Park Points of Pride November 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Best For Vets 2016Park University selected top “Best for Vets” private school in the country

Park University has been selected as the No. 1 “Best for Vets” private college/university in the country, as announced by Military Times in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” rankings. The ranking is a reflection of the services and support the University provides to active duty military, veterans and their families.

Military Times, an independent source for news and information for the military community, and its associated newsweeklies, Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, ranked Park as the top private college/university in the country and No. 2 overall in the “online and nontraditional” category (schools that serve military students primarily online or through a network of campuses). Last year, Park was ranked No. 4 and No. 7, respectively.


Military Friendly 2016Park University designated military friendly institution for seventh straight year

For the seventh consecutive year, Park University has been honored by Victory Media as a 2016 Military Friendly School. The military friendly designation by Victory Media, which publishes G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse magazines, provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driving ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The honor is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and also dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

Institutions named to the list of military friendly schools complete a survey of questions related to military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses are then scored against benchmarks against these key indicators of success and 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.


Park social work program to be a part of $30 million Kansas City HUD grant

Students and faculty in Park University’s Department of Social Work are among the key community partners for a $30 million grant that was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Mo., and the city of Kansas City, Mo. The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grant is intended to transform distressed public and assisted housing into sustainable, mixed-income housing with access to community assets and services, and to support positive outcomes for families living in the development and in the community. Kansas City’s project will focus on redeveloping an isolated 134-unit public housing project which sits on an old landfill into a 360-unit mixed-income community.

According to Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D., professor and chair of social work, and director of the Master of Social Work program, the Department of Social Work will provide all the training and technical assistance for case managers housed at the partner provider agencies. A field practicum unit will be developed for social work students to work directly with service participants, and an evaluation of social/behavioral outcomes realized by participants in education, employment and permanent housing will be conducted.

MCC AgreementPark University, Metropolitan Community College sign academic agreement

Park University and Metropolitan Community College officials have signed a new articulation agreement that will allow MCC students in designated programs at its five campuses to easily transfer credits toward a bachelor’s degree at Park. The two schools have had academic cooperation agreements dating back to at least 2000. The new agreement is in effect through Sept. 30, 2020. The agreement will allow:
          •  Dual admission for MCC students, allowing MCC students to be admitted to Park before taking classes at Park.
          •  Reverse transfer, allowing MCC students who have attended Park to transfer credits back to MCC to be used toward an associate degree.
          •  The possibility of Park University upper-division classes being taught at MCC’s campuses, providing convenience for MCC students to attain a Park bachelor’s degree.

The new articulation agreement was signed by Park University Interim President Jeff Ehrlich, Ed.D. (left in above photo), and MCC Chancellor Mark James (right) during a ceremony on Oct. 28. The two schools currently have 32 articulation agreements covering a variety of degree options.