Career-oriented Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., is introducing new bachelor’s degree programs this fall in Broadcasting, Mass Communication, and Marketing–which offers concentrations in Advertising or Marketing Management. With Champlain’s existing programs in Public Relations, Professional Writing, and Multimedia & Graphic Design, the new programs establish a dynamic team of offerings in the communications area. “The College has built a deep collection of programs,” said Nancy Kerr, director of the new Broadcasting and Mass Communication programs. “Champlain students will earn solid communication skills and they can choose to specialize in one of several exciting career fields.” The Broadcasting degree balances theory and practice, preparing students for work in areas such as television, radio, audio, video and digital production. New courses include broadcast management and programming, audio production, advanced video production and broadcast journalism. Students will gain hands-on experience with industry-quality equipment in a refurbished television studio, as well as in internships at Burlington-area media outlets and companies. “The curriculum is designed to give direction to the creative expressions of students, to offer them diversified technological expertise, and to provide them with practical training in writing for the media, media production and media management,” Kerr said. The new bachelor’s program in Marketing offers two career concentrations: Advertising and Marketing Management. Students spend their first two years learning about all that marketing has to offer from advertising and customer relationship management, to sales and Internet marketing. “We’ve designed this program so students get the fundamentals and a real-world understanding of marketing in their first two years, and they are well prepared as juniors to study a career concentration that matches their interests and goals,” said Elaine Young, the program director. The program provides two internship opportunities, including a competitive honors internship in the students’ senior year. “Hands-on learning is a vital component of our Marketing program,” Young said. “These internship opportunities reinforce students’ classroom experiences, and the added incentive of competition in their senior year will give students the opportunity to showcase the skills they will bring to the marketplace.” New courses such as account and brand management, non-profit and social marketing, and advanced advertising round out the marketing core. In the College’s new Mass Communication program, students will earn communication skills that can be applied to a broad range of careers. A required internship helps to further define career interests. Students will learn how their communications operate within a context of cultural, economic and technological factors. Through an understanding of this context, students will be poised to create ethical and enlightened work in the communications arena. For more information on these new bachelor’s degree programs, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external) or call the Champlain Admissions Office at (800) 570-5858.
National-4.1%-1.1% Oregon-4.3%-3.3% Rhode Island-2.7%-0.7% Single FamilySingle Family Excluding Distressed Kansas1.2%3.9% StateChange by State New Jersey-1.2%-1.5% Indiana-0.7%0.7% Nebraska1.2%0.8% New Mexico-4.7%-2.5% Arizona-9.0%-7.7% Wisconsin-4.7%-3.3% South Carolina0.6%2.1% Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA-5.8%0.2% Arkansas-1.8%-1.0% Vermont home prices fell six-tenths of one percent over the last year as distressed sales pushed down what otherwise was an increase of 3.1 percent in the price of an average home whentroubled properties were removed from the equation. Both numbers, however, remain considerably better than most other states and the nation as a whole. CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, today released its September Home Price Index, which shows that home prices in the US decreased 1.1 percent on a month-over-month basis, the second consecutive monthly decline.According to the CoreLogic HPI, national home prices, including distressed sales, also declined by 4.1 percent in September 2011 compared to September 2010. This follows a decline of 4.4 percent* in August 2011 compared to August 2010. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices declined by 1.1 percent in September 2011 compared to September 2010 and by 2.2* percent in August 2011 compared to August 2010. Distressed sales include short sales and real estate owned (REO) transactions.”Even with low interest rates, demand for houses remains muted. Home sales are down in September and the inventory of homes for sale remains elevated. Home prices are adjusting to correct for the supply-demand imbalance and we expect declines to continue through the winter. Distressed sales remain a significant share of homes that do sell and are driving home prices overall,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic.Highlights as of September 2011Including distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were: West Virginia (+7.0 percent), Wyoming (+3.8 percent), South Dakota (+3.6 percent), Maine (+3.5 percent), and North Dakota (+3.1 percent).Including distressed sales, the five states with the greatest depreciation were: Nevada (-12.4 percent), Illinois (-9.2 percent), Arizona (-9.0 percent), Minnesota (-8.3 percent), and Georgia (-7.2 percent).Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were: West Virginia (+13.2 percent), Maine (+5.8 percent), Wyoming (+4.8 percent), Montana (+4.4 percent), and Kansas(+3.9 percent).Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the greatest depreciation were: Nevada (-9.6 percent), Arizona (-7.7 percent), Minnesota (-5.9 percent), Michigan (-4.8 percent), and Delaware (-3.7 percent).Including distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the national HPI (from April 2006to September 2011) was -31.2 percent. Excluding distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the HPI for the same period was -21.9 percent. Of the top 100 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) measured by population, 82 are showing year-over-year declines in September, the same as in August. Full-month September 2011 national, state-level and top CBSA-level data can be found athttp://www.corelogic.com/HPISeptember2011(link is external).*August data was revised. Revisions with public records data are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results. September HPI for the Country’s Largest Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) by Population: Single FamilySingle FamilyExcluding Distressed Maryland-1.6%0.1% Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX-0.1%2.8% Utah-4.3%-0.8% Mississippi0.0%0.6% New Hampshire-3.2%-1.1% Minnesota-8.3%-5.9% North Carolina-0.5%0.4% Montana-0.3%4.4% Ohio-6.0%0.0% North Dakota3.1%3.4% Kentucky-1.7%0.2% Alaska0.8%1.4% Colorado-1.5%-0.2% Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-9.7%-1.9% Washington-5.6%-1.9% Missouri-4.4%-1.6% Alabama-4.6%2.4% Iowa-0.4%0.3% Florida-3.8%-1.7% Michigan-3.7%-4.8% District of Columbia1.4%0.3% Philadelphia, PA-0.3%-0.4% West Virginia7.0%13.2% Maine3.5%5.8% Hawaii-2.0%0.9% Tennessee0.7%0.1% CBSAChange by CBSA Idaho-5.1%0.0% Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV1.0%2.3% Vermont-0.6%3.1% Delaware-5.8%-3.7% Texas-1.4%1.6% Source: CoreLogic.September HPI State and National Ranking: Pennsylvania-0.1%0.6% Wyoming3.8%4.8% Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX-4.3%0.9% California-6.5%-1.6% New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ2.2%2.9% Oklahoma-0.2%0.4% Louisiana-0.6%2.2% Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA-7.8%-3.9% Virginia-0.2%0.7% September 2011 12-Month HPI Connecticut-3.5%-3.6% September 2011 12-Month HPI Georgia-7.2%-3.6% Massachusetts-2.2%-1.6% New York2.4%2.5% South Dakota3.6%1.2% Illinois-9.2%-2.5% Nevada-12.4%-9.6% Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ-8.0%-7.1% Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA-6.3%-4.0% MethodologyThe CoreLogic HPI incorporates more than 30 years’ worth of repeat sales transactions, representing more than 65 million observations sourced from CoreLogic industry-leading property information and its securities and servicing databases. The CoreLogic HPI provides a multi-tier market evaluation based on price, time between sales, property type, loan type (conforming vs. nonconforming), and distressed sales. The CoreLogic HPI is a repeat-sales index that tracks increases and decreases in sales prices for the same homes over time, which provides a more accurate “constant-quality” view of pricing trends than basing analysis on all home sales. The CoreLogic HPI provides the most comprehensive set of monthly home price indices and median sales prices available covering 6,607 ZIP codes (58 percent of total U.S. population), 608 Core Based Statistical Areas (86 percent of total U.S. population) and 1,146 counties (84 percent of total U.S. population) located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. About CoreLogicCoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services to business and government. The Company combines public, contributory and proprietary data to develop predictive decision analytics and provide business services that bring dynamic insight and transparency to the markets it serves. CoreLogic has built one of the largest and most comprehensive U.S. real estate, mortgage application, fraud, and loan performance databases and is a recognized leading provider of mortgage and automotive credit reporting, property tax, valuation, flood determination, and geospatial analytics and services. More than one million users rely on CoreLogic to assess risk, support underwriting, investment and marketing decisions, prevent fraud, and improve business performance in their daily operations. The Company, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., has more than 5,000 employees globally. For more information visit www.corelogic.com(link is external).Source: CoreLogic SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —