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In Havana, Cuba May 2016 Dr. Jim Henderson signed an agreement with the Cuban Instituto Superior de Diseño (Higher Institute of Design). This new NSU-Cuba agreement will allow for the exchange of students and faculty.

NSU ranked fourth most affordable online college

By David West

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University was named the fourth Most Affordable Online College for 2016 in the U.S., according to the website

The site’s research team applied a strict set of filters to narrow down a list of more than 3,000 schools currently offering distance programs to 20 institutions. Rather than simply rank each school by tuition cost, the team assembled five core metrics, containing 15 individual data points, to score each school against. In addition to price, those data points measured each institution’s commitment to online students, as well as the quality of their academics and admissions.

“Completing a degree is often a dream for many people because the cost may be preventing it from becoming a reality,” said Dr. Darlene Williams, vice president for technology, innovation and economic development. “Northwestern State University’s quality online programs provide flexibility and convenience but also maintain affordability to ensure that anyone with the desire can achieve their dream of completing a degree.”

Northwestern State has Louisiana’s first and largest electronic campus at The university offers 38 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, some 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 works with industry experts to rank and award the top products and resources in every area, from the commercial marketplace to the communities in which we live. The site’s fully-transparent, objective testing process is guided by strictly data-driven methodologies, created in conjunction with experts and unique to each ranking.

NSU Cenla Campus Participates In CLSHRM Career Fair

Staff and faculty from NSU participated in the second annual Cenla Career Fair. This is an annual event hosted by the Central Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management. The event is open to the public and allows participants to speak with area employers about potential job/career opportunities available in the Cenla and surrounding areas. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Joe Morris, Dr. Donald Steward, Dr. Wade Tyler, Kari Cook, Kim Liner, and Jason Parks.

Research Day for Junior Nursing Students

NSU Cenla Nursing students present their research posters at Research Day on the Alexandria Campus.

Top: Dustin Cross and Irisia Cayton; Bottom left: Kelby Friday and Elizabeth Sobel Whitcher; Bottom right: Tara Grimm, Carla Andrew, and Debbie Powell

NURB 2160 to be Offered at the Cenla Campus Fall 2016 Semester

The NSU Nursing faculty are pleased to announce NURB 2160 will be offered this fall 2016 semester at the Cenla campus. In the past, students have had to drive to Natchitoches or take the course online. The course will be offered on Mondays from 1-3pm.

RN to BSN Cenla students participated in NSU’s Research Day

RN to BSN Cenla students participated in NSU’s Research Day where they displayed their research posters! The participating students were as follows: Kevin Ardoin, Scott Garland, Chelsey McBroom, Allison Cain, Kayla Poret, Pam Gleason, Janelle Edwards, Jennifer Lipps, Jennifer Murphy, Tracy Stokes, Sondra Rasbury, and Melissa Robbins.

New members inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International

Congratulations to the newest members of Sigma Theta Tau International! They are Dylan Carter, Karley Oxley, Victoria Howard, Alexis Johnson, Jessica McHenry Hughes, Descha’ Schneider, Alaina Russell, Callie Moss, Hailee Paul, and Jalyn Ashley!

Congratulations to our Nursing Students!

The following students won honors this year: Carly Knowles- awarded McLaurin Nursing Scholarship 2016, Alaina Russell- Outstanding student of 2016, Chelsey McBroom- Outstanding RN to BSN student for Beta Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International!

We are so proud of our Cenla Nursing students!

Two Online Education Programs Ranked in Top Five

By NSU News Bureau

NATCHITOCHES – Two online graduate programs in education at Northwestern State University have been ranked in the top five in the U.S. by a higher education website. The site,, ranked Northwestern State’s online master’s in special education third in the nation, and the online master’s in education fifth.

“We are proud to be ranked in the top five online graduate programs in the U.S.,” said Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development. “These programs meet national standards and have a long standing reputation for advancing knowledge and credentials of licensed teachers. A graduate degree from Northwestern is extremely affordable, in comparison to other online providers. More importantly, a graduate degree from Northwestern provides meaningful learning experiences that support teachers’ professional growth plans.” Best Value rankings were designed to help prospective students make smart choices about where to invest their time and money in earning their online degree.  Schools and programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about accreditation, academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field and cost.

The master’s in special education is a 36-hour program with 12-hours of coursework in educational foundation and application areas and 24-hours of coursework in a concentration area including gifted education, early intervention, elementary (grades 1-5) mild/moderate special education or middle school (grades 4-8) and secondary (grades 6-12) mild/moderate special education.  Most courses leading to the master’s degree require field experiences for application of course related skills in diverse settings. These field experiences will include field experiences outside the classroom and school of the candidate.

The master’s in education offers programs in curriculum and instruction, early childhood education, educational technology leadership and educational leadership. The curriculum and instruction program has five concentrations.

For information on Northwestern State’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit

NSU recognized as a Military Friendly School

By David West

2016_MFE_Logo_150x150NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse. The Military Friendly Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post- military education and career opportunities. This is the sixth time NSU has been designated as a Military Friendly School.

“Northwestern State University is proud to be recognized as a Military Friendly School, and this recognition acknowledges our continued dedication to provide quality academic programs and support services for the members of the armed forces,” said Dr. Darlene Williams, vice president for technology, innovation and economic development.

The Military Friendly Schools 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.

“I have always had a pleasant experience at NSU,” said graduate student Alyssa Hughey, who is on active duty in the U.S. military. “I’ve often been surprised at how willing the instructors and staff are in accommodating and assisting with any issues that might occur with an active duty member. I feel confident that I will be able to balance my career and furthering my education thanks to the flexibility of Northwestern.”

Hughey is pursuing a master’s in English and plans to graduate in the summer of 2018.

“I discovered Northwestern when I moved to my current post,” said Hughey. “I was impressed with the degrees offered, and the flexibility that works with being an active duty military student. The degree will allow me to develop my skills in my current career as well as provide myself options for the future.”

Institutions competed for the Military Friendly School title by completing a survey of more than 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. Data was independently tested by Ernst & Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals.