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Presentation College is a higher education institution located in Brown County, SD . In 2021, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Presentation College were Registered Nursing (93 degrees awarded), Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services (13 degrees), and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (7 degrees).
In 2021, 173 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Presentation College. 71.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 28.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (134 degrees), 8.93 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (15 degrees).
The median undergraduate tuition at Presentation College is $21,626, which is $7,126 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).
In 2021, the median undergraduate tuition at Presentation College is $21,626, which is $7,126 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).
After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $27,204.
In 2021, 86% of undergraduate students attending Presentation College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 68% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.
In 2021, the cost of tuition at Presentation College was $21,626. The cost of tuition at Presentation College is $7,126 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).
This chart compares the tuition costs of Presentation College (in red) with those of other similar universities.
Average Net Price
In 2021 Presentation College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $27,204. Between 2020 and 2021, the average net price of Presentation College grew by 22.8%.
This chart compares the average net price of Presentation College (in red) with that of other similar universities.
Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Other Student Expenses
The average yearly cost of room and board at Presentation College was of $9,256 in 2021. The cost of room and board increased by 2.98% between 2020 and 2021.
During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,278. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.06% during the same period.
This chart compares the average student costs at Presentation College (in red) with that of similar universities.
Financial Aid by Income Level
86% of undergraduate students at Presentation College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2021. This represents a growth of 11.7% with respect to 2020, when 77% of undergraduate students received financial aid.
This chart compares the average award discount at Presentation College (in red) with that of other similar universities.
The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other expenses.
Student Loan Default Rate
In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Presentation College was 2.62%, which represents 8 out of the 305 total borrowers.
A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.
Presentation College received 1,276 undergraduate applications in 2021, which represents a 66.6% annual growth. Out of those 1,276 applicants, 1,196 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 93.7% acceptance rate.
There were 1,154 students enrolled at Presentation College in 2021. 12% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.
Presentation College has an overall enrollment yield of 16.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.
In 2021, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Presentation College was 93.7% (1,196 admissions from 1,276 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2020, which was 93.2%. Between 2020 and 2021, the number of applicants grew by 66.6%, while admissions grew by 67.5%..
This chart compares the acceptance rate of Presentation College (in red) with that of other similar universities, and the chart below shows the acceptance rate by gender.
12% of enrolled first-time students at Presentation College in 2021 submitted SAT scores with their applications.
This chart shows the SAT scores for the 25th and 75th percentile of applicants broken out into each section of the test that their are evaluated on.
Presentation College had a total enrollment of 1,154 students in 2021. The full-time enrollment at Presentation College is 764 students and the part-time enrollment is 390. This means that 66.2% of students enrolled at Presentation College are enrolled full-time.
The enrolled student population at Presentation College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 64% White, 10.7% Black or African American, 9.36% Two or More Races, 4.51% Hispanic or Latino, 3.81% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.25% Asian, and 0.52% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.
Students enrolled at Presentation College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.9%), followed by White Male (27.2%) and Black or African American Male (10.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (85.7%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native Male (14.3%).
Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment
The total enrollment at Presentation College in 2021, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,154 students. The full-time enrollment at Presentation College is 764 and the part-time enrollment is 390. This means that 66.2% of students enrolled at Presentation College are enrolled full-time compared with 69.7% at similar Special Focus Institutions .
This chart shows the full-time vs part-time enrollment status at Presentation College (in red) compares to similar universities.
Retention Rate over Time
Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Presentation College was 51%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (69%), Presentation College had a retention rate lower than its peers.
This chart shows the retention rate over time at Presentation College (highlighted in red) compares to similar universities.
Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity
- White 738 enrolled students
- Black or African American 124 enrolled students
- Two or More Races 108 enrolled students
The enrolled student population at Presentation College is 64% White, 10.7% Black or African American, 9.36% Two or More Races, 4.51% Hispanic or Latino, 3.81% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.25% Asian, and 0.52% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 43.6% White, 18.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 14% Black or African American.
In 2021, 73 more women than men received degrees from Presentation College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Presentation College is white (134 degrees awarded). There were 8.93 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (15 degrees).
The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Presentation College is Registered Nursing (93 degrees awarded), followed by Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services (13 degrees) and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (7 degrees).
In 2021, the most specialized majors across all degree types at Presentation College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Physical Sciences (7 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (10 degrees), and Health (110 degrees).
Common Jobs by Major
The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Presentation College are Registered nurses (1,438,923 people), Physicians (558,588 people), Other managers (332,260 people), Postsecondary teachers (268,235 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (221,695 people).
The most specialized majors at Presentation College in 2021 are Physical Sciences (7 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (10 degrees), Health (110 degrees), Communications (7 degrees), and Biology (8 degrees) (as of 2021).
Highest Paying Jobs by Major
The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Presentation College are Surgeons , Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists , Physicians , Chief executives & legislators , and Dental assistants
The most specialized majors at Presentation College are Physical Sciences (7 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (10 degrees), Health (110 degrees), Communications (7 degrees), and Biology (8 degrees) (as of 2021).
