CUW Ranks 5th Best Online MBA in Management Information Systems

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CUW Education Administration Program Ranked #13“The Best Schools” recently shared their ranking of online MBA management information systems degrees, and CUW ranked 5th. provides in-depth rankings of degree programs and of colleges and universities. According to their site, they select the degree programs based on the quality of the program, types of courses provided, faculty strength, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation.
Online MBA in Management Information Systems degree programs provide the leadership skills, business expertise, and technical competencies required for high-end positions in the rapidly growing field of management information systems (MIS). In a world highly dependent on technology, computer systems professionals play a vital role in meeting a company’s strategic objectives.
MBA in Management Information Systems degree programs typically cover the following subjects: database management systems, information systems design, managing IT projects, information management tools, and business data communications, as well as the procurement and implementation of new software and technologies.

In addition to developing key business skills, MIS students acquire vital skills for working with database systems and network administration. Students learn how to use information systems to serve a company’s business interests and thereby achieve its mission.

You can find out more about the CUW Online MIS program by visiting the MIS program site or by calling 1-877-289-1897.


Concordia University Unveils New Concordia Promise Program

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ConcordiaPromiseConcordia University has recently unveiled the Concordia Promise, an exciting initiative to support a variety of opportunities for advanced learning and higher education.

Concordia Promise

The Concordia Promise is a scholarship that offers affordable Dual Credit courses for students attending Christian high schools. The Concordia Promise scholarship reduces the cost of tuition from $200 per credit to $50 per credit.*

Concordia Promise Plus

The Concordia Promise Plus is a scholarship in the amount paid for Concordia University Dual Credit courses (up to $50 per credit). The scholarship applies to CU tuition after enrollment at CU for an undergraduate degree. Any student taking Concordia University Dual Credit courses while attending a Christian high school is eligible for the Concordia Promise Plus, if the student chooses to attend Concordia University for an undergraduate degree.

Additional Value for Partner High Schools, Teachers, and Families

Beyond enhancing curricular offerings and providing Christian scholarship funds, the Concordia Promise offers partner high schools additional benefits. Concordia Promise Partner Schools can receive an assortment of supplemental programs such as consulting services from Concordia University, professional development opportunities, participation in leadership summits for qualified high school students, and access to Concordia University’s free non-credit online courses focused upon the needs of high school students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Future courses include a free course for teachers in Christian schools on blended learning, a course for high school students on financial literacy, a course for high school students and families focused on “Is College Worth It?” and a course of career explorations to help high school students begin to explore college majors.

Dual Credit Courses

Concordia University currently offers a variety of fully online Dual Credit courses to help enhance high schools’ offerings of honors-level courses. High schools may also work with Concordia University to arrange face-to-face Dual Credit courses that take place directly on the high school campus. The Concordia Promise provides scholarships to make the Dual Credit courses more affordable for students.

To find out more information about Concordia Promise and Dual Credit courses visit the Dual Credit Site or contact Katie Baganz at

*Concordia Promise is available for students currently enrolled in a Christian high school or homeschool who are not eligible for state, district, or outside funding.

Online Education Administration Program Ranked #13 in the Nation

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EDADMINConcordia University Wisconsin’s Master of Education – Educational Administration program ranked #13 in the nation in a recent article by Factors for the program’s selection included academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation.

CUW Education Administration Program Ranked #13

For more information regarding the award, view the article “The 25 Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Degree Programs” or our press release.

If you’d like to know more about Concordia University Wisconsin’s Online M.S. Education – Education Administration program, contact one our our admissions counselors by filling out a form or calling 1-877-289-1897.

Earn EDGP Credit for your attendance at the LEA Convocation

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EDGP Credit

Earn EDGP Credit

Need credits for renewal of your teaching certification? Leverage your professional development from the LEA Convocation and register for this special offer (deadline has been extended to Friday, November 8).

