NGU Introduces New Campus Enhancements, Degree Programs for 2016-17 Academic Year
North Greenville University will begin a new academic year on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Awaiting students this fall are several new campus enhancements, academic programs, and also fundraising projects.
New students moved in Friday, Aug. 19, and will participate in orientation activities throughout the weekend. Upperclassmen will check in on Monday, Aug. 22.
The university expects to welcome more than 600 new first-time, new transferring, and readmitted students to the undergraduate program, not counting dual enrollment and teacher cadet students.
Significant updates have been made to Todd Dining Hall that have completely transformed the overall station configuration and dining area. New flooring has been added, and all of the cabinetry has been updated.
Flatware, dinnerware, and service equipment are all brand new, as well as all the electric cooking equipment in the kitchen has been replaced with gas-operated alternatives for higher cooking efficiency.
“What we are most excited about is the new International Station with the round stir-fry grill,” said Michael Moore, Aramark general manager. “This station will give us the opportunity to have a chef-attended, made-to-order stir-fry station.”
In addition, students will be able to enjoy a few new hangout areas across campus.
Campus Enhancement Services is installing a slack line park, which will include several anchor points and routes, all of which will be over an 8-inch base of soft sand.
In the same area, a shaded hangout area is being installed that will include a brick paver patio, swings, fire pit, ENO hammock area, and a landscape area featuring the university icon. Completion for this project is mid-September.
Other projects include relocation of bike racks for easier access and a refurbished library balcony with several bistro table and chair sets for students to gather and study or simply enjoy the mountainous view. A marching band platform has been added to the intramural field, as well.
Three new undergraduate degrees have earned recognition through Specialty Program Area (SPA) at NGU.
The National Council for Social Studies recognizes the social studies secondary education degree program, the National Council of Teachers of English for the English language arts secondary education program, and National Council for Teachers of Mathematics for our mathematics secondary education degree program.
These are preliminary requirements for the Council for the Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP). Accreditation from CAEP is expected in summer 2018, which is the highest level of accreditation offered by this national accrediting body.
Undergraduate degrees in print media from the College of Mass Communication and health, promotion, and wellness from the College of Science and Mathematics will now be offered as digital media and health science.
New bachelor’s degrees in political science and, separately, criminal justice and legal studies (pending Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges [SACSCOC] approval) will be offered by the College of Humanities.
Also, a new language course in Mandarin Chinese will be taught this fall by the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics.
The T. Walter Brashier Graduate School will begin offering degrees in new academic fields such as the Master of Divinity, Doctor of Education in higher education leadership, and Doctor of Education in K-12 leadership.
Interviews for the Master of Medical Science (physician assistant medicine pending SACSCOC approval) are currently underway, with classes set to begin in January 2017 at the new Greer satellite campus. Over 500 applications have already been received for only 20 seats. Application deadline is Oct. 1, 2016.
In addition, the College of Adult Professional Studies (NGU Online) has received full accreditation for the Criminal Justice degree program. CAPS has 182 students enrolled, up 25 percent from fall 2015.The Graduate School has 202 enrolled for fall.
NGU Athletics took the lead last fall with 225 student-athletes recognized for scholastic achievements by being named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll. The Crusader Club hopes to take the lead in fundraising this year for baseball and several other sports.
Fundraising for the construction of a 700-seat baseball stadium and 12,250-square-foot fieldhouse is currently underway. The baseball stadium will feature artificial turf and a concourse area for concessions, press both, ticket booth, porch swings, and restroom facilities.
The two-level fieldhouse will include player locker rooms, showers, laundry, and batting cage on the ground level and coach’s offices, athletic director suite, coach’s showers, and changing areas on the second floor.
Other future fundraising projects in the planning stages are to build out the athletic complex and to improve and expand existing facilities and resources for students.
NGU has been included in several national rankings this summer. Christian Universities Online (CUO) ranks the campus in the top 25 most beautiful Christian colleges and universities in the South for 2017 and in fifth in the 25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South for 2017. NGU is also listed among the 20 best college deals for conservative Christians by Great College Deals.
The university, in partnership with Carter-Baldwin executive search firm, plans to announce the school’s eighth president in spring 2017 in time for the university to celebrate its 125th anniversary, to be celebrated during the 2017-18 academic year.
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