News Article | November 29, 2016
An in-depth analysis of college quality and cost by AffordableCollegesOnline.org has determined the Best Online Criminal Justice Programs in the U.S. for 2016-2017. The higher education information and resource provider compared hundreds of colleges and universities around the nation to determine the top 50 two-year and top 50 four-year schools with online criminal justice degree programs respectively, ranking Washburn University, Saint Leo University, Keiser University Fort Lauderdale, Siena Heights University and Tiffin University highest among four-year schools and East Mississippi Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Holmes Community College, Yavapai College and College of the Ouachitas highest among two-year schools. "A criminal justice degree provides students opportunities to work in a variety of legal or protective service careers,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Criminal justice students will not only find a flexible learning option in the schools on our list, but also exceptional overall value in terms of both cost and educational quality when it comes to earning a criminal justice degree online.” AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to meet several minimum requirements to be eligible for placement on their rankings. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions and must offer in-state tuition rates below $5,000 annually at two-year schools or below $25,000 annually at four-year schools. Qualifying schools are scored and ranked based on a comparison of more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates by school. More details on data and methodology used to rank each online criminal justice program and a complete list of schools and scores is available at: Two-year schools recognized as the Best for Online Criminal Justice in 2016-2017: Atlanta Technical College Barton County Community College Beaufort County Community College Central Georgia Technical College Central Texas College Clovis Community College Coastal Carolina Community College College of Southern Idaho College of the Ouachitas Craven Community College East Arkansas Community College East Mississippi Community College Eastern Arizona College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Fayetteville Technical Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Genesee Community College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Guilford Technical Community College Haywood Community College Holmes Community College Hutchinson Community College Itawamba Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Madisonville Community College Mesa Community College Mohave Community College Montgomery Community College Mountain Empire Community College Navarro College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Ozarka College Pamlico Community College Rio Salado College Southeastern Illinois College Southeastern Technical College Southwest Virginia Community College Southwestern Community College Stanly Community College Tallahassee Community College Trinity Valley Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tyler Junior College Vance-Granville Community College Wayne Community College Western Piedmont Community College Western Wyoming Community College Wilson Community College Yavapai College Four-year schools recognized as the Best for Online Criminal Justice in 2016-2017: Amridge University Arkansas State University - Main Campus Arkansas Tech University Ashland University Baker College Bellevue University Bethel University Campbellsville University Chaminade University of Honolulu Colorado Christian University Columbia College Concordia University - Saint Paul Drury University Eastern Kentucky University Fayetteville State University Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Hays State University Glenville State College Granite State College Hampton University Humphreys College-Stockton and Modesto Judson College Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Liberty University McNeese State University Mercy College Mississippi College North Carolina Central University Saint Leo University Sam Houston State University Shorter University Siena Heights University Southwestern College SUNY College of Technology at Canton The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Tiffin University University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Central Florida University of Central Missouri University of Great Falls University of Maine at Fort Kent University of Maryland - University College University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of the Cumberlands Washburn University Washington State University Western New Mexico University Wichita State University Wilmington University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | November 18, 2016
An analysis of collegiate undergraduate programs by AffordableCollegesOnline.org has determined the best places to earn an Associates and Bachelor’s Degree Online in the nation for 2016-2017. As a leader in online higher education resources, the site measured cost and quality data to determine the top college online undergraduate degree programs. Highest marks were awarded to Goodwin College, Great Basin College, Keiser University Fort Lauderdale, East Mississippi Community College, Western Wyoming Community College and Holmes Community College in the associate degree category; Dickinson State University, Siena Heights University, Fort Hays State University, Davenport University, Judson College and Northern Arizona University in the bachelor’s degree category. "Undergraduate enrollment numbers in the U.S. rose 21 percent between 2003 and 2013. As more students attend college, the need for flexible learning options also grows,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "Colleges offering online undergraduate programs are showing their ability to adapt to those needs, and we’ve identified the places students looking for online associate and bachelor’s degree programs can go for an affordable, quality education.” Schools must meet specific criteria to qualify for the Best Online Associate Degree Programs & Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs lists. All institutions must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities and must offer in-state tuition maximums of $5,000 per year at two-year schools and $25,000 per year at four-year schools. Eligible institutions are further evaluated by a variety of cost and quality measures to determine their position on the lists, including financial aid offerings, graduation rates and online program variety. To learn more about the specific data analysis and methodology used by AffordableCollegesOnline.org and to see the full college lists, including rank and score, visit the links below: All colleges highlighted for 2016-2017 are listed below. Allen County Community College Amarillo College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Bucks County Community College Central Georgia Technical College Central Texas College College of Southern Idaho Columbus State Community College Crowder College Cuyahoga Community College Diablo Valley College East Mississippi Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Foothill College Forsyth Technical Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Guilford Technical Community College Holmes Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Laramie County Community College Madisonville Community College Maysville Community and Technical College Metropolitan Community College Minnesota State Community and Technical College Mitchell Community College Mohave Community College North Central Missouri College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Northwest Vista College Odessa College Owensboro Community and Technical College Palo Alto College Pamlico Community College Pitt Community College Rio Salado College San Antonio College Somerset Community College St. Philip's College Stanly Community College State Fair Community College Three Rivers Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Wake Technical Community College West Kentucky Community and Technical College Western Wyoming Community College Westmoreland County Community College Baker College Bethel University Bismarck State College Broward College Clarion University of Pennsylvania College of Southern Nevada Colorado Christian University Colorado Mountain College Columbia College Darton State College Davenport University Daytona State College Drury University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Florida State College at Jacksonville Goodwin College Granite State College Great Basin College Hawaii Pacific University Hodges University Humphreys College - Stockton Modesto Campuses Indiana Institute of Technology Indiana Wesleyan University Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Lewis-Clark State College Liberty University Miami Dade College National University Northwestern Michigan College Northwood University - Michigan Ohio Christian University Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Peirce College Peninsula College Presentation College Seminole State College of Florida South Texas College Southwestern Assemblies of God University St. Petersburg College SUNY Empire State College Thomas Edison State University Tiffin University University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Southeast University of Maine at Augusta University of Northwestern Ohio Vincennes University Western Kentucky University Baker College Center for Graduate Studies Bellevue University Colorado Christian University Columbia College Concordia University - Saint Paul Dakota State University Dallas Baptist University Davenport University Dickinson State University East Carolina University Eastern Kentucky University Ferris State University Florida International University Fort Hays State University Goodwin College Granite State College Hawaii Pacific University Indiana State University Indiana Wesleyan University Judson College Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Liberty University Mercy College Missouri State University - Springfield National University Northern Arizona University Northern State University Northwestern State University of Louisiana Old Dominion University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Saint Leo University Siena Heights University Southwestern Assemblies of God University Southwestern College Texas A & M University - College Station Tiffin University Troy University University of Central Florida University of Florida University of Houston - Downtown University of Houston - Victoria University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Maryland - University College University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of Memphis University of Nebraska at Omaha University of North Dakota Wayland Baptist University Western Kentucky University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
Flynn M.,Bethel University |
Rudolph K.D.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology | Year: 2011
This research examined the proposal that ineffective responses to common interpersonal problems disrupt youths' relationships, which, in turn, contributes to depression during adolescence. Youth (86 girls, 81 boys; M age = 12.41, SD = 1.19) and their primary female caregivers participated in a three-wave longitudinal study. Youth completed a measure assessing interpersonal stress responses; youth and caregivers completed semi-structured interviews assessing youths' life stress and psychopathology. Consistent with the hypothesized model, ineffective stress responses (low levels of effortful engagement, high levels of involuntary engagement and disengagement) predicted the generation of subsequent interpersonal stress, which partially accounted for the association between stress responses and depression over time. Moreover, results revealed that self-generated interpersonal, but not noninterpersonal stress, predicted depression, and that this explanatory model was specific to the prediction of depression but not anxiety. This research builds on interpersonal stress generation models of depression, and highlights the importance of implementing depression-focused intervention programs that promote effective stress responses and adaptive interpersonal relationships during adolescence. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: Chemical Measurement & Imaging | Award Amount: 252.39K | Year: 2013
The Chemical Measurement and Imaging program of the Division of Chemistry is supporting Dr. Nathan Lindquist and his undergraduate researchers at Bethel University to develop new methods for high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy using metallic nano-surfaces. Diffraction-limited light microscopy cannot achieve the control of optical fields necessary for many demanding applications in nano-scale imaging, sensing, and spectroscopy. To address this issue, the field of plasmonics aims to manipulate light within dimensions much smaller than the optical wavelength called hotspots by exploiting plasmons in metallic nanostructures. The hotspots are then able to provide chemical information via plasmon-enhanced spectroscopy. Using these properties, Dr. Lindquist and his students are developing sub-diffraction-limited chemical imaging substrates. To address challenges associated with the precise positioning of focused hotspots for scanning and imaging purposes, Dr. Lindquists team is using a spatial light modulator and computer-controlled holographic laser illumination.
