Notre Dame named to Forbes 2012 top college list

first_imgMembers of the Notre Dame community have long been aware of the University’s continual growth and rise to prominence as a national research university, but now the financial world is taking note as well. Earlier this month, business magazine Forbes ranked Notre Dame No. 12 on its 2012 list of America’s top colleges and universities. According to Forbes.com, this holistic ranking is based on information gathered from five general categories: postgraduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards. Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment Don Bishop said the Forbes ranking methodology uses “reality-based outcomes” to measure the quality of American colleges and universities. “Forbes is a financial expert, so not surprisingly, they tend to look at outcomes in what your costs were for going to a school, the productivity of that school in graduation and student satisfaction and the actual success – not perception or prestige – five, 10, 20 years out after graduation,” Bishop said. “It is gratifying that Notre Dame rises even higher in that more realistic, outcomes-based approach.” Bishop said he believes Notre Dame fared well in Forbes’s ranking due to a correspondence between the values outlined in the ranking methodology and those of the University. “We tend to have the same values that Forbes seems to identify, such as the quality of undergraduate education, student access to faculty and the feeling that students are getting attention and inspiration from that faculty,” Bishop said. “We don’t intend to overuse rankings, but this particular ranking is more thoughtful and robust, and when we discuss where Notre Dame’s strengths lie, a lot of attributes [Forbes] articulates, we articulate.” Because the list includes both national research universities and liberal arts colleges, Notre Dame ranked eighth among its research university peers and No. 12 overall. This ranking places the University ahead of half the institutions in the Ivy League as well. “We think that’s a fair assessment,” Bishop said. “This ranking is a very useful tool for Notre Dame because it places us in a more advantaged situation in conversations with students to talk about the benefits of the University. Now you have an external source recognizing that and placing a high value on it, too.” One of those “Notre Dame benefits” acknowledged by the Forbes ranking is the University’s emphasis on financial support for students and its impact on the pool of students applying to Notre Dame, Bishop said. “We think financial support is important in lowering debt, and improvements in our financial aid over the last decade have moved Notre Dame up,” he said. “We’re now getting students to enroll that may not have enrolled 10 years ago because of our more supportive financial aid. That’s a strength that’s only going to get stronger.” The increased financial support for students in recent years has been facilitated by the simultaneous growth of the University’s endowment, which Bishop said now ranks in the top 10 among private universities, compared with its top-15 ranking 15 years ago. “We’re moving up in the success of the University due to the support provided by alumni and the general public,” Bishop said. “We also just completed a $2 billion alumni donation campaign last year, which was a historic accomplishment.” The growth of Notre Dame’s endowment has also allowed the University to invest more heavily in its faculty and campus facilities, Bishop said. “We have one of the top faculty cohorts in the country, and Notre Dame continues to invest in a stronger faculty each year,” he said. “The quality of the faculty and the access students have to that faculty has been a major investment in the last 10 to 15 years that’s only getting stronger each year.” Bishop said the combination of those three factors – faculty, financial aid and facilities – contribute to both the University’s growing reputation and its commitment to providing students with the best education possible. “Not only are we very good at raising money, but we’re very good at investing that money and getting a higher return, which means we can provide better facilities, faculty and aid,” Bishop said. “When you have those three things going your way, you’re going to keep making up ground on others as long as you know where you’re headed.” Although national college rankings like those of Forbes are generally held in esteem by much of the American public, Bishop said the University strives to “be a better Notre Dame” that holds true to its mission, rather than evolving into a “generic” top 10 university. “Notre Dame has a vision of where it’s headed in terms of mission … It is not driven by outside rankings. It’s driven by the belief that it’s our responsibility to get better every year in many different ways,” he said. “More importantly, we value a sense of obligation and service to others. We’re not here just to be No. 1 for our own benefit, but the more successful we are, the more we can serve others successfully, and people believe that here.” Despite the high financial costs of attending Notre Dame and Forbes’s focus on the economic value of a college education, Bishop said he believes enrolling in the University proves to be a “good return on a very expensive investment” in the long run. “Notre Dame has a very strong sense of mission and focus along with expanding resources that make us a better value today than when we charged much less some time ago,” he said. “Yes, it’s more expensive, but it’s worth a lot more.” Overall, Bishop said the Forbes ranking will further the University’s national reputation and attract high-quality applicant pools in the future, but it should not take away from Notre Dame’s unique character. “[The Forbes ranking] improves the conversation, but it should not dominate the conversation. It still needs to be about the unique benefits of Notre Dame,” Bishop said. “We’re No. 1 at who we are, so we need to get students who care about that.”last_img read more

Cook a Stump?

