The majority of the University’s traditional students attend classes on the Parkville Campus, which also serves as the academic and administrative home to the institution. Approximately 75 percent of our undergraduate students take at least some of their coursework through one of our campus centers and nearly 60 percent of all of our students take at least one course online annually.
Unconditionally re-accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 2014, Park’s curriculum has been designed to provide programs students need at locations and times which suit their lives. Students can earn a degree in the traditional setting, at a distance at one of the 41 campus centers across the country or online. Park also offers online and face-to-face master’s degree programs through an adult accelerated program.
For the fifth consecutive year, Park University was selected as one of less than 330 colleges and universities across the country to the 2015-16 Colleges of Distinction list. Park is one of just nine colleges/universities based in Missouri to earn the honor this year and one of only six in the Kansas City region to be recognized. Read Park University’s Colleges of Distinction profile at www.collegesofdistinction.com/school/park-university/.
As part of a story published by The Wall Street Journal in March 2015, Park University was mentioned as being one of the top private colleges in the country for return on investment. Park was tied for fifth nationally in the rankings with an annual ROI percentage of 8.3 percent, based on the 2014 PayScale College ROI Report. www.wsj.com/articles/are-prestigious-private-colleges-worth-the-cost-1425271052
University Research & Review, which honored Park University with a Best Value School distinction for the second consecutive year in April, named Park to its list of the “Best Ten Colleges You Never Heard Of.” UR&R said of Park University, “About half of Park’s enrollees take their courses online; almost 90 percent are part-time students and around 80 percent are 25 or older. One-third of its students are from foreign countries. Park prides itself on dealing with situations unique to those serving in the Armed Forces.” www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=197625
Park University was ranked by Great Value Colleges, a website dedicated to help students get the best possible education for their money, on its list of the “100 Most Affordable Online Colleges in the U.S. 2015.” Park is ranked No. 80 on the list, as indicated by 2014-15 estimated tuition and fees reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. www.greatvaluecolleges.net/affordable/affordable-online-colleges-2015/
For the seventh consecutive year, Park University was selected as one of the top military-friendly colleges and universities in the country by Military Advanced Education magazine. Park was selected for inclusion on the list in the magazine’s December issue, within its “2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities,” which provides information about the wide range of benefits the schools provide in six key categories of consideration to service members, veterans, spouses and dependents: military culture, financial assistance, flexibility, general support, online support and on-campus support. www.park.edu/news/2014/12/military-advanced-education-honor.html
For the seventh consecutive year, Park University was selected as one of the top military-friendly colleges and universities in the country by Military Advanced Education magazine. Park was selected for inclusion on the list in the magazine’s December issue, within its “2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities,” which provides information about the wide range of benefits the schools provide in six key categories of consideration to service members, veterans, spouses and dependents: military culture, financial assistance, flexibility, general support, online support and on-campus support. www.park.edu/news/2014/12/military-advanced-education-honor.html Park University’s Park Warrior Center and the Success for Veterans program provide Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant iPads for each Veteran Warrior Transition Unit. Each iPad contains ADA-compliant software for disabled veterans, including a voice reader/text reader, and support for playback of closed-captioned content.
The Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing Program at Park University, initiated in 1987, is designed to provide career mobility for licensed practical nurses seeking to transition into the role of registered nurse. Our accelerated degree program enables a qualified LPN to obtain an associate degree in nursing in 10 months. In addition, graduates are prepared to take the Registered Nurse Licensure Exam and pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Also, students already working with an ADN can complete an online-only BSN completion program.
Park’s nursing program always has the short-term goal of maintaining or improving our students’ ability to become licensed upon graduation, which requires passing licensure exams. Over the past five years, more than 95 percent of our students have passed their licensure exam. The program aims to continue to meet or exceed our students’ track record of success, and is transitioning to a four-year BSN degree program. We are currently seeking accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing for a 100-student BSN program to accept students beginning in the Fall 2016 semester.
1.) Enrollment numbers, or the number of students who value private education at Park and want to graduate from the Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing Program.
2.) Student learning outcomes, or the measures by which the nursing program faculty determine how much students are learning and how well they are mastering new content.
3.) Accreditation, which helps gauge consistent quality of both courses and clinical experiences, so our students gain the hands-on experience they will need in real-life patient care situations.
4.) Students’ pass rates on licensure exams, which helps faculty monitor how well Park courses prepare students to obtain their license and become practicing RNs.
The International Center for Music at Park University offers the following degrees and certificates: Master of Music in Piano/String Performance, Graduate Certificate in Music Performance, Graduate Artist Diploma in Music Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music and an Undergraduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance, which is a two-year certificate program designed for students pursuing a non-degree course of study concentrating on performance. Park students receive individualized instruction on multiple music genres ranging from classical to jazz, including music by living composers.
The International Center for Music will continue to attract and educate talented young musicians who launch their musical careers at Park University. Current and future students will continue to receive international music competition awards and other national and international recognition for their performances.
The International Center for Music's long-term success will be judged in part by the increased number of full-tuition scholarships the University is able to provide its student musicians. This will ensure that student admission is based solely on artistic promise, which in turn, will foster better audience development for the Center's concert series in the future.
Stanislav Ioudenitch, gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and founder of the ICM, envisions elevating the already impressive reputation of the Center to the highest possible standard of musical performance. Ultimately, the success of the International Center for Music is monitored by our students’ level of performance in their studios and on stage, especially as our students continue to attract more dedicated audience members.
Behzod Abduraimov, ICM artist-in-residence continues to tour internationally as a soloist in the great concert halls of the world. In addition, Daniel Radzynski was recently chosen as concertmaster for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
· Scholarship opportunities for the spouses/caregivers of military personal, which allows soldiers and veterans to use their G.I. benefits at the same time their spouses are preparing for a career transition;
· Veteran-taught ADA compliant college courses in a structured format with specialized academic, emotional and social support;
· Transition courses designed to help orient wounded service members to the college experience.
Short term goals for the Park Warrior Center include:
· Raising scholarships for the spouses of wounded military service members so that at least five spouses taking no more than 12 credit hours will have at least half their tuition and all of their books covered over an academic year.
· Increasing awareness of the services offered to returning service members
· Increasing matriculation rates or the number of students who enroll in a degree program after completing transition coursework.
· Enhancing feedback and data collection mechanisms that will assist in more robust measurement of PWC students’ course and degree completion, academic achievement, social integration and student satisfaction.
· Acquiring cutting-edge assistive technology to have on hand for students with severe physical limitations so that more students with physical disabilities can be serve.
Additional long-term goals include:
· Creating an endowed scholarship fund for the spouses or caregivers of service members wounded in the course of duty.
· Helping PWC students realize higher levels of academic achievement that will raise degree completion rates.
· Completing long-term studies on how all students affiliated with the PWC learn best, including wounded warriors, veterans, active duty and reserve duty military service members.
· Increasing PWC staff so the center can offer students more services, such as specialized counseling for soldiers and veterans with traumatic brain injury and persistent symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The success of the Park Warrior Center is measured by course completion rates, program persistence rates and student surveys administered before and after enrollment to gauge students’ progress toward their personal, educational and career goals. As more and more students enroll in the PWC, the Center will also have enough data to measure success by matriculation and graduation rates.
The PWC is helping these students adjust to the demands of higher education by providing them the assistance they need to overcome obstacles to their success. At present, 90 percent of students in the PWC have PTSD and have access to additional resources specific to their needs. Nearly three out of four PWC students have a VA certified disability rating higher than 30 percent and will require some kind of disability support for the rest of their lives. These students are enrolled in Park’s accelerated online classes, which, University-wide, have a 93 percent pass rate for students who make it to the add/drop date.
Dr. Ehrlich joined Park in 2011 as assistant professor in the Master of Healthcare Administration program within the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. He was quickly identified by many as a leader and by 2014-15, he was elected to his second term as president of the Faculty Senate. In addition to his service on the Faculty Senate, Dr. Ehrlich has served or is currently serving on the Student Service Model Task Force, the Graduate Academic Council, the University-wide Academic Program Review, the Retention Task Force and the Budget Advisory Task Force. He earned his Doctor of Education in healthcare leadership from the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb., after earning an undergraduate degree in human resources management and a Master of Business Administration from Friends University in Wichita, Kan.
