated and is available for viewing or downloading on the Ask Me website.

The document is updated regularly by the Office of Student Engagement and Dean of Students.

Test of Emergency Alert System Scheduled for Jan. 30

A test of UNC's Emergency Alert Messaging System will be conducted about noon Wednesday, Jan. 30. The test message will be sent to UNC email accounts and text-enabled office phones and via text and voice messages to subscribed cell phones. If you want to sign up to receive emergency alert messages on your cell phone or if your cell phone number changed recently, instructions are available on the Emergency Alert System website.

Join the Young Alumni Council for Men's Basketball Tailgate

All UNC alumni, employees and friends of the university are invited to attend the Young Alumni Council's men's basketball tailgate event from 5 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Old Chicago's in Greeley.

The $10 per person game package ($5 for children ages 13 and under) includes tickets for the game against Weber State and appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages at Old Chicago's. A cash bar and giveaways will be available, as will the chance to mingle with alumni, members of the Young Alumni Council and other members of the UNC community.

All registrants will be able to pick up tickets at Old Chicago's from Alumni staff upon arrival at the restaurant.
At 6:15 pm, following the pre-game tailgate, attendees will head over to Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion to watch the Bears take on their conference opponent. Transportation to and from Old Chicago's and the Pavilion is not provided in the cost of the ticket.

With the success of this event, online registration has closed. You can still purchase tickets for the basketball game through the UNC Ticket Office or at the gate on a space-available basis.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Jeremy Allen, 970-351-3633.

UNC Celebrating 100 Years of Graduate Education

The University of Northern Colorado's Graduate School will commemorate 100 years of providing post-baccalaureate education this year and is starting the celebration by asking its alumni to share memories of their experiences as grad students and where they are now on the "Century of Scholars" website.

The website is a window through time, containing a detailed history of the Graduate School, a timeline marking 100 years of milestones, an events calendar and a place for alumni and others to share their stories.

Black and white photos of the Classes of 1913, 1920, 1956 and many others appear throughout the site, and several stories from recent and not-so-recent graduates are already available for reading, allowing visitors to the site to easily compare the experiences of someone who graduated in 1965 to those of someone who graduated as recently as 2011.

In 1913, three students at what was then called Colorado Teachers College received the first master's degrees - in teaching, of course - awarded by the school. Today, the Graduate School has 2395 students enrolled and more than 100 programs of study. The school has awarded a total 53,457 graduate degrees.

UNC Writing Center Open for Spring Semester

UNC's Writing Center is a free service for enrolled students, faculty and staff. Representatives from the center are available to visit classes and present a brief introduction of the services offered, which include free and confidential tutoring assistance for all writing, professional writing assistance from faculty and teaching assistants, and useful handouts covering almost every writing concern.

To schedule a presentation in a class, e-mail Crystal Brothe, providing three days advance notice to facilitate scheduling. Faculty can also refer students directly to the center, which is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday in Ross 1230.

Learn more about the Writing Center at its website.

Full-Time Summer Work Study Application Now Available

The FTSWS application is now available online for students who are interested in receiving work study during summer semester. Students may work full-time (32-40 hours per week) and are not required to take summer classes. Eligibility criteria include:

  • Student must be enrolled full-time during the 2013 fall semester in a degree-granting program
  • Student must have attended UNC during the 2013 spring semester and maintained satisfactory academic progress
  • A 2013-14 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be completed by the March 1 priority deadline

Summer earnings will be counted as a financial aid resource for 2013-14 and may affect 2013-14 financial aid awards. Students should complete and sign the FTSWS Application and Agreement by March 1 for consideration; no exceptions.

The application is located at http://www.unco.edu/ofa/Secure/summer_ws_app.asp.

If you have questions or encounter problems with the application, please contact Cynthia Harling or Aimee Rogers in the Student Employment Office at 351-2628.

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