John Carroll University, one of twenty-eight colleges and universities established in the United States by the Society of Jesus, was founded as St. Ignatius College in 1886. It has been in continuous operation as a degree-granting institution since that time.
In 1923 the college was renamed John Carroll University, after the first archbishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. In 1935 it was moved from its original location on the West Side of Cleveland to its present site in University Heights, a suburb ten miles east of downtown Cleveland.
In September 1968 the university made the transition from full-time male enrollment to a fully coeducational institution as women were admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences for the first time.
As a Jesuit university, John Carroll University draws upon the intellectual resources and educational experience of the Society of Jesus, which has operated colleges and universities for more than four centuries. Jesuits on the faculty and in the administration help impart the particular character and value of Jesuit education that make John Carroll University a unique institution in its region. In 2005 the Reverend Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., took office as the university’s twenty-fourth president. A full-time faculty of more than 200 men and women, religious and lay, share the educational enterprise of service to its students and the community.
John Carroll University, founded in 1886, is a private, coeducational, Catholic, and Jesuit university. It provides programs in the liberal arts, sciences, education, and business at the undergraduate level, and in selected areas at the master’s level. The university also offers its facilities and personnel to the Greater Cleveland community.
As a university, John Carroll is committed to the transmission and enrichment of the treasury of human knowledge with the autonomy and freedom appropriate to a university. As a Catholic university, it is further committed to seek and synthesize all knowledge, including the wisdom of Christian revelation. In the pursuit of this integration of knowledge, the university community is enriched by scholarship representing the pluralistic society in which we live. All can participate freely in the intellectual, moral and spiritual dialog necessary to this pursuit. Within this dialog, in which theological and philosophical questions play a crucial role, students have the opportunity to develop, synthesize, and live a value system based on respect for and critical evaluation of facts; on intellectual, moral, and spiritual principles which enable them to cope with new problems; and on the sensitivity and judgment that prepare them to engage in responsible social action.
In a Jesuit university, the presence of Jesuits and colleagues who are inspired by the vision of Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus in 1540, is of paramount importance. This vision, which reflects the value system of the Gospels, is expressed in the Spiritual Exercises, the source of Jesuit life and mission. To education the Jesuit spirit brings a rationality appropriately balanced by human affection, an esteem for the individual as a unique person, training in discerning choice, openness to change, and a quest for God’s greater glory in the use of this world’s goods. Commitment to the values that inspired the Spiritual Exercises promotes justice by affirming the equal dignity of all persons and seeks balance between reliance on divine assistance and natural capacities. The effort to combine faith and culture takes on different forms at different times in Jesuit colleges and universities. Innovation, experiment, and training for social leadership are essential to the Jesuit tradition.
At the same time, John Carroll University welcomes students and faculty from different religious backgrounds and philosophies. Dedicated to the total development of the human, the university offers an environment in which every student, faculty, and staff person may feel welcomed. Within this environment there is concern for the human and spiritual developmental needs of the students and a deep respect for the freedom and dignity of the human person. A faculty not only professionally qualified, but also student oriented, considers excellence in interpersonal relations as well as academic achievement among its primary goals.
The university places primary emphasis on instructional excellence. It recognizes the importance of research in teaching as well as in the development of the teacher. In keeping with its mission, the university especially encourages research that assists the various disciplines in offering solutions to the problems of faith in the modern world, social inequities, and human needs.
The commitment to excellence at John Carroll University does not imply limiting admissions to extremely talented students only. Admission is open to all students who desire and have the potential to profit from an education suited to the student’s needs as a person and talents as a member of society.
The educational experience at John Carroll University provides opportunities for the students to develop as total human persons. They should be well grounded in liberalizing, humanizing arts and sciences; proficient in the skills that lead to clear, persuasive expression; trained in the intellectual discipline necessary to pursue a subject in depth; aware of the interrelationship of all knowledge and the need for integration and synthesis; able to make a commitment to a tested scale of values and to demonstrate the self-discipline necessary to live by those values; alert to learning as a lifelong process; open to change as they mature; respectful of their own culture and that of others; aware of the interdependence of all humanity; and sensitive to the need for social justice in response to current social pressures and problems.
Vision, Mission, Core Values and Strategic Initiatives Statement
John Carroll University will graduate individuals of intellect and character who lead and serve by engaging the world around them and around the globe.
As a Jesuit Catholic university, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.
The university’s core values include a commitment to learning in order to create:
- An environment of inquiry which embraces Jesuit Catholic education as a search for truth where faith and reason complement each other in learning. In pursuit of our educational mission, the university welcomes the perspectives and participation in our mission of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, of all faiths and of no faith.
