Expanding on its mission to offer a quality, affordable online education for lifelong learners, the private nonprofit National University System (NUS), which includes three affiliate universities and serves more than 35,000 students, announces its latest investment in the future of higher education through the introduction of FlexCourse, a teaching and learning platform that offers faculty-supported, self-paced online degree programs at an affordable price point of $8,500 annual tuition.
In support of the well-being of future generations, South Dakotan and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, one of the country's most generous philanthropists, is donating an unprecedented $100 million to the private, nonprofit National University System to make social emotional learning available to every child nationwide in the PreK-6 grades. The funding allows the System to dramatically expand the Sanford Harmony social emotional learning program, which is based on the vision of Mr. Sanford and offers a comprehensive toolkit of life-transforming lessons and strategies emphasizing diversity and inclusion; empathy and critical thinking; communication; problem-solving; and peer relationships.
What exactly is Latino prosperity? According to Mara Perez, Founder of Latino Futures, the think-tank-centered initiative fueling the Latino Prosperity Movement, “Latino prosperity is Latino socio-economic prosperity for the wellbeing of Latinos in the United States and for the country as a whole.” By 2060, 30% of the United States population will be Latino. That means, what’s good for Latinos in the United States is good for the United States. Latino prosperity is also American prosperity.
The Sanford Harmony program, which is reaching more than 1 million PreK-6 students through a university network led by the private, nonprofit National University System, has been recognized as a leader in social emotional learning by the nation’s pre-eminent organization that evaluates such programs, the Collaborative to Advance Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Only a select number of evidence-based programs achieve recognition after undertaking the organization’s rigorous evaluation process, and the achievement affirms the Sanford Harmony program’s dedication to student success.
The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University was pleased to host the annual 2017 Philanthropy Summit, which brought together regional nonprofits and cause leaders to strengthen a culture of philanthropy within their organizations. The event drew representatives of some 220 organizations from the Bay Area and across the country to learn about fundraising strategies and other effective donor outreach approaches.
One of the country's largest school districts, Los Angeles Unified School District, is expanding a research-based social emotional learning program, Sanford Harmony, this 2017-2018 school year following its initial introduction to the District's early childhood centers. The Sanford Harmony program promotes positive peer interactions and relationships among students through easily-integrated lesson plans and activities that emphasize communication, empathy, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving skills.
As technology continues to advance at an exponential rate, it is driving increasingly rapid changes in our workplaces, lifestyles, and culture. And this trend shows no signs of slowing any time soon. To the contrary, many experts predict that the current rate of technological development will not only continue but actually accelerate in coming years. Facing this challenge, how do we ensure that the skills we develop today will still be relevant tomorrow?
National University, which is among the largest private, nonprofit universities in California, and John F. Kennedy University, which has been serving the East Bay community for more than 50 years, are pleased to announce the launch of the East Bay NU campus in Pleasant Hill. The introduction of NU East Bay will significantly expand academic offerings in the region, providing access to more than 120 programs through National University.
Beginning in the fall 2017 term, JFK University College of Psychology will be offering a specialized Trauma Studies Certificate Program. Available in either one or two-year courses of study, the Trauma Studies Certificate Program will benefit professionals in a wide range of fields whose work brings them into contact with those who have experienced trauma.
The largest donation in the System’s history recognizes the successful national expansion of programs that address critical needs in teacher education, PreK-12 instruction and nonprofit fundraising, which have been introduced to more than 500,000 children and adults