University of St. Thomas to Open Two Year College

The University of St. Thomas plans to open the Dougherty Family College, a two-year college committed to providing opportunities to pursue higher education to students who have limited financial resources.  The college, the first of its kind in Minnesota, will offer an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts that can be easily transferred to public or private four year institutions.  The Dougherty Family College plans to admit 150 students in the fall.

The Dougherty Family College is dedicated to ensuring the success of students who come from low-income backgrounds and students who are the first in their family to attend college. The college is designed with a system of mentoring, directed curriculum, generous financial aid, small class sizes and a paid internship program to provide  students with valuable work experience.  The school is modeled on Arrupe College at Loyola University Chicago.

“We are determined to reduce the educational attainment gap in Minnesota and prepare students to become transformational leaders in our communities, state and nation,” said Julie Sullivan, president of the University of St. Thomas. “It is our mission to develop and be morally responsible leaders, who work to advance the common good, and the inspiration for the Dougherty Family College came from within our school and from our generous, community-minded donors.”

Read more about the initiative here.

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