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Leader in Higher Education

Future-focused, growing and on the move — these words describe the University of Dayton, a top-tier Catholic research university, according to U.S. News & World Report. During the 2011-12 academic year, national media took notice of the University’s growing reputation and the continuing transformation and expansion of campus.

A Player on the Regional and National Scenes

The Chronicle of Higher Education talked to Sundar Kumarasamy, vice president for enrollment management and marketing, for a Jan. 18 story about the University's new net-price tuition plan, which will provide students and families more transparency and more certainty in paying for college. The Chronicle story continues to generate national and local attention; the Dayton Daily News wrote about it on Jan. 22.

British website Energy Efficiency in the Home picked up a news release about the University's commitment to a new regional certification program that helps businesses take basic green measures.

AAA Journeys magazine featured The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop in its January issue. 

Sundar Kumarasamy, vice president for enrollment management and marketing, was featured Jan. 1 in an extensive profile that included a video interview by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Chronicle of Higher Education on Aug. 17 talked to Kumarasamy about an innovative admission strategy, offering free textbooks for four years. Cincinnati’s WVXU-FM and Dayton's WDTN-TV also carried stories. Kumarasamy also talked to U.S. News & World Report about the free textbook program Aug. 24. The story was picked up by numerous media outlets, including Yahoo! News and The Plain Dealer (Cleveland).

Kumarasamy talked to the Chicago Tribune Dec. 9 about the University’s innovative video scholarship initiative. The Associated Press wrote a story about the contest and a PR Newswire release was carried widely, resulting in combined coverage that reached at least 246 million people in 44 states and eight countries. Blogs such as collegewebeditor.com also picked up the story.

Forbes magazine on Oct. 23 talked to Kumarasamy on how the University’s branding builds strong relationships with prospective students.

The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop in late April drew nationally syndicated columnists, bloggers and writers and many of them wrote about the popular event. USA Today's Craig Wilson wrote a pre-workshop column that was picked up widely by news outlets, more than 70 bloggers wrote about their experiences and the Dayton Daily News and WDTN-TV carried stories for a potential total audience of more than 35 million.

During the R.I.S.E. XII investment forum, Bloomberg Radio's Kathleen Hays aired a three-hour live broadcast on March 30 from the University of Dayton Arena, highlighting the University's growing reputation. She interviewed President Daniel Curran, finance student and Davis Center manager Greg Castell, Tim O'Connell, senior associate athletics director, and David Kudla, who will head up the R.I.S.E. forum next year. Bloomberg also included the interview in its news feed.

Investment News covered the forum for the first time and carried three stories tagged to its Next Gen initiative: economic forecast, and career advice for young professionals and newcomers. 

A March 30 PR Newswire release on the R.I.S.E. student survey resulted in pickups from about 20 financial outlets including The Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch, as well as The Associated Press and Reuters news services. Also covering R.I.S.E. were Dayton-area outlets Dayton Daily NewsABC22/Fox45WHIO-TV and WDTN-TV.

Kathy McEuen Harmon, assistant vice president and dean of admission and financial aid, talked to Fox Business on Feb. 3 about the University’s program to offer four years of free textbooks to prospective students. 

The National Law Journal talked to Janet Hein, School of Law assistant dean and director of admission and financial aid, about the School of Law’s free textbook offer.

WVXU-FM, Cincinnati’s NPR affiliate, interviewed Ohio Aerospace Hub Director Kerry Taylor for a hub update and Danny Eylon, director of the graduate materials engineering program, about a new School of Engineering partnership with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute.

Voice of America mentioned the University of Dayton among the first in the nation to have a human rights program during a story about human rights programs nationwide.

The Dayton Daily News on Oct. 1 wrote an extensive page-one story about President Daniel J. Curran’s first 10 years as president and looked at the remarkable transformation of the University under his leadership.  

The Green Living Guy blog, Energy Power and Light and States News Service mentioned the University’s sustainability efforts, including energy report cards for student housing.

Today’s Energy Solutions was among four online outlets to carry a story mentioning the University of Dayton’s industrial assessment center.

National Higher Education Issues and Trends

Private University Products and News magazine featured Kevin Schultz, assistant director of University marketing and digital innovation, in an article on developing a social media program.

Peggy DesAutels, philosophy professor, was quoted Jan. 14 in The Chronicle of Higher Education about sex discrimination in the philosophy field. 

U.S. News & World Report included the University in a May 3 story about national enrollment trends.

The New York Times mentioned the University May 13 in a story on student loans.

BusinessWeek talked to Sundar Kumarasamy, vice president of enrollment management and marketing, for an April 19 story about success coaching for first-year students.

U.S. News & World Report blog cited the School of Law’s accelerated curriculum as a trend to watch.

Inside Higher Ed quoted Molly Schaller, chair of the counselor education and human services department, in a Sept. 29 story about the so-called, ‘sophomore slump’ and how some colleges are preparing sophomore convocations.

Molly Wilson, executive director of enrollment strategies, talked to U.S. News & World Report about the increased number of international students enrolling in the University’s MBA program.

For the March/April issue, BizEd magazine turned to Dean McFarlin, chair of the management and marketing department and the NCR Professor of Global Leadership Development, for a best practices story on cross-discipline collaborations.

School of Law Dean Paul McGreal participated in an American Bar Association podcast discussion March 22 about the "Law School Bubble."

Job Creation and Economic Development

Job creation spurred by the University was included in an Associated Press story April 30 on the recovering housing market. More than 175 outlets across the country picked up the story.

The American Society for Engineering Education mentioned a U.S. Department of Labor official’s visit to the School of Engineering’s Innovation Center in its “First Bell” daily e-mail news roundup Feb. 10.

WVXU-FM interviewed Ohio Aerospace Hub Director Kerry Taylor Nov. 20. Taylor discussed the hub’s successes in the first year and directions for the hub’s second year.

Azosensors.com wrote about a city of Dayton grant to the University of Dayton’s Institute for the Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensor Technologies (IDCAST) to help generate jobs in sensor technologies.

Getting Students Ready for College

The Chicago Tribune and Controlled Environments magazine picked up a Dayton Daily News story about a National Science Foundation grant to the University and Sinclair Community College to boost youth interest in the sciences. All three local TV stations and the Dayton Business Journal carried stories as well. 

The New York Times focused on Dayton in a May 30 story on the college education gap in many major cities. The story mentioned the Dayton Early College Academy and quoted Business Research Group Director Richard Stock and education professor Thomas J. Lasley II. "We have to go from (a mindset) where people think of themselves as being in a high-school-attending culture to being in a college-attending culture," Lasley said.

Getting Students Job Ready

The Dayton Daily News and WDTN-TV both featured stories May 24 on the University's participation in the Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows program, interviewing student Brandon Towns and School of Education and Allied Professions Dean Kevin Kelly.

The career research site WetFeet.com interviewed Career Services Director Jason Eckert for a post in early April about the job outlook for new college graduates.

In a Feb. 17 story, StateImpact Ohio, a statewide radio program affiliated with NPR, featured the University’s Transition to Teaching program.