Rockville Centre-based Molloy College is becoming Molloy University.
Beginning June 1, the school will have university status, thanks to approval from New York State Board of Regents.
Now, the school is in a transition to elevate its status, expanding “visibility for programs and the success of students post-graduation,” according to a press release about its new university status.
“We’ve had the academic scope and breadth of a university for years – this makes it official,” James Lentini, president of Molloy, said in a statement.
“Universities are typically defined by their post-graduate Masters and Doctoral programs, which we already have, as well as a commitment to serve a unique mission, which we have done since our founding in 1955,” he added. “Our ethically based, professional education stands out in our region and will continue to give our students and graduates the launching pad that they need to thrive and succeed.”
As a university, Molloy will build on its platform, supporting faculty scholarship, research and creative activity. The school aims to secure “extramural funding where areas of strength are identified as a good match for developing areas where it can be competitive in securing external federal funding for research,” according to the press release.
With new approaches to teaching and learning, thanks to advances technology, and changing demographic in the region, Molloy University will aim to engage a broader population of students. This includes traditional-age undergraduates and adult learners alike.
Molloy will offer new degrees as well as a growing list of certificates, badges, degree completion opportunities and other programs that would be delivered either in person, online, or a hybrid of both.
Plans include expanding Molloy’s approach to educational opportunities in the health professions, business, education, sciences, and the liberal arts to prepare the workforce of the future.
“This is a historic milestone moment for our institution, and we embrace the new opportunities before us,” said John McEntee, chair of Molloy’s board of trustees, said in a statement.
“Molloy has grown and evolved consistently since its founding by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Amityville in 1955,” he added. “Over the last six decades, we have added post-graduate programs at the Master’s and Ph.D. levels, expanded programs across business, arts and sciences, education and nursing, and grown our reach from Rockville Centre to New York City. We look forward to the future now more than ever.”
An independent, Catholic university rooted in the Dominican tradition, Molloy remains committed to the Four Pillars of Dominican Life: Study, Spirituality, Community, and Service. These pillars, according to Molloy, are prevalent in its activities on campus and in the communities it serves.
“Molloy was founded for the purpose of service, and we gauge our success on that metric of producing graduates who carry service into their professional lives,” Edward Thompson, a vice president at Molloy, said in a statement. “The historical underpinnings of the role we play in the spectrum of higher education in the region is informed by our dedication to a Catholic-inspired perspective on education. It is a key component of who we are and who we will be in the future.”
“Becoming a university will shine a light on the scope of our academic programs, which serve the interests and passions of our students and the emerging needs of our region,” Michelle Piskulich, provost at Molloy, said in a statement. “It will highlight the expertise of our faculty and the work they do to provide a transformative education to our students and their commitment to advancing knowledge in their fields and our region.”
Molloy, which has 28,000 alumni, said it would use “best-practice methodologies to utilize its newly heightened visibility to grow philanthropic support,” according to the press release.
And it will look to “new opportunities to collaborate with philanthropists and partners who embrace its mission to support academic and community-engaged efforts in areas that include health professions, business, education, arts, sciences, and humanities.”