Forbes awards Norwich University an ‘A’ for financial strength

August 23, 2016

Forbes Magazine found Norwich University to be in the top 20 percent of approximately 900 private colleges and universities ranked according to their financial strength, awarding Norwich a grade of ‘A’ for financial well-being.

Norwich University is one of only 177 schools out of nearly 900 to receive a grade of ‘A’ or higher. The strong financial footing of the university reflects unwavering leadership in development and acute financial practices.

With support of the Board of Trustees, President Richard W. Schneider has led this nearly 200-year old institution for the past 24 years. Schneider has attracted leaders in their fields to the board and appointed top performers to his cabinet.

One of the longest seated college presidents in the country, Schneider has worked with Norwich’s Board of Trustees to create a comprehensive strategic plan for the university entitled NU2019. This document articulates the course Norwich will take in its quest for excellence in academia, student life, improved national brand, and improved financial security for the year 2019, as the university celebrates its bicentennial and begins its third century of fulfilling its mission of service to its students and the nation.

During Schneider’s tenure, Norwich University has seen major improvements on multiple fronts.  Academically, four colleges now offer 39 different undergraduate majors, five of which are degree completion programs offered online. Other accomplishments include: an increase in total undergraduate enrollment by over 43%, from 1730 to approximately 2475, and enrollment in the Corps of Cadets by 50% from 941 to 1600; increased undergraduate student selectivity with an increase in average SAT scores and the percentage of applicants accepted dropping from 93% to 56%; establishment of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, which currently has more than 1600 online students enrolled in 16 programs including master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and professional certificates, and an Honors Program has been instituted.

Also under Schneider’s leadership, substantial additions to the physical plant have been made including Kreitzberg Library, Bartoletto Hall, Wise Campus Center, Sullivan Museum and History Center, Kreitzberg Arena, Shaw Outdoor Center and Doyle Hall, a biomass plant, two new dormitories, Dalrymple and South Halls; renovations to Haynes Family Stadium at Sabine Field and Kreitzberg Library as well as plans for new construction and investments from the Forging the Future $100 million five-year bicentennial campaign, culminating in 2019. The Sullivan Museum and History Center has also been recognized as a Smithsonian Affiliate.

The university has produced positive financial results: net positive annual income; investment grade bond rating and increased its endowment from $40 million to over $208 million.

The Norwich Forever campaign exceeded the $55 million goal by raising $82 million. The Bearing the Torch effort exceeded the $20.2 million goal and raised more than $24 million. Schneider has led five consecutive campaigns, which have all exceeded the fundraising goals since “Norwich 2000” was launched in 1984.

Rankings are determined by these nine financial factors:

  1. Endowment assets per full time student
  2. Primary reserve ration, measuring expendable assets versus annual expenses
  3. Viability ration, which measures value of expendable assets relative to the university’s debt load
  4. Core operating margin, which measures amount of profit
  5. Tuition dependency
  6. Measure of growth of assets
  7. Admission yield, looks at how many accepted students attend
  8. Percentage of freshmen receiving institutional grants
  9. Instruction expenses per full time student

For more information, read the full report here:

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here:    

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Norwich in the News: ROTC 100 Symposium Media Coverage

U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley

Norwich University Office of Communications

April 25, 2016

News coverage of last week’s ROTC Centennial Symposium: “Preparing the Next Generation Leaders in a Complex World” hosted by Norwich University appeared in over 200 media outlets across the country and beyond. The event marked the 100th anniversary of the Reserve Officer Training Corps, an idea begun at Norwich University.

Some highlights:

AP: Military brass to gather in Vermont to highlight ROTC origin

Wilson Ring of the Associated Press reported on the upcoming symposium, interviewing Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs, the commander of the Army’s Cadet Command, which oversees the ROTC programs, among others. He writes: “The two-day symposium on the Norwich campus in Northfield is scheduled to be attended by 12 general and flag officers, who will be focusing on what roles ROTC and citizen soldiers will play going forward…

Many of the nation’s top military officers were trained to fight a traditional war against the Soviet Union. Now, threats that young officers must confront are changing daily and they must be trained to adapt, Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs, the commander of the Army’s Cadet Command, which oversees the ROTC programs, told The Associated Press in an interview.”

