Tulane renames its school for adults

Tulane University has relaunched its School of Continuing Studies as the School of Professional Advancement.

Suri Duitch, the vice president for academic innovation and dean of the school, presented President Mike Fitts and the Tulane board with a new name and plan, and the board passed it unanimously March 17.

In a news release, Fitts said what once upon a time was known as "night school" is one of the university's most popular schools. It was founded in 1884.

Duitch said the school's new name is more directly reflective of its focus on working adults, career advancement, and applied and innovative programs that are relevant to the workplace.

The School of Professional Advancement offers 26 undergraduate programs of study and four master’s degree programs at Tulane’s Uptown and Elmwood campuses and its Mississippi Coast campus in Biloxi.

The school's degree program in digital design will soon be revamped and updated, as will the homeland security program. A new concentration in cyber security will also be available in the fall.

Entrepreneurship is focus at Xavier

Xavier University’s Center for Continuing Studies and Distance Learning has announced a new certificate program in entrepreneurship.

The program, which is designed to provide adult learners with the knowledge and skills to operate a successful small business, requires 15 hours of course credit for completion. Four of the five courses are available online; the cost is $267 per credit hour.

In addition to an introduction to entrepreneurship, subjects to be covered include principles of management, principles of marketing, organization and operation of a small business, and financial management.

“Individuals who take advantage of this certificate program will be able to acquire a theoretical and practical knowledge about entrepreneurship that aligns directly to their own existing or planned business," said Mark Quinn, an assistant professor of business and the endowed chair of entrepreneurship at Xavier.

“In addition, they will be positioned to raise capital for an existing or start-up venture, and they will meet professionals who can make the business happen.”

Scheduling is flexible. Students who begin the program during Xavier’s Summer Session I, which starts May 23, could complete all of the certificate requirements by December.

Another session will begin in the 2018 spring semester.

A high school diploma is generally required to participate, although exceptions may be granted to those with extensive real-world experience.

For more information or to apply, visit www.xula.edu/ccsde or call (504) 720-7669.

LSU Nursing School faculty honored

Two members of the faculty of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing earned top honors at the Louisiana Nurses Foundation’s 2017 Nightingale Gala and Awards Ceremony.

Todd Tartavoulle, the program director for the Traditional BSN Program and Gerontology CNS Program, was named nurse administrator of the year. Ellen Beyer, an instructor of clinical nursing, was named nurse educator of the year.

In addition, Dr. Myrtis J. Snowden, an emeritus professor at the School of Nursing, was posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Nurses Foundation Hall of Fame.

According to the foundation, the Nightingale Awards recognize service, commitment and excellence among registered nurses in Louisiana, as well as leadership and innovation in professional nursing.

Tartavoulle’s leadership has contributed "significantly" to the accolades bestowed upon the LSU School of Nursing, school officials said. He proposed an adjustment of the school’s admission criteria so that students could focus on studies that gave them the best chance of successful, on-time progression through the nursing curriculum.

Beyer employs underutilized educational interventions that affect learning and change in health professionals, according to LSU Health. She has developed and co-directed an interprofessional education simulation with nursing students and occupational therapy students. The nursing students teach the occupational therapy students how to transfer patients with medical lines, and the OT students teach the nursing students patient transfers and assistance with daily living activities.

The LSU  Health New Orleans School of Nursing is the only Louisiana nursing school integrated into an academic health sciences center.

The Louisiana Nurses Foundation was organized in 1986 as the research, educational and charitable subsidiary of the Louisiana State Nurses Association.

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