Harding University is a private liberal arts Christian university in Searcy, Arkansas, about 50 miles north-east of Little Rock, associated with the Church of Christ.The school was founded in 1924 as Harding College in Morrilton, Arkansas and moved a decade later to the campus of the defunct Galloway Female College in Searcy. Today, the University contains forty-eight buildings, a Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee, satellite campuses in North Little Rock, Paragould and Bentonville, and International campuses in Brisbane, Australia; Viña del Mar, Chile; London, England; Porto Rafti, Greece; Florence, Italy; France; and Namwianga Mission, Zambia. The fall 2014 student body of 6,075 students includes 4,492 undergraduate and 1,583 graduate students from forty-nine states and forty-four foreign countries. The fall 2014 enrollment is the 28th consecutive record fall undergraduate enrollment for the University and included 53 undergraduates who were selected as a National Merit Finalist.Harding University also operates Camp Tahkodah in Floral, Arkansas, Harding Academy in Searcy, and the Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee. Wikipedia.
News Article | November 20, 2016
An analysis of collegiate graduate and post-graduate programs by AffordableCollegesOnline.org has determined the best places to earn a Master’s and Doctorate 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 online programs for each degree level, identifying Western New Mexico University, Fort Hays State University, University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State University and Wilmington University as the top scoring schools for earning an online master’s degree and the University of Colorado Denver, University of Mississippi, Indiana State University, University of Arkansas and Texas A&M University as the top scoring schools for earning an online doctorate degree. "As of 2013, over 23 percent of master’s and doctoral level students were completing their degrees entirely online,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "Our list pinpoints the schools around the nation who are providing students affordable, quality options when it comes to earning a post-baccalaureate degree, with the bonus of greater learning flexibility provided by online curriculum.” Schools must meet specific criteria to qualify for the Best Online Master’s Degree Programs & Best Online Doctorate Degree Programs lists. All institutions must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities and must offer in-state tuition and fees under $25,000 per year. Eligible institutions are further evaluated and scored based on a variety of data points, such as financial aid offerings, graduation rates and online program variety, to determine overall cost and quality rankings by school. Full rankings, as well as specific details on data and methodology used to determine school scores can be found at the following pages: All colleges highlighted for excellence in Online Master’s Programs for 2016-2017 are listed below: Adams State University Arkansas State University - Main Campus Ball State University Brenau University Chadron State College Columbus State University Concordia University-Saint Paul Delta State University East Carolina University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Emporia State University Fort Hays State University Graceland University - Lamoni Indiana State University Indiana Wesleyan University Liberty University Missouri State University - Springfield New Mexico State University - Main Campus North Carolina Central University North Carolina State University at Raleigh Northern Arizona University Northwestern State University of Louisiana Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Purdue University - Main Campus Saint Leo University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Arkansas University Main Campus The University of Texas at Brownsville (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) The University of Texas at Tyler Troy University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Arkansas University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Central Arkansas University of Central Missouri University of Colorado Denver University of Idaho University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Memphis University of Nebraska at Kearney University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Dakota University of Southern Mississippi University of West Alabama Wayland Baptist University Webster University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Western New Mexico University Wilmington University All colleges highlighted for excellence in Online Doctorate Programs for 2016-2017 are listed below: Allen College Amridge University Clemson University Colorado State University - Fort Collins Hampton University Harding University Indiana State University Kansas State University Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Liberty University Mississippi State University Northern Arizona University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Rutgers University - New Brunswick Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Stony Brook University Temple University Texas A & M University - College Station Texas A & M University - Commerce Texas Tech University The University of Alabama The University of Montana The University of Tennessee - Knoxville The University of Texas at Tyler The University of Texas Medical Branch Union Institute & University University at Buffalo University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arizona University of Arkansas University of California - Berkeley University of Colorado Denver University of Delaware University of Florida University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Michigan - Flint University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Mississippi University of Nebraska - Lincoln University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Dakota University of Northern Colorado University of South Carolina - Columbia University of the Cumberlands Virginia Commonwealth 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 | February 15, 2017
