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  • Southwestern College Partners with Naval Postgraduate School

    Wichita, Kansas – Southwestern College becomes the first Kansas four-year institution to offer degrees integrating the Naval Postgraduate School Homeland Defense and Security curriculum. Southwestern College partnered with the Naval Postgraduate School as part of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) and University & Agency Partnership Initiative, or UAPI, that brings together institutions dedicated to advancing homeland security education.

    “Our partnership with UAPI, illustrates our unwavering commitment to our learners, by ensuring they are equipped to confront the dynamic challenges of the 21st Century security environment,” explains Lionel Santiago, Lead Affiliate Faculty for Criminal Justice and Security Management.

    The initiative’s objectives are to strengthen the nation’s security, prevent redundant curriculum development and associated costs, facilitate nationwide collaboration among educational institutions as they develop or expand their homeland security programs and create synergy to address critical national security and defense research issues.

    Southwestern College currently offers two degrees with the curriculum, a Bachelor’s in Security Management Degree and a Master’s in Security Administration. These degrees are offered online through the Southwestern College Professional Studies division.

    Andy Sheppard, Provost, noted “SC degrees in Security Management and Administration already make learners eligible for FEMA and other Homeland Security jobs but this new partnership with UAPI ensures access to some of the best content available to those who are dedicated to protecting others.”

  • Southwestern College Proud To Announce New Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU)

    Southwestern College has received confirmation from the Department of Defense that our application for the new Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding has been accepted and completed.

    Southwestern College has a rich tradition of assisting servicemembers and their dependents with achieving their academic goals.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the DOD and providing quality education to our men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces.

  • John McCutcheon to Perform February 8 at Southwestern College

    Winfield, Kan., Jan. 10, 2014 — Walnut Valley Festival favorite John McCutcheon will perform in Winfield Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (RPAC) on the campus of Southwestern College. Tickets are $22.50 for general seating; there are no reserved seats for the show. RPAC is located in the Christy Administration Building.

    McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His 30 recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over 20 albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.

    The McCutcheon concert is the first in an expected series of RPAC events designed to showcase the renovated auditorium.

    “Our own college performers have loved the space, and now we want to show it’s a regional treasure as well,” says Steve Wilke, vice president for planning and new programs at Southwestern College.

    For tickets or for more information about the concert, contact Jessica Falk, director of camps and conferences at SC, at (620) 229-6141 or look online

    Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

  • Southwestern College Professional Studies Online Degrees Ranked in U.S. News and World Report

    Winfield, Kan., Jan. 9, 2014 — “U.S. News and World Report’s” 2014 rankings of the best online programs have been announced and Southwestern College Professional Studies (SCPS) is listed in three of the six categories.

    Nearly 1,000 distance education programs completed the survey. SCPS earned a #84 ranking for best online graduate education program; #112 ranking for best online bachelor’s program; and a #164 ranking for best online graduate business program.

    “Southwestern College Professional Studies is honored to continue to receive recognition for our online programs from U.S. News,” says Pamela Monaco, vice president and chief academic officer at SCPS. “Online college students want high quality programs that not only intellectually engage them but also provide the means for meaningful engagement with other learners and faculty. We listen to our learners and the marketplace in our dedication to providing students with the education that will give them career opportunities. Professional Studies practices what it preaches: keep improving.”

    Southwestern College has been offering online bachelor’s degree programs since 2001. All of the classes are delivered via the internet so students can access course material at their own convenience.

    Southwestern College Professional Studies offers online programs designed for adults and their unique needs. Online learning provides the flexibility to complete educational goals while meeting work and family obligations.

    “Education programs at Southwestern College engage learners at all levels of learning,” says Cameron Carlson, dean of education at Southwestern College. “Our program desires to educate all learners to serve PK-12 schools. Into all programming, we integrate five components: content and pedagogy, instruction and assessment, collaboration, leadership, and reflection and growth. We are pleased to be recognized for providing a quality program. We continually strive to engage all learners using best practices of online and face-to-face learning. Our highly qualified staff expects the most of all learners so that they can become leaders in the field of education.”

    To view the complete rankings, go to

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    Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

  • Uncensored Prayer: The Spiritual Practice of Wrestling with God – Jan 13 to Feb 14, 2014 – $69

    This course is about the spiritual practice of discussing everything with God, risking honesty to gain intimacy through loving, trusting conversations. It’s wrestling through anger, faith, pain, hope about every aspect of our lives. No topic, language, or feeling is unholy. It will cover how to know you’re hearing from God and explores a variety of ways to pray. This course is an opportunity to discover for yourself the redemptive freedom that comes from being totally honest with yourself and the One who loves you best. As you practice stepping out of your comfort zone, you will begin to experience confidence in speaking freely with God in ways that are uniquely yours.

    The instructor, Joy Wilson, is the author of Uncensored Prayer: The Spiritual Practice of Wrestling With God. Prior to starting the workshop, participants need to order this text.

    Click here to read a testimonial about this course.

    Access to all courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ’s page.

  • NAIA Rules SC Basketball Player will Retain Winnings in Scholarship Form

    Winfield, Kan., Dec. 10, 2013 — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that Cameron Rodriguez of Southwestern College (Kan.) will be allowed to retain his winnings from a half-court shot during a National Basketball Association (NBA) halftime promotion. The NAIA’s National Eligibility Committee (NEC), which consists of representatives from various schools and conferences, was the decision making body for Southwestern College’s request for an exceptional ruling to a standard rule.

    The decision to use the money as a scholarship was a joint recommendation by Rodriguez and Southwestern College athletic department, which was supported by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

    “We’re pleased with the decision from the membership and specifically the NEC that allows Cameron to keep his winnings to use towards his education,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “We feel the NAIA is the student-centered association in collegiate athletics, and this decision by our membership reflects that emphasis.”

    Rodriguez, a men’s basketball player at Southwestern College, made the shot Nov. 18 during halftime of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s game against the Denver Nuggets after being selected at random. At the time of the basket, he was the fourth person since February to hit the franchises’ $20,000 half-court shot.

    The NAIA Official & Policy Handbook, the primary governance document of the association, outlines the decision making process for this type of exception in a three-step process (Article V, Section L). First, the ruling must be submitted to the conference eligibility chairperson by the FAR and the institution’s athletic director requesting the ruling. The conference eligibility chairperson – in this specific case an individual from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference – then provides a recommendation to the NAIA. Once that recommendation is received, the NEC reviews the documentation and provides a ruling that only applies to the specific case and does not establish precedent.

    “We are proud of our student-athlete for doing the right thing in contacting his coach before he did anything,” Dick Merriman, Southwestern College President said. “We are also proud of the NAIA for doing the right thing in their ruling. I am pleased with this outcome.”

    Rodriguez will have to maintain his amateur status throughout the remainder of his eligibility. The NAIA defines amateurism as a student who engages in athletic contests for educational values, personal pleasure, satisfaction, and for the love of the sport, not for monetary or material gain.

    “We are very pleased with the decision the NAIA has made, and we appreciate their willingness take this case into consideration,” Southwestern College Director of Athletics Dave Denly said. “We are excited for Cameron to be able to maintain his eligibility while accepting his winnings in the form of a scholarship, and we thank all parties involved for their patience and support during this process.”

    Since 1937, the NAIA has administered sports programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience for its 250-plus member colleges and universities. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of sport. Through the Champions of Character program, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. For more information, visit

    Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.