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Widener University

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Motto Mens Sana In Corpore Sano
(Sound Mind in Sound Body)
Established 1821, Preparatory school
1862, College
Type Private
Endowment $68.6 million[1]
President Dr. James T. Harris III
Faculty 587 (319 full-time, 268 part-time)
Students 6,460 [2]
Undergraduates 3,094 (2,532 day, 562 evening)
Postgraduates 3,366 (1,615 law students)
Location Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Urban, 108 acres (.44 km²)
Colors Widener Blue       and Gold      
Nickname Pride (introduced in 2006), formerly the Pioneers and the Cadets (when PMC)
Athletics 20 varsity teams, Division III (MAC)
Website www.widener.edu
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Widener University is a private, coeducational university located in Chester, Pennsylvania. Its main campus sits on 108 acres (.44 km²), just 14 miles south of Philadelphia. Approximately 3,100 undergraduates and 3,400 graduate students attend Widener among its eight degree granting schools. The university offers associate's, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in areas ranging from traditional liberal arts to professional programs. For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... Mens sana in corpore sano is a famous quotation by Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1821 (MDCCCXXI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article is about 1862 . ... A private university is a university that is run without the control of any government entity. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, population 36,854 at the 2000 census. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... Division III (or DIII) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States. ... The Middle Atlantic Corporation (formerly the Middle Atlantic Conference) is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division III. Member teams are located in the Eastern United States. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A private university is a university that is run without the control of any government entity. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, population 36,854 at the 2000 census. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... An associate degree is an academic degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges, business colleges and some bachelors degree-granting colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years. ... For other degrees, see Academic degree. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ...


Widener was founded in 1821 and has undergone several name changes. In particular, it was known as Pennsylvania Military College between 1892 and 1972 before finally adopting the Widener name in 1972. In addition to its main campus in Chester, the university has three other campuses: two in Pennsylvania (Harrisburg and Exton) and one in Wilmington, Delaware. The Carnegie Foundation classifies Widener as a Doctoral/Research University and a Community Engagement Institution. Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country Commonwealth County Dauphin Incorporated 1791 Charter 1860 Government  - Mayor Stephen R. Reed (D) Area  - City  11. ... Exton is a census-designated place located in West Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. ... : Chemical Capital of the World , Corporate Capital of the World , Credit Card Capital of the World : A Place to Be Somebody United States Delaware New Castle 17. ... The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an international centre for research in education based in the United States of America. ...

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History

Founded in 1821 as a preparatory school for boys in Wilmington, Delaware, the institution now known as Widener University moved to Pennsylvania in 1862, and was granted collegiate powers and privileges via universal charter by the Pennsylvania legislature in April of that year. It was known from 1892 to 1972 as Pennsylvania Military College, though it had officially become PMC College in 1966 when a nonmilitary, coeducational component was added. In 1972, the name Widener College was adopted after the prominent Widener family of Philadelphia, and the Corps of Cadets disbanded (an Army ROTC program still exists). Graduate programs were introduced in 1966 and the School of Law acquired in 1975. : Chemical Capital of the World , Corporate Capital of the World , Credit Card Capital of the World : A Place to Be Somebody United States Delaware New Castle 17. ... The American Widener family of Peter Arrell Brown Widener (1834-1915) and his wife Hannah Josephine Dunton (1836-1896) were from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and were one of the wealthiest families in the United States. ... The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is a training program of the United States armed forces present on college campuses to recruit and educate commissioned officers. ... The Widener University School of Law provides an ABA accredited program, and operates on two campuses, one in Wilmington, Delaware, and the other in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. ...


In recognition of its comprehensive offerings, Widener College became Widener University in 1979. Today, Widener is a four-campus university offering more than 80 programs of study.


Timeline

Throughout its long history, the university has undergone several name changes. The following table details the various names Widener has gone under as well as any significant organizational changes that occurred during each period.

