Simpson University Degree-Completion Program Receives Top Ranking

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University has been awarded top ranking status for Best Colleges In California by Intelligent.com, including Best for Adult Degree Completion.

Simpson University was listed among thousands of public institutions in the nation, and the comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities. Each university is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. 

Out of 190 colleges reviewed in California, Simpson University was listed at No. 37 and “Best for Adult Degree Completion.”

The reviewing team said it selected Simpson University for this recognition for several reasons: “Your flexibility and accessibility for students to attend class and complete programs while also maintaining a healthy busy personal life grabbed our attention. You go out of your way to accommodate adults who have a desire to complete their desired education through your online platforms and Degree Completion Program.”

The 2021 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third party evaluations. Intelligent.com analyzed 190 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 49 making it to the final list. The methodology also uses an algorithm which collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each university. To access the complete ranking, please visit: https://www.intelligent.com/best-colleges-in-california/ 

Simpson University’s Adult Degree Completion Program has a graduation rate higher than 90 percent and offers on-campus and online options for working adults to finish their bachelor’s degree. The university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults through the program during the past three decades, many of whom serve in top leadership positions in local government, law enforcement, business, nonprofits, and more.

In addition, many degree-completion alumni have continued their education through Simpson University’s master’s-degree programs in Education and Counseling Psychology. The School of Education has graduated more than 3,000 North State adults, many of whom serve as teachers and administrators in the region.

Graduates of Simpson University’s Adult Degree Completion Program repeatedly praise the care and support they received from program staff and faculty, the convenience of the format, and the benefits of moving through the program with a cohort. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/aspire.

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About Simpson University

Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 and celebrates its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 traditional undergraduate programs, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson has launched new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu

Simpson University Senior to Speak at International Women’s Day Event

REDDING, Calif.–Simpson University senior Isabel Harris will be a guest speaker at a virtual International Women’s Day celebration organized by eight groups in her hometown of Colorado Springs, Colo.

The March 6 event is themed “Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future,” and Harris will be one of three featured speakers. The event is open to everyone.

Isabel Harris

“This is a huge honor to be selected for, and I am so excited to be able to share a speech on what it means to be a young woman in leadership,” she said. “I am passionate about empowering women around the globe to better themselves and take control of their own journeys.”

As a senior in high school in 2018, Harris won a Young Woman in Public Affairs scholarship from the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area in Colorado Springs. Zonta is one of the organizations putting on the March 6 event.

“We voted unanimously to give Isabel the scholarship in 2018,” club chair Lynette Jones said. “We were so very impressed with the incredible work that she had completed both locally and internationally to help women and girls at such a young age.”

A profile that ran in May 2018 in The Colorado Springs Gazette talks about outreach and service opportunities Harris volunteered for in high school, including serving two months in Texas after Hurricane Ike and volunteering with Make-A-Wish Foundation and a local food drive. She has also served on mission trips to India and Mozambique to help impoverished women and children.

After receiving the Zonta Club scholarship, Harris entered Simpson University, where she decided to double-major in political science and cross-cultural studies and continued her commitment to outreach and service. She has participated in anti-human trafficking marches in Redding and Chico and worked with Redding homeless community development and outreach. This past year she did grant research and writing for ONETrack International, a nonprofit that seeks to address the global orphan crisis.

When the committee for the International Women’s Day event decided to have three speakers representing viewpoints and the work of women from different generations – past, present and future – Jones immediately thought of Harris.

“Isabel impressed the entire planning committee,” Jones said. “We are thrilled that she accepted our invitation to speak and can’t wait to find out what she shares about her generation of women, how they define Generation Equality, and what great efforts they are making to help us attain this goal.”

Harris said she chose Simpson University because she wanted to attend a smaller Christian college on the West Coast. She earned a presidential scholarship and has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average during her time at the university, where she has earned recognition for her academic excellence and leadership. She received the 2018-19 Rotary Honor to Youth Award for making “the highest contribution to service and their community during the student’s tenure at the university thus far.”

During last year’s Student Research Symposium, Harris’s team won Best Undergraduate Presentation – and accolades from Redding City Council member Kristen Schreder – for “The Dignity Project,” which offered a comprehensive look at the problem of homelessness in Shasta County.

