2018 Summer Letter

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, Parents and Friends,

Each new school year brings with it a sense of excitement as new students arrive, returning students and faculty come back to campus, and we are energized by the students and the plans we’ve laid out for the year ahead. 2018-19 promises to be an especially transformative year for Carlow University because our new College of Professional Studies is officially open for business. We are actively developing new corporate and institutional partners who need educational resources for employees; we are directing a new advertising sub-brand campaign to adult students who want to upskill, complete or earn a degree; and our academic community is focused on assuring we have curriculum and support services needed by adult learners.

Carlow’s program offerings are the right ones for today’s students. For the adult, returning student, Carlow has 36 different degrees or certificate programs available for adult learners, and we are moving forward with new options for offerings in multiple modalities that offer flexible options for taking courses while balancing work and family. Carlow understands the unique needs of adult students, and we have a long track record of helping them accomplish their educational goals. We are uniquely poised to address this in our region-our students are the key to the talent needs for companies and businesses needing a graduate that Carlow University produces.

Today’s universities don’t operate in a silo–partnerships are essential in providing students with the game-changing experiences that help them develop experience, skills and competencies. Today, over 200 organizations are partnering with Carlow in innovative ways that enhance our ability to deliver qualified professionals out to the workforce. An example is our new partnership with St. Vincent College wherein students can enroll at St. Vincent’s, remain there all four years, but in their final two years become Carlow students to earn a Nursing degree, a program where we are the regional leader. Another is with the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance, an organization that works to mitigate cyber threats in all its forms. They have partnered with Carlow to offer graduate-level training and credits in the techniques and tools that professionals need to investigate, respond to, and stop cyber-related crimes. Other programs in health informatics, data analytics (for 2019), and our Masters in Social Work are putting Carlow at the forefront of programs and competencies in high demand by regional employers.

Our campus is transforming too. Carlow’s new Nursing Simulation Laboratories opened in September, a remarkable learning space for our nursing students, who again recorded a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam for the 2nd year in a row. We are now in the midst of rebuilding St. Joseph Hall into a 21st century athletic and fitness center for our students and sports teams. It will open in April and deliver an important new resource and vitality to the upper campus.

Relying on our Catholic values is more important than ever. In a world where women are still struggling for voice and agency, where rhetoric in the public square encourages discord, and a shocking number of our people-children in particular-are living in poverty, we are strengthening our commitment to our core values of mercy, hospitality, service, equity and sacredness of all creation. Our Social Justice Institutes and Atkins Endowed Center for Ethics will host programming throughout the year to provide a forum to address and wrestle with these issues.

Our students, as they leave here and embrace the challenges of their world, take with them all of the lessons instilled here. We know from our alumni that they are marked by their experience at Carlow, and we take pride in their commitment to building a just and merciful world. In the pages that follow you will find stories about our students, donors, faculty, staff-they are indeed transforming our world.

None of our work would be possible without you, our friends, donors, partners and alumni. We thank you for supporting Carlow University and helping us to continue providing the world with Carlow graduates ready to “Do Good and Do Well.”


Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD