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U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2013 Best Online Education Programs Rankings

Introduces Numerical Rankings for the First Time

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013,  U.S. News & World Report released today the second annual rankings edition of the Best Online Education Programs. For the first time, programs administered for distance learners that are 100 percent online will be ranked numerically, just like traditional colleges and graduate schools. Online bachelor’s degree programs as well as graduate online degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education, and computer information technology were ranked. There will be no print component to the Best Online Education rankings; however, U.S. News plans to include highlights in both the Best Graduate Schools 2014 and Best Colleges 2014 printed guidebooks.

Online education allows people to attend school without having to quit their jobs or disrupt their lives. According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, people with a bachelor’s degree earn 84 percent more than those with only a high school diploma in their lifetimes—making online education, with its flexibility, an increasingly popular option.

And U.S. News is responding with data and rankings to help people sort out the best options for them.

“Online education is becoming an essential part of higher education,” said U.S. News & World Report Editor and Chief Content Officer Brian Kelly . “Our goal has always been to provide our consumers with the most accurate information so that they may make their best decision. Incorporating online education rankings and data is the next step in providing our consumers with the information they need.”

Greatly improved participation from schools and data collection enabled U.S. News to rank online education programs numerically this year. Factors used to compute the rankings this year include retention rates, graduation rates, and the indebtedness of students upon graduation.

Another difference with this year’s rankings is that a small percentage of schools that were evaluated in 2012 were not evaluated for the 2013 edition. This was due to U.S. News converting to the new, federal government definition of distance education programs, meaning that degree-granting programs must offer 100 percent of their courses needed for the degree online.

Online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked in three different categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. All of the online master’s degree programs were ranked in admissions selectivity in addition to the bachelor’s degree categories. The engineering and business master’s programs were also ranked based on ratings of their academic reputation by top academics who run online programs at peer institutions.

Data was collected from both for-profit and not-for-profit schools. There is no distinction between the two in the rankings. For more information about the rankings methodology, please go to www.usnews.com/onlinemeth.

For more information on the Best Online Education Programs rankings, please visit www.usnews.com/education/online-education or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Best Online Education Program Rankings 2013
* For the full list of rankings, visit
www.usnews.com/education/online-education:

Best Bachelor’s Programs

Best Engineering Programs (Graduate)

1. Pace University (NY)

1. University of Southern California (Viterbi)

2. Daytona State College (FL)

2. Pennsylvania State University – World Campus

3. St. John’s University (NY)

3. Columbia University (Fu Foundation) (NY)

Best Business Programs (Graduate)

Best Nursing Programs (Graduate)

1. Washington State University

1. Ferris State University (MI)

2. Arizona State University (Carey)

2. Lamar University (TX)

3. Indiana University – Bloomington (Kelley)

3. University of Michigan – Flint

Best Education Programs (Graduate)

Best Computer Information Technology Programs (Graduate)

1. St. John’s University (NY)

1. University of Southern California (Viterbi)

2. Auburn University (AL)

2. Sam Houston State University (TX)

3. South Dakota State University

3. Virginia Tech

 

About U.S. News & World Report


U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform, digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Money, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report‘s signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its “Best series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans, and more.

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Downtown Las Vegas Continues Winning Streak

Downtown Las Vegas Continues Winning Streak

 

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 14, 2013, For downtown Las Vegas, 2012 came to be known as the “Year of Downtown” for good reason: at least $754 million in public and private projects came to fruition and an additional $355 million in developments were under construction with most of these scheduled to be completed in 2013*.

 

In 2012, downtown Las Vegas – which does not include the famed Las Vegas Strip and is located just a few miles north – became home to a $485 million performing arts center, a new city hall, two major museums and scores of new businesses. A total of 57 projects were completed, under construction or upgraded in this urban area during the year. “After years of hard work, the city’s highly strategic redevelopment efforts are paying off,” said Bill Arent , director of the city of Las Vegas Economic and Urban Development Department, who also works with the city’s Redevelopment Agency (www.lvrda.org).

