Park Points of Pride August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

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2015 PayScale BadgePark ranked among top colleges in the country for return on investment

According to the 2015 PayScale College ROI Report, Park University is again among the top-ranked private colleges/universities in the country for annual return on investment percentage. Among students who live on campus, not including financial aid, Park is ranked No.2 among all private colleges/universities in the country with a 9.5 percent annual ROI, behind only Brigham Young University). When financial aid is included for those living on campus, Park ranked No. 15 (tie) among private colleges/universities with a 12.7 percent ROI (just behind schools such as Harvard, Stanford, BYU, Rice, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Cal Tech, Duke, Dartmouth and University of Pennsylvania).

Among students who live off campus, not including financial aid, Park is ranked No. 3 among private colleges/universities with a 9.7 percent ROI; including financial aid, Park is ranked No. 4 among private colleges/universities with a 13.1 percent annual ROI.

Park was also highly ranked for some specific majors. Among business majors living off campus, not including financial aid, Park is ranked No. 2 among private colleges/universities with a 12.7 percent annual ROI and is ranked No. 21 (tie) overall; among computer science/mathematics majors living off campus, not including financial aid, Park again ranked No. 2 among private colleges/universities with a 15.5 percent annual ROI and is ranked No. 22 (tie) overall.

University to offer master’s degrees at U.S Army Sergeants Major Academy

Park University has partnered with the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy to offer master’s degree programs at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, with classes beginning in the fall semester. Park, which has served the El Paso community since 1975 at Fort Bliss, and most recently at the University’s newest location on the east side of town, will offer USASMA students the Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership degree program and the Master of Healthcare Administration degree program.

Students attending the USASMA are senior non-commissioned officers with 10 to 12 years of service, and are competitively selected for admission. The USASMA is the senior military educational opportunity for these students.

“Park University was approached by the academic director at USASMA in May, and in less than three months, we had two master’s level degree programs designed and approved for Fall I 2015,” said Bill Lawson, director of academic expansion strategy. “This attests to Park’s dedication to increasing enrollment through expansion efforts nationwide, and most importantly, Park’s commitment to serve our brave men and women in uniform.”

Best of Northland 2015Readers of Kansas City area publications select Park University “Best of the Northland”

Park University won two “Best of the Northland” awards, as selected by readers of four Kansas City, Mo., area newspapers — Liberty Tribune, Gladstone Dispatch, Kearney Courier and Smithville Herald. Park received the most votes as the “Best University/College” in the Northland, as well as the “Best Online College.” Park’s winning certificates were presented to Laurie McCormack, vice president for university relations and development, during an awards reception on July 29 in Liberty, Mo.

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Swab the Decks event preps Parkville Campus for students, unites employees

More than 70 Park University faculty and staff in the Kansas City area came together on Aug. 4 to beautify and spruce up the Parkville Campus in advance of the start of the 2015-16 academic year.

The University employees volunteered to provide an equivalent of 435 hours of labor, according to Kevin Martineau, manager of facilities maintenance. Projects included pulling weeds/weed eating, mulching, hedge/brush trimming, tree pruning, mowing around the campus, as well as cleaning windows on seven buildings. About 16 cubic yards of mulch was placed around the campus (the equivalent of covering the entire end zone of a football field one-inch in depth) and 15 large trailer loads of trimmed materials were hauled away. At the conclusion of the day, the volunteers and their families gathered at the University White House for a picnic, hosted by Interim President Jeff Ehrlich, Ed.D. Photos from the picnic appeared on The Kansas City Star’s “Mingle/Community Faces” website on Aug. 5.

In addition, 15 resident assistants put in another 2.5 hours each on Aug. 6 to weed eat, pull weeds and mulch.

Bachelor of Science degree in economics earns ranking

Park University’s Bachelor of Science degree in economics has been ranked No. 15 among colleges/universities in the country offering the most affordable bachelor’s degrees in economics, according to The website is an independent college search and rankings site that centers on unique and affordable offerings within higher education. The rankings are based on National Center for Education Statistics net price data and the latest recorded tuition data.

Salute To TroopsPark University sponsors military enlistment ceremony

Park University, which partners with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, was the presenting sponsor of SKC’s home match on Aug. 19 and sponsored a military enlistment ceremony at halftime where 25 U.S. citizens took an oath to become members of the U.S. military. The University also sponsors the club’s “Salute to Troops” military appreciation platform. Prior to the game, retired Sgt. Major Craig Hoffman, a Park University senior management/human resources major, was recognized as the evening’s Salute to Troops honoree. In addition, Park ROTC cadets served as the pregame color guard, and Mike Talamantes, men’s and women’s volleyball head coach, and Jeff Ehrlich, Ed.D., interim president, were recognized on the field prior to kickoff and participated in the coin flip. View photos from the evening’s festivities at

USVMPark University named to “best of the best” list by veterans magazine

U.S. Veterans Magazine has announced that Park University is among its list of top veteran-friendly schools. USVM released its results in its Summer 2015 issue (page 78) after polling hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for its Best of the Best evaluations. The goal of the list is to open up employment, business and supplier opportunities within the federal government and corporate America for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses and veteran business owners. The annual review is an evaluation of the nation's employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. According to USVM, the nonbiased studies are valuable resources for jobseekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.