Jun 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Student Handbook 
2017-2018 Student Handbook

Mission, History and Accreditation

University Mission Statement

Marylhurst University is a private institution of higher learning open to men and women of any race or religion. It is dedicated to making innovative post-secondary education accessible to self-directed students of any age. Marylhurst offers coursework leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and to other goals such as career transition, professional development and personal enrichment.

Animated by its Catholic and liberal arts heritage, Marylhurst emphasizes the uniqueness and dignity of each person, and is committed to the examination of values, as well as to quality academic and professional training. Marylhurst University seeks to aid students in advancing their goals for responsible participation in a rapidly changing world by pursuing, and encouraging its students to pursue, the ideals of competence, leadership and service.

Core Themes

Advance Academic Quality

As a teaching university, academic excellence is at the core of Marylhurst’s identity. We attain academic excellence by providing a high quality curriculum and excellent instruction for students. We model reflective practices in our teaching and our professional development through a cycle of continuous improvement demonstrated at the classroom level, the department level and in the institution as a whole.

Promote Student Success

Marylhurst engages multi-generational students in a reflective and transformational experience that helps them successfully identify and meet their individual professional, career, spiritual and life goals. Because we are a learner-centered institution, we are dedicated to identifying and removing barriers in order to support student success. We believe success includes the development of the whole person in order to achieve lifelong learning, safety and growth.

Educational Philosophy

The heart of Marylhurst University’s educational philosophy is the university’s heritage of the liberal arts-the foundation of all learning and professional life. Through a shared inquiry into the range of human experience, Marylhurst faculty prepare students for fulfilling lives and careers in a constantly changing world. Our students are equipped to pursue your personal and professional goals with confidence. They employ informed creativity to address problems, to choose between complex options, and to make effective and wise decisions.

A Marylhurst education emphasizes collaboration between faculty and students in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Students bring life experience and curiosity; faculty bring professional expertise and a love of teaching. Rigorous classes challenge students to reason deeply and learn broadly. Instructors integrate theory with practice, providing opportunities for intellectual engagement and professional development. They encourage students to seek out knowledge, to evaluate ideas, and to reflect with insight on society and themselves.

The university’s ethical tradition inspires students to apply their education with purpose and concern. They learn to speak and write clearly and listen with a compassionate and discerning ear. The Marylhurst philosophy reaches beyond campus and career, in the belief that a successful life combines personal achievement with service to one’s community and world.

The Marylhurst Graduate

The university seeks to graduate students with knowledge and skills that make them better able to serve and lead others with competence. Our graduates will demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in communication
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaborative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to make ethical decisions
  • Awareness of a global society
  • Ability to use technology for research and communication

In addition, Marylhurst students are asked to reflect upon the connection between their personal educational goals and the spirit of service and discernment.

Charter and Governance

Marylhurst University was established by the Oregon Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (the Congregation) to more fully “cooperate in the Church’s mission of education. This mission aims at the full development of the human person…”

Marylhurst University is incorporated by the State of Oregon. Certain properties have been deeded to it by the Congregation, and its governance has been entrusted to a board of trustees. Degree-granting authority was bestowed on the Congregation by the State of Oregon in 1893.

Accreditation and Approvals 

Marylhurst University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. (Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, 8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981).

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. (National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190- 5248). The university holds an institutional membership in that organization and in the American Music Therapy Association.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4014).

The School of Business graduate and undergraduate programs are designed to meet the accreditation standards of the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, 11257 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, KS 66215). Marylhurst’s MBA, B.S. in Business Management, B.S. in Business & Leadership and B.S. in Real Estate Studies are accredited by the IACBE.

Marylhurst University is approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission - Office of Degree Authorization (1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401).

The Master of Arts in Teaching is approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (250 Division St. NE, Salem, OR 97301-1012).

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy Counseling program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association (4875 Eisenhower Ave., Suite 240, Alexandria VA 22304). The program is also approved to offer continuing education credit for counselors by the National Board of Certified Counselors.