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  • Southwestern College Graduates Earn More than Projected

    Winfield, Kan., Feb. 3, 2016 — A recent study by a prestigious university shows that new Southwestern College graduates earned $6,000 more than they were projected to earn, the top projected earnings gap of any university in the state.

    The Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce (CEW) mined statistics from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard to compile the earnings report for more than 1,400 four-year colleges and universities.  The report takes into account the majors offered by the college (science and engineering fields tend to earn higher salaries, for example) then projects what graduates of that college could be expected to make. A survey of former students 10 years after they began their studies then compared what they actually earn to this base projection.

    Of the 22 colleges and universities in the state, Southwestern College had the highest positive gap between what its graduates were projected to make and what they actually were earning. Actual earnings exceeded projected by $6,000-- projected earnings were $38,200 and actual earnings were $44,200. This was the highest positive gap in Kansas.

    Speaking in a Topeka Capital Journal article, a senior research analyst at CEW explained that the purpose of this study was to see if colleges are adding value to students’ earnings.

    “It’s supposed to be a measure of the college’s value,” said analyst Andrew Hanson. “In the end we’re trying to get one measure of the college’s ability to prepare students for the labor market.”

    The next closest positive earning gap was at Ottawa University, and was $1,000 behind Southwestern’s number.

    To see the full Georgetown University report, see


    A positive gap means former students earned more than projected, and a negative gap means they earned less.

    University/Projected Earnings/Gap from Expected Earnings (+ or -):

    • Southwestern College: $44,200, +$6,000
    • Ottawa University:  $40,700, +5,000
    • Bethany College: $38,500, +$4,200
    • Newman University: $41,900. +$2,700
    • Kansas Wesleyan University: $36,600, +$2,100
    • Pittsburg State University: $38,200, +$1,500
    • Friends University: $41,800, +$1,300
    • Bethel College: $37,400, +$500
    • Central Christian College of Kansas: $31,100, -$900
    • University of Saint Mary: $39,900, -$1,200
    • Sterling College: $32,100, -$1,200
    • Emporia State University: $35,900, -$1,700
    • Baker University: $48,900, -$1,900
    • Fort Hays State University: $37,400, -$1,900
    • Washburn University: $37,900, -$2,200
    • Kansas State University: $43,300, -$2,400
    • Tabor College: $34,400, -$2,800
    • Wichita State University: $39,300, -$3,400
    • McPherson College: $35,500, -$3,700
    • MidAmerica Nazarene University: $39,100, -$4,200
    • University of Kansas: $44,600, -$5,100
    • Benedictine College: $37,800, -$6,200

    (Source: Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce)

    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 Nursing Director Selected for National Nursing Leadership Academy

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College Director of Nursing Amber Pyatt has been selected as a scholar for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA) – Cohort III beginning in March.

    The NFLA was developed by Sigma Theta Tau International in partnership with the Elsevier Foundation in an effort to heighten the personal leadership development of nurse faculty. It strives to improve faculty retention, advance academic career success and cultivate high performing, supportive work environments in colleges.

    All NFLA Leadership Academy applicants were reviewed and ranked on criteria including experience and commitment to the field of nursing. Pyatt, along with her mentor, Dr. Denise Gormley, executive director of graduate programs and coordinator of the Nursing Administration Program at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Nursing, were chosen as one of 16 paired scholar/mentor teams to participate in the 20-month leadership development curriculum focusing on individual leadership development, leading a team project to advance nursing education and expand the scope of influence within academic institutions, the community and the profession.

    “Serving in a leadership role currently at Southwestern College, I know how important it is to enhance leadership skills in order to promote the RN to BSN program at SC,” says Pyatt. “Some of my goals during the next 20 months will be to use information garnered through the workshops to develop self-confidence through reflection, goal-setting and collaboration with my leadership mentor.”

    Pyatt will conduct a team project focusing on the issue of retention in RN to BSN programs. She hopes being part of the NFLA Leadership Academy will allow her to bring back information and implement it into the RN to BSN program at SC.

