The Best Online Master's Programs of 2020 - Investopedia

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UNT Dallas Has More Students Than Ever - D Magazine

UNT Dallas Has More Students Than Ever - D Magazine

UNT Dallas Has More Students Than Ever - D Magazine

Posted: 16 Sep 2020 08:12 AM PDT

Schools all over are reporting lower enrollments, mostly because of the pandemic and pandemic-related issues. But UNT Dallas—both at its southern Dallas campus and its downtown law school—are getting more students, with an increase of 4 percent in undergraduates and 3 percent at  UNT Dallas College of Law. (Maybe because more students have decided to stay near home because of everything that's happening? Fully a guess. I'm no longer a professional researcher.)

For UNT Dallas, that means 4,171 students this fall, a new record for the school.

And it's not just more students. UNT Dallas is also moving up in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings. In the Best Regional Universities West Rankings, UNTD is up to No. 60 overall and No. 28 in Top Public Schools.

Good for southern Dallas. Good for downtown.

Here's the release:


Dallas (September 16, 2020) – The University of North Texas at Dallas defied downward national enrollment trends caused by the COVID-19 crisis by growing 3% to enroll a record-breaking 4,171 students for Fall 2020.

The growth is due to a 4% increase in undergraduate students, and a 3% enrollment increase at the UNT Dallas College of Law in downtown Dallas. Recognized as the fastest-growing public university in Texas, UNT Dallas' fall enrollment increase followed record-breaking summer enrollment.

UNT Dallas also celebrated its climb in three categories in the U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Colleges Rankings released on Monday. UNT Dallas is classified in the Best Regional Universities West Rankings, which includes schools in 15 states stretching from Texas and Oklahoma to the West Coast, plus Alaska and Hawaii. UNT Dallas' rankings include: No. 60 Overall (up from No. 77); No. 28 Top Public Schools (up from No. 37); and No. 71 Top Performers on Social Mobility (up from No. 91). UNT Dallas ranks No. 3 for Least Debt, which is determined by debt load of 2018 graduates.

"It's heartening to see UNT Dallas continue to climb in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, and especially at this challenging time," UNT Dallas President Bob Mong said. "UNT Dallas stands resolute in our mission to close the educational equity gap for students in urban Dallas and create pathways to socioeconomic mobility. Another record enrollment this fall shows that our students and their parents recognize our deep commitment to our students' academic, personal and professional success."

Also buoying UNT Dallas' enrollment growth is a 4% increase in freshman students over last year and an 11% increase in undergraduates who are continuing their studies. The UNT Dallas School of Business hit an enrollment milestone by cracking 1,000 students for the first time with 1,023 students, a 6% increase from last year.

"Each department across the university has worked so hard to connect with one another remotely and support our new and continuing students as they transition to fall," said Stephanie Holley, the UNT Dallas Vice President for Student Access and Success. "I am especially grateful to the Division of Student Access and Success for their long hours and diligent work that culminated in this success for UNT Dallas."

Because of the ongoing pandemic, UNT Dallas, an emerging urban university boasting a student body that is 85% minority and 70% first-generation college students, is conducting the Fall 2020 semester almost entirely via virtual learning formats. Only a limited number of classes are meeting in-person. In May, the California-based organization Educate to Career placed UNT Dallas in Tier 1 of its College Planning Autumn 2020 rankings of universities best equipped to deliver full curriculum online and in-classroom. Among four-year, public universities in the North Texas region, UNT Dallas is among just three institutions to qualify in Tier 1.

"UNT Dallas is committed to providing our students with the highest quality education, whether it is delivering curriculum in-classroom or virtually," UNT Dallas Provost Betty Stewart said. "As the Educate to Career rankings show, our administration, faculty, Office of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology, Office of Information Technology, and many others, have worked tirelessly to ensure that our students are equipped to successfully advance their academic pursuits at UNT Dallas."

New York's Diploma Privilege Bill Looks Dead, but Lawmakers Continue to Push the Court | New York Law Journal -

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State lawmakers are once again trying to persuade the New York Court of Appeals to adopt a diploma privilege option that would allow law graduates to be licensed without taking the bar exam—after their legislative approach appears to have failed.

These are the 100 best colleges in the US this year - Tulsa World

Posted: 11 Sep 2020 04:37 AM PDT

This year, thousands of colleges across the country are beginning their fall semesters like never before. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many schools to switch to online learning, leaving some incoming freshmen without the full campus experience. Hopefully, sooner than later, students can once again fully immerse themselves in lectures, student life mixers, and Saturday football games.

To coincide with the beginning of another school year, Stacker compiled a list of the best colleges in America using Niche's 2021 rankings. Niche ranks colleges using various factors, including academics, admissions, financial, and student life. You can read more about Niche's methodology here.

The list includes schools public and private, from West Coast women's colleges to elite East Coast liberal arts institutions. There's also a fair share of sprawling state schools, as well as more-privatized, religion-centric universities. These schools offer pioneering programs in sciences, entrepreneurship, and even video games. While some members of the list may be best known for athletic achievements, many so-called football schools are making rapid advancements in educational fields, producing a number of Rhodes scholars and collaborations with tech industry giants. Of course, some schools just have cool perks that few others do, like an on-campus ice cream factory or a nuclear reactor.

Tuition, student to faculty ratio, acceptance rate, and graduation rate are factors considered in deciding these rankings. Location is also often a key factor in a school's appeal, whether it be a beachside location, one full of New England foliage, or proximity to tech hubs and companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google. While the Ivy Leagues are normally considered the cream of the crop when it comes to American colleges, that's not necessarily the case with this list. Click through to see which school grabbed the #1 spot.

