Westminster College Receives Arizona State License to Open New Mesa Campus
Officials at Westminster College in Fulton, MO have been notified by the Arizona State Board for Private Secondary Education that the school’s license to open a second campus in Mesa, AZ has been approved.
Approval of the license means that Westminster can now recruit students, advertise its campus and programs and present itself as a degree-granting institution in Arizona.
“Receiving our license represents a significant recognition by the State of Arizona of Westminster College and its programs,” says Dr. Bob Seelinger, Vice President and Dean of the Mesa Campus. “The license is an endorsement of the College and also serves as an official welcome to the State of Arizona.”
Westminster College has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Mesa to open a second campus.
The Westminster new campus is proposed at 245 W. 2nd Street in a 53,000 square foot facility that was formerly the Mesa City Court building.
With the opening of the new campus in fall 2013, new Westminster students can enjoy two completely different academic and cultural experiences—the diverse Midwestern rural campus in Fulton, Missouri, and the vibrant Southwestern city campus in Mesa, Arizona-- and choose from over 40 majors, 34 minors and 12 pre-professional programs between the two campuses.
“License in hand, we can now engage ourselves fully with developing our programs and establishing ourselves in the Mesa community so that we can provide the transformational experience that is the essence of a Westminster education,” says Seelinger. “One of our goals at this point is to find ways by which we can make it possible to find ways for our students to study on both campuses and experience and expanded range of academic and cultural opportunities.”
To complete the application, Westminster was required to provide a detailed over view of the College, including its history, finances and descriptions of specific programs it would initially offer in Mesa; key policies on the operation of the College; copies of the resumes of all Board of Trustee members; a Mesa Course Catalog and a Student Life Handbook for Mesa.
Nationally ranked as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Westminster College brings a reputation of rich traditions established over its 161 year history and of academic excellence in preparing leaders with a global perspective.
Criteria for approval of the license centered on the strength of Westminster’s programs, the financial stability of the institution and proof that the College will adopt policies and procedures that first and foremost meet the needs of the students and are in accordance with the laws and statutes of Arizona.
“The license process was arduous, but helped us better understand the setting in which the College will operate and how we can meet the needs of our newest students through our programs,” says Seelinger.
The process for the 806-page application began in May and was considered by the full Arizona State Board on August 23.
“On behalf of all of us at Westminster, I want to thank the Arizona State Board for Private Secondary Education for their assistance in guiding us through the licensing process,” says Seelinger. “We received a warm welcome during our application review, and I believe the Board appreciates the potential that a Westminster education holds for Arizona students. We very much want to be one college with two campuses, and with our license with the State of Arizona, we can work even more aggressively toward that goal.”