On May 17, the New York State Education Department Board of Regents approved an amendment to Medaille’s charter to make the institution a university, effectively immediately. Medaille has begun to launch its transition to Medaille University, with more formal celebrations and unveilings planned for the fall, when the 2022-23 academic year begins.
“Medaille is honored to be recognized as a university,” says Medaille University President Dr. Kenneth M. Macur. “Our long history of providing a full range of outstanding undergraduate and graduate degrees makes the university status long overdue. This recognition is also a testament to all of the exceptional work done by Medaille’s faculty, staff, students and alumni, shining a light on the institution’s global impact and reach.”
The decision to pursue a university designation was unanimously approved by Medaille’s Board of Trustees earlier this year, after the state education department’s Board of Regents broadened its definition of a university. As of 2022, New York State’s definition of a university — which now better aligns with standards used across the country — is “a higher educational institution offering a range of registered undergraduate and graduate curricula in the liberal arts and sciences, including graduate programs registered in at least three of the following discipline areas: agriculture, biological sciences, business, education, engineering, fine arts, health professions, humanities, physical sciences and social sciences.”
Medaille’s academic offerings currently exceed the criteria, and the institution plans to continually develop and expand its programming based on market demands and industry needs.
“The best news is that our students will still be able to benefit from the small class sizes, expert faculty, personalized instruction and student success services that are historically characteristic of Medaille,” says Dr. Macur. “And now, all of those benefits will also come with the excellence and program offerings of a university, along with the prestige of earning a university-awarded degree.”
The transition to Medaille University is the latest addition to the institution’s rich history. Medaille traces its roots to 1875, when the Sisters of Saint Joseph founded an institute for the preparation of teachers. In 1937, the Sisters received a charter from New York State to grant baccalaureate degrees in education to women in religious orders, and the institute was named Mount Saint Joseph Teachers’ College. In 1968, the Sisters of St. Joseph, led by Alice Huber, SSJ, Ph.D., initiated a change in the charter that would create a coeducational college. New York State issued the charter, and Medaille College was born, established as an independent institution governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees.
“We have a well-loved saying around here,” says Dr. Macur. “It touts, ‘It’s a great day to be a Maverick!’ Well now, more than ever, it is a great and exciting time to be a Medaille UNIVERSITY Maverick.”
Prospective students interested in Medaille University’s wide range of academic, athletic and extracurricular offerings may learn more and apply at medaille.edu/visit.
About Medaille University:
Medaille University provides a personalized learning experience to its diverse student body of traditional undergraduate and post-traditional graduate students. Medaille students engage in a high-impact, experiential educational process that prepares them for the workplace. Medaille also offers the most athletic programs of any college or university in Western New York, and is a leader in offering a robust suite of online programs.