Alverno reaches ethnic diversity milestone, surpassing 25% Hispanic enrollment

November 9, 2017

Students at Alverno attend one of the most diverse schools in Wisconsin.

Alverno is proud to be the first college in Wisconsin designated a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel broke the news with this front page story.

The news was also featured on TV Azteca.


Where College Students Are Most inspired by Their Peers

September 26, 2017

Students sit outside the Sister Joel Read Center.

How inspiring is an Alverno education to our students? More inspiring than any other college or university in the nation, according to new rankings from The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. And we beat out some impressive company: MIT, Brown University and Harvard University. Students across the country were asked: “Do you think your college provides an environment where you feel are surrounded by exceptional students who inspire and motivate you?” You can read the full Wall Street Journal story for all the details.


Sister Joel Read, who shaped Milwaukee’s Alverno College and was among nation’s top college innovators, dies at 91

May 26, 2017

Sister Joel Read

Sister Joel Read, Alverno’s longest-serving president and a trailblazer in education reform, passed away at the age of 91. This collection of all of the media coverage demonstrates what a profound impact she had on the city, our community and beyond.

  • The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran this story about her, as well as this tribute written by Alan Borsuk. They also ran reactions from alumnae and others.
  • Several other publications also ran stories including BizTimesThe Business Journal, Inside Higher Ed and Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
  • TMJ4 aired a story remembering Sister Joel that featured an interview with her from 2003 when she retired.
  • CBS58 aired a story that included a statement from Mayor Tom Barrett, and posted this on their website
  • Here is Mayor Tom Barrett’s statement in its entirety: “Sister Joel Read was a magnificent person and in many ways larger than life. Sister Read and I worked on education issues together. As a member of Congress and as Mayor, I would often sit down with her and gain her thoughts on what more we can do to improve education. She would let anybody know how she felt and why she felt that way, which I respected immensely. Education was her calling and clearly her passion in life. It went beyond education in the classroom, but also how you educate the whole person and have a more involved electorate because that was very important to her. I believe that her legacy will live on at Alverno College and in Milwaukee because her fingerprints were so strong. She was a saint in the City. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones during this time.”
  • There was a letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor about how privileged Milwaukee was to have Sister Joel.
  • Several TV stations covered her funeral, including TMJ4, 12 News and CBS 58. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also covered her funeral.

Environmental Observations of Three Science-Focused Alverno Seniors

April 20, 2017

Alverno students survey Menomonee River natural area within Three Bridges Park.


As Earth Day approaches, concerns about the environment are top-of-mind. Three seniors with varying science majors spoke with WUWM’s environmental reporter Susan Bence about their plans for careers in science fields and their own thoughts about the environment.

Alverno College Launches New Doctorate of Nursing Practice

October 4, 2016


In response to demand and the increasingly complex health care landscape, Alverno College is launching a post-master’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree and the first doctorate offering at the college. The program is for nurses looking to increase their marketability and maximize their potential for career growth. Alverno’s JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing is fully accredited and widely recognized as one of Wisconsin’s top nursing programs.

“We are excited to offer a doctorate degree to our nursing students and to advanced practice nurses in the community who are looking to advance their careers and earning potential,” said Margaret Rauschenberger, MSN, RN, interim dean of the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing at Alverno College. “I often hear employers say they can always spot the Alverno graduates, and now we can offer our exemplary education to those wishing to earn a terminal degree.”

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported substantial growth in DNP programs between 2006 and 2014. In that time, the number of programs increased from 20 to 264. From 2013 to 2014, the number of students enrolled in DNP programs jumped from 14,688 to 18,352. Advanced practice roles for nurses include clinical nurse specialists (CNS), nurse practitioners (NP), certified nurse midwives (CNM) and certified nurse anesthetists (CRNA). Nurses with a DNP will be able to assume leadership roles in complex clinical environments, lead the development of health care policy and serve as expert clinicians in health care.

Open to both women and men, Alverno’s DNP will launch in January and will offer two tracks, leadership and direct care. The leadership track requires 32 credits to complete, and the direct care track requires 30 credits to complete. Twelve courses will be offered in a flexible hybrid format that blends online and classroom education, and a cohort model will offer year-round courses in eight-week blocks. Students can choose to attend full or part time, and can complete the program in 18 months with full-time attendance.

Alverno College has educated nurses for more than 80 years and is home to one of the largest undergraduate schools in nursing in Wisconsin. Students interested in applying for or learning more about the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program can find more information at https://www.alverno.edu/admissions/dnp/ or call the admissions office at 414-382-6100.