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Loyola University Chicago Announces New Two-Year College to Serve Local, Underrepresented Students
Arrupe College Provides a New Model to Address Major Higher Ed Challenges
CHICAGO, February 10, 2015 – Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, a two-year associate’s degree program for motivated students with limited financial resources and an interest in attending a four-year institution after graduation, is set to launch pending final approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Students graduating from the new college can expect little to no debt upon completion of the program.
Arrupe College addresses a serious problem in higher education across the country—the need to increase access to, and completion rates of, post-secondary education degrees for students from low-income families. The national debate highlights dismal statistics, including findings from Complete College America, which reports only five percent of full-time community college students earn an associate’s degree within two years. Another report notes that the percentages of students successfully completing two years of community college, in a three-year span, are well below one-third (Kena et al, 2014).
“It’s important for all of us in education to address the issues of accessibility and affordability in impactful ways,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola University Chicago and secretary of higher education for the Society of Jesus. “We strongly believe that we can offer an excellent education to talented young people through Arrupe College. We know that motivated students will succeed if given the resources and environment needed to achieve their educational goals. This college is core to Loyola’s mission of providing such access and our commitment to building a more just world.”
Arrupe College’s education model includes:
- Enhanced summer pre-enrollment orientation
- A strong cohort and holistic, integrated series of supports for students to optimize their chances for academic and social success
- Intensive one-on-one contact with specialized faculty
- Significant increase in availability of faculty and staff due to small class sizes
- A two-year associate’s degree that is fully transferable to state and private options throughout the state
- A financial strategy that permits low-income students to fully finance the cost of instruction with financial aid that does not include assuming debt
The affordability of Arrupe College is a critical key to the model. All students who enroll will receive student aid, and the expectation is that students will carry little to no debt after completion of the program.
Named after Pedro Arrupe, S.J., former superior general of the Society of Jesus and a man who called upon Jesuit schools to educate men and women to serve others, Arrupe College will offer associate’s degrees in Arts and Humanities, Business, or Social and Behavioral Sciences. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be qualified to transfer to a public or private college/university.
“The development of Arrupe College is based on research and what we already know about the challenges facing underprepared, low-income students today,” said Stephen Katsouros, S.J., EdD, dean and executive director of Arrupe College. “We’ve created a college that features a holistic, integrated support structure unseen at the college level that we think optimizes our students’ chances for academic and social success.”
To retain its students and lead them to success, Arrupe College will offer an educational experience that includes extensive, one-on-one contact with experienced, full-time faculty members. The college’s faculty and staff will be recruited and trained carefully to ensure everyone in the community shares the common goals and values of working together to guarantee student success.
“We will learn a lot along the way; however, we already know through innovative programs like the Cristo Rey experience that highly structured programs can be successful,” said Father Katsouros. “We also know cohorts work. Significant access to faculty members who are invested in assessment works. Strong student services work. Now, it’s our job to be sure Arrupe students get the structured learning environment we’ve designed on paper.”
The value of higher education is irrefutable in terms of career and job preparation, financial independence, civic engagement statistics, and city, state, and national economic health. Arrupe College will give more individuals the access they need to earn a college degree and have success in today’s workforce.
Key Facts about Arrupe College
- The core curriculum will be delivered in eight-week sessions and run four days per week with two classes each eight-week session. Students will complete most of their out-of-class work at school, and they are encouraged to hold part-time jobs.
- An initial cohort of 100 freshmen is the goal for this academic year. The college will welcome its first cohort in summer 2015.
- Arrupe College is committed to making this quality education a financial reality for undocumented students who are admitted to the program. Arrupe scholarships will be open to these students.
- The Arrupe College model is designed to be replicated by other universities throughout the United States, particularly large private universities that have the flexibility to create new degree programs with variable pricing and staffing patterns.
- Arrupe College will reside in Loyola’s Maguire Hall, at 1 E. Pearson Street, on the University’s Water Tower Campus.
To learn more about Arrupe College and its enrollment process, please visit LUC.edu/arrupe.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. More than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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