The University of West Alabama is a public university located in Livingston, Alabama, United States. Founded in 1835, the school began as a church-supported school for young women called Livingston Female Academy. The original Board of Trustees of Livingston Female Academy was selected in 1836, and four of the seven board members were Presbyterians.The university serves students in several academic colleges and divisions on a 600-acre campus in west-central Alabama. UWA offers a wide arrangement of degree programs including associate, bachelor's, master's, and educational specialist degrees. The university hosts concerts, lectures, fall and spring theatrical productions, fall and spring commencement exercises, and intercollegiate athletic events.Its athletics teams – known as the UWA Tigers — are members of the Gulf South Conference and compete in the NCAA's Division II in all sports except two. The men's and women's rodeo teams compete in the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has ranked the best universities and colleges in Alabama for 2017. Using government-backed data, the site found 27 four-year schools had the caliber to be on the list. Samford University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Spring Hill College, Auburn University and University of Alabama in Huntsville came in as the top five. 26 two-year schools also made the list, with Enterprise State Community College, Gadsden State Community College, Wallace State Community College Hanceville, Southern Union State Community College and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College ranked as the best five. A full list of schools is included below. “Alabama currently has the third-highest unemployment rate in the country, but schools are working to combat that by providing quality higher education opportunities,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “The colleges and universities on our list offer certificates, degrees and employment resources that best set students up for success in the workforce after school.” To be included on the Alabama’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also appraised for additional data that includes employment services, student counseling, annual alumni salaries 10 years after entering college, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid offerings. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Alabama” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Alabama for 2017 include: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Birmingham Southern College Faulkner University Huntingdon College Jacksonville State University Judson College Miles College Oakwood University Samford University Spring Hill College Stillman College Talladega College The University of Alabama Troy University Tuskegee University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Mobile University of Montevallo University of North Alabama University of South Alabama University of West Alabama The Best Two-Year Colleges in Alabama for 2017 include: Alabama Southern Community College Bevill State Community College Bishop State Community College Calhoun State Community College Central Alabama Community College Chattahoochee Valley Community College Enterprise State Community College Faulkner State Community College Gadsden State Community College H Councill Trenholm State Technical College J F Drake State Community and Technical College J F Ingram State Technical College Jefferson Davis Community College Jefferson State Community College Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus Lurleen B Wallace Community College Northeast Alabama Community College Northwest-Shoals Community College Reid State Technical College Remington College-Mobile Campus Shelton State Community College Snead State Community College Southern Union State Community College Wallace Community College - Dothan Wallace Community College - Selma Wallace State Community College - Hanceville 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 | 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 | November 24, 2016
AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a leading higher education information resource provider, has released its picks for the Best Colleges in the U.S. to earn an Online Teaching Degree from in 2016-2017. Comparing data on affordability and student success from thousands of schools with online teaching programs, the rankings list the top 100 two-year and four-year schools respectively. Schools topping the four-year list include Dickinson State University, Fort Hays State University, North Carolina Central University, East Carolina University and University of Southern Mississippi; schools topping the two-year list include East Mississippi Community College, Arizona Western College, Holmes Community College, Northeast Community College and Odessa College. "There were 3.5 million teachers working in elementary and secondary education in the U.S. in 2014,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “It’s important for us to help aspiring teachers and those looking to advance their career in education find the best opportunities to earn an affordable, quality online teaching degree.” Schools who earn a spot on the Best Online Teaching Degrees lists must qualify by meeting certain baseline requirements. AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires all schools to be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions to be eligible. Colleges must also meet minimum affordability standards, offering in-state tuition under $5,000 per year at two-year schools and under $25,000 per year at four-year schools. Final scoring and ranks are determined by comparing data on more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative measures, such as financial aid availability and graduation rates. All schools on the 2016-2017 Best Online Teaching Degrees list can be found below. The attached map shows how many schools were honored by state. The full rankings can be found along with data and methodology details at: Allen County Community College Amarillo College Arizona Western College Arkansas Northeastern College Arkansas State University - Mountain Home Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Baltimore City Community College Bay Mills Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Casper College Central Texas College Coconino Community College College of Southern Idaho Collin College Colorado Northwestern Community College Dakota College at Bottineau Dawson Community College East Mississippi Community College Eastern Wyoming College Edgecombe Community College El Paso Community College Front Range Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Haywood