1821–1846 The Bullock School for Boys, founded by John Bullock in Wilmington, Delaware
1846–1853 The Alsop School for Boys
1853–1859 Hyatt's Select School for Boys
  • 1858: military instruction introduced
1859–1862 Delaware Military Academy
1862–1892 Pennsylvania Military Academy
1892–1966 Pennsylvania Military College (also known as PMC)
1966–1972 PMC Colleges (for Pennsylvania Military College and Penn Morton College, the civilian component)
  • 1966: offered nursing program with College of Nursing of Crozer Foundation; first women admitted; first graduate program introduced (engineering)
  • 1970: School of Nursing starts
1972–1979 Widener College
  • 1972: Corps of Cadets disbanded, academic programs organized into 4 schools: Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Management
  • 1975: Acquired Delaware Law School
  • 1976: Delaware Campus opens as part of merger with Brandywine Junior College
1979- Widener University
  • 1980: University College program (undergraduate evening school) starts
  • 1981: School of Hotel and Restaurant Management opens (renamed School of Hospitality Management in 1996)
  • 1989: Harrisburg Campus opens
  • 1993: School of Human Service Professions begins
  • 2004: Exton Campus opens

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Campuses

Widener consists of four campuses, the main campus in Chester, Pennsylvania, plus campuses in Wilmington, Delaware; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Exton, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1866 after the school moved to Chester, the 108 acre Main Campus consists of 97 buildings and serves all undergraduate day students as well as University College students. It also contains all graduate programs (business, education, engineering, nursing, social work, physical therapy, and clinical psychology) except for the School of Law. Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, population 36,854 at the 2000 census. ... : Chemical Capital of the World , Corporate Capital of the World , Credit Card Capital of the World : A Place to Be Somebody United States Delaware New Castle 17. ... Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country Commonwealth County Dauphin Incorporated 1791 Charter 1860 Government  - Mayor Stephen R. Reed (D) Area  - City  11. ... Exton is a census-designated place located in West Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. ...


Opening in 1976, the Delaware Campus consists of 16 buildings across 40 acres and is 12 miles from the Main Campus. It contains the School of Law (shared with the Harrisburg Campus) as well as the Legal Education Institute. Some classes for University College students and graduate business students are also held here. The 21 acre Harrisburg Campus, opening in 1989, contains the School of Law (shared with the Delaware Campus) and has graduate programs in nursing and social work. Starting in 2004, the Exton Campus is the newest Widener campus, located in a business park 25 miles from the Main Campus. It primarily serves University College students and contains Widener's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) which provides continuing education programs for retired adults.


Academics

Widener's comprehensive offerings range from liberal arts to professional programs and include over 50 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and more than 30 graduate programs of study. In particular, programs in engineering, computer science, business, nursing and hospitality management have generated the most praise from students according to a survey conducted by The Princeton Review[3]. Widener boasts a undergraduate student to faculty ratio of 12:1 with 91% of the full-time faculty having doctorates or the highest degree in their field.[2] In addition, class sizes are kept small with 61% of all classes containing less than 20 students.[4] The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit American educational preparation company. ...


