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Transition to University of Mount Union

July 19, 2010

Plans are well underway to make the transition to University of Mount Union on August 1, 2010.

The change over to the mountunion.edu domain has been completed and e-mail addresses on campus have been changed to username@mountunion.edu.  In addition, campus administrators are working to convert campus signage, promotional materials and other Mount Union items to reflect the transition. On Monday, July 19, 2010, contractors were on campus removing the etched cement featuring the Mount Union College name from the Tomsich Entrance Gates. The newly-etched Tomsich Entrance Gates featuring the University of Mount Union name will be unveiled on Sunday, August 1.

To change the designation of the institution, unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees in October of 2009, came after careful review of data gathered through numerous research efforts and thoughtful consideration and discussion. Over the past 30 years, more than 500 private colleges have become universities, and the designation of “university” best describes what Mount Union is today and more effectively communicates all that the institution has to offer.

Research indicates that today’s college-bound students view a “university” as an institution that offers increased opportunity and variety, as well as a higher level of prestige, a broader academic curriculum and better-qualified graduates.  In addition, internationally, the word “university” is synonymous with higher education and “college” is equated with high schools or technical institutions. There are a number of additional reasons that support the change. For more information on the transition, visit www.mountunion.edu/university.

As the institution moves forward with the university label, it is important to emphasize that those enduring characteristics cherished by the Mount Union community will continue to be hallmarks of the campus experience.  The institution will remain focused on attracting quality students and faculty, providing a sense of community and focusing on a well-rounded education combined with the practical experience critical to career success.  All the while, Mount Union will continue to honor the history and tradition that provides the foundation for future growth and success.

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