- A rigorous approach to scholarship that instills in our graduates the knowledge, eloquence, sensitivity, and commitment to embrace and to live humane values.
- A campus committed to the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical development of each student.
- An inclusive community where differing points of view and experience are valued as opportunities for mutual learning.
- A culture of service and excellence that permeates every program and office.
- A commitment to sharing our gifts in service to each other and the community.
- A campus that responds to demographic, economic, and social challenges.
- An appreciation that our personal and collective choices can build a more just world.
The following initiatives are essential to the university being recognized as a center of learning and service:
- Create a diverse community of faculty, staff, alumni, and friends dedicated to advancing the university’s vision, mission, and core values.
- Create a learning community of outstanding teacher-scholars characterized by the commitment to student achievement.
- Create a talented cohort of service-oriented staff committed to achieving and being recognized as a center of learning and service.
- Recruit, enroll, retain, and graduate a talented, diverse student body prepared for today’s global reality and committed to learning, leadership, and service that will engage the world.
- Secure resources necessary to foster an extraordinary learning experience and promote John Carroll’s mission as a Jesuit Catholic university.
Assist in responding to demographic, economic, and social challenges in our region in order to support investment and employment opportunities and build confidence in our shared future.
Planning and Assessment
The Office of Planning and Assessment was established in 1999. The director is responsible for both the university planning process and the assessment process. Working with the University Planning Group, the office has facilitated the university’s strategic planning process and is also responsible for the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the plan.
An integral component of understanding and improving the student experience is a coordinated program of assessing student learning. Assessment of student learning is a university-wide effort, bridging both academic and student affairs, with the support of the university administration. The assessment program requires the systematic collection of information in order to both document and improve student learning. Ultimately, the information collected as part of the assessment program serves as a basis for curricular reform, program development, budgets, and strategic planning.
Effective assessment of student learning relies on collaboration between students, faculty, and administrative staff. Assessment of student learning occurs in the academic major, the core curriculum, and student life. Student participation in the assessment program is essential in meeting the university’s commitment to student learning. John Carroll University requires students to take active part in the institution’s assessment program by completing surveys, tests, writing assignments, interviews, and other assessment-related activities.
The University Assessment Committee (UAC) is the primary oversight body for the student outcomes assessment programs of the university. Working with the UAC, the office provides support for the university’s assessment efforts. These include the formation of institution-wide student learning goals, and the development, implementation, and review of the assessment program of the university and the academic departments.
The UAC is comprised of five appointed faculty, the director of Institutional Research, the director of the University Core Curriculum, the associate academic vice president, two appointed representatives from the Division of Student Affairs, and an undergraduate and a graduate student. The committee is chaired by the Associate Academic Vice President for Planning and Assessment, Dr. Nicholas R. Santilli.
The university maintains three major academic divisions: the College of Arts and Sciences, the John M. and Mary Jo Boler School of Business, and The Graduate School. Enrollment for credit ranges from 3,800 to 4,100 students. In 2005-2006 the graduation rate for freshmen who entered the university in 2000 on a full-time basis was 75%.
Degree programs are offered in more than thirty major fields of the arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and business. They include curricula for preprofessional study in medicine, law, dentistry, engineering, and teaching. A wide range of courses is available in day, evening, and summer sessions.
More than twenty major buildings, predominantly Gothic in architecture, and sixty beautifully landscaped acres make up the Carroll campus. Thorne Acres, a thirty-eight-acre property in nearby Chardon, provides additional recreational and educational facilities. Major buildings include the Grasselli Library and its John G. and Mary Jane Breen Learning Center, the Thomas P. O’Malley Center for Communications and Language Arts, and the D. J. Lombardo Student Center. This center includes the Little Theatre, the Harold C. Schott Dining Hall, the Inn Between, the Underground, recreational facilities, public conference rooms, and offices for student organizations; it is also the location of the Fritzsche Religious Center containing the campus ministry offices and the Saint Francis Chapel. The complex also includes the DeCarlo Varsity Center, the William H. Johnson Natatorium, and the Ralph Vince Fitness Center.
Other important facilities are the Administration Building, the Boler School of Business, Rodman Hall, Kulas Auditorium, and Wasmer and Schweickert fields for outdoor athletic events. There are eight student residence halls.
