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UTA In The News — Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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Nursing success

The Dallas Business Journal featured an interview with UT Arlington College of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster about the success and growth of the nursing program during her time as dean. Poster recently announced plans to return to teaching. The College of Nursing, which posted a fall enrollment of nearly 8,000 students, had about 1,900 students when she took the dean's job in 1995, she said. The demand for nurses will evolve based on the economy, Poster said.

Help for PTSD

Alexa Smith-Osborne, associate professor of social work at UT Arlington, appeared on KTVT/CBS11 Monday to discuss the fatal shooting of retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and another man at a gun range this weekend and the arrest of another veteran alleged to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. She said the public needs to understand that there are evidence-based treatments available for veterans suffering from the condition.

Online programs bring benefits

Most public universities around the country are charging roughly the same tuition for their booming online programs even though the costs are typically far lower, according to a Bloomberg News story that featured UT Arlington’s Academic Partnership degree programs. The universities are using the revenue to offset state budget cuts and pressure from governors and legislators to lower costs, the story said.

TRIO director profiled

Lisa Thompson, director of the TRIO pre-college program at The University of Texas at Arlington, was featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram profile. Thompson, a first-generation student, and her team recently secured a $1.25 million grant to begin an Upward Bound program that helps military veterans enroll in college. “Now I am able to help other people who have dreams and aspirations. With these programs, we can help them realize their potential and hone their skills,” Thompson said.

Enrollment growing

Spring 2013 enrollment at The University of Texas Arlington hit all-time high of 33,806 students, according to The Dallas Business Journal. The continued growth was driven by gains in business, nursing, engineering, science and social work compared with the same period last year.

Accounting research for CFOS

The chief executives and CFOs of companies accused of backdating stock options for their top executives were likely to lose their jobs and have trouble finding another one, according to a new study, the website Accounting Today said. The study’s coauthor was Jap Efendi, an assistant accounting professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. The work appeared in the current issue of the American Accounting Association journal The Accounting Review.