Community College Henry Ford Community College Holmes Community College Kilgore College Lenoir Community College Lone Star College Mitchell Community College Montgomery Community College Navarro College Nebraska Indian Community College North Central Missouri College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Odessa College Ozarks Technical Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pima Community College Shoreline Community College Stanly Community College Tri-County Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Washtenaw Community College Western Oklahoma State College Yavapai College Appalachian State University Arkansas Tech University Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Chadron State College Chaminade University of Honolulu Concordia University - Saint Paul Dickinson State University East Carolina University Eastern Kentucky University Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Ferris State University Fort Hays State University Granite State College Great Basin College Hobe Sound Bible College Indiana State University Judson College Lesley University Liberty University Mayville State University Minot State University Newman University North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina Central University Northeastern State University Northern Arizona University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Southwestern College Sterling College SUNY College at Oswego The University of West Florida University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Southeast University of Central Missouri University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Missouri - Columbia University of Nebraska at Kearney University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of Northern Colorado University of South Dakota University of Southern Mississippi University of the Southwest University of West Alabama Wayland Baptist University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Western New Mexico University Wilmington University Winston-Salem State 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 20, 2017
The best colleges with online programs in the state of Alabama have been ranked by The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information. Among the 19 four-year schools that made the list, Auburn University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University and Judson College came in as the top five schools. Nine of the state’s two-year schools also ranked, with Wallace State Community College Hanceville, Gadsden State Community College, Bevill State Community College, Wallace Community College Selma and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College taking the top five spots. “Interest in online schools in Alabama is quickly growing,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The schools on our list offer high-quality online options for students who not only want greater flexibility, but also the reliability of attending an accredited higher education institution.” Schools on the Best Online Schools list must meet specific base requirements to be included: each must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria such as the availability of post-graduation job resources, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid opportunities. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Alabama’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Faulkner University Jacksonville State University Judson College Samford University Spring Hill College The University of Alabama Troy University United States Sports Academy University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of North Alabama University of South Alabama University of West Alabama Alabama’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Bevill State Community College Calhoun State Community College Gadsden State Community College Jefferson State Community College Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Northwest-Shoals Community College Snead State Community College Wallace Community College - Selma Wallace State Community College - Hanceville ### 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 | November 6, 2016
The Best Online Colleges in Alabama have been identified for 2016-2017 by leading online higher education information provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org. After cross-analyzing more than a dozen school-specific statistics, more than 25 colleges in the state were recognized for providing affordable, quality online education programs. Alabama’s leaders include Judson College, Troy University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama among four-year programs, and Gadsden State Community College, Wallace Community College’s Main, Selma Campus and Hanceville Campus and Snead State Community College among two-year programs. "In the fall semester of 2015 more than 8,500 students enrolled in Alabama public colleges and universities were distance learners,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "As a growing number of students seek online education options, we felt it was important to spotlight the schools in the state offering the best combination of value, flexibility and program options for online students.” Schools are required to meet several minimum qualifications in order to be eligible for the Best Online Colleges in Alabama list. All colleges must hold accreditation and be either a two- or four-year public or private not-for-profit institution. Baseline cost criteria was also set to measure affordability: each two-year school must offer annual in-state tuition under $5,000 and each four-year school must offer annual in-state tuition under $25,000 to qualify. Qualifying colleges are scored and ranked based on several statistics, including qualitative and quantitative data on financial aid, institutional graduation rates and more. All schools included on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Alabama ranking are listed below. Further information on each school’s score and the methodology used to determine scores can be found at: The 2016-2017 Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Alabama, in alphabetical order: The 2016-2017 Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Alabama, in alphabetical order: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Faulkner University Heritage Christian University Jacksonville State University Judson College The University of Alabama Troy University United States Sports Academy University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of North Alabama University of West Alabama 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.
