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Delaware Valley: From College to University


Posted on April 2, 2015 by Delaware Valley College.

It’s an exciting time as Delaware Valley College becomes Delaware Valley University, with the official switch from college to university taking place on Wednesday, April 8. Students and staff alike are thrilled about this milestone and excited about all of the new opportunities it will bring for the institution.

DelVal will announce its status as a university at a news conference on campus on April 8, when new signage, a new website and a new logo will be unveiled. The school will also discuss its vision for the future. To celebrate Delaware Valley University, events will be held both on campus and in the community throughout the month of April. 

An institution is classified as a university when it offers a minimum of five professional master’s degrees and a doctoral program. The institution also must demonstrate a commitment to and evidence of scholarship that enriches teaching and learning. DelVal has been in line with these goals and also launched three new master’s degrees and its inaugural doctoral program in the past three years.

“We have been working for years to move DelVal forward to this point, and this approval is recognition of how far this institution has come,” said DelVal President Dr. Joseph Brosnan. “We intend to build on our rich history and what DelVal is already known for: nearly 120 years of teaching science with practice, a commitment to bettering the world through education and a small, personal community where we know our students by name. We’re taking everything that makes DelVal such a strong institution and raising it to a higher level with expanded graduate programs. Delaware Valley University is going to be an exemplary small, independent university focused on teaching.”

DelVal believes that university status will usher in a new era for the institution and reflects on DelVal’s expanded academic offerings, improved facilities and overall progress. It will also bring in more graduate and international students.

About the new university status, Dr. Susan B. Ward ’80, chair of the Board of Trustees, says, “The name change reflects the development of DelVal. We started as an agricultural school, but today, that’s one part of who we are. We now offer three undergraduate schools, which include a total of 27 academic programs, such as business, counseling psychology, education, food science, criminal justice, media and communication, biology and chemistry. We also offer excellent graduate programs in education, counseling psychology, policy studies and business.” 

Students are also ready to attend Delaware Valley University as opposed to Delaware Valley College. Madison Moore ’15 will be a part of the university’s first graduating class. “I think students should be proud of this new university status,” said Moore, a media and communication student. “It shows how much we’ve changed, but in a good way. We have so much to offer as a college. As a university, we will be able to offer so much more. I would want university on my diploma. It’s a higher level and you can still keep that small, personal touch with this new status.”

Be sure to join the DelVal community on April 8 as they introduce themselves as Delaware Valley University.