Read the News From Cedarville University
- Cedarville Creates Community Space with New Residence Hall
- STEM 4 Pillars Key at Cedarville University
- Record-Breaking Enrollment for 11th Consecutive Year
- Cedarville Listed Among Top Colleges for Merit-Based Scholarships
- Pharmacy Students Achieve 100 Percent Cross-Cultural Missions
- New Civil Engineering Degree Approved, Will Start Fall 2018
- Cedarville Students to Provide Hurricane Relief
- Engineering Students Building "Shark" Supermileage Car
- Wall Street Journal Ranks Cedarville Fourth for Engagement
- Cedarville Introduces Nurse Educator Certificate Program
Cedarville Creates Community Space with New Residence Hall
Cedarville University opened its newest residence facility in August with the start of the 2017-18 academic year. The facility was needed as Cedarville University experienced its 11th consecutive record enrollment.
Jenkins Hall is a $3.3 million facility, and it was completely paid for by donor and capital funds. It is named for Eleanor (Ellie) Sommerfeld Jenkins, the wife of board of trustees member Warren Jenkins. Ellie passed away in 2015.
The new hall is divided into four 16-person units. Each unit includes eight bedrooms, a large living space with a kitchenette, a study lounge and a bathroom with built-in laundry.
“We really wanted community and discipleship space in this living environment,” said Mindy May, director for student development and dean of women. “We’ve seen how the unit styles really build community, so we were trying to create that common space for students, but also provide more room.”
This is the first of potentially three new residence halls, May explained. Construction will begin on the second facility this fall, with plans for a third depending on continued rising student enrollment.
“It’s encouraging to know that there’s still a need,” May said. “Students want to live somewhere nice, and we want to be able to provide that.”
STEM 4 Pillars Key at Cedarville University
Cedarville University has a national reputation for its academically rigorous academic programs, all coming from a Christian worldview.
One reason for this reputation is 43 of Cedarville’s 86 programs of study are connected to at least one of the four pillars of STEM -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“People tend to isolate facts and ideas, but in STEM, all four areas are used simultaneously as solutions to problems,” said Angelia Mickle, dean of the school of nursing. “Cedarville recognizes the importance of the interrelatedness of these core areas of study. They’re the underpinnings of how jobs are accomplished and things function in our society.”
The STEM mindset reaches even further than traditionally science and math-centered programs: It extends into other fields such as broadcasting and digital media, where students have to efficiently interact with technology to accomplish their jobs.
“As the rest of the world becomes more technologically literate, it is so important for our graduating students to also be scientifically and technologically literate,” added Robert Chasnov, dean of the school of engineering and computer science. “Cedarville hasn’t depleted its liberal arts education; we’ve just added all these STEM majors to it.”
It is clear that Cedarville University values the STEM fields based on majors and programs alone, but beyond this, Cedarville shows its support for these fields by intentionally embedding STEM concepts into chapel services, investing in state-of-the-art, accredited facilities and equipment, hosting several STEM-related conferences and providing multiple services for STEM students, such as the Center for Bioethics.
Cedarville prepares STEM students to be problem-solvers and thought-leaders while equipping them to approach the STEM areas with an ethical, Christian worldview.
“Training our students to critically think, evaluate and problem-solve through a Christian lens is important,” said Mickle. “When we form ethical decisions, we need to make sure we are doing that through a Christian worldview and that we have influence in ethical conversations. There are so many things in healthcare and other fields that could be beneficial if we’re doing them through a Christian worldview lens, but could be very detrimental if we are doing them through the humanistic worldview.”
Record-Breaking Enrollment for 11th Consecutive Year
College enrollment numbers in Ohio have been declining for the past six years, according to the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. At Cedarville University, however, the trend is different, as the school registered its 11th consecutive record enrollment in the 2017-18 academic year.
Enrollment climbed to 3,963 students, according to data provided by the registrar’s office. This five percent growth from last year’s 3,760 students is the result of 872 new freshmen--the largest freshmen class in school history--and an 83.6 percent freshman-to-sophomore retention rate. The previous largest incoming freshmen class was 859 in 2010-11.
"I am very proud of our faculty, staff, and enrollment management team," said Dr. Thomas White, president. "God led a record number of students to enroll at Cedarville University, and the Cedarville family did a great job making them feel welcomed. We now have an opportunity to train them with academic excellence for Gospel impact all across the world."
The new freshmen come with impressive academic accomplishments. The average ACT score of this class is 26, while their collective high school grade point average was 3.7. In addition to the large freshmen class, 108 students transferred to Cedarville.
“We are thankful to God for the record freshmen and transfer cohort, along with strong enrollment in our College Now and graduate programs,” said Scott Van Loo, Ph.D., vice president for enrollment management. “All the credit goes to Him.”