Prior to joining Park, he was assistant professor at the College of St. Mary, dean of the School of Professional Studies at Peru State College, director of assessment at Midland University, vice president of institutional research and assessment at Clarkson College and an assistant professor at Friends University.
In addition to his experience in, and understanding of, higher education, he brings good business acumen from his previous experience as a project manager in finance knowledge management for Sprint Corp., as an internal consultant with Boeing on process re-engineering and business models, and as clinic administrator for clinics in corporate settings with business management in health care in Winfield, Kan.
Roger Hershey, Vice President & General Counsel for Park University, assumed this position with more than 30 years of legal experience. He previously served as president, shareholder and director of King Hershey, PC, a law firm established in 1988 in Kansas City, Mo. The firm is noted for its work in local government law, commercial real estate development, complex financial transactions, and bond law.
Hershey was a member of the Park University Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2004, serving as Board Chair for two years, a member the Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Business and Endowment Committee. He served as the President of Park University Enterprises, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of the University, and served on its Board of Directors from 2002 to 2006.
Hershey received a B.A. from Graceland University, and a LL.M. and a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also graduated from the United States Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I., and served four years active duty as a Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Naval Reserve.
Hershey received the 2003 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Independence, Missouri. Chamber of Commerce for community service and leadership in the passage of Independence Streets and Parks Sales Taxes in 1997, 1998 and 2003, and the City's Street Excise Tax in 2000. Hershey also received the 2002 Civic Leadership Award presented by the Missouri Municipal League and the mayor of Independence for business and civic leadership in the development of Independence, Mo.
An active participant in civic and nonprofit
groups, Hershey serves and has served in various leadership roles with the
Independence Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board of Directors, the Independence, MO
License Surcharge Annual Review Committee, the Parkville, MO Economic
Development Committee, the Independence Chamber of Commerce; Independence
Citizens for Streets and Parks; Independence Council on Economic Development;
Independence Missouri Park Commission; Mid-America Regional Council Metro Green
Civic Leadership Board; Rotary International; Scandinavian Association of
Greater Kansas City; Sierra Club; The Jackson County Historical Society; and,
The Sierra Club Foundation.
Prior to arriving at Park, McCormack was the assistant vice chancellor of advancement for development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While at UMKC, McCormack directed the University’s first-ever nine-figure capital campaign, raising $202.6 million. In addition, she conducted six- and seven-figure campaign solicitations, including one of $5 million. Prior to her ascent to the assistant vice chancellor position, McCormack also served UMKC as the senior director of campaign planning and principal gifts, managing the development of strategies and delivery of solicitation to major prospects for gifts between $100,000 and $35 million., as well as managing campaign special events and coordinating fundraising for scholarship programs. Additionally at UMKC, McCormack held the titles of director of student affairs advancement, and manager of alumni and development in the School of Law, where she directed the administration of the UMKC Law Foundation, a $2.4 million endowment. McCormack’s career in fundraising began with the Heart of America United Way as the campaign assistant director, where she raised more than $3.8 million through targeted efforts.
Prior to her second stint at UMKC, McCormack was the director of marketing and client services at the law firm of Polsinelli, White, Vardeman and Shalton, P.C., in Kansas City, Mo., and she was the manager of community and public relations at Gateway 2000 in Kansas City. While at PWVS, McCormack developed the firm’s marketing initiatives, as well as its advertising and public relations efforts. At Gateway 2000, McCormack managed the company’s marketing and charitable giving programs, in addition to directing its corporate public relations activities employee communication programs and TIF administration.
McCormack is or has been a member of several organizations, including the Downtown Council of Kansas City, where she serves on the Business Retention and Attraction Committee, the United Negro College Fund Kansas City Board of Advisors, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the Safehome Capital Campaign Steering Committee. She is a former president and board of director member of the Southtown Council, and former treasurer and board member of Safehome.
McCormack received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UMKC. She is also a graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurion Leadership Program. In addition, she has been recognized by UMKC as a 2001 Community Champion and with the Law Foundation Service Award.
Prior to joining Park, Van Hoesen was general counsel and chief financial officer of a telecommunications company. He began his career path as an associate with the accounting firm CBIZ, and later moved to the local accounting firm House, Park, Dobratz and Wiebler in the role of audit manager.
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