Hollar D.W.,Pfeiffer University
Disability and Health Journal | Year: 2017
Background: People with disabilities tend to be at risk for secondary conditions. There is a need for comprehensive disability and health databases, including geographic information systems to evaluate trends in health, functioning, and employment. Objective: We evaluated county levels in morbidity and mortality across the Southeastern United States using spatial regression, examining 2015 trends in accordance with Healthy People 2020 objectives. Methods: We merged 2015 National County Health Rankings and the 2015 Social Security Administration's Report on SSDI Beneficiaries, all for n = 1387 Southeastern U.S. county units. We used GeoDa to regress health and disability multivariable models for the dependent variable, age-adjusted Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) per 100,000 population. Results: The principal Health/Demographic multivariable model of factors impacting YPLL yielded an adjusted R 2 = 0.743 (F = 188.3, p < 0.001) with percentage physically inactive, preventable hospital stays, percentage diabetics, and low college attendance figuring prominently. A Socioeconomic/Demographic multivariable model impacting YPLL yielded R 2 = 0.631 (F = 156.0, p < 0.001), with disability and percentage unemployment being major associated variables. Conclusions: For the Southeastern U.S., counties with higher prevalence of SSDI disability workers correlated with significantly higher YPLL and poorer health outcomes. The research augments CDC Disability and Health GIS systems to measure Healthy People 2020 outcomes for persons with disabilities nationwide. Spatial regression represents a robust approach for improved analysis of geographic data for population health measures. © 2017 Elsevier Inc.
News Article | May 10, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With a bold vision to digitally transform their 132-year-old institution, Pfeiffer University signed a seven-year managed IT services agreement with Dynamic Campus to provide the necessary technical skills, scale and agility needed to achieve the university’s immediate operational needs and long-term strategic goals. Pfeiffer, a United Methodist-affiliated private university serving more than 1,600 students across three locations in North Carolina and online, experienced immediate improvement after partnering with Austin-based Dynamic Campus, which offers a complete portfolio of support services that address the acute and changing needs of today’s colleges and universities. Under the agreement, Dynamic Campus provides an Expert Services IT team on-site to support Dr. Ken Russell, Pfeiffer’s vice president of Digital Transformation and Chief Information Officer. “ With Dynamic Campus as part of my professional IT staff, I’m able to be much more strategic. Instead of fighting fires, I can focus on helping Pfeiffer transform using digital assets and technology,” he said. “ Pfeiffer has access to Dynamic Campus’ deep bench of on-demand higher education IT experts to leverage when additional scope, scale or skill is required to close any IT gaps,” said Michael Glubke, Dynamic Campus’ president and CEO. “ Whether we’re migrating the campus technology support team to a new technology center in the middle of the student union or helping to bring next-generation learning environments to life on Pfeiffer’s new Charlotte campus, Dynamic Campus is helping Pfeiffer University position itself for success in today’s rapidly-evolving higher education environment.” “ Having a managed service relationship like we have with Dynamic Campus is perfect because I can tap into a reservoir of really, really deep talent who are schooled and ready to work on the latest and greatest technologies,” said Russell. “ I can call the folks at Dynamic Campus at 11 o'clock at night and they're right there. There's no 9 to 5 with Dynamic Campus. We are partners in every sense of the word, and that’s why it works.” Since 2002, Dynamic Campus has enabled two- and four-year colleges and universities to thrive by bringing best practices, people, processes and platforms to solve their biggest challenges. Its team of technical and strategic experts provides advisory and strategic services, comprehensive managed IT services, on-demand IT expertise, IT leadership and staff augmentation, and IT project management to campuses across the United States. Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a globally engaged, private liberal arts university distinctive for its transformational undergraduate experiences and leadership in professional and graduate programs that fill demonstrated needs at its campuses in Misenheimer, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., as well as online.
