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NSU Named Military Friendly School

By NSU News Bureau
11/10/2016

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has earned the 2017 Military Friendly School designation from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs SM  and Military Spouse. This Northwestern State’s seventh time to receive the designation. Military Friendly Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and specifically for student veterans.

Northwestern State has a campus at Leesville/Fort Polk and also offers classes at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. The university has 39 degree programs available online through nsula.edu/ensu.

“We are proud and honored to be recognized for our efforts to provide educational opportunities for our military students and their families,” said NSU Vice President for Technology, Innovation and Economic Development Darlene Williams. “Northwestern State has a long history of serving the military and using an approach that understands the needs of those who have a military affiliation.”

Information on Northwestern State’s services for veterans is available at nsula.edu/registrar/veterans-affairs.

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

Northwestern State will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine.

College Choice Names Northwestern State Most Affordable College in U.S.

By David West
11/03/2016

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has been ranked as most affordable online college in the United States by College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources.

College Choice researchers examined accredited colleges and universities on factors including academic quality, degree options, teaching and technical support, flexibility and total cost. The survey is at collegechoice.net/rankings/most-affordable-online-colleges. Online undergraduate students play a flat rate of $375 per credit hour up to 12 hours and $100 per credit hour after that. Online graduate students play a flat rate of $475 per credit hour up to nine hours and $100 per credit hour after that.

“Affordability is so important when it comes to college. As a student you want to go to a good school, but don’t want to burden yourself with a high debt at such a young age,” said Haley Jones, a freshman biology/pre-vet major from Dodson. “To be able to find a school that meets your academic needs and not breaking your bank is a top priority.”

Jones works full-time at Family Dollar as an assistant manager and online classes fit into her schedule.

“I chose to start college online because it’s the most cost efficient way for me to be in college and still be able to work full time,” she said. “Being able to earn my own money and pay for college without burdening my family is very important to me, and was the deciding factor in attending on campus versus online. I think I’m getting an amazing education through NSU online.”

Northwestern State has Louisiana’s first and largest electronic campus at nsula.edu/ensu. The university offers 39 online degree programs. Internet-only students do not pay out of state fees. Northwestern State is currently developing several competency-based programs specifically for online students, all of which can be applied to a full baccalaureate degree.

Several online degree programs at Northwestern State have been ranked among the best in the nation. Northwestern State’s online RN to BSN program, along with bachelor’s programs in computer information systems, criminal justice and psychology were ranked first in the country by Nonprofit Colleges Online. The bachelor’s in accounting was ranked second and the master’s in education was seventh. The bachelor’s in addiction studies was chosen as the fifth best in the country by bestcolleges.com.

NSU has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School, a designation is awarded to colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.

The university recently began a competency-based program that will allow students seeking a computer information systems degree or certification to complete the program at a fraction of the time and cost. The competency-based program is a flexible education model that allows students to learn and advance at their own pace. Students advance as they demonstrate mastery of specific skills or knowledge called competencies. The structure builds upon prior knowledge and experience. A student that may already know the material can pass a pre-assessment and move to the next unit. Should a student need more time to master an area, they can slow down and focus on what they need to learn.

For more information on online degree programs, visit nsula.edu/ensu.

The National League for Nursing Education Summit

Deborah Hickman and Rebecca Harrell, both faculty in the College of Nursing, attended The National League for Nursing Education Summit in Orlando, FL. In September to present Their research poster titled “How does the Integration of Learning Contracts Promote Student Success?” The NSU Cenla Campus congratulates Ms. Hickman and Ms. Harrell on their outstanding achievement and dedication to Nursing Education and the Healthcare
Industry!

CENLA Alumni

This is the first meeting of the new NSU CENLA Alumni Chapter.

November Professional Development

– Online (via WebEx)

Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor:  Wednesday, November 16, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
This workshop is a special opportunity to learn about the LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor directly from the creators. This session will include an in-depth training on both LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor for Moodle. LockDown Browser is a custom browser that prevents digital cheating during an online exam. Respondus Monitor is a companion product for LockDown Browser that enables students to take online exams in non-proctored environments. Students use their own computers with a standard webcam to record assessment sessions.
This training will cover, from the instructor’s perspective:

  • How to use LockDown Browser to prevent digital cheating in proctored testing environments
  • How use Respondus Monitor in non-proctored environments, to protect exam integrity and confirm student identity
  • How Respondus Monitor provides greater flexibility for when and where tests are taken
  • Efficient review of the assessment data collected, including student videos
  • Best practices and tips for success with both applications

Register for this online WebEx workshop here. Attendees can pre-register (to get reminders) or join immediately at the time of the session.
 
Moodle Troubleshooter’s Class:  Thursday, November 3, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Ever had a question about how to do something in Moodle but were afraid to ask? Can’t figure how to do something in Moodle? This workshop is here for you. This workshop is for people to bring in questions and curiosities about Moodle and have them answered with detail and demonstration. No outline, nothing planned. Just one hour for you to get those bothering Moodle questions answered.

Measurable Objectives:  Tuesday, November 8, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Clear learning objectives provide a foundation for a quality course. In this interactive workshop you will revise or create measureable objectives that provide a roadmap for your activities and assessments.

