Nursing Program Receives $500,000 Gift

Notre Dame College announced today that it has received a $500,000 donation to support the ongoing development of the College’s nursing program.

Speaking anonymously, the donors stated, “We want to provide a substantial base of financial support for the ongoing development of the nursing program at Notre Dame College. With the addition of Dr. Beth L. Kaskel as the chair of the nursing division and Dr. May Wykle to the board of trustees, the College has signaled its strong commitment to this program. We want to recognize this commitment with our donation.”

In making the announcement, Notre Dame College President Dr. Andrew P. Roth noted it is the largest non-bequest gift in the South Euclid College’s 90-year history.

“Notre Dame College has long had a commitment to academic excellence in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio that is being recognized by generous people who know the importance of values-based, smaller, private schools such as ours,” Dr. Roth said. “For these donors to present this generous donation at this time speaks volumes about their character and their belief that the good work we are doing is being noticed, is making a difference, and is worth investing in. We thank them for their generosity and their confidence in our College.”

Since Notre Dame College started its nursing program in 2006, it has become one of the fastest-growing programs in the region, with the academic quality to match its growth. Planned enhancements to facilities and academic programming will enable the nursing division to continue to attract and retain students who are eager to build better lives for themselves and others through careers in nursing.

Increasing the number of students the College can accommodate at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels will help alleviate the nation’s critical nursing shortage. Enhancing the quality of its programs, increasing their accessibility, and providing the highest level of real-world experience available to students are hallmarks of an NDC education and are making the College a destination choice for students from Northeast Ohio and around the world via online learning.

About the Notre Dame College Nursing Program

The mission of the Notre Dame College Nursing Program is to prepare professional nurses who are responsive to the health needs of a diverse global society within the context of a values-based faith environment. Liberal arts and the sciences serve as the foundation for the professional education and the development of core competencies.

The baccalaureate nursing program provides unique opportunities for service to meet the health needs of society, especially those of the vulnerable and underserved. International education opportunities are incorporated to prepare students for practice in a rapidly changing global health care environment. Multiple entry levels for the program are designed to meet the needs of the lifelong learner. The baccalaureate nursing program prepares individuals for practice in a variety of health care settings and serves as a foundation for further graduate education.

About Notre Dame College

Founded in 1922 by the Sisters of Notre Dame, the College today educates a diverse population of students for personal, professional and global responsibility in a variety of fields.

Notre Dame College has sustained record enrollment in each of the last eight years and is one of the fastest growing colleges in the nation in its Carnegie classification. From 878 students in 2001 to 2,250 today, the College has grown by 240 percent over the past decade. Students come from 20 different states and a dozen different countries, and one-fourth of them are minority students, making Notre Dame one of the most diverse colleges in Ohio.

Notre Dame is an opportunity college that provides a private, values-based, Catholic education in the liberal arts to students who might otherwise not have access to such an experience. More than half of the students are the first in their families to go to college and nearly half are not Catholic.

Notre Dame has been a significant incubator of new jobs at a time when other businesses have been compelled to reduce staff and now has more than 250 employees.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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