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NKU partners with fellow AASCU institutions to pilot nationwide SCU messaging platform

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Friday – March 27, 2015

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University has joined a select handful of peers across the country to pilot a new SCU (State College and University) messaging platform led by the AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities).  The platform will underscore, in one voice, the impact that state colleges and universities have on their communities and the nation.

The AASCU is made up of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems across the country. Like NKU, these institutions share a student-focused culture that centers on learning and teaching. AASCU members also share a long-standing commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that makes them uniquely different from land grant or research universities and community and technical colleges.

“We are proud to partner with the AASCU to help tell the special story of our nation’s State Colleges and Universities,” said NKU President Geoffrey Mearns. “We have spent much of the past year studying those qualities and characteristics that define us as SCUs. We look forward to articulating those qualities in a meaningful way that will strengthen understanding and appreciation for the distinctive features we share with our SCU peers.”

Other institutions that have taken part in phase one of the program are Henderson State University (Arkansas), Morgan State University (Maryland), the University of Central Oklahoma, and Western Washington University. Participating members helped to develop a unifying theme – "Opportunities for All."

SCUs share three core values:

  • High Quality: NKU embraces a student-centered focus that emphasizes learning and teaching as core institutional beliefs. Students are taught and mentored by a faculty of scholars and are exposed to a full range of educational opportunities in smaller class sizes. NKU supports a broad range of different learning styles and opportunities – from its Honors Program to hands-on applied undergraduate research with faculty, both in the lab and out in the field.

  • Accessible: As a state university, NKU provides a viable, high quality educational experience to a diverse cross-section of students, including groups that have historically been underrepresented in higher education. NKU celebrates campus diversity, builds inclusiveness, and enables partnerships to help students succeed.

  • Responsible: SCUs like NKU create a skilled workforce to support business needs while advancing economic progress and cultural development. As a place of public purpose, NKU prepares students for a life of leadership and service and enhances their ability to attain financial independence after graduation. This is a hallmark of NKU and why NKU is ranked the No. 1 Return on Investment in Kentucky by Affordable Colleges Online.

This year, phase two of the pilot project will expand to also include Indiana State University, James Madison University, Sam Houston State University, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and the University of West Florida.

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