The top 5 Excelsior College stories of 2014

An ALS patient earns his degree. An innovative new technology lab improves grades. A Federal grant helps veterans pursue an in-demand career. Ebola crosses the Atlantic. The inspiring journey of a student battling kidney failure.

These are the Excelsior Life stories that generated the most water cooler buzz in 2014.

Excelsior College Student with Advanced ALS Presented with Special Graduation Ceremony

January 3, 2014

Ron Miller, a 46-year-old ventilator-assisted resident of Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital, is completely paralyzed from the nose down and has been living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for the last 14 years. Miller could not travel to graduation, so the graduation, with full pomp and circumstance, came to him.

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Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL) Boosts Skills and Grades, Study Finds

March 11, 2014

College students’ writing skills significantly improved through use of Excelsior College’s new Online Writing Lab (OWL), a nationwide pilot study shows. Students at Excelsior and five partner colleges in the study showed a 6.6 point increase in the final grade through use of the online writing lab. The study was conducted by the Evaluation Consortium at the State University of New York at Albany.

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OWL Writing Lab

School of Nursing Awarded Federal Grant to Assist Veterans Pursuing a Career in Nursing

September 3, 2014

Excelsior announces a three-year, $1,019,181 award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assist qualified military veterans earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. In 2010, a report issued by the Institute of Medicine found a direct link between increased levels of education among nurses and improved patient outcomes and lower health care costs.

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A photo of a veteran studying for college.

Excelsior Commentary: What Would Happen if Ebola Virus Spread to the U.S.?

October 1, 2014

What would the process be if a case of Ebola was diagnosed within the general U.S. population? What agencies and institutions would be involved? How would they prevent – or curb – mass panic?

Published just a few weeks prior to the first diagnosed case of the disease on America soil, this commentary by epidemiologist Dr. Rena Jones proved prescient.

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Ed Morneault, Against All Odds

December 12, 2014

The definition of courage is quality of spirit in the face of trying circumstance. And in that respect, Ed Morneault is an inspiration. For he is currently facing his greatest battle – the failure of his kidneys – in a way few others could.

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Ed Morneault

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