This past fall, Harris was interviewed by local TV news station KRCR for a story about the importance of voting. She was quoted as saying, “I think it’s super empowering for young people to have their voice matter and have a say at what is going on. I also believe that it adds a sense of responsibility and accountability. We, as young people, have a say in what happens.”

The theme of “Using Your Voice & Why It Matters” was also the focus of an online Courageous Conversations forum on campus last fall in which Harris participated, along with Dr. John Ayabe, history professor, and Sarah Jobson, Associate Dean of Campus Life.

Harris was recently featured in the Feb. 8 issue of The Slate, Simpson’s student newspaper. In addition to her studies, she represents Commuter Relations as part of student government, serves as a student admissions counselor, and helps lead the Outdoor Adventure Club. She loves the outdoors and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking whenever she can.

After graduation this spring, Harris plans to attend law school to study international law. She has been offered admission to the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, University of Oregon School of Law, and Lewis and Clark Law School, but has not decided yet where to go. She would like to work in the justice field, specifically working among women in vulnerable populations.

Harris said she is looking forward to participating in the International Women’s Day forum, and she hopes members of the North State and Simpson University communities will consider registering to attend.

“I will be representing what the theme means from the ‘future perspective’ – how we as women of the future are supposed to go about navigating our own identities and the path toward equity and representation,” she said. “To be asked to speak at an event like this for International Women’s Day really does mean the world.”

Learn more and register for the International Women’s Day event at www.iwd-coloradosprings.org.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 traditional undergraduate programs, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson has launched new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu

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Simpson University Championed as a College of Distinction for 2019-20

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University has again received national recognition for the integrity of its individualized and engaging education through its selection as a College of Distinction.

2019-2020-CoDIn addition, Colleges of Distinction awarded program-specific recognition to Simpson University’s School of Education and Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, ranked No. 8 among nursing schools in California.

This award is unique among popular college guide classifications, which typically rank schools on the basis of numbers like the size of endowment, selectivity, and faculty salaries. Simpson University instead earns its recognition for excellence exhibited in the classroom, incorporating high-impact practices throughout every student’s undergraduate education.

Such student-centered programs include first-year seminars, community-based learning programs, service-learning programs, national and global service trips, collaborative assignments and projects, capstone projects, study abroad programs, internships, intensive writing courses, and more.

“We are so proud to see Simpson University walking the walk,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction knows that a truly valuable education can’t be measured by rank or reputation. Students learn and thrive best when they embrace hands-on learning in a vibrant, welcoming community.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of detailed interviews and research for each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more.

Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

“Colleges of Distinction doesn’t rank schools, because we know that every student is different in what they need to best learn, grow, and succeed,” said Schritter. “Instead, we value schools that embrace those differences. Simpson University puts the student experience first, providing all the tools and opportunities they need to become lifelong learners who are ready to take on any challenge in today’s ever-evolving society.”

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu.

2019-2020-Education-CoDThe School of Education, which offers master’s degrees and teaching and administrative credential programs, has graduated nearly 3,000 students. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/education.

2019-2020-Nursing-CoDThe Betty M. Dean School of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing and an RN-BSN Track for registered nurses. The school has graduated more than 200 students with B.S.N. degrees since 2011, and more than 175 RNs have earned their B.S.N. degrees through the program. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

About Colleges of Distinction
Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

REDDING, Calif. — By demonstrating continued dedication to High-Impact Educational Practices, Simpson University has been named as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

2018_19_Year_Badge_CMYK.300ppiSimpson University has created a unique learning environment where students not only earn college credit and valuable life experience, but also participate in character-building first-year seminars, service learning programs, intensive writing courses, national and global service trips, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, capstone projects, study abroad programs, internships, and more.

“We are truly honored to name Simpson University as a College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction applauds Simpson University for pushing the envelope with its up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with High-Impact Educational Practices, and fostering a commitment to provide its students with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major.”

The selection process at Colleges of Distinction requires that institutions adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. This process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience as well as its general education program, strategic plan, alumni success, satisfaction measures, and more.

“Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select schools that are 100 percent focused on the student experience, driven to produce well-rounded graduates who are prepared for a global society and economy,” said Schritter. “Becoming a College of Distinction, like Simpson University, is proof that the institutions we select are fully invested in their students’ success, beginning on day one and continuing through the rest of their lives.”

About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.