Earning one graduate education professional development (EDGP) credit is an easy five‐step process:

  1. Compile a record of at least five hours of LEA Convocation programming in which you participated.
  2. Write and submit a summary of new ideas and learning you gleaned from the sessions you attended within the LEA Strand you selected.
  3. Develop and submit a plan of action describing how these new ideas will impact your daily ministry practice.
  4. Actually complete your plan of action (in classroom teaching, school leadership, etc.)
  5. Reflect and submit a summary of the direct impact the new ideas and learning had on your ministry practice.

Register Now

  1. Visit
  2. Be sure to select “Graduate Level and above” under Program Type and then “Graduate Non-Degree Seeking.”
  3. Enter the specific EDGP course number you wish to pursue.
  4. Enter code LEA2013 on your online application to waive your application fee
  5. Your cost should be paid directly to the MTM Project, c/o Cindy Guth; 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive; Mequon, WI 53097

Convocation Strands

LEA Emerging Technology Strand
  • EDGP 770 Integrating Technology in the Classroom
LEA Wellness and Relationship Strand
  • EDGP 613 Improving School Relationships
LEA Methods and Content Strand
  • EDGP 607 Best Practice Instruction
LEA Ministry and Vocation Stand
  • EDGP 599 Topics in Prof. Development: Ministry and Vocation
LEA Collaboration Strand
  • EDGP 599 Topics in Prof. Development: Professional Learning Communities at Work
LEA Leadership Strand
  • EDGP 701 Servant Leadership in Christian Ministry
LEA Global Education Strand
  • EDGP 599 Topics in Prof. Development: Global Education

Become a Ministry Technology Mentor Project Member

Make your professional development dollars go further!  By joining the Ministry Technology Mentor (MTM) Project (, as an individual or school member, you qualify for an additional 25% discount on graduate education tuition!  This discount applies to CUW’s entire Educational Design and Technology graduate program as well as introductory courses in the Literacy, Educational Administration, and School Counseling graduate programs.  Your MTM Project membership provides other real advantages as well, including customized workshops and inservices at your school, enrollment discounts for our summer institutes, and tuition discounts on the dual credit program (for high school students completing college coursework through CUW) and our new online course for middle-school students, designed to teach them strategies for success as an online student.  MTM Project membership even provides low-cost graduate education professional development credits for workshops attended at the recent LEA Convocation!  Your investment in an annual membership pays extraordinary dividends.  Visit us at or contact Cindy Guth, Coordinator of Member Services, at or 262.243.4342.  Partner with the MTM Project so we can support your ministry and mission!

CUW Online Presenters at the 2013 LEA Convocation

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2013 LEA Convocation sponosred by CUW

Find us at the LEA Convocation!

Interested in learning more about the people behind Concordia University Wisconsin's online programs? The following individuals from CUW Online are presenting at the 2013 LEA Convocation.

Session Title
Michael UdenExtreme Classroom Makeover102E
Session 1: Thursday from 3:30-4:30pm
Nicole MuthVisual Mathematics Manipulatives and Simulations102C
Session 2: Friday from 10:30 - 11:30am
Kathyrine L'HeureuxStrategies for Social-Emotional Behaviors in the Classroom201A
Wanda RoutierRock'n the Classroom STEAM Learning102B
Session 3: Friday from 12:45 - 1:45pm
Cynthia SpennerFun, Fantastic, Foldables!203C
Session 4: Friday from 2:15 - 3:15pm
Bernard BullOnline Learning as Educational Ministry103D
David BackManaging Digital DistractionsHilton Wright B
John OberdeckWhat We Know Now What We Didn't Know ThenHilton Mac Arthur
Session 5: Friday from 3:45 - 4:45pm
John OberdeckLooking for the Phoenix Effect203D
Steven WittPractical Strategies for Emerging Readers201B
Janice WeisenbachRaise Students: Make Them Shine103D
David BackTechnology Trends Teachers Need to Know102C
Session 6: Saturday from 8:30 - 9:30am
Bernard Bull21st Century Education 101203C
David BackOnline Instructional Design StrategiesHilton Mitchell
Amanda HelmkampSo You Think You Can Teach102C
Kathleen KremerFrom STEM to STEAMHilton Wright A

Digital Badges for Learning | Learning Beyond Letter Grades

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Digital Badges for Learning Panel Discussion

Learning Beyond Letter Grades MOOC – Live Event

“Digital Badges for Learning” panel discussion with Sheryl Grant, Jonathan Finkelstein & Sunny Lee (Moderated by Bernard Bull). This live event was part of the Learning Beyond Letter Grades Massively Open Online Course hosted by Concordia University Wisconsin’s Office of Continuing & Distance Education. Learning Beyond Letter Grades is a Massively Open Online Course provided by Concordia University Wisconsin’s Office of Distance and Continuing Education. The course allows participants to carefully consider the history, benefits, limitations, and alternatives to using letter grades in learning environments.

