Provided by Lubbock Christian University
Two universities and a college professor were chosen this year to share in the 2013 Academic Affairs Awards presented by The Washington Center. Lubbock Christian University is among those honored and will be presented with the Private University of the Year Award during The Washington Center's annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club on Oct. 7, 2013.
"LCU is deeply honored to receive this recognition from The Washington Center," states Lubbock Christian University President Tim Perrin. "We seek to provide our students with a life-changing educational experience and the internships afforded through The Washington Center are definitely "high impact" experiences. We highly value our partnership with The Washington Center and are grateful for its tradition of excellence."
The award recognizes the consistent and exceptional support of schools and their staff to experiential education through their dedicated partnership with The Washington Center. Further, Lubbock Christian University has demonstrated a strong commitment to increasing the number of students taking advantage of The Washington Center's programs in a relatively short period of time. The university has also single handedly raised funds to build scholarships for students.
"Lubbock Christian University is a shining example of how universities are taking the traditional curriculum model and incorporating study-away internship experiences that teach self-awareness, community engagement and life-long leadership skills," said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. "Lubbock Christian University is a true leader within the academic community and we congratulate them on this honor."
President Tim Perrin and Dr. Stacy Patty, LCU Washington director, will accept the award on Lubbock Christian University's behalf.
Other 2013 Academic Affairs Awards will go to the University of Cincinnati and Joseph Patton, associate professor at Monmouth University.
Lubbock Christian University established its LCU Washington program and began its affiliation with The Washington Center in 2005. LCU Washington allows students to work in fulltime, entry-level professional internships for a semester while receiving academic credit.
Since inception, the program has awarded placements to thirty-two LCU students in areas of government, non-profit organizations, and corporations across the D.C. area. Recent interns have worked in congressional offices, at the Food and Drug Administration, the Financial Services Roundtable, and with advocacy groups. Seven students begin their fall semester internships in September, with placements at the Department of the Interior, the Ecological Society of America, and the Koch Institute, among others.
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has over 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975. www.twc.edu
Lubbock Christian University enrolls 2000 students and is a four-year private master's level institution that promotes unique educational opportunities with a strategic focus on student success in four key areas: spiritual formation, intellectual growth, personal stewardship, and leadership development. Degree programs are offered for both bachelor's degrees and master's degrees. For over 55 years, the school has offered academic excellence in a Christian environment. For more information about Lubbock Christian University visit their website at www.lcu.edu.