Davis M.D.,University of West Alabama
American Journal of Psychology | Year: 2015
Two experiments investigated the influence of self-awareness on misanthropic recall. misanthropic recall is the tendency to recall more negative behaviors dispositionally attributed and positive behaviors situationally attributed than negative behaviors situationally attributed and positive behaviors dispositionally attributed. it was hypothesized that when one is self-aware, more systematic information processing would occur, thereby reducing misanthropic memory and influencing attitudinal judgments. the first experiment used a mirror and the second experiment used a live video to induce self-awareness. Participants were asked to form an impression of a group. the results of both experiments replicated the previously found pattern of misanthropic memory for non-self-aware participants (Ybarra&Stephan, 1996), and revealed less misanthropic recall bias in self-aware participants. © 2015 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Rindsberg A.K.,University of West Alabama
Developments in Sedimentology | Year: 2012
Naming trace fossils is necessary if we are to communicate ideas about them. In the absence of DNA-based molecular analysis, ichnologists must rely on morphologic characters to classify trace fossils. Careful observation and description of trace fossils are therefore essential to nomenclature in ichnology. Since 1953, trace fossils have been classified simultaneously according to several systems based on stratinomic, biologic, ethologic, and binominal systematic approaches. Each of these approaches has its uses, for example, the ethologic approach is the basis of the archetypical ichnofacies model, and the systematic (Linnean) approach, with ichnogenera and ichnospecies, is the one that is most commonly used for information retrieval. The best classifications are those that are the most objective and that allow the generation of new hypotheses and predictions, reflecting patterns in the data rather than in the mind of the observer. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 609.36K | Year: 2014
The University of West Alabama (UWA) Biology Opportunities and Scholarships for Success (BOSS) is supporting 16 undergraduates majoring in either Biology or Environmental Sciences who demonstrate academic potential, motivation for STEM, and financial need. Nearly half of the Universitys students (46%) are from six western Alabama counties, four of which are among the 20 poorest counties in the nation. The majority of UWA students are affiliated with underrepresented groups including women, ethnic minorities, and first-generation students. With a large population of under-served students in its targeted service area, UWA is distinctively set to address the needs of first-generation and low-income students.
The guiding objective of the BOSS program is to increase student retention through degree achievement by providing comprehensive educational opportunities so that the S-STEM scholars can reach their full academic potential. The program helps to increase the number of successful biological and environmental sciences graduates joining the workforce or graduate schools by providing career exploration and professional development opportunities. UWA also offers scholars a wide range of supportive services, including counseling services, focused student advising, and tutoring. The evaluation of student scholars involves an Individualized Success Plan (ISP) to assess every participant through ongoing evaluations pertinent to the students success. Outcome data include academic progress reports, internship participation, professional presentations, and other professional networking activities.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: SYMBIOSIS DEF & SELF RECOG | Award Amount: 548.46K | Year: 2014
The 3-way symbiosis at the focus of this project is intriguing by virtue of the host plants gaining tolerance to soil temperatures of up to 125°F, a temperature at which most plants cannot grow. Plants survive this temperature due to their association with a particular fungus infected with a specific virus. Virally infected fungi living symbiotically with a host plant provide heat tolerance to a wide range of crop plants including tomato, corn, and rice. In a field trial, tomato plants harboring a fungal-viral symbiont showed improved growth and fruit production at elevated temperatures compared to non-infected plants. With the US economy losing more than $15 billion annually in crop production due to environmental factors, it will be potentially helpful to understand the mechanisms by which thermotolerance is induced in this virus-fugus-plant symbiosis. Insights gained from the research are likely to help in the development of methods to retain crop productivity in the face of high temperature stress. The project will provide hands-on multidisciplinary research training and educational opportunities for underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students at the University of West Alabama, a designated Minority Serving Institution. In addition, the project will include an educational outreach program for underprivileged K-12 students and adults through the Science Saturdays and Science Coffee Shop outreach programs, respectively. Finally, the physiological and molecular roles of fungal metabolites in stress tolerance will be of broad interest to the scientific community.