Dr. Bernard Bull

Moderator. Bernard Bull (@bdean1000) Assistant Vice President of Academics and Professor of Educational Design & Technology at Concordia University Wisconsin.

Digital Badges for Learning Panel:

Sheryl Grant

Sheryl Grant (@slgrant) is Director of Social Networking for the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition and a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science.

Jonathan E. Finkelstein

Jonathan Finkelstein (@JEFinkelstein) is founder and CEO of Credly, and director of the BadgeOS project, an open source system for recognizing and rewarding achievement. As founder of LearningTimes, Jonathan has worked with mission-driven organizations to produce and launch online programs and events. He is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley), contributing author to The Digital Museum, and co-author of a report for the US Department of Education on the potential for digital badges.

Sunny Lee

Sunny Lee (@soletelee) is the Open Badges Project Lead at Mozilla Foundation.

Additional Information

Course Site:
Google+ Community:

Church School Unity

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Leadership at Christ Church Lutheran and School in Phoenix, AZ present on “Church School Unity” for the National Lutheran School Accreditation’s Best Education Practices Webinar Series offered in partnership with Ministry Technology Mentor Project and Concordia University Wisconsin. Christ Church Lutheran and School share with us their model of synergism that they use to bind their church and school together to serve the mission of Christ’s ministry to their children, members and the world.

Best Practice Presentation Theme Verse

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.”

– Ecclesiastes 4:9

Christ Church Lutheran and School

Christ Church Lutheran and School has served 59 Years of ministry and has 2,500 active members. The community surrounding the campus has both wealthy and lesser off areas and is not strongly religious. Typical church members have strongly support the school ministry. Facilities tend to not be dedicated as they serve both church and school, allowing Christ Church Lutheran and School to get the most out of their capital investments

One of the keys to Christ Church Lutheran and School’s success is their synergism. As stated in their presentation, “synergism, in general, may be defined as two or more agents working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the agents independently.” Opportunities for synergism thrive when church activity and school activity work together – often resulting in powerful ministry opportunities.The pastors at Christ Church Lutheran and School are highly active in school activities which draws the two ministries together.

By being engaged with students on a personal level in the school setting, the pastors are able to foster a highly relational atmosphere. This atmosphere is beneficial to ministry, making students feel more comfortable and acceptable to confront their pastor with questions they may have. Activities and engagement isn’t just for the children, pastors are sure to reach out the parents. Pastor Jeff said that he enjoys sitting in on new member classes as many new members are already connected with the school.

Church – School Unity is an Art, Not a Science!

Who is your staff? Pastor Jeff would say that your staff are people whose hearts who are interested in spreading the love of Christ. Even in funding, unity is key: people won’t fund a synergistic effort unless the parties being funded actually get along and have a shared goal. Leadership drives the bus when it comes to sticking together: work for a wholistic mission buy-in from both leadership and members. A community and culture that lack a common outlook and synergy can easily turn the Great Commission into a Great Commotion. When planning, prayerfully consider your timetable. Most importantly, understand that as Christians our mission impacts heaven and hell. Pastors shouldn’t just manage a school but embrace it for the sake of the Kingdom.

Shared Philosophy of Ministry: Mission Field Mentality


Sogaard Scale, based on the research and writing of James F Engel (How Can I Get Them to Listen – Zondervan, 1977) and Missionary Viggo Sogaard, based on communication theory.

Create the culture How Do we want to be known?

