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Achievements: Spring 2018

National Rankings

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  • For the third year, IUP’s doctoral program in clinical psychology was ranked among the nation’s top five programs of its kind by Best Counseling Degrees, an online resource for current and aspiring counseling professionals.
  • For the fourth year in a row, US News & World Report has named IUP’s online Master of Arts in Criminology program among the nation’s top online master’s programs in criminal justice. This year, the program ranked 28th.
  • Affordable Colleges Online has ranked IUP among Pennsylvania’s best four-year, online colleges. IUP is 13th in the state listing.
  • IUP’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was ranked 17th among Pennsylvania nursing programs by RegisteredNursing.org, an online resource for current and aspiring nurses.

In Brief

At the Confluence…

In November, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development awarded the Allegheny Arboretum at IUP a $220,000 grant to plan the development of green space just south of the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex and the Hilton Garden Inn. Called Confluence Park, as the site is at the confluence of Stoney and Marsh runs, the project calls for restoring the floodplain and creating ponds, wooded areas, and meadows. The planned trails, boardwalks, pavilions, and visitors’ center will support the 15-acre site’s use as an outdoor classroom and laboratory.

Williams Named Dean

An IUP community member for 37 years, Mary Williams ’76 has been named dean of the College of Health and Human Services. She will serve in the role through June 2019. Williams was a faculty member in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health until 2011, when she began her work in the dean’s office, most recently serving as interim dean. She also directed IUP’s Liberal Studies program for 11 years.

Mastering Communication

In June, IUP will begin admitting students to its new Master of Science in Strategic Communication program. Housed in the Department of Communications Media, the 36-credit program focuses on effective, goal-driven communication through writing, research, production, and oral presentation. Full-time students who attend summer and winter sessions can complete the program in one year.

New Partnership

IUP has entered into an agreement with Milton Hershey School to increase supports for low-income, first-generation college students, a demographic that includes many enrolled at Milton Hershey. The agreement calls for more tools and resources to prepare these students for success at IUP, as well as individualized academic coaching to improve the student experience and graduation rate at Milton Hershey School. The school provides a cost-free education to more than 2,000 income-eligible students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.