Organization

The university comprises the following schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences: The largest undergraduate school at Widener provides 25 majors and 26 minors within its three divisions: Humanities, Science and Social Science. The college is also home to pre-professional programs in law and medicine. All undergraduates within the college fulfill general education requirements in all three divisions as well as take an interdisciplinary values seminar during their junior or senior year. The college mainly consists of undergraduate programs although a few master's programs do exist (including MPA and MALS programs). The most popular undergraduate majors within the college are psychology, criminal justice, computer science, biology, communication studies, government & politics and English.[5]
  • School of Business Administration: The School of Business Administration provides undergraduate programs in management, accounting, and economics as well as graduate programs in information systems, business administration, financial planning, and human resources. The school has recently revised its MBA program which is accredited by the AACSB.
  • School of Engineering: The school offers ABET-accredited undergraduate programs in chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. It has recently introduced a minor in bio-engineering. Master's (MEng) programs exist in all of the same fields in addition to computer and software engineering. A dual MEng/MBA program also exists with the School of Business Administration.
  • School of Hospitality Management: One of the earliest schools dedicated to hospitality management, the school provides undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.S.) study in areas such as hotel and resort management, private club management, tourism, and casino and gaming operations. Its facilities include fully equipped production and demonstration kitchens as well as a restaurant, the Heintz Dining Room, open to the public. The Institute for Gaming and Racing, established in 2007, is the latest endeavor and offers research and educational programs for employees in the casino and racing industries.
  • School of Human Service Professions: This school is a collection of professional programs in education, social work, clinical psychology and physical therapy. It comprises the following academic units:
    • Center for Education: The center provides bachelor's, master's and doctorate programs in education within a variety of areas including elementary education, special education, educational psychology and school administration.
    • Center for Social Work Education: The center provides bachelor's (BSW), master's (MSW) and doctorate programs (PhD) in social work.
    • Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology: Originally founded in 1970 by Hahnemann University's medical school, the program moved to Widener in 1989 and became the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. The institute houses the second oldest PsyD program in the United States[6]. The PsyD program is accredited by the APA and allows a variety of concentrations including family therapy, forensic psychology, and organizational psychology. The institute is also home to the Neuropsychology Assessment Center and the Biofeedback Clinic and Certification Center which provides services and treatment to the public.
    • Institute for Physical Therapy Education: The institute offers a full-time 3-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The program is available for entry-level students as well as transitional students who are already licensed physical therapists. A pre-physical therapy program exists for undergraduates who wish to pursue the DPT degree.
  • School of Law: The school is home to a ABA accredited J.D. program and operates on two campuses, Wilmington, Delaware and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • School of Nursing: Accredited by the NLN, the school has bachelor's (BSN), master's (MSN) and doctorate (DNSc) programs in nursing. A part-time, evening or weekend BSN program and accelerated programs for RNs are also available.
  • University College: The University College serves part-time adult undergraduate students and offers both associate's and bachelor's degrees. Classes are held during the evenings or weekends and focus mainly on professional areas such as nursing, business, education and information systems. The college also contains the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute which provides continuing education classes to retired adults.

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Rankings and classifications

In 2007, Washington Monthly magazine ranked Widener 47th out of all national universities in the country[7]. These rankings are based on how well a university benefits the country including such factors as promoting social mobility, scientific and humanistic research, and service, including ROTC and the Peace Corps. Widener is also currently named one of the "Best Northeastern Colleges" by The Princeton Review[8]. The Washington Monthly is a magazine based in Washington DC which covers American politics and government. ... Social mobility is the degree to which, in a given society, an individuals social status can change throughout the course of their life (known as intragenerational mobility), or the degree to which that individuals offspring and subsequent generations move up and down the class system (intergenerational mobility). ... The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit American educational preparation company. ...


The 2008 Best Colleges list from U. S. News and World Report classifies Widener as a Tier 3 National University[9]. It also ranks Widener's undergraduate engineering program 65th among all programs whose highest engineering degree is a bachelor's or master's.[10]. Out of the 262 national universities ranked, Widener is tied for 45th in the category "Highest Proportion of Classes Under 20 Students"[4] and tied for 37th in "Economic Diversity" among its students[11]. The U.S. News and World Report's 2008 Best Graduate Schools ranks several of Widener's graduate programs: clinical psychology → #145[12], health care management → #49[13], nursing → #141[14], physical therapy → #173[15], and social work → #140[16]. U.S.News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ...


The Carnegie Foundation classifies Widener as a Doctoral/Research University whose undergraduate population is highly residential and selective[17]. It also one of 76 institutions classified as a Community Engagement Institution; only 2 other schools in the Philadelphia region share this classification, University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College[18]. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an international centre for research in education based in the United States of America. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... This article is about the private Ivy League university in Philadelphia. ... Bryn Mawr College (pronounced ) is a highly selective womens liberal arts college located in Bryn Mawr, a community in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, ten miles northwest of Philadelphia. ...


