Spotlight on Learning Beyond the Classroom

lbtc-library-ebooksAccess to an abundance of scholarly and reference e-books is great news for students and faculty.  The Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library has access to more than 90,000 e-books with new titles being added every week.  Books can be found on a wide variety of subjects, from animals to music and religion to psychology.

The e-book collections provide current information that is available to the Canisius community anytime and anywhere they need it.  Many titles can be accessed by multiple users simultaneously.   Many contain other materials, such as videos and all of the e-books have a search within text feature.   Now, student learning and research can take place whenever it is convenient to the student, not just when class is in session or the library is open.

The e-books are easy to find – just search the library catalog for your topic and select the limits for book/e-book and full text online.

The library periodically assesses the use of the e-book collection and bases new purchases on the e-book use.  Last year, more 16,000 e-books were accessed by Canisius College patrons. Here is a list of the top 10 accessed titles from 2015:

  • Grove Music Online
  • 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook
  • Gale Business Insights: Company Overviews
  • Encyclopedia of Anthropology
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography 2nd ed.
  • Introduction to Confucianism
  • Hidden Religion : The Greatest Mysteries and Symbols of the World’s Religious Beliefs
  • Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy : Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions
  • New Catholic Encyclopedia 2nd ed.

Have questions regarding electronic resources? Ask your friendly librarians!

Submitted by: Sara Morris, associate vice president, Academic Affairs

Canisus Climbs to 23rd in US News Rankings

Canisius climbed to the 23rd spot in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings for America’s Best Colleges, Regional Universities – North.  Canisius moved up four spots from its U.S. News ranking of 27th in 2015.

Canisius is also in the top 10 named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Value Schools, and ranked 12th among 52 regional universities in the North on the publication’s list of Best Colleges for Veterans.

U.S. News & World Report rankings results are based on several key measures of quality that include (but are not limited to) graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, financial resources and student selectivity.  Each indicator is assigned a weight and expressed as a percentage. Colleges are then ranked based on their composite scores. The categories in which schools are listed are based on the classifications created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Based on peer rankings, US News ranked the Richard J. Wehle School of Business:

  • 12th out of 48 on its list of Best Undergraduate Business Programs among small, private universities nationally.
  • 28th in accounting and 27th in finance out of all 488 institutions who participated in Best Undergraduate Business Programs.
  • 5th out of 62 small, private regional universities – North, with a business management program.

“We are delighted with the recognition from U.S. News & World Report,” said Daniel Borgia, dean of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business. “The Wehle School has a long tradition of excellence. This ranking is a reflection of our distinctive programs and the quality of our students and faculty.”

The School of Education & Human Services was ranked:

  • 5th out of 72 small, private, regional universities – North, with an education program.

“It’s gratifying to see our education program achieve such a high ranking by U.S. News,” said Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services.  “This is a testament to our nationally-recognized programs and the personal attention our students receive from expert faculty.”

Click here to see a comprehensive list of the college’s recent rankings.

Submitted by: College Communications

Professional Development Opportunity

Do you have questions about what you are required to do and what your options are when you have a case (or a suspected case) of academic misconduct?

Barbara Porter, PhD, associate dean of the college of arts and sciences, will host two workshops entitled Navigating Canisius: What Faculty Need to Know About Academic Integrity, on Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13 in Old Main Room 224 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

The workshops will provide an overview of what faculty members should do and why academic misconduct continues to be a problem on campus. There will be ample time for a question and answer period during both sessions.

Submitted by: Sara R. Morris, PhD, associate vice president, Academic Affairs