Common Industries by Major
The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Presentation College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (2,035,670 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (632,192 people), Elementary & secondary schools (611,460 people), Offices of physicians (422,146 people), and Outpatient care centers (351,385 people).
- Registered Nursing 93 degree-majors awarded
- Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services 13 degree-majors awarded
- Speech Communication & Rhetoric 7 degree-majors awarded
In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Presentation College was Registered Nursing with 93 degrees awarded.
This visualization illustrates the percentage of degree-majors recipients from bachelors degree programs at Presentation College according to their major.
Sex Breakdown for Common Majors
In 2021, 50 degrees were awarded to men at Presentation College, which is 0.407 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (123).
This chart displays the sex disparity between the top 5 majors at Presentation College by degrees awarded.
Most Common Male Majors
In 2021, 12 degrees were awarded to men at Presentation College in Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services , which is 3 times more than the 4 female recipients with that same degree.
Most Common Female Majors
In 2021, 82 degrees were awarded to men at Presentation College in Registered Nursing , which is 7.45 times more than the 11 male recipients with that same degree.
Time to Complete
In 2021, 21% of students graduating from Presentation College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 28% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 28% within 200%.
The following chart shows these completion rates over time compared to the average for the Special Focus Institutions Carnegie Classification group.
Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.
Graduation Rate by Race and Sex
The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2021 at Presentation College is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions , Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.9%).
The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.
Race & Ethnicity by Share
- White 134 degrees awarded
- Black or African American 15 degrees awarded
- Hispanic or Latino 8 degrees awarded
The most common race/ethnicity at Presentation College is white (134 degrees awarded). There were 8.93 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (15 degrees).
1.16% of degree recipients (2 students) did not report their race.
Race & Ethnicity by Sex
- White Female 99 degrees awarded
- White Male 35 degrees awarded
- Black or African American Male 9 degrees awarded
The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Presentation College is white female (99 degrees awarded). There were 2.83 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (35 degrees).
Presentation College has an endowment valued at nearly $14.2M, as of the end of the 2021 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 5.42M (38.2%) compared to the 4.56% average return (574k on 12.6M) across all Special Focus Institutions .
In 2021, Presentation College had a total salary expenditure of 13.9M. Presentation College employs 40 Instructors, 10 Assistant professors and 8 Associate professors. Most academics at Presentation College are Female Instructor (40), Female Assistant professor (8), and Male Professor (6).
The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Presentation College are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 40 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 30 employees, and Management with 12 employees.
Presentation College has an endowment valued at about $14.2M, as of the end of the 2021 fiscal year. The endowment of Presentation College grew 13.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.56M higher than than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.
This line chart shows how the endowment at Presentation College (in red) compares to that of some similar universities.
The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools Carnegie Classification grouping.
In 2021, Presentation College paid a median of $5.89M in salaries, which represents 42.2% of their overall expenditure ($13.9M) and a 10.4% decline from the previous year.
The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 3.06M (42.8% of overall expenditures).
In 2021, Presentation College paid a total of $2.98M to 64 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.3% of all salaries paid.
This is compared to a median of $1.74M (56.8%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.
Occupations by Share
In 2021, the most common positions for instructional staff at Presentation College were Instructor with 40 employees, Assistant professor with 10 employees, and Associate professor with 8 employees.
In 2021, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Presentation College were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 40 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 30 employees, and Management with 12 employees.
Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex
- Female Instructor
- Female Assistant professor
- Male Professor
In 2021, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Presentation College was Female Instructor with 40 employees, Female Assistant professor with 8 employees, and Male Professor with 6 employees.
This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Presentation College.
Presentation College to close campus after summer session
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Presentation College announced Tuesday that it will not enroll students for the 2023-24 academic year and will cease educational operations at its Aberdeen campus after the spring and summer 2023 sessions.
According to Presentation College, the school’s online BSN programs will be offered by St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. All other academic programs will end after the spring and summer sessions in 2023.
“After careful evaluation of the sustainability of the College’s academic programs, and a thorough review of alternatives, the Board of Trustees and Presentation Sisters reluctantly decided to close the physical campus and implement Teach-Out programs as the most responsible way to steward students’ pathways to completing their degrees,” said Sister Mary Thomas, president of the Presentation Sisters Corporate Board. “We understand and share the heartbreak by our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Aberdeen community, and we will work closely with them to succeed through this transition.”
Just before the COVID-19 pandemic, college leaders began a year-long process of examining data to better understand the school’s financial health and potential for growing enrollment. Its rural location and “significant dependency” on tuition revenue and gifts were major contributing factors in the decision to cease operation. COVID’s impact added to the school’s challenges.
Presentation College has teach-out agreements in place with the University of Mary in Bismarck and Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan, and “continues to pursue adding agreements with other regional and online institutions.” The college is hosting fairs January 30 and 31 to help students and faculty with their transitions to other higher educational institutions. The school will also bring College Possible coaches to campus to assist students with their individual plans.
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Presentation College Closing This Summer
72 years after the Presentation Sisters founded Presentation College to train nurses for rural health care, Presentation College in Aberdeen will close after this summer’s academic term. Here’s the College’s announcement:
Presentation College announced today that it will not enroll students for the 2023-24 academic year and will cease educational operations at its Aberdeen campus after the Spring and Summer 2023 sessions. Three Teach-Out Agreements with other higher educational institutions are in place to provide complete credit acceptance and comparable net tuition costs for current students. Employees will be provided staggered end dates and final compensation based upon their responsibilities. St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa) will continue to offer Presentation’s signature Online BSN program, a pathway for nursing students established through a consortial arrangement that was communicated last week. The Online BSN programs will become the Nano Nagle Online School of Nursing at St. Ambrose University in honor of Nano Nagle who founded the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Aberdeen, South Dakota (Presentation Sisters) in Ireland in 1775. “After careful evaluation of the sustainability of the College’s academic programs, and a thorough review of alternatives, the Board of Trustees and Presentation Sisters reluctantly decided to close the physical campus and implement Teach-Out programs as the most responsible way to steward students’ pathways to completing their degrees,” Sister Mary Thomas, president of the Presentation Sisters Corporate Board shared. “We understand and share the heartbreak by our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Aberdeen community, and we will work closely with them to succeed through this transition.” Presentation Sisters founded the College in 1951 to fulfill its mission of rural health care and service through nursing education. The College later expanded to include academic programs in Health and Natural Sciences, and Social Science and Humanities, to support its mission of development of the whole person, in the Catholic tradition. Presentation Sisters have continuously sponsored the College and retained ownership of the campus land with the College as a separate nonprofit. Just before the COVID pandemic, the College, the Board of Trustees, and the Corporate Board of the Presentation Sisters embarked on a year-long process of examining data and market impacts, engaging constituent groups to better understand the financial health of the College and its potential for growing enrollment to achieve sustainability. Its rural location, difficult for many out-of-state students to access, was already a known factor, along with a significant dependency on tuition revenue and gifts. The impact of COVID exacerbated the College’s challenges. “The College explored and brought to the boards numerous partnership options over the last year, resulting in their selection of St. Ambrose University (SAU) for continuing the Online BSN programs,” said Paula Langteau, president of Presentation College. “As previously announced, St. Ambrose University’s state-of-the-art nursing program is a natural fit with Presentation to create the Nano Nagle Online School of Nursing, ensuring the legacies of the College and the Presentation Sisters,” President Paula Langteau said. “SAU also will serve as one of a number of Teach-Out Partners for other majors. It is important to us that every student has multiple, comparable options to complete their chosen degrees on time and without an increased financial investment.” Presentation also has Teach-Out Agreements in place with the University of Mary (Bismarck, North Dakota) and Olivet College (Olivet, Michigan) and continues to pursue adding agreements with other regional and online institutions. January 30-31, the College is hosting a Teach-Out Fair (in the afternoons) and a Career Fair (in the mornings) to assist students and faculty, respectively, with their transitions to other higher educational institutions. In a unique partnership for college transitions, the College is also bringing independent academic coaches from College Possible to campus to assist students with their individual plans. A Job Fair will be organized for later this Spring to help staff to explore future employment opportunities [Presentation College, announcement of closure , 2023.01.17].
Spring semester courses at Presentation started last week on Monday, January 9 . The college will maintain its full schedule of spring courses; it will offer only practical nursing certificate courses this summer. The college says it will fully refund students who choose to withdraw this semester .
St. Ambrose University will become the keeper of Presentation College’s transcripts and other records. The college says it is not filing for bankruptcy and should be able to carry out its existing contracts through August 31.
Presentation College’s closure is part of a long nationwide trend of campus closures. United States college and university closures spiked in 2016; over 860 higher-education campuses have closed since 2004 , largely due to a shrinking student pool . According to IPEDS , Presentation College’s full-time-equivalent enrollment in Academic year 2021 was 527; in 2017, PC FTEs reached a decade-peak at 752.
The Presentation Sisters left their convent in 2021 and moved to two assisted-living facilities in Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. The closure of Presentation College will leave the 100-acre campus on the northwest corner of town vacant and open to new development proposals. Expect a lot of money-people and idea people to be contacting the Sisters and the College trustees to float their ideas for converting the Presentation campus into Aberdeen’s Next Big Thing.
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Another nail in the coffin of healthcare for the citizens of SD. It will not be long before healthcare will only be available to those who can travel great distances to see even a mid-level provider.
For decades to pay lawsuits and hush money to the victims of pederastic clergy the Roman Church has been bleeding the assets and financial resources of the Presentation, Benedictine and the other ten orders of nuns in the United States forcing many elderly women into nursing homes at taxpayer expense. That’s it’s criminal is to say the very least.
Another measure of the dire labor shortage in the US is the closing of over 860 higher education schools since 2004. The US is short 400,000 workers (SD is short over 30,000 workers). The annual labor shortage will climb to about or over 900,000 annually in 15 years until peaking. Wage inflation is built into the system.
Noem’s and republican answers are to: 1) close the borders stopping immigration and exacerbating wage inflation, and 2) forcing seniors to work by cutting social security and medicare. The US will NOT receive immigrants from western or even eastern Europe because those nations have far better social safety nets and also have populations in decline. US immigrants MUST come largely from Central and South America and Africa – where the birthrate is over the replacement birthrate. Bloomberg and the financial press recently “woke up” to the fact that China’s population is fast declining. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MSV2bh48MA
I think that the campus, or at least part of the facilities at Presentation College should be converted to the Fred Deutsch Aberdeen Medical Cannabis dispensary. Maybe the Sisters should have kept the money that they used to help buy 20,000 votes to defeat IM27. Karma is a bitch.
Strange situation since nurses are in high demand and low availability. What gives?
For the record, The Presentation Sisters Are Not To Be Confused With The Pointer Sisters.
Your state needs a computer chip factory. America needs lots and lots of them.
Well…I consider it a blow to Aberdeen and to the state generally. The Benedictines and Presentation Sisters have contributed greatly to health care and our quality of life in South Dakota. Historically, in South Dakota, communities depended on the Presentation Sisters and Benedictines to establish hospitals and train medical personnel. It appears that time is now past but the quality of their replacements in the industry is in doubt.
Might this become a regional jail for the County of Brown and its neighbors?
Maybe it should become a boot camp for those whose BMI is over 27.
Maybe a Soylent Green processing center for grudz and his “Connie Commoners with No Sense” group.
A state-owned resort catering to elderly fellows who enjoy all you can eat breakfast buffets! Only that Aberdeen is a hole nobody wants to visit. So the prison idea is probably best.
To Serve Man.
Laudate Pueri Dominum
To Serve Mann
The point about health care and nurse supply is worth considering. We are short on nurses, as we are of many other important professionals. One would think that the need for nurses would have kept Presentation College’s nursing program viable. But perhaps PC struggled to sustain its nursing program for the same reasons South Dakota struggles to recruit nurses: not enough students wanted to study in a relatively remote area, and not enough faculty wanted to work for the lower wages at PC when they could make much more working elsewhere.
Of course, in this case, you’d think the wage issue would have solved itself: high demand for nurses should have led to high demand for nurse training programs which should have led to lots of tuition-paying students which should have led to good salaries for instructors.
PC was competing with SDSU for nursing students, and that doesn’t seem a fair fight, but again, if SDSU isn’t completely meeting the market demand for nurses, you’d think there’d be room for a competitive nursing program elsewhere in the state.
Get a free Harvard education. Google “Harvard CS50”. For a free exciting Intro to Computer Science class, with several other follow up classes.
Presentation College closing is a big thing.
The Republican Legislature has tightened up on college regulation. Check Secretary of State website for details.
Hey with a free Harvard Computer Science class or two under your belt, adjust your t shirt and you can swagger anyplace in South Dakota and say, “Hey man, I can code and do very cool things on the Web. What shall I change next?” You can be the hero in your adventure!
As to Aberdeen, hey, private colleges have closed before, Yankton College was a big one. With men attending college less than they did in the 1970s, online web colleges and learning programs are starting to take over.
To pump up Aberdeen in general, start a for profit or social business (M. Yunus, Nobel Prize Winner) and as you grow your business, set up shop in Aberdeen, add 5 or 10 employees there. Yes!
Hey, I’ll post this now. A little guide on how to set up Free your own Legislature.
1. Pick a name. Something cool, like Bison Legislature, Ft. Pierre Friendly Legislature, or whatever up you like.
2. As a Private Legislature, you have no elections, fundraising to do. No laws to pass, no taxes to levy. You can have 1 Member, you, or any number of people join. Your Legislature can do unlimited good.
3. Easy way to run it. Use a checking account. Maybe post your results online. Here’s the name of my Legislature, how many members, no elections. We have $20 in our account, we gave so much money to these charities or great causes.
4. Choose one or more projects that you and your Legislature will do. Post updates to the success of your project(s)!
5. A major factor of your Legislature’s success. It will be since you are giving 10% to 100% of your Legislature’s cash (from a bank account or in your cash kitty like an empty milk carton) to nonprofit causes, Increase will happen! Tithing or giving a percentage of your Legislature’s money to nonprofit causes will invariably bring Lots more money to your Legislature, hey you can buy a town in West River maybe ! (Most of Interior was sold to a church in the Philippines a while back). With a prospering Legislature, you could pay yourselves a modest salary and keep doing unlimited good ! (Read Charles Fillmore’s great book, Prosperity.)
That’s very cool! 5 easy rules and you can have your own private Legislature making life better today!
1. Name. 2. Number of members. 3. Checking account or cash kitty. 4. Project(s). 5. Donate 10% plus (or tithe)
Your Legislature can post it’s great results on Twitter, Facebook Groups, Blogger or any blog, Mailchimp.com or any free web page building site, Instagram.
