Dr. Rachel Polando, assistant professor of biology, was named MU's 2015 Teacher of the Year.

What’s new at Manchester this year?

The big move-in day for new Manchester University undergraduate students is Saturday (Aug. 22) at the North Manchester campus, and classes start Wednesday.

What’s new at Manchester this year? Here are some highlights:

Pharmacy accreditation process enters final phase: Adding more than 70 students this year, MU’s four-year Doctor of Pharmacy Program begins the final leg of its accreditation process. The fourth-year students are embarking on clinical rotations, and this will be the first class to graduate from the program.

Based at MU’s Fort Wayne campus, the program is becoming a regional leader in research excellence. For example, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation recently awarded the program a $60,000 grant to study the use and potential of pharmacogenomics in patient care at pharmacies.

Sales Program picks up speed: Launched last year, Manchester is the only private, liberal arts school in Indiana that offers an undergraduate major and minor in sales.

“It’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Joe Messer, who leads the Sales Program. Employers are looking for graduates who understand sales, and Manchester delivers.

“We tell students that sales is not about tricking someone into buying something,” said Tim Ogden, dean of the College of Business. It involves empathy, ethical practices, listening – really understanding – and problem-solving. These are skills that pay off, he said, no matter where you work or what your job is.

Shift to software engineering: Responding to the needs of the marketplace as well as those of current and future students, Manchester will offer a new major in software engineering beginning in the fall of 2016, replacing the current computer science major. Several classes for the new major are already being offered.

Software engineering focuses on problem-solving, requirements engineering, software architecture and design, software quality and construction, and software testing systems. This new major will enhance the attractiveness of Manchester graduates by combining the strengths of a liberal arts education with a clearly defined set of technical skills.

Student-focused changes: Over the summer, MU adopted the college model used by many universities across the nation. The reorganization with four colleges – College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Business and College of Education and Social Sciences – and six deans is designed to strengthen student learning and provide student services more effectively. This includes developing new academic programs and partnerships and increasing academic, research, internship and service opportunities for students.

Two student centers have been created to allow the University to integrate student learning inside and outside of the classroom in a holistic way. The Student Experience Center will focus on serving commuter students, and other areas including multicultural affairs, orientation, residential life, student activities and wellness services. The Student Success Center oversees academic advising, career services, hands-on learning opportunities and volunteer service.

This unique, interdisciplinary environment will help Manchester further meet the demands of today’s marketplace and meet its mission to graduate people “of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.”

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

August 21, 2015

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