"At the beginning of this process, and in many cases throughout the
process, the majority of those involved did not want Rosemont to become
co-ed at the undergraduate level, myself included, though we have been
co-ed at the graduate level and in our professional studies programs for
more than 20 years," said Ron Remick, Ph.D., Chair, Board of Trustees.
"We all have been great proponents of the Undergraduate Women's College
and we know, understand, and value the merits of an all-women's
education; however, through our analysis, research, and evaluation we
learned that Rosemont cannot continue to be viable as a Catholic
single-sex college at the undergraduate level. What we did learn was
that Rosemont can be viable and thrive by continuing to deliver its
unique brand of education, focused on the individual student, and that
its community of trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends will
continue to celebrate the dignity and richness of each person."
Rosemont College was founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy
Child Jesus (SHCJ). From the institution's early days through the
present, the SHCJ foundress Cornelia Connelly has been a driving force
behind Rosemont's charge to educate students "to meet the wants of the
age," which has been an integral part of the growth of the College. Over
the years the College has evolved to "meet the wants of the age" by
developing as one college with three schools: the Undergraduate Women's
College (UWC) and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies
(SGPS). While the UWC has remained single-sex, the SGPS programs have
enrolled both men and women since their inception in the mid-1980s.
Ann Myhr, president of Rosemont's Alumni Association Board of
Directors, said that most of the alumni are in favor of the plan. "As we
fully expected, we have had some alums who are disappointed that
Rosemont will no longer be all-women's at the undergraduate level," she
said. "However, once they take the time to review the entire Plan and to
grasp the reality of today's educational environment, most say, 'OK, it
is a good plan and will move the College forward.'"
"Rosemont is, and continues to be, the world's only Catholic
college offering Cornelia Connelly's 'solid education' with holistic
development, individual attention to talents, and with excellence and
joy," said President Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Ph.D. "The Strategic Plan
gives Rosemont the opportunity to expand the College in enrollment,
programs, and reputation by embracing co-education, partnerships, and
online education. Rosemont is ready to 'meet the wants of the age'."
"Today," Hirsh said, "we band together and move our beloved College
into a healthy, bright, and mission driven future. Together, we shall
expand the College 'to meet the wants of the age'."