  • Southwestern College to host Military Appreciation Night

    Winfield, Kansas— The Southwestern College athletic department and SC student life would like to invite all active duty military and veterans to Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, Jan. 23, as the Southwestern College men’s and women’s basketball teams host the University of Saint Mary.

    The women’s game will begin at 3 p.m., and the men at 5 p.m., inside historic Stewart Field House.

    All active duty military and veterans will be admitted free to the games and will receive a t-shirt. Participants will be recognized immediately before the men’s game tips off.

    Interim assistant athletic director Scott Nuss says that he has been in contact with McConnell Air Force Base, area National Guard, and VFW and American Legion posts in Cowley County. 

    “We recognize a lot of people throughout the season, but we often forget about those who serve and protect us on a daily basis,” Nuss says.  “I hope our military and veterans will accept our invitation, and support us while we recognize them for their service."

    For more information, contact Scott Nuss at (620) 229-6218.


  • Southwestern College Selected As A Top School In Military Advanced Education & Transition’s 2016 Guide To Colleges & Universities

    Wichita, Kansas Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded Southwestern College the designation of a Top School in its 2016 MAE&T Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education.  The Guide was released late this December, and is available online at

    The Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE&T’s 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

    Now in its ninth year of publishing the Guide, MAE&T was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This enables prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

    With input from an advisory board of educational and government experts, and criteria based on recommendations from the VA and military services, MAE&T’s Guide to Colleges and Universities provides the foundational information a prospective student would use in framing his or her educational needs.

    “Our goal is to be a dynamic resource for active servicemembers and those who have moved from the military to their civilian careers, helping them find the school that best fits their plans for the future,” said Kelly Fodel, Military Advanced Education & Transition’s editor. “We think this year’s Guide is our most comprehensive to date, thanks to our newly established advisory board. The board evaluated the drafts of the questionnaire, made pages of notes and suggestions and helped to redefine questions for clarity. We thank them for their thoughtful edits and additions to our process.”

    Not only is the 2016 Guide printed in the December issue of Military Advanced Education &Transition, but also published in a searchable database online. Students will have access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.

    “While we realize that all schools are unique, we focus our annual survey on the best practices that make a true difference to servicemembers and student veterans,” said Fodel. “These best practices have been asserted by various higher education groups and reinforced by veteran groups, and we consider our survey to be the most detailed and informative in the industry.”

    Visit for online access to MAE&T’s 2016 Guide to Colleges and Universities, or pick up a copy of the December issue of Military Advanced Education & Transition.

  • Office Hours Shortened for Holiday Break

    WICHITA, Kansas - Office hours at the Southwestern College Professional Studies campus will be shortened by one hour during the holiday break.

    Office hours are as follows:

    Monday, Dec. 21st – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Tuesday, Dec. 22nd – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Wednesday Dec. 23rd 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Thursday, Dec. 24th – CLOSED

    Friday, Dec. 25th – CLOSED

    Monday, Dec. 28th – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Tuesday, Dec. 29th – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Wednesday, Dec. 30th – 9 a.m. 4 p.m.

    Thursday, Dec. 31st – CLOSED

    Friday, January 1st – CLOSED

    We wish all of our valued students a Merry Christmas and look forward to serving you in the New Year!  

  • Southwestern College’s Center for Corporate Learning to Offer Leadership Training in 2016

    WICHITA, Kansas – The Center for Corporate Learning at Southwestern College will offer Leadership Level 1, a three-session leadership series, which will encompass communication, relationship building, resolving workplace conflict, delegation and coaching employees. The series will be powered by Development Dimensions International (DDI), a top talent management consultancy that assists companies revolutionize the way they hire, develop and promote their leaders and workforce.

    Course material will be taught by Margaret Harris, a DDI certified trainer with more than 30 years of experience as an educator and trainer. Harris also holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Human Resource/Organizational Development.

    “New Leaders who are prepared to transition into their roles are promoted because of value they bring to their organization,” said Denise Sherman, director of the Center for Corporate Learning. “The Leadership Level 1 series provides training to handle the challenges and stress that comes with being a new leader.”