Cedarville University continues to attract students from all over the world. This year, the combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment represents 49 U.S. states and 41 countries. The three largest academic schools this year are business administration (485), engineering and computer science (470) and nursing (431).
“The increase in enrollment simply means that more men and women will be equipped, through challenging academics and intentional discipleship opportunities, to impact the kingdom and share Christ with a world that desperately needs him,” added Van Loo.
Cedarville Listed Among Top Colleges for Merit-Based Scholarships
Money magazine has named Cedarville University one of the best colleges in the United States for providing merit-based scholarships for students. Cedarville University is ranked No. 9. in the national ranking.
Money ranked schools based on the percentage of students who receive aid, the average scholarship amount and the affordability of college for the students who receive scholarships. It also included average earnings of those who had graduated from each school within the last five years.
“Cedarville University is committed to offering high-quality, Christian education that is both affordable and accessible,” said Kim Jenerette, executive director of financial aid. “This year, 100 percent of freshmen and incoming transfers received institutional scholarships, and these generous awards can be combined with other forms of aid such as need-based or departmental.”
Topping the list was Tennessee Technological University, followed by Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and Truman State University.
This high ranking is not a first for Cedarville University. In July, Money magazine named Cedarville the most affordable private college in Ohio. The university was ranked No. 15 nationally. The affordability ranking was based on tuition rates, financial aid packages and student debt upon graduation.
Pharmacy Students Achieve 100 Percent Cross-Cultural Missions
Cross-cultural missions is a key component to all academic programs at Cedarville University. It is especially important to future pharmacists studying in Cedarville’s pharmacy program, where participation is 100 percent.
While cross-cultural engagement is a requirement, Dr. Marc Sweeney, dean of the school of pharmacy, believes this is a unique element of Cedarville’s program. “We believe it is part of our mission for students to have cross-cultural missions experiences,” said Sweeney.
Pharmacy Students at Cedarville University are committed to serving in cross-cultural missions.
Pharmacy students have traveled to Honduras, India, Canada, Swaziland, Haiti, El Salvador, Kenya, the Amazon, the Dominican Republic as well as urban areas in the United States. Many of these trips have taken place during school breaks or summer.
“We expect our students to focus on the needs of others,” said Dr. Jeff Bates, associate dean of pharmacy. “Going and serving, whether that is our neighbors down the street in Xenia, or if it is half a globe away, it is the same thing.”
These experiences allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom to patients with various backgrounds. They are intentionally placed in settings outside their comfort zone, and expected to apply their medical knowledge as situations arise. This broadens their ability to deal with situations appropriately as they enter their professional careers.
After returning from a cross-cultural trip, pharmacy students discuss what they learned from the experience, as well as how they can apply that to interactions with patients in the pharmacy setting.
New Civil Engineering Degree Approved, Will Start Fall 2018
Cedarville University will have a new civil engineering major starting with the 2018-2019 school year. Civil engineering will be the fifth major in Cedarville’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. Currently, students can pursue computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.
Graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) degree that includes Cedarville’s general education component and the Bible minor. The curriculum includes a core of engineering courses in the first two years, then civil engineering specific coursework starting in year three.
"Civil engineering will provide Cedarville students the opportunity to impact the world through missions,” said Thomas White, president. “Building bridges, developing safe roads, providing clean and consistent water can open doors to the gospel through loving others as ourselves. I am excited to see the eternal impact our civil engineering faculty and students will have on the world."
Cedarville trustees approved the new program in January, and the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission have also authorized the new degree.
“Our faculty sensed the need for a civil engineering program when we started to do missions work in Africa and South America,” said Robert Chasnov, dean of the school of engineering and computer science. “Developing nations need help with their water systems and infrastrucfture development, which is civil engineering work. This degree continues Cedarville’s commitment to academic excellence and gospel impact.”
The school of engineering and computer science’s faculty benchmarked the program curriculum against other outstanding civil engineering programs to ensure that course descriptions, syllabi and the general frame of the major will equip graduates for professional success in their vocation.
The additional degree offering will also attract new students to the engineering school, which is already Cedarville’s second largest academic unit based on student enrollment
“Cedarville’s engineering programs are highly competitive, as shown by the increase in our school’s enrollment this year, but the number of universities with a civil engineering major as well as a Christian focus is very small,” said Chasnov. “For those that offer civil engineering, most offer a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, but our program will offer a B.S.C.E., the same degree students could get at major public universities.”
Cedarville Students to Provide Hurricane Relief
Cedarville University will send 30 students to Houston October 14-21 to provide relief for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Two additional teams of students will possibly travel to Florida and the Dominican Republic in the fall to help people affected by Hurricane Irma.
The Cedarville team will partner with Northeast Houston Baptist Church at Farrington Mission, a community center that serves one of Houston’s largest underprivileged areas.