YouScript, a proprietary clinical decision support tool designed to assist in medication therapy management, has been shown to reduce readmissions by 52 percent (p=0.007) and ER visits by 42 percent (p=0.045) in patients over 50 taking multiple medications when combined with pharmacogenetic testing. Researchers at Harding University and Unity Health-White County Medical Center, in collaboration with Genelex Labs, a pioneer in pharmacogenomic testing, and precision prescribing software company, YouScript, conducted a randomized controlled trial in a high-risk population of chronically ill polypharmacy patients aged 50 years and older admitted to home health care after an in-patient hospitalization. The trial was designed to incorporate pharmacogenetic data into an integrated clinical decision support system and compare the results to a standard drug information system. This study validates the results of the IMPACT study completed by the University of Utah in 2015 in which hospitalizations were reduced 39% and ER visits 79% in elderly polypharmacy patients in an ambulatory environment in 4-months. In addition to re-hospitalization and ED visit metrics; the new study examined secondary endpoints including death and Medicare administrative quality measures. Risk of death decreased by 85 percent (p=0.05) compared to the control group and researchers estimated a potential per capita cost savings of $4,382 based upon Medicare average all-cause readmission and ER visit cost in only 60-days. The results of the study were recently published in PLOS ONE. “If reproduced across the entire Medicare home health population, this would save billions of dollars and thousands of lives every year. Not only does this meet the goals of the Triple Aim, but it brings to bear the question, when does it become a patient safety issue for this not to be part of the standard of care for polypharmacy patients,” said Kristine Ashcraft, CEO of Seattle-based YouScript. “We appreciate all the hard work Harding University has done and thank the patients at Unity Health’s White County Medical Center for their participation in this landmark study validating the power of precision medicine.” The study examined two groups of 50-and-older home health patients taking an average of 11.6 prescription drugs. The mean Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) score for overall health at the start of intervention, drug count at baseline, and pharmacogenetic risk, the likelihood that testing would reveal substantial gene based drug interactions, in the tested and untested groups were the same. The study population was selected to have a higher than average return on pharmacogenetic testing defined by the likely frequency of drugs interacting with cytochromes or CYPs, enzymes in the liver that metabolize many medications. Drugs are currently prescribed assuming normal genetics for the CYPs when only 7% of patients are normal for all five of the main CYPs. The primary outcome measures were the number of readmissions and ER visits at 30 days and 60 days after discharge from the hospital. These findings occurred in a Home Health Agency (HHA) that, according to 2015 Home Health Quality Improvement reporting was already in the 5th - 12th percentile CMS benchmark group for lowest readmissions. Lindsay S. Elliott, Pharm.D., BCGP who was the primary investigator for the study noted, "All clinicians strive to improve quality of life for their patients. Knowing patient specific drug metabolism combined with the ability to identify cumulative drug-drug, drug-gene, and drug-drug-gene interactions will only aid in our efforts. This study demonstrates the potential to manage medication regimens specific to the patient in order to increase efficacy, decrease adverse effects, and reduce overall healthcare costs." The YouScript system combines comprehensive predictive medication management analytics with pharmacogenetic testing to provide an at-a-glance summary of how the complex web of medication and genetic interactions affect patient response to drug treatments. The patented software algorithms analyze patient medication regimens combined with genetic test results to predict the potential for adverse drug events and treatment failures. When potential problems are identified, YouScript suggests alternative medications with reduced interaction risk, taking into account all other relevant drugs, herbals, and genetic factors. “Randomized controlled trials of integrated pharmacogenetic information in a broad polypharmacy population have been lacking. The data from this study offers a potentially important opportunity to minimize ADEs and reduce health resource utilization,” said corresponding author Ranjit Thirumaran, M.Pharm, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Pharmacogenetics at YouScript. About Genelex Founded in 1987, Seattle-based Genelex is one of the first clinical laboratories to provide pharmacogenetic testing and interpretation. Pharmacogenetic testing examines variations of the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes. While there are over 50 CYP enzymes, approximately five contribute to the metabolism of over 80 percent prescription medications, herbals, and over the counter medications. The Genelex pharmacogenetic test reveals natural variations present in more than 90 percent of people that determine how the body processes commonly prescribed medications. As creators of the patented and proprietary YouScript Personalized Prescribing System, Genelex is a pioneer in comprehensive medication analytics and pharmacogenetic testing. For more information, visit: http://www.genelex.com. About YouScript Based on fifteen years of technology development that makes precision prescribing possible, Seattle-based YouScript was founded in 2016 after spinning out of Genelex. The YouScript clinical decision support tool is the only medication management system available that assesses the cumulative effect of a patient drug regimen and unique pharmacogenomic results. Based on over 14,000 curated references and product inserts, YouScript uses comprehensive predictive analytics to interpret and provide an at-a-glance summary of the complex web of genetics, medications, over-the-counters, herbals, and other factors impacting drug safety and response; identifying at risk patients for testing and offering ranked alternatives with reduced interaction risk whenever an adverse interaction risk is found. For more information, visit: http://www.youscript.com or HIMSS Booth #823.