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Food System in Focus in New Honors College Lecture - University of Arkansas Newswire

Posted: 16 Sep 2020 10:05 PM PDT

Sep. 17, 2020

 Margaret Soba McCabe, Jennie Popp and Curt Rom will lead a conversation about why and how food matters.
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Margaret Soba McCabe, Jennie Popp and Curt Rom will lead a conversation about why and how food matters.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Soy milk, oat milk, almond milk. Beyond Meat® and the Impossible Burger™. Is all milk really milk? Is all meat really meat? 

A University of Arkansas dean and two associate deans — Margaret Sova McCabe, dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law; Jennie Popp, associate dean of the Honors College; and Curt Rom, associate dean for international education — will consider the legal, economic and environmental aspects of products in our food system in a public lecture, "Food Matters," which will be offered online via Zoom at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

If you are interested, please fill out this online form to gain access to the lecture.

The lecture will preview the Spring 2021 Honors College Signature Seminar, Food Matters.

"In the United States, we have an abundance of food, but in that abundance, we have a very complicated food system. Maybe one of the most complicated in the world," Rom said. "Every bite is a decision process."

"From a legal perspective, there's so much that goes on on the way to the grocery store that it's important for people to understand and think about some of the top issues," McCabe said. "Eat meat, don't eat meat. Buy GMO, don't buy GMO. But those are really complex issues that really don't boil down neatly into a simple 'buy, don't buy' binary decision."

In designing the course, the three professors began by looking at definitions of food.

"What is meat? What is milk? What are those factors that legally, economically and nutritionally make something what it is? That's the foundation of all our discussions going forward in this class," said Popp, who is also the co-chair of the university's Service Learning Initiative. "The expectation is that food is there and always will be there for us, but that is not the reality."

The course will also examine how various food industries have changed over time due to changes in consumer perception, like dairy milk usage and other products that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Since the 1970s, U.S. dairy milk drinkers have declined sharply, while consumption of beverage products made from soy, oat and almond have grown in popularity as a replacement. These questions regarding nutrition equivalency and environmental impacts across products, along with food fads, will be examined in the course.

For example, POM Wonderful™ sales reached $91 billion in one year based on manufacturer-backed research claims that the product improved heart health and treated prostate cancer. The Supreme Court case ordered the company to remove these claims due to lack of scientific methods followed in the research. So, how wonderful is it?

"I've always found that food is something everyone can relate to, and so it's a really powerful teaching tool," McCabe said. "This course is a great way to understand that, yes, food is political, but so is everything else. It gives students a framework to really think about the decisions that they make as citizens and where the information that they're analyzing is coming from."

Margaret Sova McCabe is dean of the School of Law. She has also served on the board of the Academy of Food Law & Policy and as a vice chair of the Food and Drug Administration Committee of the American Bar Association's Administrative Law Section. Her areas of legal expertise are administrative law and food law and policy.

Jennie Popp is associate dean of the Honors College and co-chair of the university's Service Learning Initiative. She is also a professor of agricultural economics and agribusiness who has research responsibility for identifying sustainable best practices for agricultural production. She is currently co-leading a multi-year effort to increase both the quantity and quality of fruit and vegetable production in Northwest Arkansas.

Curt Rom is associate dean for international education within the Graduate School and International Education. He is a University Professor of horticulture with research and teaching in fruit crops, sustainable and organic production and food systems.

Both Popp and Rom have served as co-directors for the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability. Both are members of the UA Teaching Academy and have received the John W. White Teaching, Honors College Distinguished Faculty, and the Gold Medal faculty awards. Rom has also been recognized by the American Society for Horticultural Sciences as the Outstanding Educator at both the regional and national levels.

Signature Seminars Explore Diverse Topics

Food Matters is one of three Honors College Signature Seminars scheduled for spring 2021. Other topics will include:

  • Conservatism, taught by Jay P. Greene, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Education Reform in the College of Education and Health Professions.
  • Global Social Change, taught by Rogelio Garcia Contreras, clinical faculty member in social innovation and social entrepreneurship at the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Venture Innovation in the Sam M. Walton College of Business; Laurence Hare, associate professor of history and director of the International and Global Studies Program in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences; and Jared Phillips, teaching assistant professor of International Studies in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. 

Deans of each college may nominate professors to participate in this program, and those who are selected to teach will become Dean's Fellows in the Honors College.

The Honors College brings in leading scholars from other institutions to teach some of these courses, including Timothy Landry, professor of anthropology and religious studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., who will lead a fourth Signature Seminar, Witchcraft, during the January 2021 intersession.

Honors students must apply to participate, and those selected will be designated Dean's Signature Scholars. The course application is posted online on the Signature Seminars web page. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 30.

About the Honors College: The University of Arkansas Honors College was established in 2002 and brings together high-achieving undergraduate students and the university's top professors to share transformative learning experiences. Each year the Honors College awards up to 90 freshman fellowships that provide $72,000 over four years, and more than $1 million in undergraduate research and study abroad grants. The Honors College is nationally recognized for the high caliber of students it admits and graduates. Honors students enjoy small, in-depth classes, and programs are offered in all disciplines, tailored to students' academic interests, with interdisciplinary collaborations encouraged. Fifty percent of Honors College graduates have studied abroad and 100 percent of them have engaged in mentored research.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among fewer than 3% of colleges and universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


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