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Written by Jane Kettering   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 11:47
DAVENPORT, Iowa—St. Ambrose University officials are reporting positive trends this fall, in the form of top rankings from national publications, more students preparing for health care careers, and managed enrollment growth.

Two national ranking publications, The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, have rated St. Ambrose University among the top universities in the region.

This is the seventh year in a row St. Ambrose has been selected by the Princeton Review as one of the best universities in the Midwest. In addition, St. Ambrose has maintained an average placement in the top 40 among peer institutions as determined by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Princeton Review, which uses student opinion data to determine their rankings. selected the university as one of 153 institutions of higher education it recommends for its "Best in the Midwest" designation.

Colleges named "regional bests" represent only about 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges. Student opinion data, which led to the “best” designation, referenced small class sizes and accessible professors. "One of Ambrose’s best features is the caring faculty and staff,” said one student. An elementary education major reported that “coming to Ambrose was one of the best choices I have ever made."

U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Ambrose University 40th—and in the top tier—among “Best Regional Universities - Midwest.” The region includes 12 states.

Among university strengths related to high rankings are nationally accredited academic programs in Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. St. Ambrose offers one of only 41 post-doctoral orthopedic PT clinical residencies nationwide, the only master’s level occupational therapy program in the state of Iowa, and a growing Master of Speech-Language Pathology degree program. A new $11.5 million health sciences education center offers students state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.

"The growth in number of students seeking degrees in health sciences reflects both a response to community need for highly qualified health care professionals, and the strength of our programs,” says John Cooper, vice president for enrollment management at St. Ambrose. “Our fall enrollment report is also showing the results of managed growth, while focusing on building strong neighborhood relations and providing appropriate facilities to meet the needs of current students.”

A total of 2,752 undergraduate students are enrolled this fall, along with 815 graduate students. This fall, the most popular undergraduate degree programs include Business and Accounting, Education, Nursing, Psychology and Exercise Science. The most popular graduate programs include the MBA, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Social Work, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Speech-Language Pathology and Doctor of Physical Therapy. A new Mechanical Engineering degree program has been added this fall, the only one of its kind offered in the Quad Cities.

Founded in 1882, St. Ambrose is a coeducational, Roman Catholic liberal arts university with more than 3,600 students. It maintains an 11-to-1 student-faculty ratio while offering more than 75 areas of study, as well as master’s and doctoral programs.

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Braley Recognizes St. Paul the Apostle for Winning Blue Ribbon Distinction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 10:52

Catholic school was one of only 7 Iowa schools to win 2011 US Education Department Blue Ribbon 


Davenport, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) visited students today at Davenport’s St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School to recognize the school being named a 2011 Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.  Only seven schools in Iowa received the award this year, including St. Paul’s.

Braley met with members of St. Paul’s student council before addressing the school’s students in an assembly.

“My mother was a schoolteacher in my hometown, and my wife teaches high school in Waterloo – so you could say I have education in my blood,” Braley said.  “Being named a Blue Ribbon School is no small achievement – only 305 schools in the entire country earned the distinction this year.


“Every school in Iowa should strive for this level of educational excellence.  After all, a world-class education is the foundation of our kids’ future.  Quality schools lay the groundwork now for good-paying jobs and a stronger economy tomorrow.”


Being named a Blue Ribbon School means meeting one of two criteria:


  1. High-performing schools. Schools that are ranked among each state’s highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments, or, for private schools, that score at the highest performance level on national tests.
  1. High-performing high-risk schools. Schools with 40 percent or more of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by national tests.

To be named a Blue Ribbon School, a school must be nominated for the distinction by the top education official in its respective state.  The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools in each state.

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TUESDAY: Braley to visit Davenport’s St. Paul the Apostle School PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 17 October 2011 12:23
St. Paul’s one of seven Iowa schools to receive 2011 Blue Ribbon School Distinction from US Dept. of Education 


Washington, DC – On Tuesday, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will make a stop at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School in Davenport to recognize the school for being named a US Department of Education Blue Ribbon School.

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School in Davenport has been named a 2011 Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.  The school, which serves grades K-8, is one of only seven schools in Iowa to receive the award.  Braley will meet with the student council and address the student body to recognize their achievement.

1:00pm                 2011 Blue Ribbon School recognition event

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School

1007 E. Rusholme St., Davenport, Iowa

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Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities to host an Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Dobbins   
Friday, 14 October 2011 12:00
‘Grow. Evolve. Become.’

(Bettendorf, IA – October 14, 2011)    Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities will host an Open House Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Grow Your Life. Evolve Your Mind. Become Your Vision.  Learn about targeted education for future careers and convenient “one course a month” day and evening schedules. Guests can meet the president, faculty, staff, students, and have the opportunity to tour classrooms and labs. Red Hot Brian Scott and Tony Tone from B100 will be joining us along with the Rock Island Metro Youth Group. The College will also be hosting an Halloween event. Families can bring their children to trick or treat.

There is no charge to attend the Open House. To register online, visit

EVENT:  Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities Open House
‘Grow Your Life. Evolve Your Mind. Become Your Vision.’

DATE:    Saturday, October 22, 2011

TIME:     10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where:   Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities
2119 E. Kimberly Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722

For additional information about the Open House or Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities, contact Ann Sandoval at (563) 344-1500 or visit
Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities is one of 27 school locations of the Brown Mackie College system of schools (, which is dedicated to providing educational programs that prepare students for entry-level positions in a competitive, rapidly-changing workplace. Brown Mackie College schools offer bachelor's degree, associate’s degree, certificate, and diploma programs in health sciences, business, information technology, legal studies and design technologies. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Augustana College places 73rd amongst Division III colleges in COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF BOTH ACADEMICS AND ATHLETICS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tiffany Menzione   
Friday, 14 October 2011 11:20

NCSA 2011 Power Rankings Study Helps Prospective Student-Athletes Evaluate Strengths of Top College Institutions Around the Country

(Chicago, IL) – NCSA Athletic Recruiting is pleased to announce Augustana College is ranked 73rd among NCAA Division III universities in the 9th Annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings.

NCSA Athletic Recruiting's Collegiate 2011 Power Rankings assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. The Power Rankings were developed to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels.

“The Power Rankings are an objective tool to empower student athletes to find the right fit in a college or university, not only for its athletics, but academics as well," says Krause, CEO and Founder of NCSA Athletic Recruiting. "Our hope is to educate these student athletes and their parents on the importance of evaluating schools that will provide the education for an enriched, successful career after college, in addition to athletic success.” concluded Krause.

The Collegiate Power Rankings from NCSA Athletic Recruiting are calculated for each Division I, II and III college and university by averaging student-athlete graduation rates, academic rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report, and the strength of athletic departments as determined by the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.

These Power Rankings are only one example of NCSA Athletic Recruiting's commitment to redefining collegiate recruiting.  As the leading athletic recruiting network, NCSA connects more than 35,000 college coaches with student-athletes who hope to pursue both higher education and the chance to compete in athletics at the college level.

A comprehensive list of the rankings, both overall and by division, is available at:

To speak with NCSA Athletic Recruiting CEO and Founder, Chris Krause, about the 2011 Power Rankings, please contact me at 312.624.7437 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tiffany Menzione
Public Relations Coordinator

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