Villanova University Announces Creation of College of Professional Studies

College will provide academically rigorous undergraduate degree and non-degree programming for the adult learner

New and innovative programs—both on campus and online—will provide even greater options and flexibility

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University today announced the creation of a new College—the College of Professional Studies (CPS)—to provide academically rigorous undergraduate degree and non-degree programming for the adult learner. CPS will design innovative new programs—both on campus and online—that will expand Villanova’s breadth of academic offerings and provide even greater options and flexibility to better serve adult learners.

Villanova’s tradition of serving adult students, including working professionals, dates back 95 years. CPS answers the evolving needs of adult part-time students in the changing landscape of higher education. The new College will also house and continue to advance the programs previously under Villanova’s Part-Time and Continuing Studies area.

“This new College reflects Villanova’s standard of excellence and takes advantage of the University’s many talents, including our world-class faculty, while adapting to new educational technologies and changing demographics in higher education,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President.

Following a national search, a new Academic Dean will be appointed to lead Villanova’s College of Professional Studies. The first new College in the University in 50 years, CPS joins Villanova’s five other academic colleges and schools, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova School of Business, College of Engineering, College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.  There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's colleges, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.