The Mercyhurst College Board of Trustees has voted to explore the possibility of a change from college to university status.
The resolution, proposed by Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble at the Trustees' meeting on Jan. 21, is based on the fact that Mercyhurst has expanded, both in number and diversity, its academic offerings, particularly its graduate, pre-professional and online programs typically associated with universities. In addition, Mercyhurst has received public recognition for the quality of many of its programs and its faculty, suggesting a greater vision of what the college has become and what it yet can be.
Gamble stressed that the process will be all-inclusive, surveying current students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, prospective students and representatives of the regional community. The task force will also examine trends in higher education and the experiences of similar institutions that have transitioned from college to university status. The process is expected to take at least a year.
Regardless of what ultimately is decided, Gamble said Mercyhurst will remain true to the historical legacy of its founders, the Sisters of Mercy, as an institution that stresses the liberal arts, its Catholic and Mercy identity and personal approach to learning.
“I enthusiastically welcome the Trustees’ decision to commence this research, which I believe is incumbent upon us in our pursuit of raising the bar for the institution, our students and the entire Mercyhurst community,” Gamble said.
Mercyhurst College offers 56 majors, 63 concentrations and six master’s degree programs.