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|Motto||"Accent on the Individual"|
|Affiliation||The Brethren Church|
|Location||Ashland, Ohio, United States|
|Campus||135 acres (55 ha)|
|Colors||Purple and Gold
|Mascot||Tuffy the Eagle|
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private, non-profit university in Ashland, Ohio, United States. The university consists of a 135-acre (55 ha) main campus and several off-campus centers throughout central and northern Ohio. It was founded in 1878 and is affiliated with the Brethren Church. Judeo-Christian values are the foundation of the educational and social environment of the university.
Today, the university offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and nine pre-professional programs. The majors include actuarial science, toxicology/environmental science and entrepreneurship, which are unusual for an institution of its size. In addition, it offers most traditional liberal arts majors as well as a wide range of majors in business and education. The education program, which offers pre-K through doctorate level courses, is one of the largest among independent and state institutions in Ohio. Academic programs are enhanced by an Honors Program and the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs.
The university consists of four Colleges—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Schar College of Education, the Dauch College of Business and Economics, and the Schar College of Nursing—and a large Graduate School offering degree programs in Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA), Master of American History and Government (MAHG), Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication, Master of Education (MEd) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs. In addition, Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University, offers a doctor of ministry degree as well as a number of master's degrees.
In addition to the main campus in Ashland, the University operates centers in a variety of locations throughout the state, including Cleveland, Columbus, Elyria, Massillon, Mansfield, Medina and Westlake.
- 1 History
- 2 Mission statement
- 3 Colleges
- 4 Accreditation
- 5 Ranking
- 6 Students and faculty
- 7 Athletics
- 8 Centers
- 9 Sister schools/International academic exchange
- 10 Notable alumni
- 11 References
- 12 External links
On June 28, 1877, a town meeting was held in Ashland, Ohio, where the citizens were to consider a proposal from members of the German Baptist Brethren Church to establish an institution of higher education. The Ashland Press reported that the citizens were promised the college would locate there if their city would raise $10,000. The church and community fundraising campaign proved to be a success and on Feb 17, 1878, a meeting was held to add up their campaign funds and make final plans. The success of the campaign was announced, the College was chartered on February 20 and a church-related, co-educational institution was established.
In April 1878, the board of trustees decided to purchase the “most desirable plot in town – 28 acres on the hill.” The first buildings to be constructed were Founders Hall and Allen Hall, constructed from bricks made on the site. Classes opened at Ashland College on Sep 17, 1879, with somewhere around 60 students and eight faculty members.
The new institution grew slowly during its first few decades, but enrollment reached the 200 mark shortly after the turn of the century. By the 1950s, the College had added many new programs of study and experienced rapid growth from about 300 students to more than 2,500 in 1970.
By 1972, Ashland faced a financial crisis as a result of a decline in enrollment and stagnating economy. But shortly after this, several new programs, including a master of education and master of business administration, were created and a number of off-campus centers were developed.
In 1988, the North Central Association had renewed its accreditation of Ashland's educational programs, and it was a time of renewal for the college. Enrollment grew by leaps and bounds, a campus beautification was begun and the future looked very bright. In 1989, college officials decided to change the name of the institution to Ashland University. This change to university status reflected more accurately what the institution had become, with total student enrollment around the 5,600 mark and almost evenly divided between graduate and undergraduate students.
Progress continued on campus during the 1990s and 2000s with the construction of several new academic buildings, a new Recreation Center, Student Center and Athletic Complex, and the expansion of centers in Columbus and Massillon/Stark. In addition, in 2010, the University acquired MedCentral Health System's College of Nursing in Mansfield and began a campaign to raise money to construct a 46,000-square-foot academic and nursing building on the University's Balgreen Campus in Mansfield. The building opened for classes on Aug 20, 2012.
The Ashland University Mission Statement, adopted by the Board of Trustees on May 11, 2007, states, "Ashland University educates and challenges students to develop intellectually and ethically, to seek wisdom and justice, and to prepare for the rigors of living and working as citizens aware of their global responsibilities."
