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Briar Cliff music professor contributes resource guides to music textbook

Apr 16, 2019

Dr. Sean Burton, Director of Choral Activities and chair of the Department of Music at Briar Cliff University, contributed five resource guides to Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir - Volume 5 earlier this year.

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Briar Cliff symposium to celebrate faith, learning and service

Mar 29, 2019

Briar Cliff University will host a unique faculty symposium in recognition of the inauguration of Rachelle L. Karstens as the University’s eleventh president on Wednesday, April 24 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the St. Francis Center on Briar Cliff’s campus. ...


Briar Cliff Honors Program presents lecture series

Mar 29, 2019

The Briar Cliff University Honors Program will host their bi-annual lecture series on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 pm in Saint Francis Center on the University’s campus. ...


Briar Cliff ranked among top online business administration programs

Mar 29, 2019

Briar Cliff University has been recognized among the top schools in the nation by Business-Management-Degree.net for its online business administration program. ...


Longtime Briar Cliff faculty members to retire

Mar 25, 2019

Sister Shirley Fineran and Chuck Shaffer are retiring this year after decades of service at Briar Cliff University. Fineran and Shaffer have both worked at Briar Cliff for over 20 years. ...


Briar Cliff receives $2 million endowment from Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque

Jan 24, 2019

On January 24, Briar Cliff announced a $2 million endowment by the Sisters of St. Francis establishing the Sisters of St. Francis Endowed Chair in Theology. The legacy gift is one of the largest in the University’s history and the first time an endowed chair has been gifted to Briar Cliff. ...


Student Blog: Tips for Finals Week

Dec 7, 2018

Are you ready for Finals Week? Check out these tips from Elise Berg ('19)! ...


Briar Cliff ranked among most affordable online colleges for social work

Oct 19, 2018

Briar Cliff University has been ranked among the most affordable online colleges for a bachelor’s in social work by the SR Education Group. ...


Briar Cliff nursing department attends Iowa Association of Nursing Students convention

Oct 16, 2018

Briar Cliff nursing students Jamie Ramirez and Lauren Johnson were elected to the IANS Board of Directors at the convention. Ramirez was elected Vice President of the board and Johnson was elected Disaster Relief Director. Briar Cliff nursing faculty members Cathy Grimsley, assistant professor and Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program Director, and Heather Stehr, assistant professor, both received Outstanding Teacher Awards. ...


Briar Cliff University, Iowa Central Community College sign cooperative agreement for baccalaureate social work degree

Oct 5, 2018

Briar Cliff University (BCU) and Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) will sign a cooperative programs agreement for the online baccalaureate social work degree. ...


Briar Cliff University and Western Iowa Tech sign nursing program articulation agreement

Sep 12, 2018

Briar Cliff University and Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) will hold a signing event for their nursing program articulation agreement at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, September 17 in the boardroom on the WITCC campus. ...


Briar Cliff University ranked among top MSN programs

Sep 4, 2018

Briar Cliff University has been ranked among the best Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs for 2018 by OnlineMasters.com. ...


Briar Cliff University ranked among best online colleges in Iowa

Aug 2, 2018

Briar Cliff University has been ranked among the best online colleges in Iowa by TheBestSchools.org. ...


Briar Cliff’s social work program reaffirms accreditation

Jul 24, 2018

Briar Cliff University is pleased to announce that the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has reaffirmed accreditation for its baccalaureate social work program for the next eight years. Briar Cliff’s social work program has been accredited by the CSWE since 1974. ...


Briar Cliff's Bachelor of Social Work program ranked among top programs

Jul 16, 2018

Briar Cliff University's online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program has been ranked among the top online BSW programs by OnlineCourseReport.com. ...


Briar Cliff honored among National Colleges of Distinction

Jul 16, 2018

Briar Cliff University has been recognized for its committed implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. ...