News Article | November 16, 2016
A ranking of the Best Online Colleges in Arkansas has been released by leading online higher education resource website AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Comparing online programs at both two- and four-year schools to determine which offer students the best overall value, the site assigned highest marks to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas State University, Southern Arkansas University, Arkansas Tech University and University of Arkansas Fort Smith in the four-year category and Arkansas Northeastern College, Arkansas State University Beebe, North Arkansas College, Ozarka College and College of the Ouachitas in the two-year category. "Though overall enrollment numbers at public institutions in Arkansas were down in 2015, the schools near the top of our lists are the ones who are still seeing enrollment gains,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "These schools are making a clear effort to help students succeed, and by providing flexible, high-quality, affordable online learning options they are also going an extra step to make sure higher education is more accessible for students.” Only schools meeting specific quality and affordability standards were considered for the Best Online Colleges in Arkansas list. To qualify, institutions must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit colleges or universities. Each must also provide in-state tuition to students for under $5,000 annually at two-year schools and under $25,000 annually at four-year schools. Eligible schools are compared and scored based on more than a dozen school-specific data points and statistics, then ranked for overall value. Data analyzed includes financial aid offerings, online program variety, graduation rates and more. To find more information on the specific data and methodology used to determine each school’s rank, and to see the final list of the Best Online Colleges in Arkansas visit: Schools recognized as the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Arkansas, Two-Year Category: Arkansas Northeastern College Arkansas State University - Beebe Arkansas State University - Mountain Home College of the Ouachitas Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas East Arkansas Community College National Park College North Arkansas College NorthWest Arkansas Community College Ozarka College Phillips Community College South Arkansas Community College Southeast Arkansas College Southern Arkansas University Tech University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville University of Arkansas Community Hope - Texarkana Schools recognized as the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Arkansas, Four-Year Category: Arkansas Baptist College Arkansas State University - Main Campus Arkansas Tech University Central Baptist College Ecclesia College Harding University John Brown University Southern Arkansas University Main Campus University of Arkansas University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences University of Arkansas - Fort Smith University of Central Arkansas 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 | February 21, 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 Arkansas for 2017. Of the four-year schools ranked, 15 made the list; University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas State University, Harding University and University of Central Arkansas scored as the top five schools. The state’s top 16 two-year schools were also highlighted, with Arkansas State University Beebe, College of the Ouachitas, North Arkansas College, Phillips Community College and Arkansas Northeastern College taking the top five spots. AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org used more than a dozen data points to determine which online schools are the best in Arkansas. Schools on the list must meet several basic requirements to be included: they must be institutionally accredited, they must be a public or private not-for-profit institution. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria that includes employment resources and counseling, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid availability. “Today, more and more students are able to access an online education, and students in Arkansas are no exception,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The schools on our list are best-in-class for providing online programs that suit the needs of students who prefer flexibility for their coursework.” For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Arkansas’ Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Arkansas Baptist College Arkansas State University - Main Campus Arkansas Tech University Central Baptist College Ecclesia College Harding University Henderson State University John Brown University Southern Arkansas University Main Campus University of Arkansas University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Arkansas at Monticello University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences University of Arkansas - Fort Smith University of Central Arkansas Arkansas’ Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Arkansas Northeastern College Arkansas State University - Beebe Arkansas State University - Mountain Home College of the Ouachitas Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas East Arkansas Community College National Park College North Arkansas College NorthWest Arkansas Community College Ozarka College Phillips Community College South Arkansas Community College Southeast Arkansas College Southern Arkansas University Tech University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville University of Arkansas Hope - Texarkana ### 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 | February 16, 2017