In the geothermal soils of Yellowstone National Park, where temperatures can reach 65°C, a 3-way mutualistic association has evolved among panic grass (Dichanthelium lanuginosum) and a fungal endophyte (Curvularia protuberata) bearing a mycovirus, Curvularia thermotolerance virus (CThTV), which allows the 3 organisms to cooperatively survive extreme temperatures. Metabolic analyses showed significant changes during stress in our model system tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) infected with C. protuberata. The data collected in those analyses provide strong evidence that fungal trehalose and melanin are essential for the heat-stress tolerance mechanisms conferred by the 3-way symbiosis. In addition, CThTV contributes to thermotolerance via its interaction with a fungal translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) and catalase/peroxidase (KatG), which control fungal cell cycle and cellular redox, respectively. The hypotheses of this research are that C. protuberata carrying CThTV confers thermotolerance in plants via: 1) production of large quantities of trehalose, which is transported into plant tissues and functions as a signalling or osmoprotectant molecule to regulate plant biochemical processes during stress; 2) fungal melanin, which likely alters fungal cell walls to control trehalose transport into and accumulation in plant tissues during stress; and 3) CThTV, promotes thermotolerance by interacting with fungal TCTP and KatG to control fungal cell cycle and cellular redox during stress. In particular, the proposed research is designed to test the involvement of fungal trehalose, melanin, TCTP, and KatG genes in thermotolerant tomato associated with fungal-viral symbionts. The aims of this study are to: 1) knock down the trehalose, melanin, TCTP, and KatG genes in thermotolerant C. protuberata-carrying CThTV, thermotolerance will be completely abolished in trehalose or melanin synthesis knock downs, and reduced by knocking down TCTP or KatG expression; and 2) overexpress the same genes in non-thermotolerant C. protuberata without CThTV, plants are expected to gain thermotolerance characteristics in the case of trehalose and melanin biosynthetic gene overexpression, and exhibit improved thermotolerance in the case of TCTP and KatG overexpression.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: UBE - Undergraduate Biology Ed | Award Amount: 300.00K | Year: 2016
The University of West Alabama (UWA) Improving Learning Outcomes Via Enhancement of Biology Research (UWA iLOVE Biology Research) project goal is to provide biology students with hands-on experience through a series of discovery-based courses and research projects. Allowing students the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research engages their intellectual curiosity, satisfies their thirst for discovery, and gives them an outlet for their creativity. This award will support UWA students, traditionally students from underrepresented groups including women, ethnic minorities, and first-generation college students. UWA is located in one of the poorest counties in the United States, therefore the project will have a significant impact on a low-income student population that encounters many barriers to successful degree completion. The project will provide students with the necessary training and essential skills to successfully join the workforce or enroll in graduate schools. The project will be instrumental in broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in biology and thus, contribute to solving the significant shortage of qualified biology and science educators in the area.
The UWA iLOVE Biology Research project is an attempt to build from the existing research infrastructure to successfully attract, retain, and graduate well-trained undergraduates majoring in biology. The UWA iLOVE Biology Research programs ultimate goals are to help students develop skills that enable them to apply scientific processes appropriately in their daily lives, and to change how biology and other STEM related fields are taught at UWA by implementing evidence-based, student centered teaching as a cultural norm at UWA. The specific goals of the project are to provide undergraduate students majoring in biology with a rigorous, comprehensive research experience, and to examine the impact of undergraduate research experiences on UWA students compared to students enrolled in traditional coursework. Students will be engaged in hands-on discovery based courses and long-term research projects, which will provide them with increased hands-on experience and knowledge of many research-associated skills. It is expected that the project will improve student attitudes towards biology, increase confidence in students abilities to do research, enhance students scientific process and critical thinking skills, and increase student success and retention in biology and persistence in STEM careers. The iLOVE Biology Research program approach will provide an attractive, feasible model for providing research experiences to undergraduates that will generate the necessary data to become a model approach that can be readily implemented campus wide.
This project is being jointly supported by the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education and the NSF Division of Biological Infrastructure as it aligns with an important subset of the objectives of both divisions that is expressed in the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education effort (see http://visionandchange.org/).