News Article | April 18, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best online colleges and universities in Pennsylvania for 2017. The top 50 four-year schools were named, with Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University and University of Pittsburgh honored as the top five. 12 two-year colleges were also recognized, with Harrisburg Area Community College, Community College of Allegheny County, Westmoreland County Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Bucks County Community College taking the top five spots. “These Pennsylvania colleges and universities have proven their value when it comes to providing high-quality online certificate and degree programs,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “In addition to strong academics, these schools also offer their online students exceptional counseling and support resources that foster success.” To earn a spot on the Community for Accredited Online Schools list, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Several additional data points are taken into consideration when scoring each school, including financial aid offerings, student/teacher ratios, graduation rates, student services and academic resources. 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 Pennsylvania for 2017 include the following: Alvernia University Arcadia University California University of Pennsylvania Carlow University Carnegie Mellon University Cedar Crest College Chatham University Clarks Summit University Delaware Valley University DeSales University Drexel University Duquesne University Eastern University Gannon University Geneva College Gwynedd Mercy University Immaculata University Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Keystone College King's College La Roche College La Salle University Lancaster Bible College Lehigh University Marywood University Mercyhurst University Messiah College Misericordia University Mount Aloysius College Neumann University Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Shenango Philadelphia University Point Park University Robert Morris University Rosemont College Saint Francis University Saint Joseph's University Seton Hill University Temple University University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus University of Scranton University of the Sciences University of Valley Forge Villanova University West Chester University of Pennsylvania Widener University-Main Campus Wilkes University Wilson College Best Online Two-Year Schools in Pennsylvania for 2017 include the following: Bucks County Community College Community College of Allegheny County Community College of Philadelphia Harcum College Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg Lehigh Carbon Community College Luzerne County Community College Montgomery County Community College Northampton County Area Community College Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Reading Area Community College Westmoreland County 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.
News Article | July 25, 2017
Erie, PA, July 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ERIE, Pa. - Mercyhurst University announced today a $1 million investment from national technology company MCPc that will take the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences to the next level by accelerating the expansion of its innovative cybersecurity program. The Cleveland-based company, with offices in Erie, will create a cyber lab in Hammermill Library, which will be used by the Ridge College to educate students in the high-tech cyber field. Directly adjacent to the lab, MCPc will create and manage a high-security Network Operation Center that will employ Mercyhurst students. The announcement was made on Tuesday, July 25, during a 10 a.m. press conference in the university’s Center for Academic Engagement, home of the Ridge College. Joining Mercyhurst President Michael T. Victor in announcing the MCPc partnership was MCPc CEO Andy Jones. Simultaneously, Victor announced the naming of a new dean for the Ridge College, and two other faculty leaders, charged with taking the university’s intelligence studies program into a new era of growth and innovation. Former Pennsylvania Governor and the nation’s first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, after whom the Ridge College is named, said, “Mercyhurst University’s intelligence studies program enjoys a global reputation for world-class research, exceptional teaching and student outcomes. The construction of new cyber training facilities and today’s introduction of three new leaders make for a potent combination that will ensure Mercyhurst remains the vanguard of the field.” Following a national search, the university has chosen Lieutenant Col. U.S. Army (Retired) Duncan E. McGill, Ph.D., of Manassas, Virginia, as dean of the Ridge College. McGill has spent more than a decade in various academic and administrative leadership capacities at the National Intelligence University (NIU). Most recently, he served as associate dean of the NIU’s College of Strategic Intelligence. He replaces James Breckenridge, Ph.D., who recently became provost of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) in Carlisle. Victor also announced two more high-level leadership appointments to the Ridge College. Tapped to lead the college’s cyber initiatives, including the new MCPc Cyber Lab, is U.S. Navy Cyber Analyst Chad Griffin, whose expertise includes providing IT, cybersecurity and intelligence analysis to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Pacific Command. Charged with heading the college’s data science program is M. Afzal Upal, Ph.D., senior data scientist for Canada’s Department of National Defence. He combines many years of experience as a data scientist supporting intelligence analysts with a proven track record in scholarship and peer-reviewed publications. Also new this year to the intel team is Benjamin Baughman, Ph.D., a former detective and crime analyst with the Raleigh, North Carolina, Police Department, and an instructor in disciplines blending psychology and criminal justice. “Taken individually, each of these recent developments speaks to Mercyhurst University’s continued dedication to advance our pioneering intelligence studies program, which is known and respected around the world,” said Victor. “Taken together, these additions to the Ridge College expose our students to some of the best technology and experts in the field and place us among only a handful of universities in the country with these kinds of facilities.” Mercyhurst Provost David Dausey said MCPc’s expertise in cybersecurity “will build upon Mercyhurst’s strengths as a leader in the field of intelligence studies, and develop a pipeline of work-ready talent to meet the nation’s cyber needs.” A recent report from Cisco puts the global figure at one million cybersecurity job openings, with demand expected to rise to six million by 2019. The cyber lab will include 20 work stations and be used as a teaching facility by Mercyhurst intelligence studies faculty and students. The operations center will accommodate at least 16 student-employees. An MCPc associate will oversee the students, whose customers will be actual MCPc clients. Victor described the commitment from MCPc as being closely aligned with the university’s goal of preparing students for real-world job experiences. About a third of the five-year commitment from MCPc includes stipends that will pay students at industry rates for their services in the center. In addition to crediting Dausey for his role in facilitating the MCPc partnership, Victor also recognized Cal Pifer, vice president for external relations and advancement, for his part in bringing the project to fruition. Kidder Wachter Architecture & Design of Erie is expected to complete the architectural work this summer, with construction planned for fall. Projections are the cyber lab and Network Operation Center will be ready by spring semester 2018. About Mercyhurst University – Mercyhurst University, founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy, is a fully accredited, four-year, Catholic comprehensive institution for men and women in Erie, Pennsylvania. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, nine graduate programs, and a variety of post-baccalaureate and advanced certificates. In addition, Mercyhurst provides certificate and associate degree offerings at branch campuses in North East, Corry and the Booker T. Washington Center. It also maintains an academic center in Dungarvan, Ireland. Learn more at www.mercyhurst.edu. About MCPc – MCPc has been doing business since even before the computer became personal. Headquartered in Cleveland, our customers include some of the most prominent Fortune 500 companies, hospital systems and financial institutions in America. We maintain offices and technology logistic centers in eight locations throughout the United States, and our staff can be deployed anywhere to meet our customers’ specific IT needs. Through a process we call Secure Technology Logistics, we have innovated a suite of services that includes helping customers select and manage the myriad of devices they use to do business – from desktops and handhelds to any equipment that contains sensitive patient, customer or patent data. And when those devices need to be recycled or repurposed, and their data needs to be transferred, archived or destroyed, MCPc manages that, as well. We provide 24/7/365 monitoring of a customer’s IT fleet for functionality and security, ensuring that their business runs continuously and can meet industry or government regulatory standards. We take pride in our support of communities where we do business and our commitment to continued education, sustainability and a diverse workforce. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/5b807e23-ba2d-4b61-b5b1-d790d041b52a
News Article | May 13, 2017
In the last half century, Court decisions, delinquency trends, technological advancements, ideological considerations and politicized policymaking have heavily influenced the direction of juvenile justice in the United States. It has evolved from a system seeking the best interests of wayward youth to one that punishes youthful offenders to one that employs evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies. Protection of the community, accountability of deviant youth and effective treatment are challenging goals that signify the mission of the juvenile justice system. In reviewing 50 years of salient developments, Reaffirming Juvenile Justice demonstrates a trajectory that reaffirms juvenile justice as a system concerned with the well-being of children and youth, and one capable of—but not yet accomplished in—compassionate and competent care and supervision of delinquents. ‘Fifty years after the landmark Gault decision revolutionized juvenile justice, Merlo and Benekos undertake a sweeping and comprehensive review of that system. Reaffirming Juvenile Justice powerfully documents legal decisions and key policy debates in the decades that followed. A must-read for those concerned about how the United States treats its most vulnerable youth.’ -Meda Chesney-Lind, Professor of Women's Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa Designed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the landmark case In re Gault which mandated specific due process protections for youth alleged to be delinquent, Reaffirming Juvenile Justice considers the evolving U.S. juvenile justice system while anticipating future challenges and trends. About the Authors: Alida V. Merlo is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Peter J. Benekos is Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Visit the book page at: http://www.routledge.com/9781138085794 9781138085794 | £39.99 and $53.95 in paperback | June 2017 To request a review copy, please visit: http://pages.email.taylorandfrancis.com/review-copy-request NOTES TO EDITORS For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Amy Vanderzee, Marketing Manager, Routledge Tel: +1 (212) 216 7831| Email: Amy(dot)Vanderzee(at)taylorandfrancis(dot)com Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works our content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, and Technology and Medicine. From our network of offices in Oxford, New York, Philadelphia, Boca Raton, Boston, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Stockholm, New Delhi and Johannesburg, Taylor & Francis staff provide local expertise and support to our editors, societies and authors and tailored, efficient customer service to our library colleagues.
News Article | May 10, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has determined its ranking of the best colleges in Pennsylvania for 2017. 50 four-year schools were included on the list, with University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and University of Scranton ranked as the top five. 25 two-year schools were also ranked, with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Harrisburg Area Community College—Harrisburg, University of Pittsburgh—Titusville, Bucks County Community College and Manor College taking the top five spots on the list. A list of all winning schools is included below. “These Pennsylvania colleges and universities offer not only great degree programs but also excellent resources for preparing students for post-college careers,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “They have demonstrated superior overall value to students by providing an overall positive, high-quality educational experience.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Pennsylvania” list, institutions must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit schools. Each college is also ranked on metrics like the variety of degree programs offered, the number of employment and academic resources offered, financial aid availability, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Pennsylvania” list, visit: Best Four-Year Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2017 include: Allegheny College Arcadia University Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University Carnegie Mellon University Cedar Crest College Chatham University DeSales University Dickinson College Drexel University Duquesne University Eastern University Elizabethtown College Franklin and Marshall College Gannon University Gettysburg College Gwynedd Mercy University Haverford College Holy Family University Immaculata University Juniata College King's College La Salle University Lafayette College Lebanon Valley College Lehigh University Marywood University Mercyhurst University Messiah College Misericordia University Moravian College Muhlenberg College Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Rosemont College Saint Francis University Saint Joseph's University Saint Vincent College Susquehanna University Swarthmore College Temple University University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus University of Scranton University of the Sciences Ursinus College Villanova University Washington & Jefferson College Westminster College Widener University-Main Campus York College Pennsylvania Best Two-Year Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2017 include: Bucks County Community College Butler County Community College Commonwealth Technical Institute Community College of Allegheny County Community College of Beaver County Community College of Philadelphia Delaware County Community College Harcum College Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg Johnson College Lackawanna College Lehigh Carbon Community College Luzerne County Community College Manor College Montgomery County Community College Northampton County Area Community College Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Pennsylvania Institute of Technology Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics Reading Area Community College Rosedale Technical Institute Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology University of Pittsburgh - Titusville Valley Forge Military College Westmoreland County 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.