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      The Edvocate identified Widener University on its list of 2018 Best Mid-Atlantic Colleges and Universities. The outlet weighed graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, employer and student success surveys, financial resources and more as it compiled the list.

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      Widener University was recognized on a national list of leading tax education programs, according to a survey of employers conducted by TaxTalent. The 2018 national Top in Tax Education Survey placed Widener seventh in the country for our master's degree in taxation and financial planning, up one spot from last year's rank of eighth.

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      Widener students from the Beta Alpha Psi Honors Club, an international honor organization for financial information students, and Assistant Professor of Accounting  Daniel Boylan met with Barry Melancon, president of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, at the Philadelphia Metro Regional Accounting event at Rowan University on Feb. 16. Melancon met with Boylan and the students to discuss the future of the accounting profession and provide advice for several research projects being conducted by the students.


      Associate Professor of Political Science J. Wesley Leckrone and Emily Floreen, a political science major, have been named to the newly-created Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) Student Aid Advocacy Council. The new council was established in September to involve more students in the process of advocating with legislators on critical issues surrounding student aid. Leckrone will serve as a trainer, while Floreen was selected to serve on the council on behalf of Widener.


      Dr. Dipendu Saha, associate professor of chemical engineering, is underway on new research supported by a sub-grant from the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center. The research will examine a possible new direction in water treatment and purification by using a photocatalyst that can be activated under visible light to decompose organic pollutants from water into harmless products.

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      Professor Ning Wang, who teaches in the Center for Education in the School of Human Service Professions, gave the third installment of the spring 2018 President's Lecture series. Wang explored "The Importance of Soft Skills in Student Success and Leadership Development," including which skills are important and why, and a related Widener study.

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      Widener's Office of Development and Alumni Engagement has contracted with a national company to conduct a comprehensive survey to gauge alumni attitude toward the university. The survey will be distributed on March 1 by email to all Widener and PMC alumni for whom the university has a current email address. Questions focus on experiences and perceptions as a student and as an alumnus, and will serve to strengthen efforts to further alumni engagement and philanthropy.

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