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Vermont Public Radio: ROTC’s Roots at Norwich University

VPR’s Patti Daniels interviews Norwich University President Richard Schneider and four ROTC students about the unique experience of being a Norwich cadet. The “Vermont Edition” feature was first broadcast April 21, 2016.

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WCAX TV: Norwich Celebrates 100 Years of ROTC

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Norwich in the News: VT Digger Podcasts Spotlight Colby Symposium Speakers

Photo of 2016 Colby symposium speakers Jason Redman and Jon Coffin
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April 14, 2016

In a series of six podcasts, veteran Vermont radio host and journalist Mark Johnson interviews keynote speakers and panelists from the 2016 Colby Military Writers’ Symposium.

The 21st annual gathering at Norwich University celebrates the best in military writing, authors, and ideas.

Appearing in Vermont Digger, Johnson’s April 10 article and audio podcasts spotlight six distinguished guests at the event. They include speakers at the April 6-7 symposium keynote panel session, “Going to War: The Cost to Families, Community and Nation,” and the winner of the 2016 Colby Book Award.

Featured are

  • Yale graduate, Rhodes Scholar, Vietnam veteran, and author Karl Marlantes.
  • Former Navy SEAL, wounded warrior, and author Jason Redman.
  • Vietnam veteran and retired Vermont National Guard colonel and psychologist Jon Coffin.
  • Documentary filmmaker and author Benjamin Patton, the grandson of iconic WWII general George S. Patton.
  • Journalist Kirsten Holmstedt, the author of two books on the experiences of female soldiers during and after deployment in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Nisid Hajari, the winner of the 2016 Colby Book Award for outstanding achievement by a first-time author of a book-length work of military fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. A former editor at Newsweek, Hajari is currently a Singapore-based editorial page editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, where he overseas Asia coverage. His Colby-winning book, “Midnight’s Furies,” examines the cause and lingering effects of the partition of India following the end of British colonial rule in 1947.

To read more and listen to the podcasts, go to “Colby Symposium: Norwich Cadets Hear the Consequences of War” at Vermont Digger.

WCAX TV: “Norwich Students Tackle Super Bowl Cybersecurity”

Cybersecurity students at WCAX
Norwich University Office of Communications

February 15, 2016

Burlington, Vt., CBS affiliate WCAX TV interviewed Norwich students Josh Hartley ’16 and Audrey Wyman ’17 on Wednesday about their work to support cybersecurity during Super Bowl 50.
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Hartley and Wyman are both Computer Security and Information Assurance majors at Norwich. They were part of a team of some 60 Norwich students and faculty working on site in Santa Clara, Calif., and back on the Norwich campus during the championship matchup between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium.

The Norwich cybersecurity majors worked with local, state, and federal law enforcement officials to analyze and flag potential cybersecurity threats during the game and spent about a year preparing for the assignment.

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Norwich In the News: “Camp Teaches Teens to Solve Cyber Crimes”

Norwich University Office of Communications

Updated July 14, 2015

Vermont Public Radio’s story on the Norwich GenCyber@NU digital forensics summer camp for high school juniors and seniors was rebroadcast by the national news program Here & Now. A co-production of NPR and WBUR in Boston, Here & Now is carried on 383 radio stations across the country and is heard by an estimated 3.6 million listeners each week. The midday news program aired the GenCyber@NU segment on July 13, 2015.

VPR radio reporter Charlotte Albright first profiled the GenCyber@NU program on June 25, 2015. The free, weeklong camp allowed 20 rising high school juniors and seniors to explore the fields of cybersecurity and digital forensics with Norwich faculty and cybersecurity majors. Participants built their own computers and solved a fictional crime by real-life gangsters Bonnie and Clyde. Albright interviewed camp co-directors Prof. Peter Stephenson and recent Norwich computer security and information assurance graduate Katya Lopez ’15.

You can listen to the full VPR story here.