The resolution of conventional microscopic methods is on the order of 200 nm, which is too large to observe many cellular components and the structural details of many materials. This project uses a very different strategy to generate microscope images: very small metal structures that can restrict the light collected to very small dimensions and improve image quality. The precise nano-fabrication and nano-characterization techniques explored in this research also will have broad scientific impact because nano-scale metals have many unique properties that macro-scale metals do not. Beyond this, the research is being performed at a primarily undergraduate institution, training motivated students for future careers in science and engineering. The students work will incorporate cross-disciplinary research activities into their undergraduate education, give them experience with state-of-the-art equipment and experimental techniques, and inspire course projects, research activities, and summer research opportunities.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: REAL | Award Amount: 67.31K | Year: 2014
The purposes of this study are to promote and understand how undergraduate students learn foundational biology ideas in introductory biology courses. It will implement and study an innovative approach, which has students learn biological explanations by modeling phenomena as biologists do. The approach directs students to think about structures, behaviors and functions in nature, and to write these out and discuss them. This study will explore in detail student reasoning while they do this and how they learn. The project has potential not only to advance the fields ability to measure student competencies that are valued in recent science education standards documents (e.g., NGSS), but also to advance the fields understanding of how student modeling ability develops in a particular discipline. In this way, it can provide an important foundation for other research on the learning of modeling practices in science. Moreover, because the innovations take place in an introduction to biology course and introduction to biology is required for a large number of college majors, the project can be transformative for a large number of students across the country.
This study will be conducted in a pre-designed undergraduate biology course across four universities, two public and two private, serving diverse populations. The aims are: (1) propose systems thinking skills needed by biology students, by (a) getting feedback from academics, and reviewing; (2) to examine more closely student thinking during their activities by (a) recording group discussions, (b) conducting clinical interviews with a subset of students, and (c) collecting student drawings in response to different prompts than they have used previously that help the instructors better understand what students are thinking; (3) conduct open-ended comparisons between other assessments and their assessments of student models; (4) compare outcomes when students are provided different visual representations as feedback (split-plot design); and (5) make comparisons between different demographic groups.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 143.56K | Year: 2013
This project is developing web-based activities with interactive videos to inspire undergraduates in physics and engineering toward work in the advanced lab, to build confidence in handling the technical aspects encountered in the lab, and to enhance the teaching of contemporary topics across multiple courses. Although the role of advanced physics laboratories can vary significantly from one institution to another, in each environment a successful lab experience should strive for creative student experiences that are both educational and inspiring. The activities in this project provide an interactive video environment where students are introduced to important topic areas in the advanced lab and empowered to interactively control test parameters. Then students can begin the experiments in the laboratory having familiarity with both the physics and the equipment involved.
The activities are designed to provide an interactive lab-like environment that focuses on the essence of the lab topic, but is stripped of many of the complexities of the true lab experience. The activities are designed to enrich learning and student enthusiasm in the advanced lab topics, provide a solid introductory framework to the physics, and lead to more meaningful experiences inside the actual laboratory. Results of the project are being measured by instructors and students, and they depend on (a) deeper student understanding of the physics and technology involved in the experiments; (b) enhanced student attitudes toward the lab as a learning environment; and (c) better student facility with the experiment and the equipment involved in it. The work in this project focuses on three contemporary and engaging topic areas that have been the foundation to various student projects in the Bethel University physics department: (1) compressible fluid mechanics, (2) atomic molecular and optical (AMO) physics, and (3) plasmonics and nano-optics.
Intellectual Merit: Web-based resources are already available for physics education in a variety of forms including online lectures, applets and online simulations, and web-based homework. Video vignettes are also being developed which provide an online environment that combines narration, real-world video, and analysis tools. The work here differs from these other ongoing projects by emphasizing web-based simulations in which the user interacts with video from advanced laboratory experiments. Consequently, user interactions with the web-based video are designed in a fashion that provide a window into real advanced laboratory experiments and provide a stimulus for learning, creativity, and further engagement in the lab. The participating BU faculty have extensive experience teaching in the advanced laboratory and bring research expertise in the areas of fluid mechanics, AMO physics, and plasmonics and nano-optics. The collaborators from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) have been leaders in the physics education community with their work in interactive video analysis. The analysis software is being developed using best practices of software engineering.
Broader Impacts: Activities produced in this project are openly available at ComPADRE.org. Additionally, the software is being made available as open source along with complete documentation, enabling other institutions to build activities based on their own advanced labs and undergraduate research and opening the doors of the advanced laboratory community to a broader audience. The activities from each of the topic areas are to be accessible to adopters and potential adopters in a workshop at the 2014 AAPT conference, and at other conferences and workshops (such as the ALPhA Laboratory Immersions).