You don’t have to wait until November 2024.
You can create your own Legislature today!
According to this article…. https://www.usa.edu/blog/nursing-shortage/ .South Duhkota has the 7th largest shortage of nurses in the Nation.
Converting PC into assisted living apartments for low income Seniors would be an option.
The Order of the Presentation opened St. Mary’s in Elkton where I attended grade school but the nuns were from the Dominican and Benedictine Orders, too. They were Commies who taught us Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Puff the Magic Dragon.
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Closing Presentation College was not an easy decision
Presentation College didn't come to the conclusion to close its local campus quickly, nor is it a decision taken lightly.
With a small campus, Presentation President Paula Langteau said, she personally knows the 125 faculty and staff who are impacted by this decision and that this change impacts more than 500 students enrolled in classes.
"It's absolutely heartbreaking," she said.
The decision to close came after an extensive evaluation of campus finances and strategic planning -- a process that started at the end of 2019 when Langteau came to campus.
Langteau was hired as interim president in October 2019 and then took the permanent post in 2020. When she was hired she was tasked with evaluating the financial health of the campus and its potential for growth.
According to information provided by Langteau, that evaluation, completed in 2020, showed that only Presentation's online Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs were covering program expenses. The study also showed that revenue from the online nursing programs were also subsidizing all other academic programs.
It was those findings that led to the development of a strategic re-envisioning plan the results of which showed a need to focus on rural health care because that's where Presentation's strengths were. Langteau said that need to focus on rural health care led to partnership discussions with numerous universities.
More: Presentation College announces new re-envisioning plan with focus on rural health care
"We didn't see closure on the horizon," she said. "We brought in multiple partners to find out what we could do."
Over the next year those partnership proposals were reviewed by the Board of Trustees, which oversees Presentation College and the Corporate board for the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Aberdeen, also known as the Presentation Sisters.
The Presentation Sisters founded Presentation College and own the land used for the campus. Langteau said the fate of the campus buildings is yet unknown, since the college has been focused on the needs of the faculty, staff and students. But, she said, they're in conversation with an attorney to work out the logistics and to address any outstanding debt on the more recent building constructed on campus.
They're also in conversation with an attorney about how to handle financial donations to the university that are in an endowment.
COVID pandemic also had an impact
As presentation was going through its evaluation and strategic planning, Langteau said, Presentation saw a 7% increase in enrollment between fall of 2019 and fall of 2020. Enrollment jumped from 584 students to 625 students, but, she said, by the spring 2021 semester, enrollment dropped by 63 students who decided not to return for a second semester.
Langteau points to the pandemic as a reason for that drop. There wasn't yet a vaccine, people were scared, she said, and students were spending long stretches of time in quarantine.
"That was very difficult to navigate," she said noting many students who decided it was time to take a break from their education.
From there, she said, enrollment continued to drop with 582 enrolled by fall 2021 and 517 enrolled in fall 2022.
More: Presentation College closing Aberdeen campus
Not all students are on campus, however. Presentation's Bachelor of Science in Nursing is an online program and accounts for about 27% of student enrollment. An estimated 42% of enrolled students live on campus.
With about 36% of enrolled students from South Dakota, Presentation also draws from across the United States as well as internationally.
Agreement reached with St. Ambrose
Ultimately an agreement was reached with St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, to partner and create the Nano Nagle Online School of Nursing at St. Ambrose University. The program name is in honor of Nano Nagle who founded the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ireland in 1775.
The goal, she said, is that this partnership will strengthen and broaden the impact of the online nursing program which currently has clinical agreements with hospitals in eight states and was ranked fourth in the nation in 2021 by nursejournal.org.
"The hope is this partnership will expand to all 50 states and especially rural areas," she said.
In those rural areas, she said, licensed practical nurses want to further their education to registered nurse or a bachelor's degree, but as the reach of the program expands, Langteau said, that also means having the resources to set up clinical opportunities nearby.
Partnership led to further evaluation
Langteau said once the partnership agreement was reached with St. Ambrose, officials looked at the programs left on campus.
"When we came to a point where we realized it looks like we're going to be able to move forward with the online nursing but that there is not enough significant need in this area to sustain a campus with our other programs, the board made the decision, and the sisters made the decision jointly," she said.
That decision to close, started a new conversation with the campus' accreditor, which reviewed all the steps the campus took to evaluate and reach its decision. Presentation also had to take steps to meet requirements by the Higher Learning Commission, which included having a minimum of two teach-out agreements for students.
Langteau said so far, Presentation has three teach-out agreements in place. These agreements are with St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa; University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.; and Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan. St. Ambrose also offered to be a home campus for Presentation's student records, she said.
While Presentation students have the option to go to any college they chose to finish their degrees, Langteau said the teach-out agreements offer an advantage -- not only are students guaranteed acceptance, but they're guaranteed tuition that is equal to or less than their out-of-pocket expenses at Presentation.
