Western Carolina University once again is ranked as a top university in the South in two categories in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” guidebook.The recently-released guidebook lists WCU as 13th among “top public regional universities” in the South, the university’s same ranking as the past two years. The publication also places WCU at No. 38 among the “best regional universities” in the South.The “best regional universities” category in which WCU appears includes 149 public and private higher education institutions that offer a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and that tend to attract most of their students from surrounding states. The universities are ranked against their peer group in one of four regions – North, South, Midwest and West.The annual rankings are based on a variety of indicators, including assessment by administrators at peer institutions, graduation rates, retention of students, faculty resources, average class size, student/faculty ratio, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.“The U.S. News & World Report recognition helps validate Western Carolina University’s reputation for high academic quality and a community atmosphere that brings out the best in students,” said WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher. “Our faculty and staff have built an environment in which students thrive and where dreams and an individual’s potential are realized.”Other U.S. News & World Report rankings for WCU include a No. 24 for “best colleges for veterans” among regional southern universities, No. 118 for engineering programs across the nation that do not offer a doctorate, and No. 331 for best undergraduate business programs in the U.S.The listings come as WCU ― again ― set enrollment records for overall student body and freshman class. The 2017 fall semester tally represents the fifth year out of the past six that WCU has seen enrollment increases, a track record that bucks a national trend of enrollment declines at colleges and universities across the U.S. since 2010. This academic year’s total enrollment of 11,034 comes just four years after the university topped 10,000 for the first time back in 2013. Ten WCU degree programs have added 100 or more students in the past decade.“The guidebook rankings are a further reflection that WCU is enjoying a period of remarkable momentum,” Belcher said. “Enrollment is soaring, and WCU has become a destination university. Not only are we getting more students, but they are coming to campus better prepared academically to meet the rigors of higher education.”Amenities such as new and renovated dining facilities and residential and retail space, as well as the beginning of construction for a new natural sciences building, indicate a commitment to maintaining a level of quality that will keep WCU high in the collegiate rankings, said Phil Cauley, assistant vice chancellor for undergraduate enrollment. Beginning next fall, WCU undergraduate students from North Carolina will see their out-of-pocket tuition expenses reduced to $500 per semester through the NC Promise program. Cauley added that it is important to note that costs related to housing, meals and fees will not be affected by NC Promise, so the total cost of attendance for in-state students living on campus will be just over $7,300 a semester, a drop from the current $8,800.Rankings and guidebooks can serve as a tool in the college search process, but so can campus visits. Open House events are planned for four upcoming Saturdays ― Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Feb. 24 and March 24 ― with weekday campus tours available year-round by appointment for students and their families. Preregistration for Open House and more information are available by going to openhouse.wcu.edu or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 828-227-7317 or toll-free 877-928-4968.
22 March 2013 The best South African businesses in various sectors of the economy were showcased at the inaugural SA Premier Business Awards hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Wednesday night. The awards were held in Sandton, Johannesburg in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa, with the aim of recognising South African companies that invest in human and technical resources in various projects and stimulate job creation. “These awards are of value in particular because they give companies recognition and that recognition, we hope, passes on in some kind of tangible commercial reputational benefit can be significant for companies in enhancing their position in the market,” said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in his opening address at the awards. The top award for the evening was the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by the minister. The award went to business mogul Richard Maponya who is known for building a business empire despite the restrictions of apartheid. “This is a great honour,” Maponya said, also congratulating all the young people who received awards. “South Africa is making history.” The winners, per category, were announced as follows: Rural Development Award: Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT)SMME Award: Malcom – Ezindaleni Hydraulics & EngineeringYoung Entrepreneur Award: Miss Earth South AfricaWomen-Owned Enterprise Award: Segakweng Enterprise And Strategy ConsultingQuality Award: Coega DairyTechnology Award: Tshwane University of TechnologyGreen Award: MTN SAMedia Award: Talk Radio 702/567 Cape TalkProudly South African Enterprise Award: G.U.D HoldingsMost Empowered Enterprise Award: MTN SAInvestor Award: Nestle (South Africa)Manufacturer Award: Powertech and Bell Equipment Company SAExporter Award: Abagold and Saab Grintek DefenceLifetime Achievement Award: Dr Richard Maponya “We are elated to receive this acknowledgement of nearly 30 years of contributing to rural development,” said Anthea Davids-Thames, executive director of Social Change Assistance Trust (Scat), which took home the Rural Development Award. “We are proud as an organisation in terms of our contribution to our beloved country but more so proud of the communities we support,” she said. Scat is a veteran independent fund-raising and grant-making development agency based in Cape Town. The partners also thanked the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and ABSA for their contribution to the awards. Davies said the awards were an amalgamation of previous award ceremonies, and with such an award ceremony, South Africa can serve to encourage much more entrepreneurial efforts in the society as a whole. Entry form submissions for the awards closed in mid-February. A total 159 entries were received while a 12 member judging panel comprising of various role players from business and labour as well as the department among others, were responsible for selecting the winners. The adjudication process concluded in March. On 4 April the DTI will launch the fifth iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) which will outline government’s plans to industrialise the South African economy. IPAP now falls under the New Growth Path which is an economic framework for 2010- 2020, with the overriding objective of creating employment. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
New numbers from Frost and Sullivan try to size up the enterprise content management (ECM) market. The report estimates that the ECM solution market size in 2009 was on the order of $795 million and that the entire ECM ecosystem was on the order of $2.1 billion.The Frost and Sullivan forecast is that the global ECM solution market will in 2016 reach $1.75 billion and the ECM ecosystem market size will grow to $6 billion. Loren Johnson, Frost and Sullivan industry analyst, comments that “With the capabilities of ECM solutions stronger than their component parts, the ECM industry, consumers and companies have started to recognize the inherent value of implementing full ECM solutions.”Whenever numbers grow into the the billions of dollars, it is often hard to fathom exactly what it means. And when compared to a similar report by Gartner, we find a wide disparity. Gartner estimates that 2009 ECM software license and maintenance revenue was $3.5 billion and will exceed $5.7 billion in 2014.But the Frost and Sullivan report may be more strict in what they consider constitutes an ECM solution. “ECM solutions offer a unique productivity solution that singular products, components, and content management modules cannot.” The report defines a complete ECM solution as one that contains the following components:Back-End Assessment ManagementFront-end PresentationWorkflow and Business Process ManagementIn the view of Frost and Sullivan, only six vendors are capable of offering complete ECM solutions.