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 243.78K | Year: 2012
This award provides funding to implement and evaluate ultrafast optics and fiber laser frequency comb advanced laboratories at Bethel University and the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Fiber laser frequency combs based on a proven, cost-efficient carbon nanotube design will be built and utilized at the University of Arizona in its graduate-level optics lab and at Bethel University in its upper-level physics courses. Bethel is a primarily undergraduate institution (18 graduates per year averaged over the last five years) with a strong history of open-ended advanced lab projects. The growing number of applications of a fiber laser frequency comb (e.g. precision length measurement and molecular spectroscopy) will serve to enhance the creativity and novelty of Bethel Universitys advanced lab context. The ultrafast laser and fiber laser frequency comb labs will educate and train graduate and undergraduate students in laser science, linear and non-linear optics, engineering and ultrafast measurement.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 500.00K | Year: 2016
Light is an extremely powerful tool to probe, image, and even manipulate small objects. Unfortunately, since light is a wave it is limited by diffraction, or the tendency of all waves to spread out. As a result very small nano-sized objects like the basic components of cells, single molecules, viruses, and nano-devices are too small to beindividually probed, manipulated, and imaged directly with light. However, the field of plasmonics allows manipulating light with sub-wavelength precision at the surface of metallic nano-structures. Plasmons can squeeze their optical energy into ~10 nanometer spaces, an ideal size for directly interacting with nano-sized objects that are on or near these metallic surfaces. Precise manipulation of plasmons requires careful illumination with light, and extremely sensitive optical recording equipment. PI has the capability of digital and computational techniques to both: (1) excite plasmons to directly manipulate nano-objects under computer control; and (2) carefully record the behavior of plasmons to directly image the shape, size, and thickness of nano-objects. These digital techniques will open up new opportunities for scientists under precise computer control to directly study, probe, image, manipulate, and interact with nano-sized objects such as DNA, protein molecules, quantum dots, viruses, or nanoparticles. Furthermore, since this research is being performed exclusively with undergraduate students, it promises to inspire, motivate, and train many new young scientists and engineers.
The emergence of digital techniques that explicitly model the propagation of light has revolutionized optical imaging and optical tweezing through digital holographic microscopy and computer generated holography. These techniques offer many advantages over conventional optics such as: (1) imaging or generating the full complex wave; (2) fast beam scanning with no moving parts; (3) dynamic manipulation of trapped objects; (4) eliminating aberrations and imaging through scattering media; and (5) freedom to choose any imaging modality, e.g. phase vs. amplitude contrast. Unfortunately, these powerful digital techniques have not yet been fully realized in near-field optics, and in particular, with plasmons. Indeed, plasmonic nano-imaging and nano-tweezing have recently generated immense interest to trap, probe, manipulate, and image nano-sized objects such as viruses, nanoparticles, and individual molecules. Therefore, introducing powerful digital optical techniques into the near-field promises to have a large impact. Specifically, a spatial light modulator will be used to generate computer-controlled, tightly focused plasmons for nano-tweezing and high-spatial frequency plasmonic fields for super-resolution imaging. The phase of the plasmon waves will also be imaged by designing interferometers directly into the nano-metallic substrates or by recording a digital hologram of the reflected or transmitted light. These two techniques will enable significant new capabilities such as: (1) super-resolution, high-speed plasmonic phase-contrast imaging to image the thickness of biological structures; (2) trapping and real-time manipulation of nano-metric objects for nanofabrication or sorting; and (3) optical probing of trapped nano-objects for spectroscopic characterization of single molecules.
News Article | November 11, 2016
A leading online higher education resource provider has released the names of the Best Online Colleges in Tennessee for 2016-2017. AffordableCollegesOnline.org pinpointed 27 two- and four-year schools across Tennessee who offer the best combination of value and flexibility in online learning, with University of Memphis, Lee University, Bethel University, Cumberland University and Tennessee State University scoring highest among four-year schools and Cleveland State Community College, Volunteer State Community College, Chattanooga State Community College, Motlow State Community College and Columbia State Community College scoring highest among two-year schools. "Undergraduate e-learning programs make up more than 15 percent of all undergraduate instruction at four-year public colleges in Tennessee, and more than 25 percent at two-year public colleges,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "Our lists highlights schools that are helping to maximize student success with e-learning programs, specifically those focusing on maintaining affordability and quality standards while giving students more flexible learning paths.” Schools qualify for a spot on the Best Online Colleges in Tennessee only if they meet the base criteria set by AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Each must be an accredited institution that holds public or private not-for-profit status. Each college is also required to meet affordability standards; in-state tuition may not exceed more than $5,000 annually at two-year schools and $25,000 annually at four-year schools to qualify. Colleges meeting these criteria points are then scored and ranked based on a comparison of more than a dozen unique statistics, including variety of online programs, graduation rates and more. Complete details on the information and methodology used to determine the Best Online Colleges in Tennessee can be found at the link below, along with more specific information on each school’s score and rank: A full list of the Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Tennessee for 2016-2017: A full list of the Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Tennessee for 2016-2017: Austin Peay State University Bethel University Bryan College-Dayton Cumberland University East Tennessee State University Johnson University Lee University Southern Adventist University Tennessee State University Tennessee Technological University Tennessee Wesleyan College The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga The University of Tennessee - Knoxville The University of Tennessee - Martin Trevecca Nazarene University University of Memphis Welch College AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | December 19, 2016
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