Langteau said that means if, say, financial aid and scholarships brought tuition costs down to $8,000 at Presentation, one of the teach-out campuses would work out a financial aid plan to provide a comparable package.
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Students will also complete their programs at the same time they expected to complete them at Presentation.
When it comes to athletes, however, the guarantees aren't there. Student athletes will need to reach out to coaches for the athletic programs and see if they would be a good fit.
But, Langteau said, Presentation isn't limited to three teach-out agreements. She said she's already advised Presentation coaches to keep in contact with student athletes. If they need a teach-out agreement at their next university, she said, she'll reach out and see if an agreement can be drafted.
While three have been announced, Langteau said she expects to announce more in the near future.
Other private campuses close in recent years
Presentation College is one of two private colleges that announced campus changes this week. The other is Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, which announced a merger with St Joseph University in Philadelphia, according to a report by Higher Ed Dive.
That report has been tracking how many public and private schools have announced mergers or campus closures since 2016. That report, which includes this week's announcements by Presentation and Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, shows 90 campuses in 32 states have made such announcements with the most happening in Massachusetts (nine) and California (eight). Illinois was next with six followed by Indiana, Tennessee and Vermont each with five.
Loss of Presentation College to be felt in Aberdeen
The Presentation Sisters, the original sponsors of Presentation College, have a long history in the community of Aberdeen, from health care to affordable housing development.
That history closes later this year when the college ceases its operations in the Hub City.
Aberdeen mayor Travis Schaunaman said the city hasn’t forgotten their decades of service.
“The Sisters of the Presentation have really made a huge impact here in Aberdeen, they brought a great deal of value to our community in terms of nursing professionals to our community, but they couldn’t keep sticking it out and that’s an understandable thing,” Schaunaman said.
Schaunaman said the loss of the college will be felt in the community.
“Just one thing after another those guys have been helping with our needs," Schaunaman said. "The nursing program they developed through Presentation College was really intended to staff the hospital they had started. We’re really sad to see that go, we get a flock of students every year towards Presentation, and we’ll be sad to see those kids go.”
College president Paula Langteau expressed gratitude to the city.
“We’ve had an outpouring of support of individuals interested in helping our students and faculty and staff," Langteau said. "We are hosting career fairs, job fairs, teach-out fairs to help our students and I know we’ll be looking to the community when we’re doing our job fair for local opportunities coming up in late-February or early-March.”
Northern State University, also in Aberdeen, has been named another Presentation College teach-out partner. It’s one of five schools students can transfer to through a streamlined application process.
College of Pharmacy, Allied Health Professions faculty present at SDSU’s first SoTL Symposium
South Dakota State University hosted the inaugural Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Symposium on Nov. 1.
The symposium saw 25 different presentations and posters from 35 faculty from across SDSU, as well as a keynote from Peter Felten, professor of history, executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and assistant provost for teaching and learning at Elon University.
Four presentations were given by faculty from SDSU’s College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, including Brittney Meyer, Hemachand Tummala, Kassandra Erickson and Alex Middendorf, representing the departments of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science and the medical laboratory science program.
Their presentations and experience at SDSU’s first SoTL Symposium included:
Brittney Meyer and Alyssa Zweifel: Approaches to simulation learning
Meyer is a professor of pharmacy practice and the college’s interprofessional education coordinator. She teaches labs and courses in the first two years of the professional pharmacy program, precepts fourth-year students and is the primary faculty adviser for the college’s Student Collaboration for the Advancement and Promotion of Pharmacy student organization. Her research is centered around the scholarship of teaching and learning, with her areas of interest including interprofessional education and innovative teaching methods.
Meyer presented alongside Zweifel, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and director of the Healthcare Simulation Center.
Meyer’s and Zweifel’s presentation, “Evaluating the Impact of a Change to a Virtual Interprofessional Poverty Simulation,” detailed research comparing the effectiveness of two different approaches to interprofessional poverty simulations for pharmacy and nursing students. An initial in-person poverty simulation was completed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and feedback was positive. During COVID restrictions, a virtual simulation was developed. After COVID restrictions ended, Meyer and Zweifel compared results of both simulations and found both were effective in improving student understanding of poverty. In response, the virtual poverty simulation was adopted for regular utilization in student learning, due to it being more effective in time, cost and resources.
Meyer added that in attending the SoTL symposium, “it was interesting to learn about different projects being completed across campus and how students are benefiting. I hope additional collaborations among different departments will result in learning more about what others are doing from this symposium.”
Hemachand Tummala: Teaching problem-solving
Tummala is a professor and the head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He teaches pharmaceutics/compounding pharmacy courses to professional pharmacy students and graduate students. He has been a research mentor for several undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
He is also a past recipient of the Students’ Association Teacher of the Year Award, as well as the college’s Excellence in Teaching award.
