Council of Trustees Handbook

Overview 6 University History Shortly aŌer the close of the Civil War, residents of upper Berks County were able to turn their thoughts from mere survival on the fronƟer toward building a modern society. One of their first concerns was the preparaƟon of young people to take their places in the developing industrial economy. Before any of these dreams could be realized, the inadequate number of schoolteachers had to be bolstered. To that end, on September 15, 1866, the Keystone State Normal School was established on what is now the site of Old Main. The depth and sophisƟcaƟon of teacher training conƟnued to increase with the complexity of industrialized society, and the needs of a burgeoning industrializaƟon in the region placed more and more demands on teacher preparaƟon. The insƟtuƟon met this challenge and, in 1928, was designated as Kutztown State Teacher's College and authorized to confer the bachelor's degree. Eventually, the area's need for liberally educated personnel to staff its industries outstripped the need for teachers. In 1960, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania changed the insƟtuƟon's name to Kutztown State College and diversified its goals toward "A center for learning for the best possible educaƟon of the youth of Pennsylvania in the arts and sciences and preparaƟon of able and dedicated teachers." Since 1960 the school has grown significantly, educaƟng a student body of more than 7,600 and employing nearly 900 employees. On July 1, 1983, Kutztown State College became Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, a member of the new State System of Higher EducaƟon. Since that Ɵme, Kutztown University has conƟnued to grow and diversify in faciliƟes, research and staff. Kutztown has 130 undergraduate programs in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts, Business, and EducaƟon, that comprise 13 accreditaƟons. There are also 23 graduate areas of study, including two doctoral programs. An honors program, study abroad, internships, student/faculty research and experienƟal learning communiƟes round out the academic experience. In addiƟon, the university reaches out to the community with credit and non‐credit Lifelong Learning courses. During the 2015‐16 academic year, Kutztown University celebrated its Sesquicentennial, marking 150 years of service to the region and community. LocaƟon The borough of Kutztown is located in Berks County in southeastern Pennsylvania. Kutztown is midway between Reading and Allentown. The town is approximately 2 hours from New York City, 1.5 hours from Philadelphia and Harrisburg, and 3 hours from BalƟmore/ Washington, DC.

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