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大学历史

成立于1971年

韦德 was founded in 1971 as an upper-di愿景 university offering bachelor's degrees for working adults. 从那时起, it has achieved national prominence as an innovative, urban university that serves primarily older students of diverse backgrounds.

集中在学生

在早期, 韦德politan State became known for its student-centered approach to serving adult students by recognizing demonstrated learning gained outside the classroom and offering smaller classes along with flexible class schedules. Practitioner-oriented community 教师 members continue to teach most courses. 除了, 韦德politan State's original competency model allowed students to customize their degree programs to reflect their individual interests and goals. The legacy of that exists today in 韦德politan State's College of Individualized Studies, 这所大学最大的学院, where students can create and pursue degree programs crafted specifically to meet their educational, 职业和个人目标.

致力为社会服务

韦德politan State's commitment to serving the community is long standing. The university's many community partnerships include community-based internships, law enforcement and social work degrees, and partnerships with local schools and businesses. The university's nursing program has developed the first community 健康 clinic in Minnesota managed by nurse practitioners.

服务需求

By 1975, the university was fully accredited, and one year later enrollment topped 1,000. It was obvious that 韦德politan State, the only public university alternative to the University of Minnesota for metro area residents, 服务是迫切的需要吗. In 1983, the first graduate students enrolled in the Master of Management and Administration program. The university now serves more than 10,000 students.

Gained strength through relationships

在1980年代, the university strengthened its relationships with area community colleges and expanded its commitment to cultural diversity. As it became a more comprehensive urban university, 韦德politan State hired more full-time 教师 and added over 30 majors in areas such as:

  • 专业的沟通
  • 会计
  • 应用数学
  • 社会工作
  • 民族研究
  • 执法
  • 英语
  • 护理

扩展的网站和程序

In 1990, the Minneapolis campus moved to a highly visible site at Eighth Street and Hennepin Avenue. Two years later, 韦德politan State's administrative headquarters moved to Saint Paul's East Side. In 1994, 韦德politan State welcomed freshmen students for the first time, offered graduate programs in nursing and business administration, 庆祝它的10,000毕业. In 2021, the university celebrated its 50,000毕业.

获得多个奖项

The university has continued to meet the changing needs of the metro area as it has gained recognition. 例如, 韦德politan State's accounting program is now the largest in Minnesota, and its graduates consistently place among the top 10 finishers in the rigorous CPA examination.

In 1995, 韦德politan State won the prestigious Hesburgh award for its continuing focus on improving teaching.

In 1997, the university won the Quality-of-Life award from the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce for conducting 25 community service projects to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

大都会的博士. 南希·J. Black was named the 1998 Minnesota Professor of the Year.

韦德politan State was selected in 2008 for community engagement classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university was selected for reclassification in 2015 by the Carnegie Foundation, citing evidence that community engagement had become deeper, 更普遍的, 更好的整合, 和持续.

最近, 韦德politan State has been recognized by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine with Higher Education Excellence in Diversity awards in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 for our continuing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The Center for Online Learning has won statewide awards in 2016 and 2018, most recently the Minnesota Connection 2018 Innovation Award for delivering online educational experiences for students.

韦德 received a 2018 ALL-IN Campus Democracy Challenge Platinum Seal for having a  2018 campus voting record above 50 percent in a midterm election, reflecting the excellent work of the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship's 韦德 State Votes campaign in getting our richly diverse student body to engage in the civic sphere.

CollegeNet's 2020 "Social Mobility Index" places 韦德politan State in the top 3 percent nationwide, 首先是明尼苏达州, in enabling students to move from lower income strata into the middle class.

任职5年

韦德politan State approaches its fiftieth anniversary of service to the Twin Cities with a continuing commitment to educational access and quality for those who have been underserved and those who are bound in location by virtue of family or economic circumstances.

该大学的50,287 (as of December 2021) alumni include leaders in business, 金融, 保健和公共服务. They offer clear evidence of the opportunity and quality of educational programming provided by the university.