Norwich in the News: “Aspiring Architects Start Building Their Futures”

Norwich University Office of Communications

July 13, 2015

Burlington-based CBS affiliate WCAX-TV recently profiled Norwich University’s Summer Design Academy, a week-long residential architecture and design program for high school students sponsored by NU’s School of Architecture + Art.

“The budding builders are creating things large and small, tackling topics like scale, proportion, light and design, in a mix of studio, seminar and field experiences,” WCAX’s Keith McGilvery reported.

Burlington-based designer and Norwich alum Josh Chafe co-directed the design program. He told WCAX that Norwich’s Summer Design Academy offered participants experience relevant beyond the field of architecture, including how to work in a group, create on fly, and reject ideas without guilt in order to start over.

Watch the full video news feature here.

Photo by Norwich University.

NU’s Sarwar Kashmeri Introduces Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Keynote Address

Norwich University Office of Communications

July 8, 2015

Sarwar Kashmeri, an adjunct political science professor and applied research fellow with the Peace and War Center at Norwich University, introduced former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at a recent dinner and keynote address hosted by the Foreign Policy Association in New York City. Kashmeri is a fellow at the nearly 100-year-old nonprofit, which aims to raise “awareness, understanding and informed opinion of U.S. foreign policy and global issues.” Last fall, he organized a three-day US Grand Strategy Conference at Norwich on “The Future of American Leadership in the World.” Hagel, a former two-term senator from Nebraska, served two years as the 24th U.S. Secretary of Defense. He redesigned his post in February 2015.

Watch a video of Kashmeri’s introduction and Secretary Hagel’s address here.

Read Kashmeri’s op-ed column at US News & World Report.

At the FPA New York dinner held on July 24, 2015, Kashmeri presents the FPA Medal to Sec. Hagel. Photo courtesy Sarwar Kashmeri

Norwich in the News: “Vermont Trooper’s Long Road to a College Degree”

Norwich University Office of Communications

July 7, 2015

Burlington-based CBS affiliate WCAX-TV recently profiled Vermont State Trooper Julie Scribner, a one-time Norwich University cadet and single mother who returned to Norwich after a 26-year hiatus to complete her undergraduate degree. Scribner dropped out after her first year at Norwich and later married and started a family. Following her divorce, she enrolled at the Vermont Police Academy and joined the Vermont State Police. The detective sergeant returned to Norwich two years ago to enroll in a bachelors program in criminal justice through the university’s online College of Graduate and Continuing Studies and graduated with the inaugural class last month.

Watch the full video news story here.

Norwich in the News: AP Story on GenCyber Summer Camp

A feature on free summer cyber camps sponsored by the NSF and NSA spotlights the GenCyber camp for high school juniors and seniors at Norwich this summer and quotes Prof. Peter Stephenson.
Norwich University Office of Communications

May 4, 2015

Wilson Ring of the Associated Press wrote about Norwich University’s free, week-long GenCyber summer cybersecurity camp for high school juniors and seniors in a May 2, 2015 article, “Summer Camps With a Mission: To Create Cybersecurity Experts”:

    “At Vermont’s Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they’ll be able to take home … And none of the children or their parents will have to pay a cent.”

Picked up by national and international media outlets, the wire service feature takes a broad look at a variety of National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-sponsored cybersecurity camps for tweens and teens being held across the country this summer. The article explains that the free day or overnight summer programs are part of a larger effort by the federal government to nurture an interest in cybersecurity among young people to better meet the country’s growing—and largely, unmet—need for a well-trained cybersecurity workforce.

Among other sources, Ring interviewed Norwich University professor and cyber expert Peter Stephenson, PhD, who teaches classes in network attack and defense, digital forensics, and cyber investigation:

    “The 20 high school students who will attend the Norwich University camp in Northfield, which is national recognized for its cybersecurity programs, will build their own computers, learn about attacking and defending networks, and hear from speakers, said Peter Stephenson, the director of the school’s Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics.
    ‘Obviously, the government is hoping, especially the NSA, is hoping that they’ll be able to take advantage of some of these students as they progress, but there’s no requirement here that these students move on to government,’ Stephenson said.”

The AP story has been picked up by, the Houston Chronicle, and the South Florida Times, among other outlets.