Coeducation at USJ

USJ Coeducation

June 14 Coeducation News

For more information, please watch the video below and read the press release.

On November 1, 2016, USJ announced that the campus would revisit the possibility of becoming fully coeducational with the goal of creating an even more dynamic, engaging and academically-challenging undergraduate experience. In her message to the University community, President Rhona C. Free asked for volunteers for a Task Force on Coeducation to address both options – remaining a women’s program for traditional undergraduate students or becoming fully coeducational. In her message, she said: “The Task Force will solicit comments, suggestions, and advice from all members of the University of Saint Joseph community as it reviews evidence and develops its assessment. It will conduct its work with no preconceived conclusion or bias other than the knowledge that the University will in the future, as it has in the past, maintain a steadfast commitment to preparing students, especially women, for insightful leadership and service to others.”

The Task Force on Coeducation that was formed following that announcement gathered data and weighed the pros and cons of either decision. As part of the process, twelve working groups of faculty, staff, students, and alumni explored the implications of a potential change for various areas of the University: student services, faculty development, athletics, housing, etc. These groups gathered information from a number of surveys of alumni, students, faculty, and staff; convened focus groups; conducted literature reviews to learn about experiences on other campuses; and interviewed administrators at institutions that have made a change to coeducation.

The Task Force concluded its work at the end of March, and finalized its report for the Board on March 31, 2017.

The Board of Trustees reviewed the information from the Taskforce on Coeducation and voted unanimously to open full-time undergraduate programs to men at its June 14, 2017 meeting.

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