 

According to Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman , redevelopment progress is helping downtown reinvent itself as the region’s true center of community, culture and commerce. The new year’s upcoming development highlights include Zappos.com’s $40 million renovations to the former Las Vegas City Hall to accommodate the company’s 1,200 employees, the $56 million Discovery Children’s Museum scheduled to open this spring, the former Lady Luck Hotel & Casino’s $100 million renovation and reopening as Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino in late 2013, and a former Travelodge repurposed into a temporary housing and resource facility for veterans. In addition, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is investing $350 million of his personal wealth in the downtown area for venture capital and entrepreneurial assistance for startup companies as well as community improvements.

 

Las Vegas’ 2012* redevelopment stats are impressive by any city’s standards. The businesses and projects completed during the year generated work for more than 5,200 construction employees, as well as 1,500 permanent jobs. Today, more than 1,700 construction workers are employed on projects that will generate more than 1,900 permanent jobs.

 

“A check of recent headlines both locally and globally confirms the new respect for downtown and the renewed energy permeating the area,” said Rich Worthington CEO of The Molasky Companies and president of the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance (DLVA), a nonprofit consortium of more than 40 downtown businesses working to promote the area. The group’s campaign, Rediscover Downtown, targeted to locals, is continuing in 2013 based on its 2012 success.

 

According to Arent, young families, couples and professionals are contributing to a growing population downtown. They are moving into high-rises and gentrifying downtown neighborhoods full of unique homes built in the 1950s and 1960s that stand in direct contrast to typical cookie-cutter suburban homes in planned housing developments. In addition to the re-population of older single-family neighborhoods close to downtown, the area’s high-rises that just a few years ago were less than 30 or 40 percent full are now close to 100 percent occupied. “What a difference the past few years have made,” said Arent.

 

But it’s not just residents who are changing their suburban addresses for more urban locales; many area professionals, including real estate brokers and professional service firms are rethinking their office locations to follow the action. Zappos.com has already moved its first 200 employees downtown to prepare for the 2013 relocation of its company headquarters. The LEV Restaurant Group, which owns and operates more than 35 area restaurants, recently moved into the former Ice House Lounge and invested more than $2 million on renovations; and Denny’s recently opened a flagship diner on Fremont Street, complete with wedding chapel and full-service bar. According to Arent, business relocations are becoming more commonplace as decision makers understand that downtown Las Vegas is at the heart of the action.

 

* 2012 figures based on fiscal year calculations from July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012
2013 figures based on fiscal year calculations beginning on July 1, 2012

 

For more information about downtown Las Vegas’ successful redevelopment efforts, visit lvrda.org.

 

SOURCE: Las Vegas Economic and Urban Development Department

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The ‘King of Beers’ Unveils Budweiser Black Crown on Jan. 21; First TV Spot Will Be Featured During Super Bowl XLVII

The ‘King of Beers’ Unveils Budweiser Black Crown on Jan. 21; First TV Spot Will Be Featured During Super Bowl XLVII

 

Beer Was Crowd Favorite During Nationwide ‘Project 12’ Competition

 

ST. LOUIS, It started with a bold experiment. A year ago, Budweiser asked its 12 brewmasters to envision their own unique version of one of the world’s most iconic beers. After 12 recipes, six beers brewed for national sampling, and 25,000 opinions, the experiment has resulted in a new golden amber lager based on the voice of the people: Budweiser Black Crown.

The winning recipe from Budweiser’s “Project 12” is now a new brand available for purchase starting Monday, Jan. 21. In suitable fashion for the King of Beers, Budweiser Black Crown will take its place on the national stage less than two weeks later when its first 30-second television advertisement airs during Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3.

With a blend of two-row caramel malt and four types of domestic hops, Budweiser Black Crown is finished on a bed of Beechwood chips for a smooth, balanced taste. Incorporating the proprietary yeast directly descended from the original Budweiser yeast strain used by Adolphus Busch in 1876,Budweiser Black Crownretains the key characteristics of Budweiser with its clean taste and high drinkability. Featuring more body, color and hop character than the flagship lager, it also has a slightly higher alcohol content at 6% ABV.

