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Xavier Magazine | December 13, 2017

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Xavie Year in Review and Faculty Accomplishments

Xavier Year in Review

Each year, more and more magazines recognize Xavier as one of the nation’s most
outstanding academic institutions. This year’s honors include:
• For the 15th straight year, Xavier was ranked among the top 10 Midwest master’s-level colleges and universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Xavier ranked No. 3 among 146 Midwest colleges and universities. As part of the rankings, Xavier was:
• Ranked No. 1 in student retention for the sixth straight year.
• Ranked No. 1 in average graduation rates.
• Ranked No. 2 in average alumni giving percent.
• Ranked No. 6 in best undergraduate teaching.
• Ranked No. 2 in “Up-and-Coming Schools.”

• Rated as a “good school for first-year experiences and service learning.”
• For the sixth straight year, the Williams College of Business was named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review in its Best 301 Business Schools magazine.
• For the sixth straight year, Xavier was named one of the nation’s top schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Xavier is ranked 19th.
• Xavier was named a “Military Friendly School” by GI Jobs magazine.
• Xavier was ranked No. 196 in Forbes magazine’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges.”
• Xavier was named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, by The Princeton Review.

Faculty Accomplishments

Each year, Xavier faculty conduct groundbreaking research, produce and present fascinating papers, and receive honors and recognition from a wide variety of organizations. Among this year’s faculty accomplishments are:
Rachel Chrastil, assistant professor in the Department of History, was awarded a Malcolm Bowie Prize by the Society for French Studies at the University of Oxford for her article, “The French Red Cross, War Readiness, and Civil Society, 1866–1914.”
Kathleen Smythe, assistant professor in the Department of History, was named the Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year by the Xavier chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society.
Thomas Hayes, professor of marketing, received the Alice L. Beeman Award for Outstanding Published Scholarship from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, for his book Marketing Colleges and Universities: A Service Approach.
Ida Critelli Schick, professor and chair/director of the graduate program in Health Services Administration, received the 2009 Teaching and Advising Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives for Ohio.
James Buchanan, director of the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, delivered the Harry S. Truman Lecture in Kansas City, which was sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Library and Avila University.
Edward P. Hahnenberg, Department of Theology, was a keynote speaker at the National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry.
The following were awarded Xavier Wheeler Grants: Christine Anderson, Department of History: The Great Migration in the U.S.; Tom Clark, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship: Social Entrepreneurship in the Arts; Graley Herren, Department of English, and George Farnsworth, Department of Biology: Enhancing experiential learning in Ireland; Joseph Wagner, S.J., Department of Mathematics and Computer Science: Enhancing the mathematical preparation of pre-service, secondary mathematics teachers; Shelagh Larkin, Stephanie Brzuzy, School of Social Work, Carol Scheerer, Joan Tunningley, Department of Occupational Therapy, Susan Namei, Barb Harland, School of Nursing, Eddie Hooker, Health Services Administration, and Renee Zucchero, Department of Psychology: A multidisciplinary approach to working with older clients experiencing dementia.

Read more about current rankings for Xavier and Faculty Accomplishments.

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