first_imgEver cook a stump? You can get a great recipe on the next “Gardening inGeorgia” Aug. 23 and 26 on Georgia Public Television. No, host Walter Reeves hasn’tbecome a weird chef. But he will show you how to speed up the decomposition process bycooking a stump in the ground.Reeves will also visit with Kay Bowman at the Center for Applied Nursery Research.She’ll show their efforts to breed an improved hypericum (St. John’s Wort). Finally,Reeves will show you how to make simple devices that automatically water and feedhouseplants.Wednesdays, Saturdays on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” as the show moves from its usual Thursdaynight GPTV slot to a new time on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. It will continue to be repeatedon Saturdays at 10 a.m.The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. Now Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. andSaturdays at 10 a.m. each week, the show is produced by the University of Georgia Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. Walter Reeveslast_img read more

Derry Airport to begin flying to Majorca next Summer!

first_imgLeading tour operators, Thomson and First Choice, part of the TUI Group, today launched a new summer sun programme from City of Derry Airport to Majorca for Summer 2017.Thomson and First Choice will operate a weekly service from City of Derry Airport, (CoDA), to Majorca, commencing on 26th June 2017.The new programme from CoDA for Summer 2017 gives holidaymakers from the North West region the opportunity to discover and explore the largest island in the Balearics. Majorca delivers boundless sunshine and spectacular sandy beaches lapped by turquoise waters.Popular resorts like Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa cater for fun packed family holidays, while the West of the Island satisfies a livelier crowd with the infamous trendy bars and clubs found in Palma and Magaluf. The island also offers much to see and do being a culturaldestination with a rich and diverse past. The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman HIllary McClintock pictured at City of Derry Airport on Thursday for the launch of Thomson’s new City of Derry to Majorca route. Included are local children Leyton (4) and Amaira (6) Shongo.Ms Charlotte Brenner, Marketing Manager for Thomson and First Choice, says, “At Thomson and First Choice we understand the convenience of travelling from your local airport and we’re delighted to be able to provide customers from the North West the option to travel from the City of Derry Airport to the sunny Balearic Isle of Majorca – the number one holiday destination from Northern Ireland.”“We’re looking forward to working closely with the team at the City of Derry Airport and being able to offer customers a wide and varied range of holiday options which are on sale from today”.Mr Roy Devine, Chairman of City of Derry Airport, said, “This is excellent news for the Airport and holidaymakers in the North West Region. Majorca is a popular holiday destination and it is fantastic news that we can now offer a direct service from our local airport”.Mr Devine outlined that “City of Derry Airport has become the airport of choice for the North West of Ireland, offering both convenience and excellent customer service and we look forward to working with Thomson and First Choice to offer our customers direct air access to this popular summer sun destination – Majorca. CoDA encourages all holidaymakers from within our local catchment area to “Think Local and Book CoDA”. Ms Charlene Shongo, Commercial and Marketing Manager at City of Derry Airport, stated “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the team from Thomson to the airport today for the launch of their Majorca programme for Summer 2017 – First Choice and Thomson will be offering a weekly direct flight to Majorca from City of Derry Airport from the 26th June 2017 until the 16th August 2017; these are on sale today.”“Majorca’s sunshine and coastline are two of the reasons that tourists have flocked to the island for decades, with destinations like Palma, Santa Ponsa and Alcudia Beach offering travellers a traditional Spanish beach holiday. Holidaymakers will be able to book direct with Thomson or First Choice Holidays and will be able to take advantage of a wide range of great holiday options in Majorcacatering for every type of holidaymaker”.First Choice offer SplashWorld resorts, SuneoClub and exclusive Holiday Villages, while Thomson offer holidays for families and couples alike. Enjoy a memorable family holiday in one of Thomson’s ‘Family Life’ or ‘A la Carte’ resorts which feature Thomson Kids Clubs,keeping everyone from tots to teens entertained.For luxury, relax in style in a 5 star Sensimar resort or enjoy one of Thomson’s deluxe Platinum hotels offering something a little extra, with sleek spas and design-led interiors.Alternatively, if you are looking for something more lively, find yourself in a Scene resort which caters specifically for stylish partygoers”. Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, welcomed the news that City of Derry Airport has secured a new summer programme to Majorca. She said: “The City of Derry Airport is delighted to have a direct weekly flight to the sunny destination of Majorca.  We are delighted to provide our customers with a choice of good value destinations and are confident the Majorca flight will be a popular holiday destination for families and couples alike across the city and region.”Derry Airport to begin flying to Majorca next Summer! was last modified: September 9th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:City of Derry Airportfirst choiceholidaymajorcathomsonlast_img read more

DDTV: FOOTAGE OF LIGHTNING STORM OVER GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgDDTV: Watch a short video showing some of the lightning over Gaoth Dobhair last night during the storm. Footage by John Barr for Donegal Daily.Press Play to watch: DDTV: FOOTAGE OF LIGHTNING STORM OVER GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: August 2nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: FOOTAGE OF LIGHTNING STORM OVER GAOTH DOBHAIRlast_img read more