Park Points of Pride September 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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U.S. News LogoPark University ranked among top least expensive schools by U.S. News & World Report

Accolades related to Park University’s affordability continue to mount. Last month, Park was ranked among the top private colleges/universities in the country for annual return on investment percentage, according to the 2015 PayScale College ROI Report. On Sept. 9, U.S. News & World Report announced that Park had the ninth least-expensive tuition and fees among private colleges/universities in the country for the 2015-16 academic year. Park is the highest-ranked college/university on the list that does not have a religious affiliation.

NAIA Five-StarUniversity earns Champions of Character gold award from NAIA

Park University has long been recognized as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, but in 2014-15, the Pirates stepped up as an institution, going from the bronze level in 2013-14 to a gold award winner in 2014-15. The NAIA's Champions of Character program represents five core character values — respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership and sportsmanship. To earn gold status, an institution must total at least 90 of a possible 100 points. Coaches and staff are also expected to partake in code of ethics and coaches code training, as well as a series of online videos that help coaches teach the values of the Champions of Character program to their student-athletes. Park is one of just 29 NAIA institution to earn the gold level. Read more at

140th LogoPark University’s Homecoming/Alumni Weekend set for Sept. 18-19

All members of the Park University community are invited to participate in the University’s Homecoming and Alumni Weekend 2015 festivities, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19. Highlights of the weekend include:
          •  Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Hotel President, 1329 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Mo. The Park University Alumni Association will honor the following four stellar individuals: Jack Fowler, ’54, Distinguished Alumnus Award; Tim Decker, ’82, Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award; Wayne Wilbourn II, ’10, Park Promising Young Professional Award; and Ed Bradley, chair of the Park University School of Business Advisory Council and longtime Park athletics supporter. Tickets are $30 each. The University will provide free bus transportation to the luncheon, departing the Parkville Campus at 11 a.m.
          •  Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing’s new home, 3 p.m. in the Academic Expansion Space in the Parkville Commercial Underground. Join nursing faculty, students, alumni and invited guests in visiting the new space and celebrating a major milestone — the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing’s accreditation of Park’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion program.
          •  Women’s volleyball match vs. Hannibal-LaGrange University, 7 p.m., Breckon Sports Center
          •  Women’s/men’s soccer matches vs. Freed-Hardeman University, noon/2 p.m., Julian Field
          •  Crowning of the 2015 Homecoming Court, halftime of men’s soccer match, approximately 3 p.m., Julian Field
          •  Park VIP (Very Important Pirate) Tent at Riverside Music Fest, 6-10 p.m., E.H. Young Riverfront Park, Riverside, Mo. Event will feature a performance by 1980s greats The Romantics and local bands, a fireworks show, and family-friendly games and activities. While the Riverside Music Fest is free, tickets for the Park VIP Tent are $10 and a limited number of spots are still available.

For a complete schedule of Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2015 events or to register, visit

MACL RankingPark online programs earn rankings

Park University’s Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership online program has been ranked among the top online master’s programs in communication and public relations. The online MACL program is ranked No. 15 on’s Best Online Master’s in Communication and Public Relations – Students Before Profits Award list. The award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

Great Value CollegesPark’s online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program has been ranked No. 17 by Great Value Colleges on its list of the Top Affordable Online Psychology Degree Programs 2015 list. The ranking took into account the net cost, devised by College Navigator; the national program ranking by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report; the national university ranking by the same sites; other program rankings by various websites like Best College Reviews; and whether the school offers a master’s degree in psychology.