Newman University and Donnelly College of Kansas City, Kan., have created an agreement that will offer a new dual-admissions program to students. The agreement allows Donnelly students with a 2.0 GPA or above to transfer to Newman and earn a $3,000 per year scholarship, which is renewed each academic year so long as academic requirements are met.
Newman and Donnelly officials signed the agreement at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11, in Donnelly's main academic building on the Donnelly campus. A free reception followed.
Members of the executive staff from both colleges were in attendance, including Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Austin, Ph.D., Dean of Admissions John Clayton, and Admissions Counselor Jeff Van Dorn. Officials from Donnelly College included President Steve M. LaNasa, Dean of Student Affairs Donette Alonzo, MIHE, Vice President Frances Sanders, and various members of the college's Board of Trustees.
"We are very excited to begin this partnership with Donnelly College," said Newman's President Carrocci. "The agreement will make it much easier for Donnelly students to transfer to Newman, and provide the support they need to be successful. We are very impressed with the commitment to high-quality education in the Catholic tradition that Donnelly exhibits, and believe its students will be a great addition to the Newman community."
"I believe this partnership will change the lives of Donnelly students in the coming years by opening a door that perhaps many thought was not open for them," said Donnelly's Dr. LaNasa. "Because more than 90 percent of Donnelly's associate degree graduates already go on to continue their education at a four-year institution, it will be exciting to see students now head south to Newman University to take advantage of an environment similar to Donnelly's - most notably the student-centered, supportive faculty. I am confident that this dual-admissions program will assist students to transfer smoothly into a degree program at Newman, and the yearly scholarship is a critical component helping to make possible an education that is affordable."
In addition to dual-admissions status and a hefty scholarship, students will receive academic advising from both institutions as well as degree audits from Newman University while they are at Donnelly to keep them on track with their degree plan.
For more information, contact Newman Director of Communications Kelly Snedden at 316-942-4291, ext. 2164, or Donnelly's marketing coordinator at 913-621-8707.
About Newman University
Newman University is a Catholic, liberal arts university sponsored by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for the purpose of empowering graduates to transform society. Named after Church leader and educator, John Henry Cardinal Newman, its primary focus is educating for life. Newman University provides for students the knowledge and skill to succeed personally and professionally, and nurtures an ethical and moral standard rooted in Judeo-Christian principles. For more information, visit www.newmanu.edu.
About Donnelly College
Donnelly College, located in the heart of Kansas City, Kan., is an independent, coeducational, Catholic institution founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. The college was established in 1949 to meet the needs of urban immigrants and the working class, with special focus on "those who might not otherwise be served." Today, Donnelly continues that tradition by providing access and affordable education within a culture that promotes student success and by serving as the region's only federally designated Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution. The Donnelly community is proud of the rich racial and ethnic diversity of our students, staff and faculty, and how that diversity supports its learning environment. Through a strong general education curriculum integrated with career-oriented majors, Donnelly College offers programs leading to bachelor's and associate degrees and certificates. To find out more, please visit www.donnelly.edu.