Moodle to the Max:  Wednesday, November 9, 10:00 – 11:00 am
This workshop will demonstrate how to create quizzes using the new features within Moodle 2.5. Want to take your online class to the next level? Join us as we provide tips and tricks that will enhance your Moodle experience. Go beyond the basics of what you know about Moodle. From reporting to media enhancements to specific tools to manage your class efficiently, this course is all about the options that will make you a better online instructor.

Microsoft Word Styles :  Thursday, November 10, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Microsoft Word styles enable you to easily format your documents. Icons denote Title, Heading, and Body fonts, colors and sizes. Using Styles will produce a document that aligns with ADA, making it easy for all learners to absorb the information. Change the look of your documents or add a table of contents with just a few clicks.

Managing Your Gradebook:  Tuesday, November 15, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Microsoft Word styles enable you to easily format your documents. Icons denote Title, Heading, and Body fonts, colors and sizes. Using Styles will produce a document that aligns with ADA, making it easy for all learners to absorb the information. Change the look of your documents or add a table of contents with just a few clicks.

Finding Online Resources:  Wednesday, November 16, 9:00 – 10:30 am
Microsoft Word styles enable you to easily format your documents. Icons denote Title, Heading, and Body fonts, colors and sizes. Using Styles will produce a document that aligns with ADA, making it easy for all learners to absorb the information. Change the look of your documents or add a table of contents with just a few clicks.

Moodle Troubleshooter’s Class:  Thursday, November 3, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Ever had a question about how to do something in Moodle but were afraid to ask? Can’t figure how to do something in Moodle? This workshop is here for you. This workshop is for people to bring in questions and curiosities about Moodle and have them answered with detail and demonstration. No outline, nothing planned. Just one hour for you to get those bothering Moodle questions answered.

All available courses offered via WebEx are listed at nsula.webex.com. Click on the ‘Upcoming’ tab to view courses, then click ‘Register’ next to the one you would like to attend. After completing registration, you will receive an email confirmation from WebEx.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

· Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359)

· Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http://universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement: http://universityplanning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

October 2016 Professional Development

– Online (via WebEx)

VIC & Video Content:  Tuesday, October 4, 10:00 – 11:00 am
This workshop will provide an introduction to creating video content for your courses. We will also cover using Northwestern’s VIC (Video Integrated Content) to connect these videos with your courses. VIC is a library that holds all of your videos in one easy-to-use place. If you want to enrich your classes with videos, this workshop is for you!

WebEx QnA:  Thursday, October 6, 9:00 – 10:00 am
If you have used WebEx but still have questions, this is the workshop for you. Laura and Emily will be answering all of your burning questions, and the floor will be available to share ideas you have about WebEx as a tool with your colleagues. Topics will range from basic to advanced. Bring your questions and join the discussion!

WebEx Personal Room: Tuesday, October 11, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Your WebEx Personal Room is a valuable tool for engaging with online students. In this workshop we will cover how to open and run your personal room both as a one-on-one meeting option as well as an open office for online classes. We will also be highlighting some new and unique features of the room that are different from the standard training sessions.

Moodle Troubleshooters:  Tuesday, October 11, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Ever had a question about how to do something in Moodle but were afraid to ask? Can’t figure how to do something in Moodle? This workshop is here for you. This workshop is for people to bring in questions and curiosities about Moodle and have them answered with detail and demonstration. No outline, nothing planned. Just one hour for you to get those bothering Moodle questions answered.

Managing Your Moodle Gradebook:  Thursday, October 13, 10:00 – 11:00
This workshop will cover the tools and techniques to maintain your Gradebook in Moodle 2.5 effectively.

WebEx Basics & Scheduling:  Tuesday, October 18, 9:00 – 10:30 am
We have combined the basics of WebEx with the scheduling of WebEx sessions into one training. Learn the basics of participating in a WebEx session and what it takes to host training of your own. We will then go over how to schedule a training sessions and accessing the reports generated by WebEx.

Moodle Basics:  Thursday, October 20, 10:00 – 11:30 am
In this workshop we will cover the breadth of available options within the LMS and success the basic tools needed for implementing a Moodle course.

VIC & Video Content:  Wednesday, October 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am
This workshop will provide an introduction to creating video content for your courses. We will also cover using Northwestern’s VIC (Video Integrated Content) to connect these videos with your courses. VIC is a library that holds all of your videos in one easy-to-use place. If you want to enrich your classes with videos, this workshop is for you!

Moodle Troubleshooters:  Wednesday, October 26, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Ever had a question about how to do something in Moodle but were afraid to ask? Can’t figure how to do something in Moodle? This workshop is here for you. This workshop is for people to bring in questions and curiosities about Moodle and have them answered with detail and demonstration. No outline, nothing planned. Just one hour for you to get those bothering Moodle questions answered.

All available courses offered via WebEx are listed at nsula.webex.com. Click on the ‘Upcoming’ tab to view courses, then click ‘Register’ next to the one you would like to attend. After completing registration, you will receive an email confirmation from WebEx.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

· Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359)

· Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http://universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement: http://universityplanning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/