Clarke College to Explore Move to College Status

posted on February 8, 2010

Clarke College President Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. announced today that the college will form a committee to explore the college’s possible transition to college status.

The committee, which will include representatives from various campus constituencies, will be charged with gathering feedback and researching the transition process. It will then provide a recommendation to Burrows and the college’s Board of Trustees at the board’s May meeting.

“Becoming Clarke College is not about transforming what Clarke is,” said Burrows. “Instead, it speaks to the current reality of Clarke today as a vibrant, multi-dimensional institution that serves students across all spectrums of adult learning.”

Clarke’s student body of over 1,200 students evidences the diverse nature of a college with significant populations of traditional undergraduate, adult undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate programs at the college include the traditional liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional programs.

Clarke’s graduate programs also align with the college designation. The college currently has four graduate programs with master’s degrees in nursing, business and education, as well as a doctoral program in physical therapy. A new doctor of nursing practice degree program is currently in the planning stages with an accreditation visit anticipated in 2010. The college has received a federal appropriation to support the development of this program.

“The Clarke College name will represent the innovative teaching and breadth of education we provide to so many,” said Burrows. “At the same time, the change will not alter our commitment to maintaining a strong emphasis on close personal relationships that are hallmarks of the Clarke experience. We will continue to uniquely prepare graduates who make an impact in the world.” 

Clarke was founded in 1843 as St. Mary’s Female Academy, later becoming St. Joseph’s Female Academy on the Prairie, Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Joseph Academy and Mount St. Joseph Academy. In 1901, the institution became Mount St. Joseph College and in 1928, was named Clarke College in honor of foundress Mary Frances Clarke.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.


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