The Budweiser Black Crown recipe was the creation of Los Angeles brewmaster Bryan Sullivan and was the crowd favorite among the more than 25,000 adult drinkers from coast to coast who participated in the brand’s Project 12 sampling initiative.

“It didn’t matter where in the United States we asked, this is the beer that consistently drew the best feedback, and overwhelmingly so,” said Rob McCarthy , vice president of Budweiser.

During the process that led to Budweiser Black Crown, Sullivan and his fellow Budweiser brewmasters personally sampled the beer with consumers to get their direct feedback. Sullivan collaborated with Fairfield, Calif., brewmaster Scott Ungermann and Houston brewmaster Dave Cohen to perfect the recipe.

“People respond really well to Budweiser Black Crown, which has a little more body and color and a touch more hop character than our flagship Budweiser lager,” said Sullivan, who heard from beer drinkers during a sampling program at the Budweiser Made in America music festival over Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia. “As brewmasters we spend most of our time in the brewhouse. Project 12 gave us a chance to hear firsthand from the people we brew our beers for. Budweiser Black Crown is a great beer and it is a thrill for our whole brewing team to see it launch with a Super Bowl spot.”

The beer will be sold nationwide in 12-ounce glass bottles available in six- and 12-packs and in 22-ounce single bottles. It will be available both on-premise (bars and restaurants) and off-premise (grocery stores, supermarkets and convenience stores). The packaging for Budweiser Black Crown is distinctive and modern, with the crown “design cues” on the bottle and secondary packaging a nod to the history and heritage of Budweiser, McCarthy said.

McCarthy said Budweiser Black Crown will debut a TV spot during the Super Bowl XLVII broadcast. “We’ve set our sales-to-retailers date for Jan. 21 so we’re fully ready for sales on Super Bowl Sunday,” McCarthy said.

The beer’s national advertising campaign also includes outdoor, digital, radio and print. In social media, the new brand will have interactive consumer programs on Facebook and Twitter that are designed to be participatory, similar in spirit to when consumers were asked to help choose the recipe that would ultimately become Budweiser Black Crown. The campaign will feature the Twitter hashtag #TASTEIS.

Nate Scudieri , senior brand manager for Budweiser Black Crown, says the beer is, like Budweiser, very refreshing and appealing to a large base of beer drinkers.

“Our research shows that after beer drinkers try Budweiser Black Crown, 84 percent would purchase it,” Scudieri said. “It stays true to the original Budweiser recipe but has its own unique take. It’s flavorful, smooth and highly drinkable.”

Budweiser is America’s No. 1 premium regular beer, selling more than its four nearest competitors combined.

Budweiser Black Crown is brewed at Anheuser-Busch’s state-of-the art breweries in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Columbus, Ohio and Williamsburg, Va.

The Super Bowl commercial was filmed in Los Angeles last month and directed by Samuel Bayer , whose previous Super Bowl work includes a spot that won an Emmy for best commercial. More information about the spots will be released later.

For more information on Budweiser Black Crown, visit www.budweiser.com/blackcrown.

About Budweiser
Budweiser, an American-style lager, was introduced in 1876 when company founder Adolphus Busch set out to create the United States’ first truly national beer brand – brewed to be universally popular and transcend regional tastes. Each batch of Budweiser follows the same family recipe used by five generations of Busch family brewmasters. Budweiser is a medium-bodied, flavorful, crisp and pure beer with blended layers of premium American and European hop aromas, brewed for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment. Budweiser is made using time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character. The brand celebrates great times and has used the phrase “Grab Some Buds” in advertising since 2010.

About Anheuser-Busch
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 47.7 percent share of U.S. beer sales to retailers. The company brews Budweiser and Bud Light, two of the world’s largest-selling beers. Anheuser-Busch is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

Contact:
Joe Muehlenkamp
Anheuser-Busch
314-577-7528
joseph.muehlenkamp@anheuser-busch.com

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Fisher-Price Recalls to Inspect Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleepers Due to Risk of Exposure to Mold

WASHINGTON, Consumers should immediately inspect this product and stop using it if mold is found. Units currently in retail stores are not included in this recall to inspect.