Notable programs

Cooperative education
A co-op program is available as an option for all undergraduate students within the School of Engineering and School of Business Administration as well as computer science majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. This allows a student to still earn their degree in 4 years while gaining 1-year of work experience. All students in the School of Hospitality Management are required to enroll in a co-op for a single semester (16 weeks) during their junior or senior year. The co-op work is full-time and counts as course credit. The school also has its own restaurant, the Heintz Dining Room, which is open to the public and run by the students. Cooperative education is a structured method of combining academic education with practical work experience. ...


Undergraduate research
All undergraduate students in engineering and computer science are required to complete a year-long research and design project during their final year. The projects are usually done in teams with a faculty advisor and culminates in a final presentation and demonstration. Other science majors have the option to participate in research with faculty members. This research is often presented at local or national conferences as well as published in scientific journals.


Honors program
The Honors Program in General Education consists of approximately 200 undergraduate students and provides smaller, seminar courses that fulfill the university's general education requirements. Students in the program must take at least 5 'honors' courses and also attend certain cultural events held on campus or in Philadelphia. Students who complete the program are awarded a Certificate of Honors in General Education at graduation. Admission to the program is based on the student's SAT scores, high school GPA and ranking. For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... For other uses, see SAT (disambiguation). ... In the United States, grading is done with several different systems. ...


Athletics

Widener has 20 varsity teams (10 for men and 10 for women) participating in Division III within the Middle Atlantic Corporation (MAC). Formally known as the Pioneers, their nickname changed to the Pride in the Fall of 2006 based on a student poll[19]. Widener sports teams include: Division III (or DIII) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States. ... The Middle Atlantic Corporation (formerly the Middle Atlantic Conference) is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division III. Member teams are located in the Eastern United States. ...

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Athletic facilities

The Schwartz Athletic Center is home to basketball, swimming, indoor track and volleyball. It houses a championship size 8-lane swimming pool, squash/racquetball courts and administrative offices for the athletic department. Schwartz is also home to the new Wellness Center, opened in April 2006 to provide the faculty, staff and students with additional recreational and fitness opportunities. In addition to exercise equipment, the Wellness Center provides fitness classes and a 24-foot climbing wall. Climbing a rock-textured wall with belay, modular hand holds, incuts, and protrusions A climbing wall is an artificially constructed wall with grips for hands and feet, used for climbing. ...


Opening in 1994, Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium seats over 4,000 people and has a turf playing field surrounded by an 8-lane track. The stadium houses the football, soccer, men's lacrosse, and outdoor track & field teams. In addition, Edith R. Dixon Field, opening in 2005, houses the women's field hockey and lacrosse teams. It sports an artificial turf, lighting and a scoreboard. The field is also used for the intramural teams. The term intramural is most commonly associated with sports within a school. ...


Athletic achievements

The football team has had recent success winning the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl in 2005[20] and the ECAC Southwest Bowl in 2006[21]. Its greatest success has been winning the NCAA Division III National Championship in 1977 and 1981 and reaching the semi-finals in 1979, 1980, and 2000.[22] Additionally, Widener football has won 16 MAC championships, the most of any team in the conference. Billy "White Shoes" Johnson played for Widener in the early 70s. He went on to be an all-pro NFL player and was selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team as well as the College Football Hall of Fame. The Eastern College Athletic Conference is a College Athletic Conference comprising schools that compete in 35 mens and womens sports. ... The logo for the 2006 Division III National Championship game. ... The Middle Atlantic Corporation (formerly the Middle Atlantic Conference) is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division III. Member teams are located in the Eastern United States. ... Billy Johnson, aka White Shoes, was a pro football player in the 1970s and 1980s. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team was chosen by a selection committee of media and league personnel in 1994. ... College Football Hall of Fame front. ...


The men's basketball team has won 13 MAC titles and appeared in the NCAA Division III Tournament 15 times, advancing to the "Sweet 16" in 1987 and 2006, the "Final 4" in 1985 and the championship game in 1978.[22] The men's lacrosse team has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 6 times since 2000 and has won 10 MAC titles between 1996 and 2007.[22] The Middle Atlantic Corporation (formerly the Middle Atlantic Conference) is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division III. Member teams are located in the Eastern United States. ... The NCAA holds an annual tournament to determine the Division III Mens Basketball Championship. ... The Middle Atlantic Corporation (formerly the Middle Atlantic Conference) is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division III. Member teams are located in the Eastern United States. ...


