The College of Graduate Studies at Immaculata University Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

The College of Graduate Studies at Immaculata University celebrates 25 years of providing graduate programs designed specifically to meet the needs of part-time, working, adult students. Starting with only 59 students in the fall of 1983, the College of Graduate Studies has grown to attract over 1200 students each semester seeking advanced training at the master´s or doctoral level. University graduates include close to 2,000 men and women who have completed degree programs. In addition, numerous students have finished programs leading to certificates and certifications in education and psychology.
From its foundation the Graduate Division, as it was originally called, has focused attention on offering career-oriented, professional programs. Excellence, integrity, and service formed the initial core values supported by the founding program leaders, Sister Mary Lalande Drumm, IHM, and Sister Carroll Isselmann, IHM, and Sister Kathleen Mary Burns, IHM, who served as the first dean. During the 25 ensuing years, these same values have driven the expansion of program offerings and commitment to students.
In July 1983, three inaugural programs began with studies in counseling psychology, nutrition education, and educational leadership. Subsequently, programs in bilingual/bicultural and music therapy were added. Since that time, the breadth of programs has grown extensively along with the University as a whole. Over time, doctoral programs in clinical psychology, school psychology and educational leadership and administration complemented master´s offerings. Currently, students seeking their master´s degree may choose from educational leadership, music therapy, counseling psychology, cultural and linguistic diversity, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, and organization leadership. The recently launched master´s program in applied communication continues the tradition of programs with a career-focus addressing current issues in society.
To provide convenient access to graduate education for working students, the College of Graduate Studies offers programs at a variety of off-campus locations including healthcare facilities and educational organizations. At the present time, approximately 15 off-site locations serving 8 counties in the region support the personal and professional goals of students advancing their careers through advanced training and education.
Sister Ann M. Heath, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, commented: "From the beginning in 1983 to the present day, the faculty, administration, and staff have focused their attention on supporting students to achieve their academic and professional goals. This year we celebrate a history that is rooted in deep belief, great expectation, and hard work. We celebrate, with gratitude, the commitment, service, scholarship, and spirit of all those – students, graduates, faculty, administration, staff, benefactors and friends – who have shared a part of their life in realizing a dynamic vision: creating opportunities for growth through graduate education."
The year-long celebration for the 25th anniversary of the College of Graduate Studies will include several special events culminating in a formal reception on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. Please check the Immaculata University Web site for more details.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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