College of Arts and Sciences
The academic programs of the College of Arts and Sciences are housed in seven buildings across the campus. The Kettering Science Center, home to the Departments of Biology/Toxicology and Chemistry/Geology/Physics, was renovated and expanded in 2006 and includes laboratories and specialized equipment rooms for teaching and research in biological, computer, and physical sciences as well as a 2,500-square-foot (230 m2) greenhouse. The Center for the Arts includes the Hugo Young Theatre, studio theatre, Don Coburn Art Gallery, studios for WRDL-FM and TV-2, the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, and is home to the Departments of Art, Music, Theatre and Communication Arts. The Center for the Humanities in Bixler Hall houses the Departments of English, Philosophy, Foreign Languages, the Writing Studio, and the Ashland Center for Nonviolence. The Department of Religion is in the Rinehart Center for Religious Studies. Patterson Technology Center houses the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as well as the Office of Information Technology and the Center for English Studies. Andrews Hall is home to the Departments of History/Political Science, Criminal Justice/Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, and Nursing.
- WRDL (88.9 FM) is an educational radio station broadcasting a Top 40 format. Licensed to Ashland, Ohio, USA, the station serves the Mid-Ohio area. The station is owned and operated by Ashland University.
Dauch College of Business and Economics
The Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics building, which includes the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies wing, opened for classes in January 2004. This 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) building serves as the home for business administration, Supply Chain Management, economics and MBA programs and features a trading room with Wall Street style workstations and wall-mounted displays with market news for Ashland University's student investment group, an executive education center, computer labs, tiered lecture hall and product development lab.
The Executive Eagle is the official newsletter of the Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics. It is published twice a year and was made available on the web, starting in the fall of 2006. Many of the stories included are written or complied by undergraduate students.
Dwight Schar College of Education
The two-story, 52,000-square-foot (4,800 m2) Dwight Schar College of Education building opened in March 2006 and is home to the undergraduate teacher education program as well as the master of education program and doctor of education program. The building features 12 classrooms, four seminar rooms, 60 faculty and staff offices, several commons or meeting areas, a media center, peer teaching studio with one-way viewing mirror and 165-seat lecture hall. The building's two-way interactive distance learning capability allows the College to do live broadcasts from several locations inside the facility.
The Schar College of Education program at Ashland is one of the largest and most prestigious among independent and state institutions in Ohio.
Ashland's education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at the basic and advanced levels. Approval to offer the Master of Education degree was granted by the Ohio Board of Regents in 1975. Approval for offering certification for the Master of Education degree was granted by the Ohio Department of Education in 1976. Additionally, licensure and endorsement programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Education.
Dwight Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences
The Ashland University College of Nursing evolved from a hospital-based diploma program that was established in 1919 by the Mansfield General Hospital.
Founded in 1997 under MedCentral and acquired by Ashland University in 2010, the College of Nursing is a private institution of higher education offering programs of study leading to the baccalaureate degree in nursing. Together, the rich tradition of the School of Nursing and now the College of Nursing has served the communities of North Central Ohio for more than 85 years. The College of Nursing currently boasts more than 1,500 nursing alumni who are leaders in their profession.
Ashland University completed a $15.5 million campaign – “Compassion, Community, Commitment ... Building a Healthy Tomorrow” – to build a 46,000-square-foot academic building for the new Dwight Schar College of Nursing on the school's Balgreen Campus at Trimble Road and Marion Avenue in Mansfield. The campaign received a $5 million lead gift from Ashland University alumnus and longtime supporter Dwight Schar.
Groundbreaking for the Dwight Schar College of Nursing took place on June 16, 2011. The new facility includes a number of clinical laboratories housed within the Simulation Center, including a Health Foundations lab, Family Health lab, Adult Health lab, Complex Health lab, ICU/CCU/NICU, Advanced Care lab, Community Health Home Care lab, and four patient examination labs. Other spaces in the building include traditional classrooms, faculty/staff offices, student study and lounge areas, and student support spaces.
The building opened for fall nursing classes on August 20, 2012 and a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony took place on October 12, 2012. Ashland University nursing students complete their first two years of the program on the Ashland University campus in Ashland and then move to the Mansfield campus for the last two years of education and clinical studies.
Founders School of Continuing Education
Created in 2010, the Founders School of Continuing Education brings together outreach programs, continuing education (CEU's), professional development, economic education, post-secondary options and adults studies under the direction of Dean Dwight McElfresh.
Founders School offers the following programs and services: Professional Development Services, Telego Center for Educational Improvement, Division of Adult Studies, Gill Center for Business and Economic Education, PSEOP/Dual Credit, Continuing Education Certificate Training, Veteran Services and through a partnership with The Center for Legal Studies, a paralegal certificate class in live lecture, online, DVD and text-only formats.
Ashland University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree. Individual programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Association of Theological Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council on Social Work Education, the American Chemical Society, the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Ashland University at #189 in the Top 200 National University institutions in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Reports' America's Best Colleges survey. Ashland University has also been ranked #246 by U.S. News & World Report in the High School Counselor Rankings for the 2013 year.
GetEducated.com ranked Ashland University's Master of Business Administration in the top 40 "Best Buys in Online MBAs" in October 2012. GetEducated.com surveyed 107 regionally accredited universities in the United States to determine the list, comparing and reviewing tuition costs and online learning fees. The list consists of 53 of the most affordable online MBA degrees in the nation. Ashland University was one of only two Ohio institutions recognized by GetEducated.com on that list.
Ashland University was named as one of the top 15 over-performing colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in December 2012. The publication looked at data from its Best Colleges 2013, then took peer assessments and compared the information to the actual rankings. Ashland University's performance is 58 places above its peer assessments, placing it among the top 15 over-performing schools in the country. Ashland University was ranked by Forbes in 2013 as number 20 on the "Twenty-Five Colleges With the Worst Return on Investment" list.
Students and faculty
The university enrolls nearly 6,000 students, 2,200 of whom are full-time undergraduate students. 76% of students are from Ohio. 1,700 students are involved in at least one of the 115 clubs and organizations on campus. There are 200 faculty, and 80% hold the highest degree in their field. The student to faculty ratio is 9:1. More than 50 percent of the students are in graduate level programs. 98% of students receive financial aid based on academics, talents and need.
Ashland University participates in NCAA Division II for athletics. Ashland's athletic teams are known as the Eagles, and the colors are purple and gold. Ashland participates in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Ashland offers athletic scholarships in 10 men's and 10 women's sports – with the men competing in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and wrestling, and the women competing in basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball. The University recently constructed a $23 million athletic complex that features a 5,200-seat football stadium, a 1,000-seat stadium for track & field and soccer, and a state-of-the-art training facility. Ashland students have won more than 650 All-America honors, 56 national championships and one Sullivan Award. Ashland also has been ranked in the Division II Sears Directors’ Cup standings. With more than 800 student athletes, Eagle athletics finished third in the 2011–2012 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup final winter standings. Ashland women's basketball went 33–2 and advanced to the NCAA Division II national championship game. Ashland University had a 33-game winning streak, the longest in the country for any Division II team, men or women.
- 2012 was the fifth year in school history that the Ashland University Eagles football team took a trip to the postseason, the third under Coach Lee Owens. This was Ashland University's highest ranking since becoming an NCAA Division II institution. 2012 also produced the first GLIAC football championship in school history. This is only the second team in school history to win 10 or more games in a season. This team was only the fourth at Ashland to end the regular season without a loss. The Eagles record in 2012 was 11–1.
