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Marylhurst Welcomes Record Enrollment, Launches New Strategic Plan

For Release: October 15, 2009

More than 1,900 students are attending Marylhurst University this fall, a record for the liberal arts school as it launches an ambitious strategic plan under new president Judith Johansen.

New student enrollment in traditional undergraduate liberal arts programs rose 11 percent in fall 2009, while heightened enrollment in the university's graduate programs was led by a more than 20 percent increase in MBA students over fall 2008 enrollment figures, due in part to the launch of a new concentration in sustainable "green" business. Other programs with particularly strong enrollments include the master's in teaching program, entering its third year, and the undergraduate music therapy program, the only one of its kind in Oregon. Distance learning courses continue to grow in popularity; two-thirds of Marylhurst students take at least one of their classes online.

To coincide with this fall's record enrollment, the university completed a lengthy strategic planning process that will lead to specific initiatives over the next five years and guide Marylhurst's growth for two to three decades. Johansen formally launched the new strategic plan at an October 14 luncheon for about 150 alumni and community leaders on campus to celebrate Homecoming week.

"Fall is a traditional time of new beginnings on a college campus, and that's truly what it feels like here at Marylhurst," said Johansen, who recently completed her first year as Marylhurst president. "Our new strategic plan makes clear that we will continue to embrace the university's historical mission to educate the 'whole' person and to provide the personalized attention our students have come to expect. Our goal is to ensure that students of all ages who are seeking the rewards of a college education can find support and success at Marylhurst."

The university's long-term plan sets goals in several areas, including academics, student support and technology. Specific near-term actions include:

Increasing scholarship and grant funding for studentsEngaging students, faculty and staff in a university-wide mission project to serve the communityExpanding online programs to include more courses of studyImplementing new graduate programs, including a doctoral studies programCreating new support services for students, including enhanced advising and counseling programsStrengthening the global and cultural contexts of all academic programsIncreasing the use of on-campus facilities for community cultural, educational and interfaith dialogue activities

"At Marylhurst, we've long been engaged in better preparing our students to live and lead in a global society," Johansen added. "That's an even more important mission for us moving forward, as global problems and local problems become more interchangeable, and as demand heightens for educated citizens with the skills, passion and resolve to help solve the challenges we face in our community, our state, our nation and our world."

Marylhurst University offers 40 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, education and business. The university serves students of all ages, though a majority of Marylhurst students are mid-career professionals juggling the demands of work, family and school.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university located one mile south of Lake Oswego on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence. Marylhurst's small, seminar-style classes – offered weekdays, evening, weekends and online – provide convenience and flexibility for students with busy lives seeking professional certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees.


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