The Philadelphia Eagles held their summer training camp on Widener's campus between 1973 and 1979. The movie "Invincible" depicts the campus during the Eagles' 1976 summer training camp.[23] Since 2006, the Philadelphia Soul have held practices at Widener as well. City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Invincible is a 2006 film directed by Ericson Core set in 1976. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center & Wachovia Spectrum(alt. ...


Student life

Enrollment

Widener enrolls approximately 6,500 total students including 3,100 undergraduate and 3,400 graduate students. Among full-time undergraduate students, the male/female ratio is nearly 1:1 (51% male, 49% female). 61% of undergraduates choose to live on the Main Campus while the remaining students commute. Approximately 54% of all full-time undergraduates are from Pennsylvania with 45% coming from the rest of the country (predominantly Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia) and 1% originating from outside the U.S.[24] The acceptance rate for undergraduate applicants in Fall 2006 was 69%.[5]


Student clubs and events

The university has over 100 student clubs including honor societies, religious organizations, media groups and special interest clubs. Greek Week, Spring Carnival and Homecoming are among the popular events on campus.[25]


WDNR is the student-run campus radio station playing a variety of music including hip-hop, rock, metal and punk, along with a sports talk call-in show. It also broadcasts local football games. Other media outlets include the weekly newspaper, The Dome, a student literary journal and a television station. WDNR, known as 89. ...


Greek life

Widener has 6 fraternities and 3 sororities. Approximately 12% of all undergraduates are members.[25] Widener's Greek organizations include: While the term fraternity can be used to describe any number of social organizations, including the Lions Club and the Shriners, fraternities and sororities are most commonly known as social organizations of higher education students in the United States and Canada but there are fraternities in the whole world (for... While the term fraternity can be used to describe any number of social organizations, including the Lions Club and the Shriners, fraternities and sororities are most commonly known as social organizations of higher education students in the United States and Canada but there are fraternities in the whole world (for...

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Community

Widener is one of only 22 colleges that is a member of Project Pericles, an organization promoting social responsibility and addressing civic apathy among students. It is also one of only 76 institutions classified as a Community Engagement Institution by the The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Only two other schools in the Philadelphia region share this classification - University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. [18] Project Pericles, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an international centre for research in education based in the United States of America. ... This article is about the private Ivy League university in Philadelphia. ... Bryn Mawr College (pronounced ) is a highly selective womens liberal arts college located in Bryn Mawr, a community in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, ten miles northwest of Philadelphia. ...


Widener has several initiatives aimed at benefiting the surrounding community. These include:

  • Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center — The school opened the center in 2006 to provide consulting and educational programs to local small businesses and entrepreneurs. It is one of only 18 in the state and one of 3 in the Philadelphia region (with Temple University and University of Pennsylvania).
  • Philadelphia Speakers Series — Since 2004, Widener has sponsored this series which has had such notable speakers as Henry Kissinger, Walter Cronkite and Dave Barry.
  • University Technology Park — A joint project started in 1999 between the university and Crozer-Keystone Health System to foster small business opportunities focusing on health care, science and technology. It currently consists of two buildings (with three more planned) on 20 acres and is located directly in between the Main Campus and Crozer-Keystone Medical Center.
  • Widener University Observatory — The observatory has free public telescope viewings throughout the school year hosted by the physics and astronomy department.

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Charter school

In 2006, the university established a new charter school near the Main Campus in Chester to serve local residents from kindergarten to grade 5. Named the Widener Partnership Charter School, the school utilizes the university's programs in education, social work, nursing and clinical psychology. This collaboration involves the participation of Widener faculty and students to not only provide educational support but also provide additional assistance outside of school through counseling and health services. Charter schools are publicly funded elementary or secondary schools in the United States which have been freed from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools, in exchange for some type of accountability for producing certain results, which are set forth in each charter school... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Classes in the charter school started in September 2006 enrolling 50 students in both kindergarten and grade 1. The school plans on adding a new grade each year until grade 5 and an enrollment of 300 students is reached. However, there have been some complaints by the Chester Upland School District that this and other charter schools take funds away from the local public school system. With this, the school district is contemplating placing a cap on their charter school enrollment with many parents being split on the issue.[26] Chester Upland School District is a public school district located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. ...