    The first session will begin Thursday, February 25th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Southwestern College Professional Studies campus on S. Rock Rd. in Wichita. Subsequent sessions will be held in March and April. Sessions can be taken individually for $199.00 each or as a bundle for a total cost of $579.00. All course materials are included. Registration can be done online through the Center for Corporate Learning website.

  • Southwestern College receives $5K Nursing Grant from BCBS Foundation

    WICHITA, Kansas – A few fortunate students in the Southwestern College RN to BSN program will receive part of a $5,000 scholarship grant awarded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.

    The BCBS Foundation is awarding the money to Kansas students who have completed an associate level nursing program at a college in Kansas. It is hopeful recipients of the scholarship dollars will continue practicing in the state of Kansas upon graduating with their bachelor of science in nursing degree.

    “Receiving this grant from the BCBS of Kansas Foundation will assist students in furthering their nursing education,” said Amber Pyatt, Southwestern College RN to BSN Program director. “This grant will be awarded in the 2015-2016 academic year, so students who are entering the program in February 2016 will still have the opportunity to qualify. We are elated that the BCBS of Kansas Foundation was generous in providing this grant to the RN-BSN program at Southwestern College.”

    The grant will be divided up into five scholarships and will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need.

  • Southwestern College Ranked 12th on List of Best for Vets Schools

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College Professional Studies has made the cut for Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2016.

    Best for Vets rankings are done as an independent project in which organizations are evaluated to determine if they are a good fit for members of the armed forces, veterans and their families. Best for Vets: Colleges is in its sixth year assessing colleges and the success rate of their military students. More than 600 colleges participated in this year’s survey.

    “It’s been amazing to witness how colleges all across higher education have embraced service members and their families,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings and special editions. “Over the past six years of our surveys, we’ve seen so many schools first begin to foster – through new policies, services and dedicated facilities – and then nurture these wonderful communities.”

    In order to be given the honor, schools must document a large range of services, financial incentives and accommodations to military and veteran students.

    “We award the Best for Vets designation to the very best – the colleges that really are setting the example,” Miller said.

    Professional Studies takes pride in working closely with members of the military and their spouses, providing them with flexible, six-week online courses that work well with their service careers. Roughly two-thirds of Professional Studies students working toward their bachelor’s and master’s degrees are members of the armed forces. Southwestern College is proud to assist them in reaching their academic goals.

    Located just minutes away from McConnell Air Force Base in east Wichita, Kansas, Professional Studies also has satellite locations at McConnell Air Force Base and Fort Riley. Professional Studies has also been named a Military Friendly School® for 2016.


  • Top Benefits of Earning Your Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification

    Project management professionals wanting to further their careers, improve their skills and increase their salary will find it more attainable by having their Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification. It is the most meaningful industry-recognized certification for those in the field of project management. Those who have it will distinguish themselves in the profession. And unlike other certifications, the PMP® certification is universal, placing those certified in the position to work in virtually any industry anywhere in the world. It’s not an easy task, however. Those pursuing their certification must meet certain criteria and prepare for the thorough exam. But once achieved, a PMP® certification will be a career asset.

    Who Should Get a PMP® Certification?

    While Project Management Professional certifications are most popular in the field of project management, they are not limited to the profession. They also greatly benefit professionals at other levels including team leaders, IS/IT professionals, business analysts and Six Sigma specialists to name a few. Those wanting to climb the career ladder quickly in the project management field or acquire a position at a large company which handles high-budget projects will find a PMP® certification an important resource.
    Though a PMP® certification is a well-respected credential, it may not be for everyone. Those wishing to become certified need real-world experience managing projects and a strong interest in project management. Candidates must have a minimum of three years of related work experience guiding and managing projects and 35 credit hours of project management education. Those meeting those requirements must pass the PMP® multiple choice exam or 200 questions. But once successfully completed, achieving the certification will yield a range of benefits – both for you and your company.