News Article | April 17, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has announced North Carolina’s best online colleges and universities for 2017. 31 four-year schools made the list, with North Carolina State University at Raleigh, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro taking the top five spots. Of the 44 two-year colleges that also made the list, Piedmont Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Blue Ridge Community College and Pitt Community College were top five schools. “The schools on our list have dedicated themselves to providing students with the tools they need to earn an online certificate or degree without sacrificing quality,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “Our analysis of government data shows that these accredited North Carolina schools have stellar student services and program offerings to suit the needs of even the busiest student.” To earn a spot on the “Best Online Schools in North Carolina” list, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also judged based on additional metrics including financial aid availability, the number of student services, academic counseling student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. 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 North Carolina for 2017 include the following: Appalachian State University Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Campbell University Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary East Carolina University Fayetteville State University Gardner-Webb University John Wesley University Lees-McRae College Lenoir-Rhyne University Methodist University Mid-Atlantic Christian University Montreat College North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina Central University North Carolina State University at Raleigh Pfeiffer University Piedmont International University Queens University of Charlotte Salem College St Andrews University The College at Southeastern University of Mount Olive University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Carolina at Pembroke University of North Carolina Wilmington Wake Forest University Western Carolina University Winston-Salem State University The Best Online Two-Year Schools in North Carolina for 2017 include the following: Alamance Community College Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Beaufort County Community College Bladen Community College Blue Ridge Community College Brunswick Community College Cape Fear Community College Carteret Community College Central Carolina Community College Central Piedmont Community College Cleveland Community College Coastal Carolina Community College College of the Albemarle Craven Community College Davidson County Community College Durham Technical Community College Edgecombe Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Gaston College Guilford Technical Community College Haywood Community College Lenoir Community College Mayland Community College Mitchell Community College Montgomery Community College Pamlico Community College Piedmont Community College Pitt Community College Richmond Community College Roanoke-Chowan Community College Robeson Community College Sandhills Community College South Piedmont Community College Southwestern Community College Stanly Community College Surry Community College Tri-County Community College Vance-Granville Community College Wake Technical Community College Wayne Community College Western Piedmont Community College Wilkes Community College Wilson 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 | May 3, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has analyzed more than a dozen metrics to determine the best two-year and four-year schools in North Carolina for 2017. 50 four-year colleges and universities were ranked, and Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Wake Forest University and Queens University of Charlotte were the top five. Of the 50 two-year schools also made the list, with McDowell Technical Community College, Rockingham Community College, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Pitt Community College and Durham Technical Community College taking the top five positions. A complete list of schools is included below. “Students in North Carolina have a lot of options when it comes to earning a certificate or degree, but the schools on our list have distinguished themselves as being a cut above the rest,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Not only do they offer solid educational programs, they also have career services that lead to strong post-college earnings.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in North Carolina” list, all schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is ranked on additional statistics including the number of degree programs offered, the availability of career and academic resources, the opportunity for financial aid, 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 North Carolina” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in North Carolina for 2017 include: Appalachian State University Barton College Belmont Abbey College Bennett College Brevard College Campbell University Catawba College Chowan University Davidson College Duke University East Carolina University Elizabeth City State University Elon University Fayetteville State University Gardner-Webb University Greensboro College Guilford College High Point University Johnson C Smith University Lees-McRae College Lenoir-Rhyne University Livingstone College Mars Hill University Meredith College Methodist University Montreat College North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina Central University North Carolina State University at Raleigh North Carolina Wesleyan College Pfeiffer University Piedmont International University Queens University of Charlotte Saint Augustine's University Salem College Shaw University St Andrews University University of Mount Olive University of North Carolina at Asheville University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Carolina at Pembroke University of North Carolina Wilmington Wake Forest University Warren Wilson College Western Carolina University William Peace University Wingate University Winston-Salem State University The Best Two-Year Colleges in North Carolina for 2017 include: Alamance Community College Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Beaufort County Community College Bladen Community College Blue Ridge Community College Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Cape Fear Community College Carolinas College of Health Sciences Carteret Community College Catawba Valley Community College Central Carolina Community College Central Piedmont Community College Cleveland Community College Coastal Carolina Community College College of the Albemarle Craven Community College Davidson County Community College Durham Technical Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Gaston College Guilford Technical Community College Halifax Community College Haywood Community College James Sprunt Community College Johnston Community College Lenoir Community College Martin Community College McDowell Technical Community College Mitchell Community College Montgomery Community College Nash Community College Pamlico Community College Piedmont Community College Pitt Community College Randolph Community College Rockingham Community College Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Sandhills Community College South Piedmont Community College Southeastern Community College Southwestern Community College Stanly Community College Surry Community College Vance-Granville Community College Wake Technical Community College Wayne Community College Western Piedmont Community College Wilkes Community College Wilson 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.