University Park, IL, United States
University Park, IL, United States

Governors State University is a public university located in University Park, Illinois, United States. The 750 acres campus is located 30 miles south of Chicago, Illinois. GSU was founded in 1969. As of the fall semester 2014, it transitions from an upper-division public university that admitted juniors, seniors and graduate-level students to a comprehensive public university that offers undergraduate courses at all, including those at the masters and doctoral levels. GSU has four colleges: the College of Arts and science, the College of Business and Public Administration, the College of Education, and the College of Health and Human Services. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 5, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of the Best Colleges in Illinois for 2017. 50 four-year colleges were ranked, with Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Bradley University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Augustana College taking the top five spots on the list. 49 two-year schools were also selected; Carl Sandburg College, Illinois Central College, Richland Community College, Rend Lake College and Lincoln Land Community College were the top five. A complete list of schools is included below. “The schools on our list have shown that they offer outstanding educational programs that set students up for post-college success,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Students exploring higher education options in Illinois can also look to these schools to provide top-quality resources that help maximize the overall educational experience.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Illinois” list, all schools must be not-for-profit and regionally accredited. Each college is also evaluated metrics including annual alumni earnings, the opportunity for employment services and academic counseling, the selection of degree programs offered, financial aid availability and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Illinois” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Illinois for 2017 include: Augustana College Aurora University Benedictine University Blackburn College Bradley University Chicago State University Concordia University-Chicago DePaul University Dominican University Eastern Illinois University Elmhurst College Eureka College Governors State University Greenville College Illinois College Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois State University Illinois Wesleyan University Judson University Knox College Lake Forest College Lewis University Loyola University Chicago MacMurray College McKendree University Millikin University Monmouth College National Louis University North Central College North Park University Northern Illinois University Northwestern University Olivet Nazarene University Principia College Quincy University Rockford University Roosevelt University Rush University Saint Xavier University Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Trinity Christian College Trinity International University-Illinois University of Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of St Francis Western Illinois University Wheaton College The Best Two-Year Colleges in Illinois for 2017 include: Black Hawk College Carl Sandburg College City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College College of DuPage College of Lake County Danville Area Community College Elgin Community College Frontier Community College Harper College Heartland Community College Highland Community College Illinois Central College Illinois Valley Community College John A Logan College John Wood Community College Joliet Junior College Kankakee Community College Kaskaskia College Kishwaukee College Lake Land College Lewis and Clark Community College Lincoln Land Community College Lincoln Trail College MacCormac College McHenry County College Moraine Valley Community College Morton College Oakton Community College Olney Central College Parkland College Prairie State College Rend Lake College Richland Community College Rock Valley College Sauk Valley Community College Shawnee Community College South Suburban College Southeastern Illinois College Southwestern Illinois College Spoon River College Triton College Wabash Valley College Waubonsee Community College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.


News Article | February 25, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges and universities with online programs in the state of Illinois. Of the four-year schools that were ranked, 35 made the list with Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Loyola University Chicago, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and DePaul University positioned as the top five. Illinois’ top 19 two-year schools were also included on the list, with Illinois Central College, Richland Community College, Kaskaskia College, Harper College and Waubonsee Community College coming in as the top five. “As online programs become more readily available at Illinois schools, the options for students who want to earn a degree on their own schedule become more difficult to choose from,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The schools on our list have proven themselves to be the most high-quality options for an online education in Illinois.” To earn a spot on the Best Online Schools list, Illinois colleges and universities must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities. Each college is also scored based on more than a dozen unique data points that include graduation rates, total online program offerings 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: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Illinois for 2017 include the following: Aurora University Benedictine University Chicago State University Concordia University-Chicago DePaul University Dominican University Eastern Illinois University Elmhurst College Governors State University Greenville College Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois State University Judson University Lewis University Lincoln Christian University Loyola University Chicago MacMurray College McKendree University Moody Bible Institute National Louis University North Park University Northwestern University Olivet Nazarene University Quincy University Roosevelt University Rush University Saint Xavier University Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville University of Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of St Francis Western Illinois University Illinois’ Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Frontier Community College Harper College Illinois Central College John A. Logan College John Wood Community College Joliet Junior College Kaskaskia College Lincoln Trail College McHenry County College Moraine Valley Community College Olney Central College Richland Community College Shawnee Community College Southeastern Illinois College Wabash Valley College Waubonsee Community College ### 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.


TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AACSB International (AACSB) announced today that the Brunel Business School at Brunel University London (United Kingdom), Drake University (United States), Governors State University (United States), and Lagos Business School (Nigeria)...