Two major additions to the campus opened in September 2003. The Dolan Center for Science and Technology is a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility. Taking over the functions of the James A. Bohannon Science Center, the Dolan Center houses the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, and Psychology, as well as the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching, and Technology. This beautiful Georgian-style building also contains many spaces intended for use by the entire university community, including study areas, conference rooms, the Muldoon Atrium, and the 250-seat Donahue Auditorium. The Don Shula Stadium is the new home of the Blue Streak football, soccer, and track teams. The stadium also has offices for coaches, a weight training facility, locker rooms, athletic training room, and the Don Shula Memorabilia Room, featuring photographs and artifacts donated by the family of its namesake.
A campus-wide computer network facilitates access to the Internet and World Wide Web as well as providing a vehicle for internal communication via e-mail.
John Carroll University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400; Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; tel.: (800) 621-7440; www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org). The graduate and undergraduate business programs offered by the Boler School of Business are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the Department of Accountancy’s programs are accredited separately by AACSB. The university is approved by the Ohio Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education for the preparation of Early Childhood (EC), Middle Child (MC), Multi-Age (MA), and Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) school teachers, counselors, school psychologists, and principals, with the master’s degree as the highest approved. Programs in chemistry have been approved by the American Chemical Society. The Community Counseling Program and the School Counseling Program are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
In addition to many other affiliations in specialized areas and disciplines, the university holds memberships in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, American Council on Education, American Schools of Oriental Research, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Association of College Admissions Counselors, Association of Graduate Schools in Catholic Colleges and Universities, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, Council of Independent Colleges, EDUCAUSE – Association for Information Technology in Higher Education, Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, National Association of College and University Attorneys, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, National Catholic Educational Association, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, Ohio Athletic Conference, Ohio College Association, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc., and Sponsoring Consortium for the Joint Archeological Expedition to Tell el-Hesi (Israel).
Through several administrative understandings, the university has cultivated a series of institutional relationships that notably enlarge the educational opportunities it offers.
The university enjoys long-standing student exchange agreements with Sophia University in Tokyo, Nanzan University in Nagoya, and Kansai Gaidai University in
Kyoto, Japan. In addition, the university is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), which offers study abroad opportunities worldwide. The university has also added two new exchange programs with the University of Hull in England and the University of Dortmund in Germany.
In China, the university is a member of the consortium of American Jesuit Colleges and Universities that supports the Beijing Program for undergraduate study abroad.
Students can entertain several program offerings in Europe for one semester or two, depending on the program. In England, business students can enroll in the university’s Boler Business Semester in London; non-business students can enroll in the London Liberal Arts Semester in cooperation with Huron University. In Italy, students can participate in the university’s own Vatican Program in cooperation with the Pontifica Universitá Urbaniana; Loyola University of Chicago’s Rome Center; or John Cabot University in Rome. The university has recently established study abroad programs in Ireland (Maynooth), Spain (Madrid), and Costa Rica.
Besides the program offerings listed above, cooperative agreements exist with programs in numerous countries on all continents. The university is currently working to establish exchange agreements with partner institutions in Turkey and Ghana.
As a member of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, John Carroll University participates in cross-registration opportunities offered to students of all colleges and universities in the Cleveland area.
In cooperation with the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, the university provides the academic component of the formation program for college-level seminarians of the diocese.
In cooperation with Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland and Washington University of St. Louis, the natural science departments provide a five-year joint dual-degree program by which students may receive a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University as well as a bachelor of engineering degree from the cooperating university. Similar dual-degree programs culminate in a doctor of nursing degree, or in medical or dental degrees.
John Carroll University is affiliated with the Washington Center, which provides internships and academic seminars in Washington, D.C. This affiliation gives students the opportunity to live, work, and study full-time there while receiving a semester of academic credit from John Carroll.
John Carroll University Alumni Association
The university has more than 37,000 alumni in all walks of life. The John Carroll University Alumni Association maintains ties with alumni all over the world through its activities and its Alumni City Club Program. The Alumni Association is administered by a Board of Directors, whose officers and members reflect their national constituency. An award-winning Class Reunion Program attracts some 1,500 returning alumni and their families each year in June.
The association furthers the spiritual, intellectual, and social welfare of its members and the university community. It promotes university and alumni interests through active partnership with the university in student recruitment, community service, athletic programs, career networking, a City Club Program in locations around the country, and Alumni Club Scholarships.
In addition, the alumni enjoy representation on the university Board of Directors. The Alumni Association and its members make themselves available to the university’s board, president, and deans for advisory consultation on matters of university, alumni, and community interest.
A quarterly magazine provides alumni and other friends with information about campus news, events, and the achievements of graduates and the university community. Additionally, the Alumni Association offers John Carroll graduates complimentary access to JCU Connect, a secure interactive online community for JCU alumni to keep in touch with one another and their alma mater.
Information on alumni programs, services, and events is available from the University Advancement office or at its website www.jcu.edu/alumni.