- 2013 proved to be one of Ashland University's strongest years in athletics. Ten Ashland University Eagles became national champions between swimming and indoor track and field. The first national champions were seniors Julie Widmann and Rachel Ausdenmoore, junior Gaby Verdugo-Arzaluz and freshman Kaylyn Murphy who won the women's 200-yard freestyle relay at the national swim meet March 7, 2013. Widmann has won four national titles (3 relays, 1 individual). For track and field Richard Quick won a national title in the weight throw, 68-feet, 3.25-inches. Katie Nageotte also won a national title in pole-vault, 13-feet, 11.25-inches. The next set of national champions were the track 1600-meter relay team (Sophomore: Drew Windle, Senior: Cory Lamar, Junior: Jacob Cook, and Junior Keith Cleveland). Drew Windle also won a second national championship in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:48.75.
- 2013 was the first year in school history for an Ashland University Team to win a national championship. The Eagles Women's Basketball team had a 71–56 victory against Dowling College in the NCAA Division II national championship game. Ashland University is the second GLIAC team to win a women's basketball Division II national championship. Kari Daugherty was selected as the 2013 Women's Division II Bulletin player of the year, as well as the most outstanding player. Daugherty is the first Ashland University player to receive the Bulletin's player of the year award.
- 2013: Ashland University is ranked first in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for the first time in school history with a compiled 589 points. This year AU also had Basketball's Kari Daugherty receive the NCAA II player of the year award for the second year in a row, and Track and Field's Drew Windle awarded the men's indoor track and field athlete of the year. 27 Ashland University Student-Athletes were recognized as All-Americans for the winter sports season.
- Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS), a graduate division of Ashland University, is an evangelical seminary located in Ashland, Ohio, with extension campuses in Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit.
- Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs is an academic center at Ashland University, dedicated by Ronald Reagan on May 9, 1983. One emphasis of the center is promoting the study of American history, government, politics, and constitutional interpretation for young people, teachers, and scholars. The Ashbrook Center was established and named in honor of the late Congressman John M. Ashbrook (1928–1982) who represented Ohio's 17th Congressional district for 21 years. Ashbrook was an American politician of the Republican Party who served in the United States House of Representatives from Ohio from 1961 until his death.
Sister schools/International academic exchange
- United States
- Ray Novotny '30 – NFL player, Portsmouth Spartans, Cleveland Indians and Brooklyn Dodgers
- Gil Dodds '41 – Set the American record for the mile in 1942 and in 1943 was honored with the Sullivan Award
- Dwight Schar '64 – Chairman, President and CEO Northern Virginia/Ryan Homes
- Peter Linneman '73 – Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, Finance and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business
- Dwier Brown '80 – Actor; Field of Dreams, The Thorn Birds
- Robin Meade '91 — CNN news anchor, 1992 Miss Ohio
- Jamie Meder '14 — American football player
- Detrick Hughes '11 - Author/Poet
- Bayard Elfvin '03 – US National soccer team goalkeeper
- Jeris Pendleton '11 – Defensive Lineman, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Carlin Isles '12 (attended two years) — United States National Rugby Sevens Team
- J. Garber Drushal — the eighth President of The College of Wooster
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair — Founder of American Atheists
- Tim Richmond (attended one year) — NASCAR driver
- Xiong Ru-Lin — Chinese singer
- Mike Wright (attended one year) — Defensive end for the New England Patriots
- Benjamin Bolger —
- Bruce McLarty (received doctorate) – president of Harding University
- "Ashland University Campus Creed & Mission".
- BS & MBA in Supply Chain
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- "Best Affordable Online MBA Degrees Accredited Regionally". http://www.geteducated.com. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- "Which Ranked Universities Are Doing Better Than Their Academic Reputations?". http://www.usnews.com November 29, 2012.
- The Eagles Online – The mascot of the Eagles is Tuffy. Ashland University Athletics
- Recruiting Information for Ashland University Athletics
- Ashland University and Ohio State Mansfield Sign Nursing Articulation Agreement.
- Ashland University graduates with a bachelor’s degree in accounting can now pursue a master’s degree, and prepare for the Certified Public Accountant exam, at Bowling Green State University.
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- "International College of Xiamen University". Liuxue.xmu.edu.cn. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "美国Ashland University与北师大珠海分校教育学硕士联合招生简章". Edu.bnuep.com. December 10, 2009. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
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