News Article | October 29, 2016
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Leading online higher education information provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has announced it’s ranking of the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Illinois. A total of 21 schools were selected for excellence in online education, with the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Christian University, Aurora University, National Louis University and Governors State University on top for four-year programs and Shawnee Community College and Southeastern Illinois College ranking highest for two-year programs. "Illinois has seen a steady increase in college enrollment since the mid-1990’s,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "These colleges are taking learning to the next level by offering online education options that are affordable and high quality. The flexibility online classes provide is paramount when it comes to helping a growing number of students earn college degrees.” To qualify for a place on the Best Online Colleges in Illinois list, AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to hold public or private not-for-profit status. They must also carry accreditation and maintain specific in-state tuition standards; only two-year schools offering in-state tuition under $5,000 annually and four-year schools offering in-state tuition under $25,000 annually are considered. Rankings are assigned based on analysis of a dozen different data points, including variety of online offerings, graduation rates and financial aid statistics. A complete list of schools featured on the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Illinois ranking are included below. Details on each school’s rank, specific data points and methodology used for the comparison can be found at: Aurora University Eastern Illinois University Governors State University Greenville College Illinois State University Lincoln Christian University MacMurray College Methodist College Moody Bible Institute National Louis University National University of Health Sciences North Park University Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Shawnee Community College Southeastern Illinois College Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville St. John's College of Nursing University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Western Illinois 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.


Green D.T.,Governors State University | Pearson J.M.,Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Behaviour and Information Technology | Year: 2011

This paper analyses the role of website usability in a B2C electronic commerce environment. The authors identify dimensions of website usability that have been examined in the literature and integrate those usability dimensions within an electronic commerce acceptance model using an e-commerce simulation. Structural equation modelling was used to analyse the relationship between several website usability and e-commerce variables (design credibility, content, interactivity, navigability, responsiveness, download delay, perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, and satisfaction with design) as well as trust, perceived risk, and intention to transact. The results demonstrate that website usability does influence several outcomes that are important for businesses to attract and retain customers.


Kim T.H.,Governors State University
Health Care Manager | Year: 2010

Financial distress can have a detrimental influence on the performance of hospitals. Hospital management needs to monitor potential financial distress effectively and know how it will respond depending on the severity of the circumstances. This study examined the multiple factors that may explain the financial distress of nonprofit hospitals during 1998 to 2001 and discussed their importance. To obtain more robust results, financial distress was assessed in 2 ways: first, financial strength index was used to incorporate 4 financial dimensions including profitability, liquidity, leverage, and physical facilities; second, cash flow (CF) was used to address the issues of accrual-based accounting in hospitals. This study finds that decrease in occupancy rate and increase in Medicaid payer mix, health maintenance organization penetration, market competition, physician supply, and percentage of the elderly are associated with increased likelihood of financial distress of urban hospitals. Increases in both Medicare and Medicaid payer mix, however, are related to higher likelihood of financial distress of rural hospitals. Copyright © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Traditionally, rodents have been grouped into suborders distinguished largely on the basis of characteristics of the jaw adductor muscles and other features of the masticatory apparatus. The three classic suborders are: Sciuromorpha (squirrels), Myomorpha (rats and mice), and Hystricomorpha (porcupines and the South American caviomorph rodents). Protrogomorph rodents are thought to represent the primitive condition of rodent masticatory muscles. Aplodontia rufa, the mountain beaver, is the only living protrogomorphous rodent. The present work is a detailed comparison of the masticatory apparatus in A. rufa and Marmota monax, the woodchuck. But the mandibular region of A. rufa appears remarkable, unlike anything found in other rodents. Is A. rufa a reasonable representative of the primitive, protrogomorphous condition? A.rufa is a member of the aplodontoid-sciuroid clade with a wide and flat skull. The large temporalis and mandibular apophyses of A. rufa are features related to its relatively wide skull. Such features are found in less dramatic forms in other sciuromorphous species and the basic arrangement of the masticatory muscles of A. rufa is similar to the arrangement seen in sciuromorphs. © 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.


Carrington M.E.,Governors State University
Plant Ecology | Year: 2014

A seed size–seed number tradeoff predicts that large numbers of seeds have an establishment advantage under low levels of competition, while large seed size is advantageous under asymmetric competition. Testing these predictions in the context of tallgrass prairie restoration should increase predictability of outcomes of species composition—restoration technique combinations. I conducted field and greenhouse experiments comparing seedling establishment among three tallgrass prairie species with different seed mass-seed number combinations, but with similar mass of seeds sown. Species were prairie dock [Silphium terebinthinaceum, mass = 33.2 + 2.1 mg ((Formula presented). + SE, n = 100)], wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium, mass = 3.1 + 0.3 mg), and smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve, mass = 0.53 + 0.02 mg). Seeds were sown into mowed or tilled plots with shade and mulch treatments in an old field in northeastern Illinois USA, and seeds were sown into containers with or without vegetative cover in a greenhouse. In mowed plots, species with larger numbers of seeds sown had higher seedling densities. In tilled plots, seedling densities of the large-seeded Silphium were reduced less by shade than the small-seeded Parthenium. Symphyotrichum, however, did not respond to treatments as expected based on its seed size. High relative growth rate possibly increased Symphyotrichum seedling establishment in competitive environments. Results of this study demonstrated recruitment limitation when seedlings established into existing vegetation, and suggest that species composition resulting from specific seeding rates during prairie restoration may be more predictable when species are interseeded into existing vegetation, than when seeds are sown into tilled fields. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.


