2020: Carroll University's Year in Review

Author: Carroll University

Published Date: 12/15/2020

Categories: Pioneers Persevere Social University News

The year 2020 was different in many ways for Carroll University—and the world. The pandemic tested us, but as Pioneers, we forged ahead. We maintained our sense of community, continued to make news, and celebrated great accomplishments. Highlights include dedicating our renovated Education Hall, home to the new School of Education and Human Services; recognizing academic excellence as Carroll zoomed up the U.S. News & World Report ranking list; and, opening up our new esports center for student competition. Learn more about what we’ve achieved this year in the stories below.

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Responding to the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

Carroll University’s story is one of perseverance. It’s a trait that’s in high demand and very much on display right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has upturned our lives and changed our priorities. But facing these unforeseen challenges and moving forward with grace, ingenuity and determination has also brought out our best. Here in Wisconsin and across the globe, Pioneers are stepping up and finding new ways to connect, serve and inspire.

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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Expands Programming

Carroll's commitment to diversity came to the fore in 2020 with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosting two week-long summits for faculty, staff and students—an in-person event in February and a virtual event this past October. The two summits focused on learning and unlearning, discussion and introspection, and community. 

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New Fully Online MBA Launches; Reaches New Audiences

Students now can experience that same quality MBA education, completely online, with the same superior faculty and small classes that are a hallmark of the Carroll experience. With classes starting every eight weeks, the online program offers maximum flexibility, letting students begin their studies and continue their education at their own pace.

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Community Health Services building dedicated

The Community Health Services building  expands educational and clinical opportunities for the university's College of Health Sciences graduate and undergraduate students. The building houses many of Carroll's Community Health Services—a collection of clinics and programs which provide mission- and ethos-focused, community health and wellness programs at little or no cost to Waukesha's underserved and uninsured populations.

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Carroll University zooms up U.S. News & World Report ranking list

Year after year, Carroll University appears on numerous lists of the best colleges and universities in the country. For U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 annual college rankings, Carroll University advanced 16 spaces to No. 28 in Best Value Schools, and shot up 27 spaces to #39 on Best Regional Universities Midwest.

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Carroll University Idea Lab Opens; Creates Dedicated Collaboration Space

Carroll University's Idea Lab, opened in the fall of 2020, is purpose-designed to serve as the hub for innovation and collaboration on campus. Its flexible spaces are outfitted with the latest technology for conferencing, research or study. The Idea Lab also houses the Analytics and Business Intelligence Consortium at the Carroll University School of Business and will host the monthly in-person and online meetings.

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Physician Assistant Studies Grads Have 100% First-Time Pass Rate on PANCE Exam

All 20 graduating students in Carroll University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program recently passed their Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) resulting in a 100% first-time pass rate for the program. Passing the exam is required before a physician assistant can obtain a license to practice.

Stories are not necessarily ranked in order of importance.

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