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Liberty University Jim Toman resigned Friday. The move was announced by Flames athletics director Jeff Barber.
The school said in a release that T9oman stepped down to “pursue other opportunities.” A national search for the seventh head coach in the program’s history will begin immediately.
“During the last nine years, Jim has maintained a consistent passion for Liberty baseball and worked hard to continue to advance our program,” said Barber. “He guided our team to a number of signature wins, spotlighted by a Big South title in 2013 and reaching the finals of the NCAA Columbia Regional. I want to express my sincere appreciation to Jim for the impact he had on the lives of our student-athletes and Liberty baseball.”
Liberty University plans to invest $5 million of its endowment in Israel — an action president Jerry Falwell Jr. said shows its support for the country in the face of a campaign asking schools to divest.
Liberty has over $1.4 billion in total cash and investments, with about $1 billion of that listed as endowment in its financial statements, Falwell said.
The Israel investment is going to a healthcare fund focused on venture capital that is run by a U.S. manager with an Israeli office. The fund includes fields such as “oncology, biopharmaceuticals, and digital health, with a strong focus on cancer immunotherapy,” according to a news release from the university announcing the investment committee’s late-May decision.
Liberty University’s School of Nursing recently received full accreditation for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the maximum 5-year period allowed for new programs.
CCNE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency and serves higher education institutions and acute care hospitals throughout the United States. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of programs in nursing by assessing and identifying curriculum that engages in effective educational practices.
Dr. Sharon Kopis, chair of Liberty’s DNP program, said this accreditation demonstrates a “hallmark of excellence” for Liberty’s nursing program.
“There are many standards that have to be achieved in order to be accredited,” she explained. “The DNP has met these national standards at the doctoral level in education through curriculum, scholarship, leadership, and clinical practice.”
Kopis added that the nursing program not only has the resources needed for this accreditation, but it also has “outstanding” academic support and faculty.
“The accreditation process not only evaluates curriculum, but it also evaluates faculty, student outcomes, processes and structures of the program, and resources. Our faculty is academically and clinically prepared, and we have amazing resources within the school itself,” she said. She pointed to the School of Nursing’s Simulation Center, which includes 18 exam suites, a 13-bed medical surgical unit, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care simulation, and a postpartum and newborn nursery lab, and utilizes standardized patients.
Liberty’s DNP program trains nurses to become leaders, family nurse practitioners, and clinical experts. Two paths are available — an online post-MSN and a residential post-BSN — that incorporate additional clinical training to prepare students for advanced careers in nursing. The residential program prepares students to take a national certification examination for family nurse practitioners.
Liberty’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) are also accredited by CCNE.
Liberty’s School of Nursing is committed to student success, upholding high academic standards and an atmosphere of encouragement in both the classroom and clinical areas. Last fall, 98 percent of BSN graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination on their first try — one of the highest passage rates in the state.
In addition to the DNP program, Liberty offers a BSN with rigorous courses in pharmacology, critical care, and childbearing. The school also offers advanced degrees, including an MSN that is offered completely online. Additionally, the school offers an online RN to BSN program to help nurses continue their education and advance their careers.You
A woman who pleaded guilty to submitting fraudulent student aid applications for online classes at Liberity University will have to serve 2-years in prison.
A federal court judge sentenced Catherine Pankey on Tuesday.
The Danville Regional Medical Center is partnering with Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine to expand its Graduate Medical Education Program.
Beginning August 2016, DRMC, in partnership with Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County and local physician practices, will train approximately 20 third-year Liberty University medical students. The students will live in Danville and do the majority of their clinical rotations locally.