Tummala’s presentation, “A Student-Driven Laboratory Teaching Model Focusing on Problem-Solving Skills Using Patient Case Studies,” detailed a new approach to student learning, namely one that teaches problem-solving skills alongside key concepts. Tummala noted that past pharmaceutics research is product-based, where students are given instructions that lead them to a known desired outcome. Tummala’s new approach instead poses a problem to the students, and students must use their acquired knowledge to determine how to solve the problem.
Tummala noted that this new approach, dubbed POPSICL (Patient-Oriented, Problem-Solving, Inquiring, Cooperative Learning) changes laboratory training from recipe-cook book style to an open-ended, problem-solving model using patient-case studies that more closely resembles a professional environment.
Overall, feedback to the new approach was overwhelmingly positive across a variety of metrics including student confidence, understanding and innovation. Tummala noted that “this project is the first initiative in the nation to incorporate patient-oriented, problem-solving and co-operative learning in pharmaceutics laboratory teaching."
Kassandra Erickson: ‘Ungrading’
Erickson is an instructor in the medical laboratory science program and teaches courses in hematology, management, education, phlebotomy, laboratory methods and the medical laboratory science freshman seminar. Erickson is also the faculty adviser for the medical laboratory science club.
Erickson presented her poster, “Ungrading: Competency-Based Manual Differentials for Individualized Learning,” which detailed her development of a new approach to completing as essential competency for medical laboratory scientists, called manual differentials. Following student feedback and her own experiences as an instructor, Erickson determined the approach to teaching this key competency was ineffective and had students more focused on grades than on learning key concepts.
In response, Erickson developed a new approach. Instead of the previous method where students were assigned three to five differentials every week, students were given the entire semester to complete 45 differentials. In addition to allowing students to work at their own pace, Erickson also allowed students to “retake” an unsuccessfully completed a differential.
Student feedback was positive. One student noted, “I felt that I was learning how to identify cells better as opposed to doing diffs in lab every week and then never checking back on what I had gotten wrong. I felt more prepared for exams by doing this project.”
While student learning improved overall, Erickson noted one weakness of the new approach was time required for the instructor, and she is exploring ways to improve that.
For Erickson, the SoTL Symposium was valuable for her as an instructor. “Ultimately, I want to provide my students with the best learning experience I can, and I think SoTL will help me do that. I get inspired by what others have done, and it often leads to me developing new approaches for my own classroom.”
Alex Middendorf: Participation through reflection vs. attendance
Middendorf is an assistant professor and the Community Pharmacy Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience coordinator. Middendorf teaches courses in all years of the professional pharmacy program, with emphasis on community pharmacy practices including patient counseling, self-care and medication therapy management.
Middendorf’s presentation, “Promoting Student Engagement through Routine Brief Reflection Replacing Participation Points in an Integrated Pharmacy Lab Series,” detailed an effort to determine a more effective evaluation of student engagement in lab-based courses. The previous model saw students in lab-based courses receiving participation points for attendance.
Middendorf explained that one drawback of this participation-based system is that it was structured more around students losing points for not attending rather than being rewarded for engagement. The new model instead utilized “professionalism and student engagement reflections,” where students would write reflections and earn points at the end of each weekly lab period on topics related to lab-course learnings from the week.
After the first semester of implementing this new model, response rate to the professionalism and student engagement reflections was 97.6%, indicating the effectiveness of the new model. An optional survey regarding the new model was made available to the students, and responses were positive overall. As of the fall 2023 semester, this new model is being utilized in P1, P2, and P3 lab-based courses.
For Middendorf, the SoTL Symposium was an opportunity to learn as well as to share what he has learned in the classroom. “While some components differ across disciplines, there are more similarities than differences as it relates to SoTL in higher education. … Don’t just keep it to yourself, so we get better faster together, and the SoTL Symposium was a great forum to do that.”
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5 most controversial monuments in Moscow
1. The monument to Yuri Dolgorukiy
The bronze monument to Moscow’s legendary founder, Prince Yuri Dolgorukiy, was erected in 1947 to mark the city’s 800th anniversary. The sculptor Sergey Orlov presented, in great detail, a composite image of a Russian warrior in medieval armor because no likeness of Dolgorukiy has survived. There is a legend that when the monument was unveiled someone in the crowd shouted: “Looks just like him!” (according to another version of the same legend the shout was: “Looks nothing like him!”). Many still think that the Dolgorukiy monument looks very much like the central figure of the famous painting by Viktor Vasnetsov, “Bogatyrs”.
The monument was erected in Sovetskaya (present-day Tverskaya) Square, replacing a monument to the Soviet Constitution that was hastily erected there in 1919. It is common knowledge that the Soviet authorities did everything they could to dismantle the legacy (including monuments) of the Russian Empire. At the same time, Stalin wanted his rule to be associated with the heroes of Old Rus - Yuri Dolgorukiy, Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible (the last two were the protagonists of two patriotic films that he commissioned from Sergei Eisenstein). After Stalin's death, party hardliners no longer had to conceal their anger at monuments in the very heart of Moscow that had nothing to do with communism.
