Webster University a Finalist in St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Arcus Awards

| November 27, 2013

Webster University was named Tuesday night as a finalist for the Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment from the St. Louis Regional Chamber. Webster was nominated for the award earlier this month for championing innovative programs to increase the education and skills of the region’s workforce.

Webster University is a finalist for the 2013 Arcus Award.

Webster University was a finalist for the 2013 Arcus Award.

Programs and features cited in the nomination include Webster’s long-time commitment to women and minorities, its evening and weekend graduate programs, the many “metro” campuses throughout the region designed to make it easier for those with full-time jobs to increase their education, its many corporate partnerships that offer educational opportunities to area employees, and its leadership roles in numerous projects designed to retain educated residents in the St. Louis region.

Bethesda Health Group earned the top prize during Tuesday’s award ceremony.

“We were in terrific company of finalists and it was an honor to be recognized in front of more than 700 distinguished business leaders from the St. Louis region,” said Barbara O’Malley, associate vice president of Global Marketing and Communications.

The Arcus Awards replaced the Regional Chamber’s annual “Top 50 Awards,” which recognized the top businesses in the metropolitan area. Webster University was recognized for that award seven years in a row.

According to the Chamber’s nomination form, nominations were presented to companies that “demonstrated an exceptional commitment to championing a greater St. Louis region by providing leadership in the area of workforce educational and skills development through the creation of an innovative program, initiative, or by providing community leadership that promotes college degree attainment, improved educational outcomes, on-the-job training, or similar effort that makes the St. Louis region the best place to live, work, and invest.”

Webster programs that were highlighted in the nomination process included:

  • the Office of Corporate Partnerships, which was established in 2010;
  • the cohort model of education that allows partner organizations to provide employees with convenient undergraduate- and graduate-level programs on-site, taught by academically and professionally qualified faculty, which results in 97 percent of employees remaining with companies after six years;
  • its international, metro and military campuses that offer a more diversified educational model;  programs that connect employers to students and faculty, which makes St. Louis a more attractive place to work and live;
  • the BJC HealthCare program that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees to nurses;
  • and the University’s involvement in regional initiatives such as the Chamber’s Regional Higher Education Council, the Talent Summit, and the Mosaic Initiative.

Today Webster has approximately 35,400 living alumni in the St. Louis region.

Besides the Arcus Award for educational attainment, the chamber also presented Arcus Awards for achievement in bioscience, financial and information services, health and science services, multimodal logistics and advanced manufacturing, economic inclusion, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Additionally, the Chamber presented the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award and the BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award Tuesday.

To be eligible for an award, the organization must have a headquarter or substational operations in the greater St. Louis area, which includes six counties in Illinois, and have been operating for at least two years.

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