In recent board action, Mercyhurst University trustees approved a new name for the university’s College of Associate Degree Studies, naming it in honor of Catherine Elizabeth McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy.
The McAuley College of Associate Degree Studies is one of three colleges within the university’s organizational model, configured as part of its transition to university status. The other two are the College of Baccalaureate Studies and the College of Graduate Studies.
The McAuley College of Associate Degree Studies will be headquartered at Mercyhurst’s North East campus, although it will serve as the umbrella over all associate degree programs, including those offered on the Erie campus and the Corry and Booker T. Washington Center satellite campuses.
The renaming does not alter the identity or the mission of Mercyhurst North East as a career and opportunity college, but rather affirms Mercyhurst’s commitment to fostering the growth of its associate degree programs and making them more accessible to current and prospective students, explained Mercyhurst President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D. Consistent with that objective, Mercyhurst expects to offer some of its associate degree coursework, previously available only at Mercyhurst North East, on the Erie campus this coming fall. (See related story.)
“Mercyhurst today is an eclectic, innovative, Catholic university with a flourishing complement of associate degree programs, top-notch graduate programs and a vibrant baccalaureate college at its heart, all built upon the foundation established by our founders, the Sisters of Mercy,” Gamble said. “It is incumbent upon us to always remember their indelible contribution, which is why we have chosen to honor Catherine McAuley in this way.”