There are also some rather bawdy stories about Yuri Dolgorukiy's mount. One story has it that when Stalin was previewing the monument, he was not pleased that the horse was a mare and ordered it to be turned into a stallion. Whereas his successor Nikita Khrushchev, on the contrary, thought that the horse’s male attributes were too big, so in the end they were removed altogether.
2. The monument to Marshal Zhukov
Georgy Zhukov was a hero of the Soviet Union and one of the marshals who led the country to victory in World War II. He also led the legendary first Victory Parade on June 24, 1945. Photos from that parade served as the inspiration for this equestrian monument to Zhukov, erected in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of the victory.
The monument cost the large sum of $3.2 million, but Muscovites were disappointed with what its authors, sculptor Vyacheslav Klykov and architect Yuri Grigoryev, created. Most of the criticism focuses on the horse: that it looked disproportionate to the rider, and that its pose was unnatural. Furthermore, Zhukov’s face bore little likeness to the real man. The sculptor himself complained about the location of the monument, saying that it was overshadowed by the Historical Museum. Initially, the statue was supposed to be placed on Red Square, but a UNESCO committee intervened to protect the cultural heritage site. So Zhukov remained at the entrance to Red Square - near the Historical Museum, on Manezhnaya Square.
3. The monument to Peter the Great
This monument, arguably Moscow's least popular, cost the city government the staggering sum of $16.5 million. The nearly 100-meter-tall statue was created by Zurab Tsereteli in 1997, and was commissioned by the Moscow city government to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the Russian fleet. The monument consists of an 18-meter-tall statue of Peter the Great standing on a ship, which in turn stands on a pedestal. A special mound for the monument to stand on had to be created on the spit of the Moskva River at the end of Baltschug Island.
The main criticism directed toward the statue was that its enormous size was out of place in the city's historical center. There was even a protest staged against the monument under the slogan: "You do not belong here", and activists collected signatures to have the monument demolished. When the city got a new mayor, there was a discussion whether the monument could be moved to another location; so, it was offered to St. Petersburg, but that city didn't want it.
This sculpture resembles another work by Tsereteli – a monument to Christopher Columbus – which rumor has it, he tried to sell to the U.S., but the Americans refused and the statue ended up in Puerto Rico.
4. The monument to Vladimir the Great
One of the recent additions to Moscow's list of monuments is a huge, 17.5-meter-tall statue of Prince Vladimir who lived in the 10th century and converted Russia to Christianity. The monument, created by sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov, was erected near the Kremlin on November 4, 2016, which is celebrated in Russia as Day of National Unity. Initially, it was supposed to be installed on Sparrow Hills, but that idea came under much public criticism since the sculpture would ruin the look of the famous observation deck. There were other reasons to abandon the original plan: Sparrow Hills are listed as a special conservation area; furthermore the high bank of the Moskva River might be prone to landslides.
A new location for the monument was chosen via online voting: it became Borovitskaya Square just next to the Kremlin. What provoked Muscovites' objections was the fear that the statue would ruin the area’s historical and architectural ensemble. In addition, Prince Vladimir himself became the focus of a heated discussion: some critics suspected President Vladimir Putin of seeking to draw historical parallels between himself and the medieval Russian prince (which his press secretary denied was the case), while others were wary of the growing influence of the Russian Orthodox Church, whose representatives were on the panel that selected the design for the monument. Furthermore, the reason for erecting the monument (the 1000th anniversary of Vladimir the Great's death) was thought by many to be rather far-fetched.
Another reason for criticism was that Vladimir doesn’t really belong in Moscow because when the city was founded in 1147 the prince had already been long dead. Whereas Kiev, where Vladimir ruled, already has a 20-meter-high monument to him.
5. The monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov
Shortly after his statue of Prince Vladimir, the sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov created this monument to the man who designed the famous AK-47 assault rifle, which remains in service in more than 50 countries.
The monument was erected in the center of Moscow, in Oruzheyny [which is translated as ‘weapon’s lane’] Pereulok outside the Oruzheyny business center that is inspired by the Stalin-era Seven Sisters buildings. The two-meter high figure of Kalashnikov, holding his famous assault rifle, stands on top of a five-meter pedestal. At its foot is a figure of Archangel Michael piercing a dragon with a spear (usually this image features Saint George, who also forms part of the official emblem of Moscow). The pedestal is decorated with Kalashnikov's designs and drawings, as well as his quote: “I created a weapon for defending my Fatherland.”
The monument sparked much controversy since it commemorates a man who created a weapon that has taken millions of lives. Many also wondered: if this is a monument to the man, why does he have to have a Kalashnikov in his hands; and vice versa, if the monument is in fact to the Kalashnikov rifle, what is its designer doing in it?
Also, the sculpture provoked a lot of criticism on aesthetic grounds, with many social media users describing it as "ugly". Prominent gallery owner Marat Gelman, who was also one of the vociferous critics of the Peter the Great monument, called the Kalashnikov monument “archaic” and “vulgar”.
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