Staff and faculty set culture and push the mission. Christ Church Lutheran and School’s Principal emphasized that staff need to be aware that always being watched by their students and should be modeling themselves after Christ at all time. We should be excited about our mission: saving souls in service to Christ.

Christ Church Lutheran and School influences their culture by focusing on family engagement. Chapel is followed by a campus-wide meal in the gymnasium. Hosted events such as parents vs. kids kickball, daughter/father and son/mother competitions with Pastor commentary, trunk or treat events and bounce houses. Christ Church Lutheran and School’s principal noted that larger, less frequent events were better than smaller frequent ones in terms of engagement.

Staffing Decisions: Get on the bus!

Assistant Pastor Jim: Be sure to hire pastors who love your students. Pastors need to all be on the same page and are engaged in the school as many teachers are highly committed to the work of the church. Love your work, enjoy your coworkers and have fun!

Financial Decisions: Money is a Tool That Can Make or Break Us!

Financial decisions can be a point of frustration. Don’t over analyze every penny but share when you can! Their “Make a Difference” 28 day capital campaign raised $1.5 million simply by mailing out requests for donations.

Communication: How we present things can shape the culture

The Risk-E-News Newsletter asks teachers to integrate mission trip activities into their lessons. The community featured faculty letters for new members and internal email prayer lists.


Activities, using the Sogaard scale, aim to bring in various groups of people and minister to them.

What can we learn from Ecclesiastes metaphor

Growth takes time and attention. Guard your attitude and kindly rebuke each others’ sin. Be lovingly honest yet be sure to have fun!

We have to like each other and what we do. We better together than separate and we rely on God to hold us together. In this way, Christ Church Lutheran and School is a cord of three strands: church, school and God.

Learning Beyond Letter Grades MOOC Starting Soon

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Learning Beyond Letter Grades

Our newest Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) begins on October 7th, 2013. To register for this free course, visit Learning Beyond Letter Grades on

Learning Beyond Letter Grades

Introductory Video

Dr. Bernard Bull
Learning Beyond Letter Grades Course Coordinator
Assistant Vice President of Academics at Concordia University Wisconsin
Director of the M.S. Ed – Educational Design & Technology program
Follow on Twitter: @bdean1000


In the video above, Dr. Bernard Bull connects his background and perspectives in the field of educational technology to the growing conversation that surrounds letter grades in contrast to other forms of assessment. Dr. Bull presents findings of preliminary research he conducted that highlights a situational disconnect between a student’s letter grade and the achievement of desired course outcomes.

Course Format

Live Sessions

Live sessions will occur on Tuesdays during the course’s normal run time. All live sessions will be recorded. During live sessions and throughout other parts of the course, participants can join conversation in the Learning Beyond Letter Grades Google+ Community and using the #beyondlettergrades hashtag on Twitter.

Self-Paced Learning

Participants can navigate through modules on Canvas at their own pace. Each module has a badge that the participant can earn as a token of their achievement in the models. Assessment will only occur during the 6 weeks when the course is “running”, so badges can only be earned during that time. Conversation, however, will continually happen in the Google+ Community and with #beyondlettergrades

Sustainable Competitive Equity

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Best Practice: Sustainable Competitive Equity
September 2013 Exemplary School:
Crean Lutheran High School  – Irvine, CA
Presenters: Principal Jeffrey Beavers and Assistant Principal of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment (CIA) Dan Moyer

Crean Lutheran High School administrators present an approach on how you can equip your team to better understand their role in sustaining the mission of your school, ministry or organization to further advance the mission and vision in order to fulfill The Great Commission. This webinar explores CLHS’s strategic partnerships, learning formats and their unwavering commitment to mission that attributed to their ongoing success.

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CUW named a top ROI School in Wisconsin

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AC Online

Concordia University Wisconsin was recently named the #5 university in Wisconsin in terms of student Return on Investment, says Affordable Colleges Online. Affordable Colleges Online built the 2013 list (AC Online: Highest ROI Colleges in Wisconsin) to help students find colleges that “leave you armed with earning power, not lifelong debt.”

Affordable Colleges Online ( ranked schools reports were based on’s 2013 College Earnings Report, publications from the Carnegie Foundations, National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS).