UNC Today: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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UNC Ranked Among Nation’s Most Affordable for Online Degrees

The University of Northern Colorado's online degree programs have been ranked among the nation's most affordable, with graduates who go on to successful careers.

Affordable Colleges Online, a resource for students as they consider options in higher education, analyzed several thousand four-year colleges that offer an online degree program and ranked the top 54, with UNC coming in at 43.

The organization ranked colleges based on net tuition prices, the number of graduates who earned more than $31,000 in average starting salaries, and accreditation.

UNC has offered distance education since 1902 and began providing online degree programs more than a decade ago. Unique online bachelor degrees are offered in American Sign Language, nursing, and sociology. An extensive online graduate degree program features majors in nursing, special education, sports coaching, educational leadership, and criminal justice.

For more information on the rankings, visit http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges

For more information on UNC's online programs, visit http://www.unconline.edu

Related: Online Graduate Programs in Education Ranked Among Nation's Best by US News and World Report

Linda Black Named Dean of UNC’s Graduate School

Provost and Senior Vice President Robbyn Wacker announced Wednesday, July 10, that Dr. Linda Black has been named dean of the Graduate School.

"I have great confidence that she is the right person for this role and has the leadership characteristics we need to lead graduate education at UNC," Wacker stated in an email announcing the appointment.

Black, a licensed counselor and professor in UNC's School of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education since 2000, had previously served as the school's acting dean.

"I am thrilled and humbled by this appointment," she said. "I look forward to advancing collaborations among and between UNC's amazing students, faculty, staff and external communities in the areas of graduate education."

Black also has taught at Northern Illinois University, where she served as assistant professor, and in Wyoming K-12 schools. Her work experience includes therapy as a licensed counselor and in the field of community mental health.

With research interests in social privilege, oppression, mentoring and leadership, Black has published numerous articles in academic journals; earned state grants for intervention services, including for abused and neglected youth; and held positions with regional, state and national organizations, including president and executive director of the Colorado Counseling Association.

Black earned bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Elementary Education from the University of Iowa, in 1983 and 1986 respectively; a master's degree in Community Counseling from Lesley College in 1990; and a doctorate in Counseling Education with an emphasis in School Counseling from UNC in 1998.

Business Seniors Get Top Scores Again in National Exam

For the tenth consecutive year, graduating seniors in the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado scored in the top 4 to 10 percent of students nationwide taking the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test in Business. This year's graduating seniors scored in the top 5 percent.

The nationally administered test is the most widely used standardized instrument for assessing core business knowledge at undergraduate business programs nationwide. According to the latest measurement, more than 32,000 students from 600 business schools were tested.

Students are tested in areas including accounting, finance, quantitative business analysis, management, marketing, legal/social environment, international business and economics. The results are used as a driver for curricular improvement at the college. All Monfort College of Business students must complete the online exam in their final year of study.

Many of the most highly respected business schools nationwide have administered the exam, including Boston College, Baylor University, University of Florida, Quinnipiac University and Tulane University.

"Collective scores in the top five percent in the nation is a great accomplishment and speaks very highly of our students and program," said Dean Don Gudmundson. "This level of excellence is now a 10-year tradition at Monfort, and one we strive to continue."

Monfort College of Business ETS Exam Performance - Major Field Test in Business (senior students
2003-04: 90th percentile
2004-05: 90th percentile
2005-06: 95th percentile
2006-07: 90th percentile
2007-08: 95th percentile
2008-09: 95th percentile
2009-10: 95th percentile
2010-11: 90th percentile
2011-12: 96th percentile
2012-13: 95th percentile

National average is 50th percentile

Alumni Association at the Colorado Rockies July 28

Spend a Sunday afternoon enjoying a catered picnic-style buffet before watching the Colorado Rockies take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field, Sunday July 28. Tickets are $40 for ages 13 and older, $25 for children 5-12 and free for those 4 and younger, and include the picnic lunch, game ticket and a game-day goodie bag. Seats are in the Outfield Box Section 144.

The buffet menu will include fried chicken, grilled hamburgers, brats, hotdogs, a variety of side dishes and unlimited Coke products. A vegetarian meal can be provided. A cash bar will be available.

For a detailed schedule of events, important additional information or to register visit the Alumni Association website. For more information, call 970-351-2551.

UNC Jazz Camp Features Free Concerts July 14-19

The UNC Jazz Camp will celebrate its 10th anniversary July 14-19 with a jam-packed week of free concerts, including a special performance by the Colorado Jazz Orchestra at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, in the Garden Theatre. The complete schedule of free concerts open to the public is:

  • Sunday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Concert, Frasier 90
  • Monday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Concert, Frasier 90
  • Tuesday, July 16, 8 p.m.: Colorado Jazz Orchestra Concert, Garden Theatre
  • Thursday, July 18, 2 p.m.: Student Combo Concert, Frasier 90
  • Thursday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Concert, Frasier 90
  • Friday, July 19, 1:30 p.m.: Student Big Band Concert, Garden Theatre

Designed to be intensive, challenging, and inspiring, the UNC Jazz Camp will be led by UNC faculty and special guests Clay Jenkins, Don Aliquo and Paul McKee.

The camp for middle, high school and college students features student big bands and combos, instrumental master classes, jazz theory and listening classes and student jam sessions.

Registration for the camp is still open. Complete jazz camp information, including a downloadable registration form, is available on the Jazz Camp's web page.

For additional information or questions, contact Amy Murphy, 970-351-2394.

2012 jazz camp student

A student in UNC's 2012 Jazz Camp shows his stuff during a jam session in the Garden Theatre.

Classified Position Opportunities

  • # 346 - Dining Services V - Retail Dining Assistant Manager . Requires four years of experience. Apply by July 17 on Human Resources' website or in the HR office (Carter 2002).

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