Pennsylvania Western University, Clarion

Pennsylvania Western University, Clarion (abbreviated as PennWest Clarion) is a public university in Clarion, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of Pennsylvania Western University. The institution was originally founded in 1867. It now offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees, as well as certificate programs and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.[3]

Pennsylvania Western University, Clarion
Former name
Carrier Seminary (1867–1887)
Clarion State Normal School (1887–1929)
Clarion State College (1929–1982)
Clarion University of Pennsylvania (1982–2021)[1]
Established1867; 157 years ago (1867)
Parent institution
Pennsylvania Western University
Endowment$39.2 million (2020)[2]
PresidentDale-Elizabeth Pehrsson
ProvostPam Gent
Academic staff
Location, ,
CampusRural, 201 acres (81 ha)
Colors   Blue & gold
NicknameGolden Eagles
Sporting affiliations

History edit

In 2021, PASSHE announced that, due to budget troubles resulting from declining enrollment and revenue, Clarion University would merge with Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and California University of Pennsylvania.[4] On October 14, 2021, the state officially adopted the new name of the combined universities: Pennsylvania Western University, and began operations with a singular accreditation the following year.

Student body edit

In fall 2016, Clarion University's student body totaled 5,225 students, of which 4,330 were undergraduates and 895 of those were graduate students. Of these students, 35 percent live in university housing. The university's students are mostly female (66 percent), another 830 are minorities (16 percent) and 27 are international (.05 percent). Of the total number of students 4,624, or 88.5 percent, come from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

Faculty and staff edit

Clarion University has 294 faculty members and 451 administration and staff members.

Other locations edit

The university maintains a regional campus, Clarion University - Venango in Oil City, and a site in Pittsburgh at West Penn School of Nursing. Clarion also offers an extended studies program featuring online courses, remote sites, and various hybrid learning situations.

Academics edit

PennWest Clarion offers 175 degree and certificate programs through its three colleges and two schools, delivered on campus and online.[5]

Student groups edit

Clarion University offers more than 130 student organizations including academic, athletic, Greek, political, multicultural, service, and other special interest groups.[citation needed]

Athletics edit

The PennWest Clarion Department of Athletics, which maintains the institution's pre-merger athletic branding as "Clarion", currently sponsors men's intercollegiate baseball, basketball, golf, football, swimming and diving, and wrestling along with women's intercollegiate basketball, softball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball and tennis. All sports compete in the NCAA Division II, except for wrestling which participates in NCAA Division I.

Notable former Golden Eagles include wrestling great Kurt Angle, a former Olympic gold medalist and national champion who went on to a successful professional wrestling career in WWE and Impact Wrestling; former UFC Champion Frankie Edgar, who was a four-time NCAA Division I tournament qualifier; World Long Driver Justin Moose ranked # 6 in the world; Reggie Wells, NFL offensive lineman; Cy Young winner Pete Vuckovich; and Hall of Fame basketball coach John Calipari, who was a point guard for the Golden Eagles from 1980 to 1982.

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ "HISTORY". PennWest Clarion. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  2. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  3. ^ Oram, Fern A, ed. (2006) [1986]. Peterson's Colleges in the Middle Atlantic States. Peterson's. ISBN 978-0-7689-2421-3. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  4. ^ McClellan, Fletcher. "The University of All of Them: PASSHE merger mania is on the fast track". Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "Academics". PennWest Clarion. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  6. ^ Feitl, Steve. "BACK TO HIS ROOTS: Frank Edgar part of fight card in UFC's return to New Jersey"[permanent dead link], Home News Tribune, November 15, 2007. Accessed December 28, 2007.
  7. ^ "Frankie Edgar UFC Bio". Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  8. ^ Godson, Susan H. (2001). Serving Proudly: A history of Women in the U.S. Navy. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-317-6.

External links edit

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