Chester revitalization project

A $50 million revitalization project was started in 2007 that will add significant new opportunities and services to the university and surrounding area. The project, named University Crossings, will include a hotel, bookstore, coffee shop, restaurant and apartments. The project is expected to have an overall economic impact of $1 million to Chester as well as creating 60 new jobs.[27] Its completion date is set for 2008.


Notable alumni or attendees

As of 2007, there are 55,561 total living alumni, 11,557 of which are School of Law alumni.[2]

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External links

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Notes

  1. ^ 2006 NACUBO Endowment Study
  2. ^ a b c Quick Facts. Widener University. Retrieved on 2007-04-18.
  3. ^ Widener University: What Widener Students Say About Academics. The Princeton Review. Retrieved on 2007-03-10.
  4. ^ a b America Best Colleges 2008: National Universities: Highest Proportion of Class Under 20. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved on 2008-09-08.
  5. ^ a b Widener University. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved on 2007-04-24.
  6. ^ The degree that almost wasn't: The PsyD comes of age. APA Monitor on Pyschology. Retrieved on 2007-03-10.
  7. ^ The Washington Monthly 2007 College Guide. Washington Monthly. Retrieved on 2007-08-22.
  8. ^ The Best Northeastern Colleges. The Princeton Review. Retrieved on 2007-03-10.
  9. ^ America Best Colleges 2008: National Universities. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved on 2007-09-08.
  10. ^ America Best Colleges 2008: Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved on 2007-09-08.
  11. ^ America Best Colleges 2008: National Universities: Economic Diversity among all schools. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved on 2007-09-08.
  12. ^ America Best Graduate Schools 2008: Health: Clinical Psychology. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  13. ^ America Best Graduate Schools 2008: Health: Healthcare Management (Master's). U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  14. ^ America Best Graduate Schools 2008: Health: Nursing (Master's). U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  15. ^ America Best Graduate Schools 2008: Health: Physical Therapy. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  16. ^ America Best Graduate Schools 2008: Health: Social Work (Master's). U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  17. ^ Institutions:Widener University-Main Campus. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved on 2007-03-31.
  18. ^ a b Carnegie Selects Colleges and Universities for New Elective Community Engagement Classification. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved on 2007-03-10.
  19. ^ Widener University Announces New Mascot. Widener University. Retrieved on 2007-03-31.
  20. ^ Widener Wins ECAC South Atlantic Championship Bowl. Eastern College Athletic Conference. Retrieved on 2007-03-10.
  21. ^ Widener Tallies 14-7 Victory for Southwest Championship. Eastern College Athletic Conference. Retrieved on 2007-03-10.
  22. ^ a b c Conference Champs and Postseason Appearances. Widener University. Retrieved on 2007-03-10.
  23. ^ Reel deal for these longtime Iggles fans. Delaware County Daily Times. Retrieved on 2007-04-27.
  24. ^ Widener University: Student Body. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved on 2007-04-24.
  25. ^ a b Widener University: Extracurriculars. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved on 2007-04-24.
  26. ^ Chester Upland charter plan assailed. The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved on 2007-05-03.
  27. ^ Ground broken on $50M University Crossings project. Delaware County Daily Times. Retrieved on 2007-10-13.
  28. ^ David Lane Powers, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 9, 2007.

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Widener University is a private, co-educational, university located in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1821 as a preparatory school for boys in Wilmington, Delaware, the institution now known as Widener University moved to Pennsylvania in 1862, and was granted collegiate powers and privileges via universal charter by the Pennsylvania legislature in April of that year.
The Widener University School of Law provides an ABA accredited program, and operates on two campuses, one in Wilmington, Delaware and the other in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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