This endeavor will bring about cohesion around common disciplinary approaches, goals, and learning experiences that are integrated and related to an overall philosophy of the educational outcomes desired in a particular school.

Bold and Innovative Thinking

Since its founding, Assumption has been a resilient institution. There have been pivotal moments in its 115-year history when key, often bold, decisions were made that allowed Assumption to adapt to changing realities and thrive as a result of those changes and endure to this day. Everyone is aware of the many challenges that higher education currently faces – declining demographics in New England, families questioning the value of higher education, affordability, and a lack of willingness to pay for a college education. We read over and over again about long-standing institutions closing and merging. In the last six years, 17 institutions of higher education in Massachusetts have closed. Experts predict that this trend will continue in the next decade. While Assumption faces challenges similar to all higher education institutions, we do so from a position of strength at another pivotal moment in our history that calls us to adapt.

A New School Structure for Assumption

During their February 2019 meeting, the Board of Trustees discussed the restructuring of the College and considered the recommendation of the Restructuring Committee and the administration to establish five schools – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Professions, and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.  

In their deliberations, the Board considered the fact that we already are a comprehensive institution and that organizing along separate schools will allow for greater flexibility and encourage innovation and creativity based on faculty expertise and student interests. Since all students, regardless of the school they ultimately choose, will fulfill the Core requirements, the liberal arts and their integration into all of the schools was acknowledged as the unifying element of the student's academic experience.

You are invited to often visit the page for regular updates on the progress of this exciting – and historic – moment in the history of Assumption.

In The News

T&G: Assumption College to restructure, pursue university status

The Friday, March 1 edition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured an article about the restructuring of Assumption in five schools and the pursuit of University status. 

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Worcester Business Journal: Assumption restructures, moves toward university status

"Assumption College could become a university as part of a broader initiative to rework the organizational structure of the Worcester school to help it weather a challenging period for smaller colleges," reported the Worcester Business Journal in an online article on Friday, March 1.

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