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Online Nursing Program Jumps in National Rankings

The UNC Charlotte School of Nursing’s national profile received a significant boost this month with the online graduate program’s 33-spot ascendance in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The program jumped to 54 in these rankings, up from 87 last year.

“We are ever vigilant in our efforts to maintain relevancy in a changing health care market,” Baldwin said. She added that the School of Nursing understands that its students typically work full-time and are returning to school to enhance their knowledge base and prepare for promotions or to meet the changing needs of their organizations and those whom they serve.

The graduate online nursing program scored especially high marks on the credentials and training of faculty, registering 88 out of a possible 100 points on the evaluation. UNC Charlotte tied for the 54th spot with several other universities, including Florida State and West Virginia.

MSW Student Receives State Award

Aayla Alexander, a graduate student in social work, is the 2016 recipient of the Presidents’ Award from the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina chapter (NASW-NC).

According to the association, Alexander was selected for exhibiting a "dedication to the social work profession through her academic excellence, community involvement and professional experience," and the award honors her "exceptional leadership skills and professional potential."

As founder and president of the UNC Charlotte chapter of Advocates for Change (a student-led organization), Alexander collaborates with MSW students and various other campus and community groups to “enhance the quality of life for oppressed and vulnerable populations through advocacy, human services delivery and research.” Her recent work with Advocates for Change has focused on raising awareness and understanding for the transgender community.