School of Social Work
The School of Social work has created a dynamic learning environment for its graduate and undergraduate students through numerous courses that engage students in hands-on problem solving, development, and research activities with many community agencies throughout Omaha. The School of Social Work partners with community agencies in North and South Omaha to help social work students better understand complex social issues and become culturally competent practitioners. Programs such as the Aguante Project, provides students with opportunities to mentor Latino children--helping them to overcome cultural challenges and reach their potential. UNO social work students write in their journals about the profound changes community service projects such as Aguante have made in their personal values and attitudes, in their learning, and in their commitment to serve others through their profession.
Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
The Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis Department has earned this recognition through their commitment to teaching, learning and scholarship consistent with UNO's mission. The department has developed and nurtured strong academic undergraduate and graduate research/professional programs, receiving accreditation for its Bachelor of Science program in Information Science by ABET, and international accreditation body for engineering and technology programs. This puts ISQA among a handful of programs that have achieved this distinction. The department has also increased UNO's stature as an institution of scholarly excellence, with ISQA faculty publishing almost 200 journal articles, 10 books, 48 book chapters and about 350 articles in proceedings. In addition, several ISQA faculty members have been recognized as experts in their fields and serve as editors of international information technology journals.
Center for Economic Education
The Center for Economic Education is an interdisciplinary program involving faculty and staff from the College of Education and the College of Business Administration. The Center's mission is directed to constituencies beyond UNO's campus focusing on improving the economic literacy of current and future Nebraska citizens through teacher education programs and curriculum materials for teachers of Kk-12 classes. To accomplish this mission, the Center partners with Conestoga Elementary School, Wells Fargo Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank to encourage teachers to teach the economic concepts needed by future citizens. The Center features an award winning web site that serves as a national depository of economic education information. Active internationally as well as locally, the center has successfully completed projects to provide economic education to teachers in the Ukraine and hosted educators from former Soviet republics through the Partners in Education program. 2004 has been a banner year for the Center for Economic Education in that they have already received two important national awards recognizing their outstanding performance in working with teachers, their delivery of high quality programs and extraordinary leadership in economic education.