The protrogomorph condition of the rodent masticatory apparatus is thought to be present in only one living species, the mountain beaver Aplodontia rufa. The major anatomical difference between protrogomorphs and sciuromorphs is that the relative size of one part of the masseter muscle, the anterior lateral masseter, is much greater in sciuromorphs than in protrogomorphs. The mechanics of force production at the incisors were compared in A. rufa and six sciuromorph rodents. Is the sciuroid masticatory apparatus more effective for production of forces at the incisors during biting than the primitive, protrogomorph condition? To answer this question, three measures of mechanical ability were employed and three hypotheses were tested: (1) the mechanical advantage of the adductor musculature is greater in sciuromorphs than in A. rufa; (2) the relative force produced at the incisors is greater in sciuromorphs than in A. rufa, and (3) the relative amount of force produced that can be used to drive the incisors into an object, is greater in sciuromorphs than in A. rufa. The results demonstrated that the protrogomorph, A. rufa, is not as efficient at generating bite forces at the incisors as the sciuromorphs. © 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.


News Article | August 31, 2016
Site: phys.org

Whole Foods market produced these striking pictures of what the produce section would look like with or without bees to pollinate crops. Pollinators provide irreplaceable ecosystem services. One out of every three bites of food are attributable to pollination. Pollinators bring us many of our favorite fruits and vegetables (see this list of crops that use bee pollination), and without them, our diets would be a lot less colorful (see picture below). But pollinators are declining at unprecedented rates. Anthropogenic effects, such as introduction of exotic species and habitat loss, are considered main drivers of worldwide pollinator decline. The theme of ESA 2016 was "novel ecosystems in the Anthropocene," and the effects of anthropogenic changes on pollinators were center stage. The introduction of exotic species have profound effects on pollinators. Angelita Ashbacher, from UC Santa Cruz, used the Randall Morgan Insect Collection to investigate how pollinator-plant interactions have changed over the past few decades.  She found that the interactions between native pollinators and plants have shifted, likely due to anthropogenic effects such as climate change and introduction of exotic species. Exotic species are now heavily integrated into local pollination networks, and many native species have completely disappeared. Honey bees, an exotic species in North America, have come under fire for their effects on native pollinators. Our agricultural system currently depends heavily on the use of managed honey bees (Apis mellifera) for pollination services. However, there are concerns about how their use may be effecting native species. John F Maleady, from Governors State University, found that presence of honey bees may cause a significant decrease in available nectar, an important resource for native bees. The introduction of exotic bees could also be assisting the spread of invasive plants. Midzuho Tatsuno, from Kyoto University, found that exotic honey bees (A. mellifera) show a strong preference for exotic flowering plants in Japan (the published results of that study can be found here). Other exotic pollinators, such as the European wool-carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) may also directly affect native pollinators. Kelsey K Graham, from Tufts University (also the author), found that male wool-carder bees actively defend patches of flowers, keeping other pollinators away. This decrease in flower availability is particularly concerning as native pollinators are already facing large scale habitat loss. Land use change resulting in habitat loss is widely considered the main cause of wild pollinator decline. For instance, huge areas of land have been converted for use in agriculture. Mono-cultures have replaced habitats that previously supported large communities of pollinators with a diverse array of wildflowers. Even when crops do provide nectar or pollen for pollinators, many are treated with pesticides that have been associated with bee decline. Loss in bee habitat due to agricultural intensification was particularly well illustrated in the Koh et al (2016) study which modeled wild bee abundance in the United States. Yellow areas on the map (indicating low bee abundance) are widespread across the breadbasket of the US. However, whereas the negative effects of agricultural intensification on bees is largely supported, the effects of another aspect of land use change, urbanization, are less clear. Gerardo Camilo's (Saint Louis University) research found that urban areas can provide habitat for a diverse array of wild bees. Camilo and his research team sampled bees within the urban core of St. Louis, finding 111 species. Only 17 additional species were discovered when sampling was expanded to include the less urbanized St. Louis metro area. Camilo credits presence of urban farms for supporting such a diverse array of pollinators. However, Paul Glaum, from the University of Michigan, found that increased levels of urbanization negatively affected bumble bee (Bombus spp.) abundance and diversity. Glaum's research provides evidence that ground nesting bees, such as bumble bees, are facing a nesting habitat shortage in heavily built up areas. In conclusion, evidence is mounting that bee communities around the world are seeing declines in both diversity and abundance, and that human activity is a primary contributor. But it's not all bad news. Some species are thriving in the human modified landscape. And there are things we can do to help slow or stop the decline of other species. Pollinator researchers at ESA 2016 largely ended on a hopeful note. By spreading awareness of pollinator importance, and continued support of pollinator research and extension programs, we can help keep these important and charismatic members of our global community.

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