La Crosse, WI, United States
La Crosse, WI, United States

Viterbo University is a private, Roman Catholic liberal arts university located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States. Founded in 1890, Viterbo offers 69 undergraduate degree programs, five graduate degrees, one doctoral degree, two associate degree programs, and multiple certification programs.In 2014 U.S. News & World Report ranked Viterbo in the top regional universities in the Midwest at #109 and the university's graduate nursing program nationally at #234. With over 18,000 alumni, the university remains one of only 22 members in the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities located in the United States. Wikipedia.


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News Article | December 5, 2016
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AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a leading higher education information and resource provider, has identified the Best Online Psychology Programs in the nation for 2016-2017. Comparing cost, quality and student performance metrics at hundreds of colleges and universities around the country, the site determined Washburn University, Colorado Christian University, Brescia University, Lesley University and the University of Texas Permian Basin to be among the top four-year schools and East Mississippi Community College, Western Wyoming Community College, Allen County Community College, Central Texas College and Holmes Community College to be among the top two-year schools for online psychology students. "Online psychology programs encompass all levels of learning, for students interested in earning everything from an associate to doctorate degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Our list recognizes schools who have established online programs for psychology majors that go above and beyond to promote student success and while providing the best overall value.” To be eligible for placement on an AffordableCollegesOnline.org ranking, schools must meet several minimum requirements. Each must be an accredited, public or private not-for-profit institution and offer in-state tuition rates below $5,000 annually at two-year schools or below $25,000 annually at four-year schools. More than a dozen additional statistics are compared to score each qualifying school for final rankings, including financial aid offerings, graduation rates and more. For complete details on data and methodology used, as well as a full ranking and scorecard for each online psychology program listed visit: Two-year schools on the Best Online Psychology Program ranking for 2016-2017: Allen County Community College Alvin Community College Amarillo College Barstow Community College Barton County Community College Bunker Hill Community College Carl Albert State College Central Texas College Chemeketa Community College Citrus College Cleveland State Community College Coastline Community College Cochise College Colorado Northwestern Community College Columbia State Community College Dakota College at Bottineau Diablo Valley College East Mississippi Community College Foothill College Gateway Community and Technical College Hazard Community and Technical College Holmes Community College Hopkinsville Community College Iowa Central Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Madisonville Community College Mt San Jacinto Community College District Navarro College North Central State College Northcentral Technical College Northeast State Community College Northern Virginia Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Odessa College Pellissippi State Community College Santa Rosa Junior College Sinclair College Somerset Community College Spokane Falls Community College Thomas Nelson Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tyler Junior College West Hills College - Coalinga West Hills College - Lemoore West Valley College Western Oklahoma State College Western Wyoming Community College Williston State College Four-year schools on the Best Online Psychology Program ranking for 2016-2017: Bellevue University Brescia University Central Washington University Chadron State College Chaminade University of Honolulu Colorado Christian University Fort Hays State University Goodwin College Granite State College Indiana State University Indiana Wesleyan University Judson College Lee University Lesley University Mercy College Northern Arizona University Northwestern State University of Louisiana Ohio Christian University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine Saint Leo University Southwestern Adventist University Southwestern Assemblies of God University Southwestern College SUNY Empire State College The University of Alabama The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Thomas University Tiffin University Troy University Union College Union Institute & University University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Great Falls University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Maine at Augusta University of Maryland - University College University of Memphis University of North Dakota University of Northern Colorado University of the Southwest Utah State University Viterbo University Washburn University Washington State University Western New Mexico 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 23, 2016
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Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its list of the 2016-2017 Best Online Counseling Degree Programs in the nation. A total of 34 schools across the U.S. made the list, which was determined by comparing a variety of value-based statistics and educational outcome data from each school. Top finishers include the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Amridge University, University of Cincinnati and the University of Alabama. "With many opportunities to specialize and grow a meaningful career, counseling is a niche field these schools are making an extra effort to maximize student success in,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "From financial aid to placement services and overall affordability, these schools are providing the best overall combination of value and quality for counseling students in the nation.” To qualify for a spot on the AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s rankings schools must meet several basic requirements. Colleges must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit institution. Two-year schools must offer tuition under $5,000 per year for in-state students, while four-year schools must offer tuition under $25,000 per year for in-state students. From there, the site analyzes and compares a variety of qualitative and quantitative data points, tuition costs and more to come up with final scores and ranks for each school. An alphabetical listing of schools on the 2016-2017 Best Online Counseling Degree Programs list can be found below. For more details on data and methodology used to score each, visit: The Best Online Counseling Degree Programs in the U.S. for 2016-2017: Amridge University Bellevue University Brescia University California State University - East Bay Colorado State University - Fort Collins Crown College Indiana Wesleyan University Mercy College Mid-Atlantic Christian University Mississippi College Missouri State University - Springfield National University North Dakota State University - Main Campus Northwestern State University of Louisiana Ohio Christian University Oral Roberts University Oregon State University Pacific Oaks College Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Spring Arbor University The University of Alabama The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Thomas University Union Institute & University University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arizona University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Houston-Victoria University of Maine at Augusta University of North Dakota University of Wisconsin - Stout Utah State University Viterbo University Western New Mexico 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 27, 2016
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Colleges with the Best Online Social Work Degree Programs are being honored in a new ranking released by leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org. The 2016-2017 list pinpoints 43 schools with social work degree programs online that offer the best overall combination of quality and value for students. Schools at the top of the list include the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alabama, Goodwin College, Northern Arizona University, Washburn University and Washington State University. "Aspiring social work students have more options than ever when it comes to finding the right school,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These colleges are offering students added flexibility by taking their social work programs online, and are the best in the nation when it comes to affordability, quality and overall student success.” To qualify for a spot on the AffordableCollegesOnline.org ranking, schools must meet several specific baseline quality standards. All schools chosen are accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions, and each must offer in-state tuition at or below $25,000 or less annually to qualify. All eligible colleges are scored based on more than a dozen unique data points and statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates. Each school’s ranking is determined based on their final school-specific score. All schools recognized on the 2016-2017 Best Online Social Work Degrees ranking can be found listed alphabetically below. Full details on school scores and the data and methodology used to rank colleges are available at: The Best Colleges to earn an Online Social Work Degree for 2016-2017: Amridge University Bemidji State University Brandman University Brescia University Brigham Young University - Idaho California State University - East Bay Colorado State University - Fort Collins Goodwin College Hannibal-LaGrange University Indiana Wesleyan University Mayville State University Mercy College Metropolitan State University of Denver Mid-Atlantic Christian University Missouri State University - Springfield North Dakota State University - Main Campus Northern Arizona University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine Pennsylvania State University - Shenango Pennsylvania State University - Worthington Scranton Pennsylvania State University - York Prairie View A & M University Presentation College Salisbury University Spring Arbor University The University of Alabama The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Thomas University Union Institute & University University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arizona University of North Alabama University of Utah University of Wisconsin - Stout Utah State University Viterbo University Washburn University Washington State University Wayne State University Western New Mexico 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 | October 28, 2016
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A list of Wisconsin’s Best Online Colleges has been released by leading higher education and student resource site AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Collecting data on both two-year and four-year schools, the site scored and ranked colleges based on more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative metrics, with the following colleges receiving top marks: Viterbo University, University of Wisconsin Superior, University of Wisconsin Stout, Lakeland College and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for four-year schools; Lakeshore Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College, Western Technical College and Gateway Technical College for two-year schools. "The number of people in Wisconsin with an associate degree or higher has steadily been increasing over the past two decades,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "As more and more people seek degrees they also seek more flexible learning options. The schools on this list are providing quality degree programs in an online format, giving more students the ability to access higher education.” In order to land a spot on the Best Online Colleges in Wisconsin list, AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to meet certain standards. All colleges must be regionally accredited and hold public or private not-for-profit status. Limits are also set on tuition costs to maintain affordability standards—only two-year schools offering in-state tuition under $5,000 annually were considered, while only four-year schools offering in-state tuition under $25,000 annually were considered. Scores and specific ranks for each school were also determined by a variety of factors most important to students, including graduation rates and financial aid offerings. The list below includes each school on the Best Online Colleges in Wisconsin ranking for 2016-2017. To learn more about specific rankings, data and methodology used to determine school scores visit the following link: The following schools are recognized as the Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Wisconsin for 2016-2017: The following schools are recognized as the Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Wisconsin for 2016-2017: Lakeland College Maranatha Baptist University Ottawa University-Milwaukee University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire University of Wisconsin - Green Bay University of Wisconsin - La Crosse University of Wisconsin - Madison University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh University of Wisconsin - Parkside University of Wisconsin - Platteville University of Wisconsin - River Falls University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point University of Wisconsin - Stout University of Wisconsin - Superior University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Viterbo 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 28, 2016
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Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org is highlighting schools with top online health sciences degree programs in a new ranking for 2016-2017. Two lists compare four-year and two-year schools offering health science degree programs nationwide, determining which offer the best combination of cost and quality for students. Of the lists of top 100 colleges, the highest finishers among four-year schools include the University of Mississippi, Washburn University, Siena Heights University, Weber State University and Davenport University, while top two-year schools include East Mississippi Community College, Holmes Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Metropolitan Community College and Barton County Community College. "Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent, or much faster than the national average, from 2014 to 2024,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Students pursuing health science degrees can now find affordable, high quality learning options online through these schools, who are ultimately being highlighted here for their efforts to help students excel.” AffordableCollegesOnline.org has several minimum eligibility requirements each school on their rankings must meet. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions and must offer in-state tuition rates as follows: under $5,000 per year for two-year schools; under $25,000 per year for four-year schools. Those meeting eligibility requirements are then scored and ranked based on more than a dozen school-specific statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates. Each school recognized on the top online health sciences degree programs list is included below. For more information on each school’s score and the data and methodology used to rank each can be found at: The Best Two-Year Schools for Online Health Sciences Students in 2016-2017: Allen County Community College Barton County Community College Beaufort County Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Central Texas College Colby Community College Collin College Columbus State Community College Cowley County Community College Crowder College Dakota College at Bottineau East Mississippi Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Gateway Community and Technical College GateWay Community College Great Falls College Montana State University Hazard Community and Technical College Holmes Community College Hutchinson Community College Indian Hills Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Kilgore College Lakeshore Technical College Lanier Technical College Lenoir Community College Madisonville Community College Maysville Community and Technical College Metropolitan Community College National Park College North Central Missouri College North Dakota State College of Science Northwest Mississippi Community College Oklahoma City Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pitt Community College San Juan College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Sinclair College Southwest Mississippi Community College Southwestern Community College Spokane Community College Spokane Falls Community College State Fair Community College Three Rivers Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tyler Junior College Western Nebraska Community College Western Wyoming Community College Williston State College The Best Four-Year Schools for Online Health Sciences Students in 2016-2017: Allen College Augusta University Baker College Brigham Young University - Idaho Clarkson College Concordia University - Saint Paul Dakota State University Davenport University East Carolina University Ferris State University Goodwin College Granite State College Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Kent State University at Kent Midway College Midwestern State University Mississippi University for Women Montana State University - Billings Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health North Carolina A & T State University Northern Arizona University Oregon Institute of Technology Peirce College Presentation College Rutgers University - New Brunswick Siena Heights University St. Petersburg College SUNY Polytechnic Institute The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Thomas University Tiffin University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Florida University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Mississippi University of Missouri - Columbia University of Northern Colorado University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center University of Southern Indiana University of Toledo Viterbo University Washburn University Weber State University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Winston-Salem State University Youngstown 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.