Recall Summary

Name of product: Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper™

Hazard: Mold can develop between the removable seat cushion and the hard plastic frame of the sleeper when it remains wet/moist or is infrequently cleaned, posing a risk of exposure to mold to infants sleeping in the product. The CPSC advises that mold has been associated with respiratory illnesses and other infections. Although mold is not present at the time of purchase, mold growth can occur after use of the product.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately check for mold under the removable seat cushion. Dark brown, gray or black spots can indicate the presence of mold. If mold is found, consumers should immediately stop using the product. Consumers can contact Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions or further assistance. Cleaning and care instructions can also be found at www.service.mattel.com or by contacting the firm.

Consumer Contact: Fisher-Price; at (800) 432-5437, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.service.mattel.com for more information.

Photos are available athttp://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13087.html.

Recall Details
Units:
About 800,000 units
Description: This recall to inspect includes all Fisher-Price Rock N’ Play infant recliner seats called sleepers. The sleeper is designed for babies up to 25 pounds and is composed of a soft plastic seat held by a metal rocking frame. The product has a removable, fabric cover that is sold in 14 patterns and color palettes.
Incidents/Injuries:
Fisher-Price has received 600 reports of mold on the product. Sixteen consumers have reported that their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product.
Sold at: Mass merchandise stores nationwide and online since September 2009 for between $50 and $85. Units currently in retail stores are not affected by this recall to inspect. Only products that show signs of mold after use by consumers are included in this announcement.
Importer: Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y.
Manufactured in:
China

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

Media Contact
Please use the phone numbers below for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products—such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals—contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing and speech impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.

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Rutgers Business School establishes $3 million “Paul V. Profeta Chair in Real Estate”

New faculty position to build research center, MBA concentration, and executive training courses to deliver a new level of sophistication required in the real estate sector

NEWARK, N.J., Dean Glenn R. Shafer announced today the establishment of a $3 million “Paul V. Profeta Chair in Real Estate.” The new faculty position will enable Rutgers Business School to bring in an academic leader to build an MBA concentration in real estate, conduct international research and provide educational and career opportunities for students in an industry vital to New Jersey and the world’s economy.

The faculty chair in real estate was made possible thanks to a $1.5 million commitment by Paul V. Profeta , president and owner of Paul V. Profeta and Associates, Inc., which is involved in real estate investment, management and leasing throughout the country; and a matching $1.5 million from an anonymous donor who pledged $27 million towards an Endowed Chair Challenge to bring 18 world-class faculty to Rutgers, part of the “Our Rutgers, Our Future” campaign.

“Real estate investment is a major factor in the development of the global economy,” said Shafer. “New demands for financial sophistication in real estate, along with expectations for sustainability and increasing regulation, have created an unmet demand in New Jersey for personnel trained in finance, accounting, and supply-chain management in the field of real estate.”

Shafer said that with its international presence and strategic location, “Rutgers Business School plans to become a global thought leader in this under-served yet critical field.”

Funding a faculty chair in real estate was vital according to Profeta, who is a member of Rutgers Business School’s Board of Advisers. “Real estate is such an integral part of the economy, yet there is a huge need for well-trained professionals,” he said. “Having Rutgers Business School focus on real estate will be hugely beneficial for companies involved in this complex sector.”

Profeta (who was raised in Maplewood but spent his childhood “hanging out” in Newark) founded the Profeta Urban Investment Foundation at Rutgers Business School in 2008, which provides free consulting advice and seed capital for minority owned businesses in Newark, N.J. The seed capital that Profeta’s Foundation invests is in the form of interest free loans to the budding businesses he is trying to launch or expand. Through a partnership with The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers Business School, the Profeta Urban Investment Foundation at Rutgers Business School has helped launch and expand several minority businesses in Newark already.

From 1980 until 1989, Profeta served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Business. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

The “Paul V. Profeta Chair in Real Estate” at Rutgers Business School marks the seventh chair to be met in the Rutgers University chair challenge match and is also the seventh chair in the history of the business school.

About Rutgers Business School
Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick is an integral part of one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most distinguished institutions of higher learning: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – founded in 1766. Rutgers Business School has been accredited since 1941 by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – a distinction that represents the hallmark of excellence in management education.

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