YouScript and Elsevier are collaborating to bring individualized, relevant drug and dose optimization guidance to providers, pharmacists and patients wherever medication decisions are made. On February 2, 2017, Harding University published a randomized controlled trial in PLOS One in high-risk polypharmacy patients to incorporate pharmacogenetic data and YouScript’s clinical decision support system and compare results to a standard drug information system. The study showed a reduction in readmissions by 52 percent (p=0.007) and ER visits by 42 percent (p=0.045). This data validates a previous study (IMPACT) published by YouScript and the University of Utah in 2015. Current clinical decision support tools and drug interaction software use drug safety alerts that occur too often, leading physicians to alert fatigue. Alert fatigue is a major patient safety issue as it can cause providers to miss or ignore significant warnings, putting the patient in danger. To address this, YouScript’s precision prescribing system combines alerts into top-level, clinically actionable items to reduce fatigue. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions and deliver better care. YouScript has licensed Elsevier’s Gold Standard Drug Database, which combines modern technical architecture with current, accurate content and built-in human logic for superior decision support. “By combining the vast drug information database from Elsevier with YouScript’s technology, we are listening to what providers have requested,” said YouScript CEO Kristine Ashcraft “and surfacing the safest, most effective medication choices the current evidence allows for right in the prescribing workflow.” Traditional drug interaction systems monitor drug-drug and drug-gene interactions in a basic one-to-one, binary manner. YouScript’s algorithms combine traditional binary interactions with cumulative drug-drug-drug and drug-drug-gene interactions, capturing 34% more significant interactions. With this increased rate of proactive detection, YouScript combines precise alerts into targeted warnings, providing predictive “auditioning” of alternative medications and at-a-glance clinical management options. “We are excited to collaborate with YouScript on its efforts to bring the benefits of precision medicine to bear,” said Kay Morgan, Vice President, Drug Products & Industry Standards, Elsevier. “We are pleased to be able to provide YouScript’s user-interface, analytics and algorithms with Elsevier’s extensive drug database to help YouScript bring individualized, relevant drug and dose optimization alerts to providers, pharmacists and patients. Based on fifteen years of technology development that makes precision prescribing possible, Seattle-based YouScript was founded in 2016 after spinning out of Genelex. The YouScript clinical decision support tool is the only medication management system available that assesses the cumulative effect of a patient drug regimen and unique pharmacogenomic results. Based on over 14,000 curated references and product inserts, YouScript uses comprehensive predictive analytics to interpret and provide an at-a-glance summary of the complex web of genetics, medications, over-the-counters, herbals, and other factors impacting drug safety and response; identifying at risk patients for testing and offering ranked alternatives with reduced interaction risk whenever an adverse interaction risk is found. For more information, visit: http://www.youscript.com or HIMSS Booth #823. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey — and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. http://www.elsevier.com
News Article | February 28, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, AR, February 28, 2017-- Evelyn Elizabeth Hughes-Bass has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Drawing upon more than 40 years of experience in public and private Christian school in education, and early childhood coordinator for Arkansas Education Television Network (AETN) training and developing workshop for parents and children.Ms. Bass began her career in education upon her graduation from Arkansas Baptist College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1971. From there, Ms. Bass served as a teacher with Pulaski County Special School District while pursuing a Master of Science in education at Ouachita Baptist University, which she completed in 1988. Ms. Bass has also attended postgraduate studies through Harding University in education leadership.Between 1997 and 2004, Ms. Bass served as director/teacher of Lenea's Children Cottage. She also served as a preschool teacher with Graceland Kid's Educare Center.In recognition of her commitment to education, Ms. Bass has been featured in numerous honors publications, including Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the World. She was also selected for inclusion in the 7th and 8th editions of Who's Who in American Education, which were published in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Ms. Bass maintains involvement with a wide range of educational organizations, including the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), AR Kids Read and Arkansas Retired Teacher Association (ARTA). In her spare time, she serves as a consultant in her field, as well as a composer of music, and vocalist of praises and hymns. Since 1999, Ms. Bass has served as an advisor for child development and associate instructor with Grace Holiness Christian Academy. Ms. Bass presently works in the capacity of an independent certified advanced trainer for the Early Care and Education Projects, conducting workshops in the field of early childhood education, at University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.Ms. Bass published a children music book entitled, "Never Say Never" and a CD; these motivating songs can be purchased through Author House, Barnes&Noble, Amazon, xulon, and arbor spring. Her book "Listen! The Lord is Speaking," which was released in 2004, was written to inspire and encourage readers.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com