A New Integrative Core Curriculum

A liberal arts education needs to evolve so young graduates can enter the world better prepared to meet the needs of a changing society. As such, John Carroll University is introducing a more integrated core curriculum to students in fall 2015. Beginning with the Class of 2019, all new students will complete a new set of core requirements that will provide greater opportunities for integrative learning central to the University’s Jesuit mission.

The John M. and Mary Jo Boler School of Business

  • The Boler School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as its accountancy program. This dual accreditation is held by less than 5 percent of business schools in the world.
  • The Boler School consistently receives high marks in the world of business school rankings.  Bloomberg BusinessWeek 2014 “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” issue ranks the Boler School’s undergraduate business program 5th overall in Ohio and 77th overall in the nation. The Boler undergraduate program also received an “A” from Bloomberg BusinessWeek for teaching quality.
  • From London to Beijing, undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to study across the world for a semester or for shorter periods of time.
  • The Pre-MBA Scholars program grants dual admission to John Carroll University’s undergraduate and 5th Year Masters of Business Administration programs for exceptional high school students at the beginning of their undergraduate career. The program is open to all students, regardless of their chosen major.
  • John Carroll University accountancy graduates ranked 8th in the nation and 1st in Ohio in pass rates for first-time sitters on the 2014 CPA examination among medium-sized programs, according to recently released results by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
  • A team of accountancy students from John Carroll University’s Boler School of Business earned second place and received a regional honorable mention award at the 2014 Deloitte FanTAXtic Regional Competition.
  • Each year, approximately 50 percent of junior accountancy majors are employed in full-time internships during their spring semester. Most of the internships result in full-time job offers after graduation. Overall, accountancy generally places 100 percent of its graduates in jobs.
  • Boler accountancy graduate Stephen J. Hruby ’12 was awarded the 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Award presented by the American Institute of CPAs. He is the first John Carroll graduate to receive this prestigious honor and one of only three graduates from an Ohio university to receive this year’s award. The last recipient from Ohio was in 2005.
  • BSOB annually collaborates with the JCU Center for Service and Social Action and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition to provide volunteer income tax preparation assistance to low-income taxpayers in February and March. Students, staff, and faculty participated in the program. Every hour of volunteer time on average was worth up to $4,500 to a low-income family.

The College of Arts and Sciences

  • In a city that offers world-class healthcare, John Carroll University is a vital partner in preparing the health professionals of tomorrow. National, regional, and local data predict robust growth in health-related careers for years to come. Indeed, 25 percent of new John Carroll students who express an interest in the health professions, and more than 1,000 Carroll alumni who have pursued careers in medical professions, reflect these trends. To help students achieve their goals, we have forged early acceptance partnerships with the Ohio University-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. These agreements allow qualified students to gain admission to John Carroll—and secure a reserved seat in medical school—while still in high school.
  • Through a special collaboration, 73 Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers enrolled in the University’s Advanced Reading Endorsement Program beginning in summer 2013; the endorsement is a credential required by Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
  • John Carroll University’s teacher education program has earned reaccreditation through October 2019 from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE accreditation involves a comprehensive evaluation of a program based on a set of national standards developed by all sectors of the teaching profession. NCATE reviewers highlighted several strengths and outcomes of JCU’s teacher education program.
  • John Carroll University students Tyler Flynn ’14 and Nicole Shellenbarger ’15 have received scholarships to study in Ireland. The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland sponsors JCU students each year at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. The scholarships are open to students of all majors, and are awarded on a competitive basis. Flynn and Shellenbarger will study at NUI Galway during the spring 2014 semester.
  • Two students from John Carroll University’s College of Arts and Sciences previously selected for prestigious international experiences are Jacqueline Wyman ’12, who participated in the 2012-13 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a prestigious yearlong fellowship to study and work in Germany, and Laura Kisthardt ’13, one of 10 students in the nation selected by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR), who participated in an all-expenses-paid, 10-day, cultural immersion trip to Lebanon.
  • Jen Ziemke, Ph.D., professor of political science, is co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers. Crisis mapping exchanges up-to-the-minute information during various situations, including natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies, and violent conflicts. It emerged from relative obscurity during the response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. JCU hosted the first ICCM conference in 2009. Subsequent conferences were in Boston; Geneva; Washington, D.C.; and Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Poets in the University’s Department of English continue to garner national recognition:
    – In May 2015, Philip J. Metres, Ph.D., professor of English, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the George W. Hunt, S.J. Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters by America magazine and the Saint Thomas More Chapel and Center at Yale University. Dr. Metres was previously honored with the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing (Poetry) and the 2013 Beatrice Hawley Award for his book “Sand Opera.”
    – The poetry of George Bilgere, Ph.D., associate professor of English, has been featured more than 40 times on “The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.”
  • For 28 consecutive years, neuroscience students of Drs. Murphy and Wideman have received First Place/Excellence Awards for research in Biology, Chemistry and/or Psychology at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference, the oldest undergraduate research conference in the United States.
  • Published since 1925, The Carroll News celebrated an outstanding year in 2014-2015, receiving recognition and awards from highly respected professional and collegiate journalism organizations.