Park University is one of the highest value, non-religious private universities in the United States. Park offers 63 different degrees and 11 certificates at 40 sites across the U.S. and online, making a postsecondary education available to thousands of students, who in some cases, would not be able to attain this goal.
Park University has been selected as the No. 4 “Best for Vets” private college/university in the country, as announced today by Military Times in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” rankings. The ranking is a reflection of the services and support the University provides to active duty military, veterans and their families.For more information about Park University’s military and veteran services and programs, visit www.park.edu/military.
Park University has been honored by Victory Media as a 2017 Military Friendly School, a designation it has received from the publishing company for the eighth consecutive year.
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
1. School of Business Capital Campaign
Naming Opportunities start at $25,000 The new School of Business facility will provide Park students with the opportunity to develop in a modern and collaborative learning environment and offer valuable pre-graduation exposure to business and entrepreneurial settings. This new space will also serve as the central location for the School of Business faculty. Full-time faculty and nearly 700 adjunct professors not only teach courses at Park University but work on program and curriculum design. Bringing many of them together in a common environment will create synergy and inspire the creation of new and innovative course curriculum for students.
2. Global Warrior Center
Park provides a support system for military personnel and their families. Services include guidance on utilizing education benefits and specialized counseling. The Global Warrior Center operates a book loan program to minimize the cost of books for service members. Support the book loan program today or give a general gift to help with operations.
3. Endowed Scholarship - $25,000
Park continues to be recognized as a high value education which is built on fair tuition pricing and scholarship. Consider establishing a named scholarship at Park that will be a legacy for you and your family.
4. International Center for Music (ICM)
The ICM at Park University trains and educates the next generation of accomplished musicians in a focused and creative atmosphere with an international faculty of renowned excellence. Join the Friends of ICM for as low as $100. Consider the Adopt-A-Student Scholarship for $20,000 or a named faculty chair for $1.5 Million.
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.
Long-term success of the Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing Program will be determined by the University’s ability to provide more career development opportunities for alumni, and by its ability to serve a greater number of students in years to come.
Program success is monitored by several metrics including:
The nursing program has been so successful in recent years, that even with a recent expansion, the University has more qualified applicants annually than we can accept into the program. The stage is set for additional growth and continued excellence as Park prepares to transition to a full four-year BSN program with increased faculty and improved facilities. The increased number of accepted students will help fill critical vacancies in the workforce doing a job that’s important to us all: caring for patients. The nursing program is also a member of the National League for Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
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.
The Park Warrior Center embodies Park’s commitment to our nation’s wounded warriors, including those injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The Center is designed to holistically assist returning service members with physical and mental health disabilities as they work toward accomplishing their educational and career goals. The PWC provides:
Short term goals for the Park Warrior Center include:
Long-term, the PWC will help countless service members who were injured in the course of duty to transition from military life into higher education, transition to the degree program of their choice, complete that degree program and go on to begin their chosen profession with the knowledge and tools necessary for success.
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.
While the number of casualties in recent conflicts has gone down, the number of service members returning from duty either physically or mentally changed is on the rise. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Defense, 98 percent of troops seeking help for emotional issues are returned back to their units. Soldiers who serve on multiple tours are 50 percent more likely to develop acute combat stress.
Park University has selected Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., to become the school’s 17th president, effective Jan. 15, coinciding with the start of the University’s Spring 2016 semester.
Before joining Park University, Gunderson served nearly five years as the vice president and chief financial officer of Webster University in St. Louis, leading its accounting, purchasing, accounts payable, bursar, internal audit, public safety, strategic planning, facilities and treasury units, and directed the financial processes for Webster’s 68 campuses around the world. Prior to his service at Webster, Gunderson spent nine years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln — six years (2005-11) as assistant vice chancellor for business operations in the Office of Academic Affairs and three years (2002-05) as director of financial resources and budget operations. Gunderson also has experience in the private sector as project controller and chief of staff at ConAgra Inc., in Omaha, Neb.; director of finance for inbound operations at APAC Customer Services in Omaha; senior revenue accountant and tax accountant at Cray Research Inc., Eagan, Minn.; and tax accountant at Arthur Anderson and Co., St. Paul, Minn. Selected “CFO of the Year” by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2014, Gunderson earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership in higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minn.) and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
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.
Shane Smeed was appointed vice president of enrollment and student services at Park University in September 2015. Smeed has more than 17 years of experience in higher education, holding a variety of positions, including director of admissions, dean of enrollment management and vice president of admissions. In his role at Park, Smeed will provide strategic and operational leadership to a department that includes the deans and directors of enrollment, student financial services, international student admissions and services, student services, campus center operations and athletics.
Prior to joining Park University, Smeed served as vice president of admissions at Kaplan University, vice president and chief operating officer of Ottawa (Kan.) University, metro president for DeVry University’s Kansas City campuses and inventory planner for the Boeing Co. in its materials management division.
Smeed is pursuing a doctorate degree in higher education administration from St. Louis University. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management and holds a bachelor’s degree in business operations from DeVry Institute of Technology.
Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., was appointed interim provost in September 2015. Previously, Stuteville served as associate vice president of academic affairs for the University, as well as director of Park’s Master of Public Affairs program within the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, and chair and associate professor of public administration. In her current role, Stuteville will organize and facilitate the Office of the Provost.
Prior to joining Park in 2008, Stuteville worked as a federal civil servant for 17 years at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she was responsible for monitoring regulatory compliance issues and provided technical assistance on HUD’s housing and community development programs of cities, states and nonprofit organizations in Kansas and western Missouri.
Stuteville earned her doctorate in political science and public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004. She also received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in political science from UMKC.
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