Dr. Curran at the China Institute

Leader in Higher Education

Future-focused, growing and on the move — these words describe the University of Dayton, a top-tier Catholic research university, according to U.S. News & World Report. During the 2012-13 academic year, national media took notice of the University’s growing reputation and the continuing transformation and expansion of campus.

A Player on the Regional and National Scenes

"Kids and Money," a nationally syndicated column, lauded the University's new net-price tuition plan. News outlets across the country carried the column, including the print edition of the Chicago Tribune in June.

The Dayton Daily News,WDTN-TV and the Dayton Business Journal carried stories June 7 about a $2.5 million bequest to the biology department. The story was picked up nationally by a number of biology-related blogs and outlets. 

Fox News.com and San Francisco Chronicle, among others, picked up a Dayton Daily News story about a NASA UAV competition in Dayton.

The New York Law JournalLaw.com, ABA Journal and The National Law Journal mentioned the School of Law's two-year option in a story about two-year programs around the nation May 13.

Consumer and higher education outlets favorably reviewed the University’s innovative net-price tuition plan, led by consumer advocate Clark Howard May 21 on his syndicated radio show (2 minute mark).

The blog
 4Ttests.com also praised the innovative tuition program in May.

Kathy Harmon, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid, talked to
 Diverse Issues in Higher Education on May 3 about the free book component of the net-price tuition plan.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education talked to Paul Benson, dean of College of Arts and Sciences, and Peggy DesAutels, philosophy professor, on May 21 about efforts to improve diversity in the field of philosophy through a national conference at the University.

Kilplinger's Personal Finance included it in an April 8 story about estimating the cost of college; the story was featured by the Chicago Tribune and widely picked up elsewhere. Sundar Kumarasamy, vice president for enrollment management and marketing, talked about to The Wall Street Journal and ProPublica admission and financial aid issues. Kathy McEuen Harmon, assistant vice president and dean of admission and financial aid, talked to Diverse Issues in Higher Education about the University's book scholarship program.

The University's innovative new net-price tuition plan continued to draw attention. Stories about the plan appeared in Governing magazine, University Business magazine, The Columbus Dispatch, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Academic Impressions and Columbus Business First. A writer for U.S. News and World Report tweeted about the plan. 

Prominent national media covering the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship in Dayton provided glowing assessments of Dayton as the most prolific host in the tournament's history. 

USA Today columnist Mike Lopresti wrote, "When it comes to picking hosts for its basketball tournament, the NCAA loves Dayton like no other….One reason for the attraction might be public support at the gate. When Dayton hosted the play-in game with such low wattage matchups as Siena-Alcorn State and Monmouth-Hampton, the crowd was still never below 7,218." 

Others concurred, according to a Dayton Business Journal compilation of national platitudes. ESPN's Eamonn Brennan tweeted, "If you're wondering why the NCAA loves Dayton for the First Four, it might be because this place is completely full for Liberty/NC A&T." Jeff Borzello (CBS College Sports) said, "I always knew Dayton would be the epicenter of college basketball."

The Chronicle of Higher Education talked to Sundar Kumarasamy, vice president for enrollment management and marketing, for a Jan. 18 story about the University's new net-price tuition plan, which will provide students and families more transparency and more certainty in paying for college. The Chronicle story continues to generate national and local attention; the Dayton Daily Newswrote about it on Jan. 22. 

British website Energy Efficiency in the Home picked up a news release about the University's commitment to a new regional certification program that helps businesses take basic green measures.

AAA Journeys magazine featured The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop in its January issue.

Utility Products magazine online picked up a release on how the School of Engineering's masters in renewable and clean energy is attracting Fulbright scholars from around the world.

The Chronicle of Higher Education on Oct. 15, talked to Sundar Kumarasamy, vice president for enrollment management and marketing, about letting prospective students know the four-year cost of a college education.

Kevin Schultz, assistant director of University marketing and digital innovation, talked to The Chronicle of Higher Education Oct. 1 about the stellar success of the University’s branding initiative.

The grand opening of the University of Dayton's China Institute in the Suzhou Industrial Park garnered considerable coverage, especially by Dayton-area media, during early August. The three Dayton stations either carried a story or promoted it heavily at least 15 times. The Dayton Daily News wrote about the opening as well. News releases were widely picked up in the U.S. and China.

The Associated Press picked up a Dayton Daily News story announcing the University would have its China Institute grand opening Aug. 8. Outlets in Shanghai, Washington, D.C., Akron and Cincinnati were among the outlets picking up the story. Reuters and Yahoo News! were among the outlets picking up a PR Newswire story.

National Higher Education Issues and Trends

Peggy DesAutels, philosophy professor, was quoted Jan. 14 in The Chronicle of Higher Education about sex discrimination in the philosophy field.

USA Today on Jan. 14 talked to Molly Wilson, assistant vice president for marketing about how social media is changing higher education marketing. 

Private University Products and News magazine featured Kevin Schultz, assistant director of University marketing and digital innovation, in an article on developing a social media program.

When Roesch Library went to the dogs for finals week, a Dec. 9 story about bringing therapy dogs to help ease students' stress was covered locally and nationally. The Associated Press carried a story about the program that more than 115 online, print, television and radio outlets ran. Among the broadcast outlets were stations in Seattle, Tampa and San Antonio. The Dayton Daily News and Dayton television outlets WDTN and WHIO also did stories. Later in the month, The Columbus Dispatch mentioned the University's program in a separate story The Associated Press also picked up.

The Associated Press picked up a Dayton Daily News story about the success of the School of Engineering's renewable and clean energy master's program. Hundreds of outlets around the world picked up the story.

InformationWeek talked to Jeremy Mlazovsky, IT director for the College of Arts and Sciences, about the release of the new Windows 8.

The New York Times highlighted the University’s character as a place that welcomes in a Sept. 3 page-one story about the growing number of overseas Muslim women enrolling in Catholic colleges because they are comfortable in a place of faith. Numerous outlets around the world, including the International Herald Tribune and the National Catholic Reporter picked up the story.

Diversity activist Eboo Patel, who will speak at the University in January, wrote a commentary about the phenomenon of Muslims feeling welcomed on Catholic campuses, mentioning the University's success in the Sept. 17 Chronicle of Higher Education.

Student Kaitlyn Ridel contributed an Aug. 1 opinion piece to The Huffington Post about student loans.

Job Creation and Economic Development

The Associated Press, Columbus Business FirstDayton Business JournalDayton Daily NewsWHIO-TVWDTN-TV and WHIO.com picked up a news release the second week of May on the economic impact of the NCAA tournament.

The Dayton Daily News, Dayton Business Journal, Columbus Business First and all three Dayton TV stations reported on the progress of construction of the GE Aviation Dayton Electrical Power Research Lab.

The Chronicle of Higher Education talked to President Daniel J. Curran for an Aug. 13 story about universities' increased involvement in economic development.

The Chronicle of Higher Education talked to President Curran July 16 about the University's increased civic involvement following the economic crisis.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer quoted distinguished research associate and former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft in a July 8 story about the future of Ohio's Third Frontier research funding program. 

Getting Students Ready for College

The Chicago Tribune and Controlled Environments magazine picked up a Dayton Daily News story about a National Science Foundation grant to the University and Sinclair Community College to boost youth interest in the sciences. All three local TV stations and the Dayton Business Journal carried stories as well. 

The New York Times focused on Dayton in a May 30 story on the college education gap in many major cities. The story mentioned the Dayton Early College Academy and quoted Business Research Group Director Richard Stock and education professor Thomas J. Lasley II. "We have to go from (a mindset) where people think of themselves as being in a high-school-attending culture to being in a college-attending culture," Lasley said.

Getting Students Job Ready

Sylvie Stewart, an assistant director of career services, talked to Forbes on July 3 about recovering from a bad job interview.