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Mission & History

Alverno College Mission Statement

Alverno College prepares women for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world.

Alverno extends this mission by offering graduate and adult programs to women and men.

Inspired by its Catholic, Franciscan and liberal arts heritage, the College intentionally creates an inclusive community that engages students in active and collaborative learning and fosters academic excellence.

Our success is not measured in awards and recognitions. It’s measured by changing the world, one student at a time. Every aspect of the College is focused on engaging you, the student. From our curriculum and campus life to our faculty, President’s office and Board of Trustees, our mission is to prepare you to be successful in all aspects of your life.

Four major areas serve as our guide to prepare you to realize a future of personal and professional promise.

Creating a curriculum

Our curriculum was designed by our faculty for the sole purpose of meeting the educational goals of our students through a philosophy and a program of education.

The curriculum is ability-based and focused on student outcomes integrated in a liberal arts approach. It is rooted in Catholic tradition and designed to foster leadership and service in the community. It is flexible, to accommodate your educational goals with your diverse responsibilities. It is affordable, to accommodate your economic circumstances.

Creating a community of learning

Your personal and professional development requires an environment of expectations for all -- faculty, staff and students. We have built a community of learning in which all functions of the College support our students in meeting explicit expectations.

Alverno faculty, staff and students are committed to stating and achieving goals for the benefit of the community in which they serve.

Creating ties to the community

As part of our mission, we continue to develop and foster relationships with businesses, nonprofit organizations and professionals in various industries. These relationships help us understand and meet the needs of a changing workplace, effectively preparing you to not only enter a career, but to become a leader.

Creating relationships with higher education

The ever-changing nature of higher education demands innovation, development and flexibility. It is the mission of our faculty and staff to be dedicated to the development of undergraduate education and to seek and be receptive to the evaluation of teaching methods and scholarly and research activities.

Postsecondary Institution Required Information

Postsecondary Educational Institution Compliance with US Department of Education Program Integrity Rule

Wisconsin Postsecondary Institution of Higher Education Listing

Complaint Process Listing in Student Handbook


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