Westminster College Mesa Campus: Fast Facts 

From the Office of Public Information & Communications, City of Mesa

City of Mesa, AZTopic/Issue:

Proposal to bring Westminster College to City of Mesa

General Statement:

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been proposed to bring a new campus of Westminster College to downtown Mesa. City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal at its April 26, 2012 meeting.

Facts: 

  • The MOU is a non-binding document intended to establish a period of negotiation between City of Mesa and Westminster College to reach an agreement to locate in the Mesa Center for Higher Education at 245 W. 2nd Street in downtown Mesa.
     
  • The goal is to negotiate a 5-year lease with classes beginning in the fall 2013 semester. Projected enrollment for year five (5) is 560 students.
     
  • Initially, Westminster is proposing to offer the following programs:
      
    • Transnational Studies – One of only two programs in the US, transnational studies develop students’ abilities to discover interdisciplinary and flexible approaches and solutions to global problem solving and decision-making. Students take course work in global economic development, environment and health, global justice and human rights, international relations and diplomacy, international institutions, and global cultures.
       
    • International Business – In addition to the traditional focus of a business administration major, the international business major provides a solid background in history, philosophy, politics, religion, sociology, and international studies.  Students also have the opportunity to study a foreign language to prepare them to effectively communicate in a global society.
         
    • Environmental Studies – Emphasizes political, economic and social/cultural aspects of the human impact on the natural environment, while still grounding students in fundamentals of the natural and earth sciences.
       
    • Westminster also plans to offer programs in pre-med and pre-law. All programs will have a global/international focus.
       
  • 245 W. 2nd Street is the former Mesa City Court building. It is approximately 53,000 square feet with adjacent parking for faculty/staff and students.
     
  • Founded in 1851, Westminster College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, residential, undergraduate college with a liberal arts curriculum that offers an integrated and holistic approach to learning and development.
       
  • Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech on campus in 1946. Prominent on campus are the National Churchill Museum and the monumental sculpture "Breakthrough," created from the longest contiguous section of the Berlin Wall in North America.
     
  • Westminster College is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation and 4th among liberal arts colleges for its diversity with students representing 70 countries, according to the rankings of U.S.News & World Report.  Forbes magazine selected Westminster as one of America’s Top Colleges and Universities, the Best Liberal Arts College in Missouri, and one of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America.   The Princeton Review recently named the College as one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the 10th straight year.  Westminster excels at developing leaders in a global community.
     
  • More information is available about Westminster College at www.westminster-mo.edu.
     
  • The partnership will provide City of Mesa with an opportunity to reuse a City-owned asset for educational purposes near the light rail line, attract more students to downtown, increase vibrancy of the urban core, create new high paying jobs and increase the higher education offerings for Mesa residents and attract students from outside the region and state.
     
  • Establishing higher education is part of the H.E.A.T. (Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Technology/Tourism) Initiative for Economic Development in Mesa.