Students will repair damages caused by flooding and strengthen Farrington Mission’s ongoing ministries, which include a large food pantry, clothing closet, men’s basketball ministry and pregnancy resource clinic.
“We want to respond to these situations with the compassion of Christ,” said Brian Nester, director of global outreach. “When Christ saw a need, he sought to meet the need. When people are in dire straits, we need to meet those needs as much as possible.”
Cedarville has established a relief fund to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The fund will cover the cost for students to participate in the trip and finance other hurricane relief efforts. To donate, give online at www.cedarville.edu/giveglobal.
Engineering Students Building "Shark" Supermileage Car
Cedarville University will return to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage competition for the first time since 2010. And they’re bringing a new car.
The competition, to be held in Marshall, Michigan, isn't until June 2018. However, Cedarville's engineering students are already working on its new car. The engineering students are expected to create a mock up (mold) of the cars' body by September 30, with the completion date of the supermileage car in December 2017.
Rendering of new supermileage car for Cedarville University
The new supermileage car, named Karcharías (Greek word for “shark”), was designed by mechanical engineering students in the class of 2017. This year, four current mechanical engineering seniors will make the blueprint a reality as their senior design project. They will be assisted by an underclassman team, who will help construct the car and the new engine.
SAE supermileage cars compete to travel the farthest on one gallon of gas. Cedarville mechanical engineering department’s goal for Karcharías is 3,800 miles per gallon. The current record, held by Laval University, is 3,788 miles per gallon. Karcharías has a teardrop shape body, with two wheels in the front and one in the rear. It resembles a shark, like its name implies.
The most important components to effectively achieve supermileage is an aerodynamic shape, a high- efficiency engine, efficient transmission, easy-rolling chassis (the base frame of a motor vehicle) and skillful driving.
Dr. Larry Zavodney, senior professor of mechanical engineering and the team’s adviser, is hopeful as his team prepares for competition. “All these cars start as ideas on paper,” he said. He uses the time it takes to prepare for this competition to teach students about working cooperatively and problem-solving.
Wall Street Journal Ranks Cedarville Fourth for Engagement
The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) has named Cedarville the fourth-best school for student engagement in its annual college rankings.
The ranking was based on 100,000 current student survey responses. Surveys asked about student engagement with learning, involvement with campus culture, interactions with faculty and recommendations to others. The WSJ/THE rankings also factored in the number of programs the school offered.
Dordt College (Iowa) is ranked atop the list according to WSJ, and is followed by Brigham Young University, Texas Christian University, and Cedarville University. Other notable schools in the top 25 include Baylor University, Auburn University, Bowling Green State University, Miami University of Ohio, and Michigan State University.
“I believe this ranking is a product of the missional commitment of Cedarville's faculty and staff,” said Dr. Thomas Mach, vice president for academics. “Faculty and staff come to Cedarville not simply for a job, but to invest in young men and women seeking to fulfill the call of God in their lives.”
Cedarville boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1 and is known for faculty members who invest in both the academic and personal lives of their students. Beyond this, Cedarville strives to equip students to glorify God by thinking broadly and deeply while engaging others for Christ.
“It is a joy to engage students as brothers and sisters in Christ, encouraging them in their walk with Christ and preparing them for a life of service in the church, in their vocation and in their family,” added Mach. “Much of that engagement happens naturally on our campus because faculty and staff are focused on living the Christian life together with students.”
Cedarville Introduces Nurse Educator Certificate Program
A new Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program is now available at Cedarville University for nurses who already have a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree, but want to strengthen their expertise in nursing education.
“Many advanced practice nurses are interested in educating nurses, either in the clinical practice setting or in the academic setting,” said Rebecca Wagner, coordinator of Cedarville’s M.S.N. nurse educator focus area. “The new certificate allows them to be prepared for that role.”
The certificate is an abbreviated version of the M.S.N. Nurse Educator program. This certificate is designed for nurses who pursued a different focus for their M.S.N. but now want to be equipped to work as a nurse educator, staff educator, academic faculty member or continuing education provider.
The online program will include four, seven-week long courses and can be completed in two semesters. Courses will cover recent neuroscience research on how learning occurs, evidence-based strategies for teaching and learning, cutting-edge assessment and evaluation techniques and innovative curriculum design.
The program will also prepare students to sit for the exam offered by the National League of Nursing to become a Certified Nurse Educator.
“The school of nursing at Cedarville prepares nursing leaders who are committed to the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ,” added Wagner. “Students will have the chance to learn about teaching, learning and curriculum from a biblical worldview.”
This certificate will be the fifth graduate opportunity offered for nurses at Cedarville. Currently, they may earn an M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner, M.S.N. Global Public Health Nursing, M.S.N. Nurse Educator e and a Graduate Certificate in Global Public Health Nursing.