Ranked One of the Best Schools  for Online Programs in Advanced Practice Nursing

Southeastern has been recognized nationally for online learning in advanced practice nursing by EduMed.org, an organization that produces free resource material and expert-driven guidebooks to help students find scholarships, financial aid, and top degree programs in nursing, healthcare administration, public health, and dozens of other key medical and health disciplines.

Southeastern was named one of 2021’s best schools for online programs and courses in advanced practice nursing. Only eight percent of colleges and universities across the country earned a position in one of EduMed.org’s higher education rankings.

Southeastern was ranked for online program excellence in psychiatric mental health, doctor of nurse practitioner, and most affordable psychiatric nurse practitioner.

“We set out to find the advanced practice nursing programs that are making online education a priority,” said founder of EduMed.org Wes Ricketts. “Each program in our rankings has a winning combination of flexibility, affordability, academic rigor, and student support.”
Southeastern’s recognition comes at a time when students across the country are taking more of their courses either fully or partially online. According to data from the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment in online courses increased by 93 percent between fall 2019 and fall 2020. Nearly two-thirds of college students took at least one online course in 2020.

“COVID-19 forced many schools to rapidly expand their online programs to meet increased student demand,” said Ricketts. “The advanced practice nursing programs that offer the best and most convenient online learning options stand to benefit the most from the mass transition to higher education online.”

EduMed.org researched and analyzed more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) and from the schools themselves. The website’s data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying advanced practice nursing programs.

Primary data points included the following: number of online programs in advanced practice nursing; online program tuition and fees; access to academic counseling; access to career placement services; number of online students; and percentage of students with institutional aid.

To be eligible, a school must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially or fully online program in the ranking subject.

The report can be found online here

Southeastern Educator Appointed to Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs

Southeastern Associate Professor of Education Gerlinde Beckers has been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs. Beckers will serve on the education, legislation and accessibility sub-committees.

The council was established by the Governor’s Office to educate, address and resolve issues relative to the disability community. The mission is to promote, encourage and support citizens with disabilities so they may have an equal opportunity to actively participate in all aspects of life.

A resident of Loranger, Beckers has been recognized for her work with Southeastern’s Lions Connected Program, a program that provides personalized, post-secondary educational experiences for individuals with intellectual disabilities and recently received national recognition as the Exemplary Program for Vocational Training and Transition from the American Council on Rural Special Education.

“Dr. Beckers’ knowledge, experience, and passion for improving the lives of individuals with disabilities makes her the perfect fit for this gubernatorial appointment.,” said Dean of the College of Education Paula Summers Calderon. “As principal investigator of the Louisiana Alliance of Postsecondary Inclusive Education (LAPIE), Dr. Beckers exemplifies Southeastern’s core values of excellence and caring as she provides guidance to other universities in creating inclusive post-secondary education programs. This gubernatorial appointment will continue to highlight and advance the work she does at Southeastern.”

UPD Awarded Safety Campaign Grant

The University Police Department has been awarded a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) to participate in the LHSC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns. The primary goal of the grant is to reduce crash-related fatalities and injuries on Louisiana roadways.

“Our students and employees travel the city and state roadways every day including commutes from surrounding parishes,” said Patrick Gipson, police lieutenant at Southeastern. “We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely. That’s why we conduct traffic safety enforcement.”

The grant provides funding for officers to work overtime conducting day and night occupant protection and impaired driving enforcement.

“Enforcement is only part of the effort,” explained Gipson. “We will also be collaborating with local partners to educate about safe driving habits.”

Gipson listed partners including Tangipahoa – Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change (TRACC), Hammond City Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana State Police.

“Our activities are part of a community-wide effort to save lives,” added Gipson. “If everyone works together and encourages their friends to drive safely, we can make our parish roadways some of the safest in Louisiana.”