News Article | February 16, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best schools with online programs in the state of Florida for 2017. A total of 45 schools received honors for their online education offerings, with University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida State University, University of South Florida-Main Campus, Jacksonville University, Tallahassee Community College and Florida Keys Community College earning top spots overall. More than a dozen unique data points were evaluated to determine each school’s score. “The schools on our Best Online Schools list for Florida all meet high standards of excellence for students who want to succeed outside of a brick-and-mortar classroom,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. Colleges and universities on the Best Online Schools list must meet specific base requirements to be included. Qualifications include being institutionally accredited and holding public or private not-for-profit status. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria that includes the student/teacher ratio, graduation rate, employment services and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Florida’s Best Online Schools for 2017 include the following: Adventist University of Health Sciences Ave Maria University Barry University Bethune-Cookman University Broward College City College-Fort Lauderdale Daytona State College Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Everglades University Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Florida Atlantic University Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Institute of Technology Florida International University Florida Keys Community College Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Florida State University Hobe Sound Bible College Hodges University Indian River State College Jacksonville University Johnson & Wales University-North Miami Keiser University-Ft. Lauderdale Lynn University Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Atlantic University Saint Leo University South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Southeastern University St. Petersburg College St. Thomas University State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota Stetson University Tallahassee Community College The Baptist College of Florida The University of West Florida Trinity College of Florida University of Central Florida University of Florida University of Miami University of North Florida University of South Florida-Main Campus Warner University Webber International University ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.
News Article | October 28, 2016
A list of the Best Online Colleges in Florida for 2016 has been released by leading higher education information resource AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Analyzing more than a dozen unique data points, 40 schools were pinpointed for offering maximum value and quality in online learning in the state. Four-year colleges earning the highest marks include Saint Leo University, University of Florida, Florida International University, Keiser University Fort Lauderdale and the University of Central Florida; two-year colleges include Tallahassee Community College, Locklin Technical Center and Sheridan Technical College. "More than 60 percent of college students in Florida are going to school part-time, and online education programs allow these students the flexibility to take on the challenge of earning a degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "The colleges on our list are maximizing student’s time and efforts by providing a variety of degree programs online, while maintaining a focus on affordability.” In order to be considered for ranking, AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires colleges and universities to meet several baseline requirements. The Best Online Colleges in Florida are all fully accredited and carry public or private not-for-profit status. Schools on the Best Two-Year list all offer in-state tuition under $5,000 per year, while schools on the Best Four-Year list offer in-state tuition under $25,000 per year. Rankings for each college are determined by a variety of other qualitative and quantitative metrics, including student-teacher ratios and graduation rates. A full list of the Best Online Colleges in Florida, including rankings and information on how each school was scored can be found by visit the following page: The full list of Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Florida for 2016 is included below: The full list of Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Florida for 2016 is included below: Adventist University of Health Sciences Bethune-Cookman University Broward College City College - Fort Lauderdale Daytona State College Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Everglades University Florida Atlantic University Florida Gateway College Florida Gulf Coast University Florida International University Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Hobe Sound Bible College Hodges University Indian River State College Johnson University Florida Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Pensacola State College Remington College - Heathrow Campus Saint Leo University South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Southeastern University St. Petersburg College State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota The Baptist College of Florida The University of West Florida Trinity College of Florida University of Central Florida University of Florida University of Fort Lauderdale University of North Florida Warner University Webber International 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.
Alabugin I.V.,Florida State University |
Gilmore K.,Florida State University |
Manoharan M.,Bethune-Cookman University
Journal of the American Chemical Society | Year: 2011
This work reexamined the stereoelectronic basis for the "favored attack trajectories" regarding the nucleophilic and radical cyclizations of alkynes. In contrast to the original Baldwin rules, the acute attack angle of a nucleophile leading to the proposed endo-dig preference for the formation of small cycles is less favorable stereoelectronically than the alternative obtuse trajectory leading to the formation of exo-dig products. For smaller cycles, this intrinsic stereoelectronic preference can be masked by the greater thermodynamic stability of the less strained endo-products. Unbiased comparison of competing cyclization attacks has been accomplished via dissection of the activation barrier into the intrinsic barrier and thermodynamic component via Marcus theory. Intrinsic barriers of thermoneutral reactions strongly favor exo-dig closures, in full accord with the greater magnitude of two-electron bond forming interactions for the obtuse trajectory. This analysis agrees very well with experimental observations of efficient 3-exo-dig and 4-exo-dig cyclizations predicted to be unfavorable by the Baldwin rules and with the calculated 3-exo-/4-endo-, 4-exo-/5-endo-, and 5-exo-/6-endo-dig selectivities in the cyclizations of carbon-, nitrogen-, and oxygen-centered nucleophiles. The generality of these predictions is confirmed by analogous trends for the related radical cyclizations where the stereoelectronically favorable exo-closures are also preferred kinetically, with a few exceptions where a large difference in product stability skews the intrinsic stereoelectronic trends. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
Gilmore K.,Florida State University |
Manoharan M.,Bethune-Cookman University |
Wu J.I.-C.,University of Georgia |
Schleyer P.V.R.,University of Georgia |
Alabugin I.V.,Florida State University
Journal of the American Chemical Society | Year: 2012
The transition states (TSs) of 5-endo-dig and 5-endo-trig anionic ring closures are the first unambiguous examples of nonpericyclic reactions with TSs stabilized by aromaticity. Their five-center, six-electron in-plane aromaticity is revealed by the diatropic dissected nucleus-independent chemical shifts, -24.1 and -13.7 ppm, respectively, resulting from the delocalization of the lone pair at the nucleophilic center, a σ CC bond, and an in-plane alkyne (or alkene) π bond. Other seemingly analogous exo and endo cyclization TSs do not have these features. A symmetry-enhanced combination of through-space and through-bond interactions explains the anomalous geometric, energetic, and electronic features of the 5-endo ring closure transition state. Anionic 5-endo cyclizations can be considered to be "aborted" [2,3]-sigmatropic shifts. The connection between anionic cyclizations and sigmatropic shifts offers new possibilities for the design and electronic control of anionic isomerizations. © 2012 American Chemical Society.
News Article | November 21, 2016
UNCF’s Jacksonville-area office will host the 11th Annual Jacksonville Leaders’ Luncheon on Dec. 7 at the Omni Hotel & Resorts. Tom Joyner, host of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” will deliver the keynote address. More than 400 civic and education leaders, including Nathaniel Glover, president of Edward Waters College and Dr. Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University are expected to attend the event, which will focus on providing a quality education for minority students. Theresa Warren, assistant vice principal, Fifth Third Bank, serves as chair of the event. The event will be emceed by WFOX TV-30 anchors, Tenikka Hughes and John Bachman. “We invite all members of the Jacksonville community to join us as we raise money to send deserving young people to college,” said Anita Henri, UNCF’s regional development director. “Everyone who believes that ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste®’ should attend as we inspire and empower our young people to secure passports to opportunity by way of their college UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships to minority students, provides support to 37 private member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and awards more than 10,000 scholarships a year to students attending more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. As of today, the 11th annual Jacksonville Leaders’ Luncheons sponsors include AT&T, Fifth Third Bank, Publix, CBC Bank and Wells Fargo; media sponsors are Cox Communications and ONYX magazine. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase individual tickets, which are $100, please call Jazmine Barnes at 407.896.6940. About UNCF UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.
News Article | November 4, 2016
SEATTLE, Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford was honored by Bethune-Cookman University at the fourth annual Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala in Daytona Beach, Florida, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2016. Ashford, who received the Leadership Award, was...
Wollenberg Valero K.C.,Bethune-Cookman University
Frontiers in Genetics | Year: 2015
The endemic Malagasy frog radiations are an ideal model system to study patterns and processes of speciation in amphibians. Large-scale diversity patterns of these frogs, together with other endemic animal radiations, led to the postulation of new and the application of known hypotheses of species diversification causing diversity patterns in this biodiversity hotspot. Both extrinsic and intrinsic factors have been studied in a comparative framework, with extrinsic factors usually being related to the physical environment (landscape, climate, river catchments, mountain chains), and intrinsic factors being clade-specific traits or constraints (reproduction, ecology, morphology, physiology). Despite some general patterns emerging from such large-scale comparative analyses, it became clear that the mechanism of diversification in Madagascar may vary among clades, and may be a multifactorial process. In this contribution, I test for intrinsic factors promoting population-level divergence within a clade of terrestrial, diurnal leaf-litter frogs (genus Gephyromantis) that has previously been shown to diversify according to extrinsic factors. Landscape genetic analyses of the microendemic species Gephyromantis enki and its widely distributed, larger sister species Gephyromantis boulengeri over a rugged landscape in the Ranomafana area shows that genetic variance of the smaller species cannot be explained by landscape resistance alone. Both topographic and riverine barriers are found to be important in generating this divergence. This case study yields additional evidence for the probable importance of body size in lineage diversification. © 2015 Wollenberg Valero.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 479.47K | Year: 2014
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) through Targeted Infusion Projects supports the development, implementation, and study of evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students so that they may pursue STEM graduate programs and/or careers. The project at Bethune-Cookman University seeks to enhance undergraduate education in the biology department by developing a curriculum that focuses on quantitative expertise. Students will be taught how to work with large data sets to understand biological systems and to solve problems in biology. Assessment metrics that integrate quantitative literacy, scientific literacy and strategic learning will be developed as part of the overall evaluation of the project.
The goal of the project is to provide learning experiences for undergraduate biology majors to develop quantitative and computational skills for biological discovery and analysis. The project has two specific objectives: 1) to infuse data science competencies in research-oriented courses and 2) to develop three new courses. The project will infuse concepts of data flow, data analytics and data curation in a series of five research-oriented biology core courses. The new courses will be in the areas of bioinstrumentation, cloud computing and computational genetics. Bethune-Cookman University will undertake critical activities to create an adoptable model for core curriculum improvement in biology undergraduate programs. These activities include development and assessment of course resources and learning strategies; evaluation by students and faculty; disciplinary education research by students and faculty; and dissemination.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 349.88K | Year: 2016
Bethune-Cookman University is examining the effects of socioscientific argumentation learning and development on student success in STEM. The overarching purpose of the research is to investigate how to produce STEM graduates with argumentation expertise to address ill-structured problems that require scientific, evidence-based reasoning to inform decisions. The researchers will structure an intervention around units of biology and environmental science courses focused on scientific issues and conduct a three-phase research study. The Phase I pilot will determine the current argumentation level of STEM students and analyze the pilot data to identify gaps in effective socioscientific argumentation development. In Phase II, the researchers will develop and adapt a socioscientific argumentation learning training system for students. Phase III will be an experimental study to investigate the effect of socioscientific argumentation training on student outcomes. The significance of the study is that the findings can be used to provide students with skills and competencies needed for graduate school or the STEM workforce; namely, evaluation of evidence, construction of arguments, and evaluation of competing arguments.
The researchers will use a quasi-experimental design to answer three research questions: 1) What socioscientific argumentation strategies do the students currently use? 2) What gaps exist in effective socioscientific argumentation? 3) Does socioscientific argumentation instruction influence student outcomes? In Phase 1, they will use socioscientific issues at the nexus of food, energy, and water for questionnaires, written reports, and debates to collect data on students decision-making process, tendency to engage in arguments, argumentation levels, and quality of argumentative structures. The researchers will use several rubrics and socioscientific argumentation models to analyze data collected in Phase 1. They then propose to conduct a pre- and post- comparison of the quality of arguments on socioscientific issues between intervention and comparison groups. Measures of student academic success will be assessed from the dimensions of academic achievement, career success, attainment of learning outcomes, persistence, acquisition of skills and competencies, and satisfaction. The research will produce information needed to develop intervention models for improving scientific argumentation skills development of STEM students.
This project is supported by the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Broadening Participation Research in Education track. This program track supports ideas to create and study new models and innovations in STEM teaching and learning, investigate the underlying issues affecting the differential participation and success rates of students from underrepresented groups, and produce knowledge to inform STEM education practices and interventions.
News Article | December 21, 2016
TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amscot has matched its previous donation of $5,000 in an effort to benefit the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Preservation Institute. As before, the scholarships will continue to assist students who attend Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona, Florida, but who also struggle with financial hardships. The scholarships will help provide housing and books. The organization’s CEO, Dr. Evelyn Bethune, says she is grateful for organizations like Amscot that understand the importance of empowering individuals who are challenged financially but want to pursue education. "The Mary McLeod Bethune Institute is grateful for the dedicated partnership of Amscot Financial Services,” said Dr. Evelyn Bethune. “Over the past three years they have been instrumental in assisting us with helping students stay in school and keep their housing. Our Project ‘Keep a kid from sleeping under the bridge’ is made possible because of community partners who know that an education is key to moving one’s life forward. In today's world, too many forget the value of giving back and helping others to advance. Student homelessness is a growing issue with many colleges and universities as more and more cuts are made in financial aid. With the help of organizations and corporate entities like Amscot, we are able to fill some of that void." Ian MacKechnie, Amscot’s founder, chairmen and CEO, says his company identifies with The Mary McLeod Bethune Institute and its values. “The individuals served are people who are making an effort to empower themselves. These are hardworking individuals pursuing an education, in spite of formidable financial difficulties. All of us at Amscot admire that determination and wish to support it.” Amscot Financial has 238 locations throughout Florida. The company offers check cashing, cash advances, and free money orders along with a host of other convenient financial services, 365 days a year.