Founded in 1887 by the School Sisters of Saint Francis, Alverno College is a four-year independent, Catholic college for women with a deep-rooted commitment to educating the next generation of female leaders. With a low 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, teaching at Alverno is all about the student experience. It remains a collaborative learning environment with unprecedented access to faculty. Students are on a first-name basis with their professors, 88 percent of whom have the highest degree in their field. The personal and professional development of each of our students is the heart of our mission, and remains the central focus of Alverno.While students must complete a comprehensive range of courses at the liberal arts college, its far-reaching curriculum that prepares students to think critically has earned Alverno accolades and international respect. As a testament to the effectiveness of its ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, the college has consulted with three U.S. presidential administrations on accountability and outcomes in higher education. In addition, educators from throughout the world regularly visit Alverno to learn about its proven, student-centered teaching methods.The Alverno environment actively engages students in their education through hands-on practical learning. Its highly developed off-campus internship program is integrated into the curriculum and provides students professional support in their educational endeavors, which includes a professional advising office and a fully staffed Career & Professional Development Center. Alverno College also hosts a LiveText ePortfolio system which helps students process the feedback they receive from faculty, external assessors and peers. Our unique abilities-based curriculum teaches students the most in-demand skills employers are seeking, like communication, problem solving and teamwork.Alverno offers more than 30 major program areas of study, including graduate programs in education (including special education), nursing, community psychology, and business that are open to women and men. For more information about Alverno, visit www.alverno.edu or call 1-800-933-3401.