News Release #51:

Release Number # 51
Release Date: For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Lydia Szyjka
610-647-4400 Ext. 3143




The Board of Trustees of Immaculata University is proud to announce that, effective fall 2005, the university will expand its market in the higher education arena to include men in its traditional undergraduate program. The Board of Trustees has accepted all recommendations of the Women’s College Viability Task Force. Commencing immediately, an Implementation Task Force will be convened to assess various aspects of the undergraduate program: academics, athletics, facilities, student services, marketing, and enrollment.

Sister R. Patricia Fadden, president of Immaculata University , comments on the bold decision by the Board. "They are true thinkers and believers in the Immaculata education. They realize that a 21 st century higher education institution must change to address the competitive marketplace. I praise them for their vision in accepting the recommendations, and commend the Women’s College Viability Task Force for their dedication and in-depth study during the past six months."

The Women’s College Viability Task Force, comprised of ten members of the Immaculata Community, surveyed and polled alumnae/i, donors, students, staff, faculty, friends and administration for their input on the viability of the Women’s College. In addition, several presidents of women’s colleges that became coeducational institutions and presidents of colleges that remained single-sex institutions were interviewed.

Marketing initiatives, PSAT data on current market and future trends, and population projections in the target market areas were intensely studied. Open forums were held so that the community could voice their opinions in an open dialogue.

Demographic trends indicate that, within the last several years, the pool of prospective students who choose to attend a Catholic women’s college has declined. The Chronicle of Higher Educationreports that only 4% of all female high school students consider attending a women’s college. For those considering a Catholic women’s college, the percentage is reduced dramatically.

Since its founding in 1920, Immaculata University has been known for its quality educational programs serving students of all ages throughout the region and the nation. Immaculata’s College of Graduate Studies and College of LifeLong Learning have experienced substantial growth in program offerings and in enrollment of non-traditional age male and female students, this study revealed that the Women’s College has remained static at best. Proud of its history as an educational institution that responds to the needs of the student populations, the Board accepted the recommendations to include men in the traditional undergraduate college while increasing the visibility and vitality of the undergraduate offerings.

Immaculata University is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia , south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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