Ma Z.,Cornell University | Gabriel S.E.,Cornell University | Gabriel S.E.,Viterbo University | Helmann J.D.,Cornell University
Nucleic Acids Research | Year: 2011

Bacillus subtilis Zur (BsZur) represses high-affinity zinc-uptake systems and alternative ribosomal proteins in response to zinc replete conditions. Sequence alignments and structural studies of related Fur family proteins suggest that BsZur may contain three zinc-binding sites (sites 1-3). Mutational analyses confirm the essential structural role of site 1, while mutants affected in sites 2 and 3 retain partial repressor function. Purified BsZur binds a maximum of two Zn(II) per monomer at site 1 and site 2. Site 3 residues are important for dimerization, but do not directly bind Zn(II). Analyses of metal-binding affinities reveals negative cooperativity between the two site 2 binding events in each dimer. DNA-binding studies indicate that BsZur is sequentially activated from an inactive dimer (Zur 2:Zn 2) to a partially active asymmetric dimer (Zur 2:Zn 3), and finally to the fully zinc-loaded active form (Zur 2:Zn 4). BsZur with a C84S mutation in site 2 forms a Zur2:Zn3 form with normal metal-and DNA-binding affinities but is impaired in formation of the Zur 2:Zn 4 high affinity DNA-binding state. This mutant retains partial repressor activity in vivo, thereby supporting a model in which stepwise activation by zinc serves to broaden the physiological response to a wider range of metal concentrations. © 2011 The Author(s).


Ware E.A.,Viterbo University | Gelman S.A.,University of Michigan
Cognitive Science | Year: 2014

This set of seven experiments examines reasoning about the inheritance and acquisition of physical properties in preschoolers, undergraduates, and biology experts. Participants (N = 390) received adoption vignettes in which a baby animal was born to one parent but raised by a biologically unrelated parent, and they judged whether the offspring would have the same property as the birth or rearing parent. For each vignette, the animal parents had contrasting values on a physical property dimension (e.g., the birth parent had a short tail; the rearing parent had a long tail). Depending on the condition, the distinct properties had distinct functions ("function-predictive") were associated with distinct habitats ("habitat-predictive"), or had no implications ("non-predictive"). Undergraduates' bias to view properties as inherited from the birth parent was reduced in the function- and habitat-predictive conditions. This result indicates a purpose-based view of inheritance, whereby animals can acquire properties that serve a purpose in their environment. This stance was not found in experts or preschoolers. We discuss the results in terms of how undergraduates' purpose-based inheritance reasoning develops and relates to larger-scale misconceptions about Darwinian evolutionary processes, and implications for biology education. © 2013 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.


Olsen J.M.,Viterbo University
American journal of health promotion : AJHP | Year: 2010

Chronic diseases account for 70% of U.S. deaths. Health coaching may help patients adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors that prevent and control diseases. This integrative review analyzed health coaching studies for evidence of effectiveness and to identify key program features. Multiple electronic databases were utilized, yielding a final sample of 15 documents. STUDY INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA: The search was limited to peer-reviewed research articles published between 1999 and 2008. Studies were further analyzed if they (1) specifically cited coaching as a program intervention, and (2) applied the intervention to research. Articles describing various quantitative and qualitative methodologies were critically analyzed using a systematic method. Data were synthesized using a matrix format according to purpose, method, intervention, findings, critique, and quality rating. All 15 studies utilized nonprobability sampling, 7 (47%) with randomized intervention and control groups. Significant improvements in one or more of the behaviors of nutrition, physical activity, weight management, or medication adherence were identified in six (40%) of the studies. Common features of effective programs were goal setting (73%), motivational interviewing (27%), and collaboration with health care providers (20%). Health coaching studies with well-specified methodologies and more rigorous designs are needed to strengthen findings; however, this behavioral change intervention suggests promise.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 650.00K | Year: 2016

With funds from NSFs Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) program, Viterbo University in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, will improve educational opportunities in STEM areas for low-income, talented rural students by preparing these students to help address the many current global environmental and ecological challenges that face the United States. This S-STEM Capacity Building project will award scholarships and provide community and academic support to two cohorts of eleven students each for majors in biology or environmental biology. The underlying impetus of the project will be to recruit, enroll, retain, prepare, and graduate more biological sciences majors, especially from rural areas, for employment or graduate programs in the sciences.

The investigators will provide resources for student success by providing students with: (a) financial, community, and academic support; (b) traditional and cutting edge scientific knowledge and skills; (c) real world work experiences through internships and research opportunities; and (d) specific resources needed to transition to the STEM workforce or graduate programs in related science fields. The project team will implement, study, and assess a scaffolding approach which will include: (i) early academic interventions for students to help overcome deficits in preparation; (ii) retain science students to graduation through social motivation and professional advocacy; (iii) provide students relevant, high impact experiences including job shadowing, internships and undergraduate research experiences, and (iv) Graduate well-prepared science students and assist them in obtaining employment or further education in their target field. To evaluate and advance understanding of the impact of the various activities, specifically concerning rural students, the project team will use a qualitative and quantitative mixed-methods research approach to investigate and measure a variety of impact variables including financial and the other support opportunities. The program has been designed to: promote broadening participation for talented, low-income rural students; build capacity and be sustainable at Viterbo; and be replicable at similar institutions that serve rural populations.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 598.83K | Year: 2012

This project is graduating bachelor-degreed science majors from rural backgrounds, or as first-generation college graduates, and is especially welcoming women participants who make up a large fraction of their student body. Viterbo University is awarding scholarships to two cohorts of 12 students each, to receive four years of support and is enrolling students who are pursuing degrees in biochemistry, chemistry, or mathematical physics. The CLASS (Community of Learners Achieving Science Success) scholars are students with a high school GPA of at least 3.3, an ACT score of 24 or above, and who have documented financial need. Using their experience in working with students underrepresented in the physical sciences, Viterbo is supporting the students academically so they overcome any deficiencies in preparation and is offering peer mentoring, undergraduate research opportunities, and social motivation to enhance the students retention and success. Viterbo is enabling the CLASS scholars who elect to conduct undergraduate research to present or publish their findings in a peer-reviewed forum. The CLASS scholars are part of a Community of Learners that has interventions in college orientation and study skill development, as well as aggressive mathematics and science tutoring. The project is also offering job shadowing, introduction to diverse science careers, active peer mentoring, and opportunities for science-based service learning.

The project is extending findings from a prior S-STEM award and is being led by a well-qualified team experience in working with talented but under-prepared students. It continues to add to the knowledge base of how to enhance the opportunities for success in science education, particularly for first-generation students from rural backgrounds.

The project is leading to increased participation of underrepresented students in the physical sciences. The project is on a clear trajectory to contribute to a more diversified pool of STEM graduate students or to a highly-qualified and diversified STEM workforce, both of which are addressing national needs.

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