    The PMP® Payoff

    Having a PMP® Certification on a resume will make it enticing. Those with it are now more competitive and desirable. Having the certification is also a great way to prepare and inherit greater responsibilities within your workplace. The certification proves to upper management your dedication, willingness and knowledge to be given more opportunities for growth. It is no secret how meticulous the process of completing the certification is to your supervisor. It’s an impressive feet to accomplish and by completing your certification you have proven you are ready to tackle jobs at the highest level of project management.
    Your certification won’t just make you look better – it will also make you communicate and plan better for future projects. Certified experts are able to communicate with other project managers and vendors more effectively when it comes to preparing, managing and completing a venture. Your ability to work more efficiently with others will yield more productivity, making your business as a whole more attractive to potential clients.
    Of course one of the more attractive benefits to gaining your PMP® certification is increasing your earning potential. In fact, according to the annual PMI® Project Management Survey, a large number of certified individuals earn a salary of more than $100,000.

    Earning your PMP® certification will be worth all the hard work, but you can better prepare for the exam by taking the Center for Corporate Learning PMP® certification preparatory course! It’s completely online and self-paced, so it works with your schedule.

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  • Meet the Faculty: Lionel Santiago, Lead Faculty of Criminal Justice & Security Management

    Wichita, Kansas - September 11th meant something to every American. For many adults it served as a wake-up call to make the most of life and accomplish unrealized dreams. For Lionel Santiago, who had previously served in the armed forces and was a member of the Orlando Police Department, it served as the catalyst for earning his master’s degree, which ultimately led to his teaching career.

    “I vividly remember that day and instantly knew our world as we knew it was about to change,” he said. “I knew that our discipline was about to embark on a technological revolution driven by the realities of the 21st Century security environment. I wanted to not only be physically and mentally ready but also academically ready for the challenges ahead.”

    Santiago’s career of service, however, began years before 9/11. A native of Puerto Rico, he moved to Florida at the age of 10. Upon graduating from high school he joined the United States Army where he served eight years as active duty and for the Florida National Guard. He also attended the University of Central Florida where he earned his B.A. with a double major in Political Science and Interpersonal Communication. His first job after earning his degree was as the director of operations for the Central Florida Sports Commission (CFSC), a non-profit government-funded sports marketing organization. But by 1999 he still felt unfulfilled.

    “After my time in the Army and spending three years at the CFSC, I felt something was missing,” he said. “I wanted to continue to serve and make a difference.”

    His brother, a deputy sheriff, set up a meeting between Santiago and his law enforcement academy coordinator, who also happened to be an Orlando Police Officer. Santiago made the decision to join the force – one he doesn’t regret.

    “Our officers and civilians are top-notch professionals who care about their community,” he said. “They are selfless people who put their lives on the line every day. It is an honor to be among them.”

    Since joining the department as a patrol officer, Santiago has since worn many hats. He’s worked in the bike unit, served as a property crimes detective, internal affairs investigator and currently serves as a police recruiter – a challenging job given current issues around the county involving police officers.

    “Recent events have brought a sharp focus on the relationship between the community and law enforcement and rightfully so,” he said. “I think the solution starts with a frank discussion of the totality of the issues at hand and working together to build a better community.”

    And while Santiago works his full-time job in law enforcement, he’s putting his master’s degree from American Military University to good use, teaching classes for the Criminal Justice, Security Administration and Security Management programs at Professional Studies. He says along with interacting with his learners he enjoys the many investments Southwestern College has made to better prepare Criminal Justice and Security Management learners.

    “I am so proud of the investments the college had made like the Online Writing Center (OWC) and free access to the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL), which is the nation’s premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy and organizational management.

    Now, 14 years after the dark days of 9/11, Santiago continues to serve not only the citizens of Orlando but the dynamic learners at Southwestern College. He currently teaches courses including CJUS300, SMGT424, MSA505 and MSA575. And while free time is considered a “precious commodity” to Santiago, he relishes the Florida weather with his wife and three children relaxing by the pool and camping.