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Briar Cliff University


School of Undergraduate Studies


The university insignia, work of the Briar Cliff Department of Art, sums up the goals of Briar Cliff. The cross

proclaims that we are a Catholic university, dedicated to the love that gave all. The most important part of the

Briar Cliff philosophy is reverence and concern for each person. This emphasis on the dignity of the individual

fosters a friendly, democratic spirit that rejects class lines and racial barriers.

The wavy lines indicate the location of the university in Siouxland, with the Missouri River as the western boundary.

In the impressionistic eagle, the sign of the Sioux tribes who were a part of this area, we see strength and reaching for the heights.

Mater Gratiae, Mother of Grace, proclaims Mary, mother of the Savior, as patroness of Briar Cliff under her title of Lady of Grace.

Caritas, love, is the Franciscan call to the two great commands: love God with all your power; love your neighbor as yourself.

The star speaks of striving upward for knowledge and wisdom.

Briar Cliff University Catalog 1 Correspondence Directory

Street Address:

Briar Cliff University 3303 Rebecca Street Sioux City, Iowa 51104


712-279-5321 or 1-800-662-3303

Prospective Students:

Office of Admissions 712-279-5200

Financial Aid:

Director of Financial Aid 712-279-5239

University Relations:

Toll-free: 866-5-BC-ALUM (866-522-2586)

Transcripts and Class Schedules:

Registrar 712-279-5447

Athletic Program:

Director of Athletics 712-279-1707 Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information in this catalog, but Briar Cliff University reserves the authority to make changes without prior notice. In its unfettered discretion, Briar Cliff University also reserves the authority to change the regulations governing admissions, tuition, fees or other expenses; to cancel programs or courses due to low enrollment, budget constraints or curricular changes; or to alter any regulations affecting the student body. The university reserves the authority to make other changes in policies and procedures at any time they are considered to be desirable or necessary. The university also reserves the authority to designate the effective dates of any such changes. This catalog is not to be construed as a contract between the student and the university.

Briar Cliff University will provide equal opportunity in compliance with the law and will not discriminate for any reason prohibited by the law.

Briar Cliff University Catalog 2 Table of Contents About the University Letter from the President

Past and Present

Briar Cliff University Mission and Values Statements

Community Life at Briar Cliff University

Admissions, Cost and Financial Aid Admissions

Financial Data

Financial Assistance

The Briar Cliff Community

General Information Policies and Regulations

Options for Credit

Professional and Pre-Professional Programs

A Liberal EducationGeneral Education

Areas of Study

Board of Trustees

Faculty Listing

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We are a community that recognizes its Franciscan tradition through our service to each other and our community. We show our care and concern for creation and our openness to all people. You will have the opportunity to make a difference at Briar Cliff and in our community. We hope you will.

We encourage you to pursue your field of study with intensity and passion. Briar Cliff provides an education whereby you will learn to exercise and apply the skills and abilities of critical analysis, logical thinking and problem solving. We will prepare you not only for today's job market but tomorrow's as well. Professors who are outstanding in their areas of academic expertise will teach you. You will never take a class taught by a graduate assistant.

At Briar Cliff University we will prepare you for your chosen profession and more. When you graduate, you will be happy with WHO YOU ARE as well as what you do.

Please take this time to read this catalog. If you have a question, please do not hesitate to ask. We are here to assist you as you pursue your dreams.

Best wishes and God's blessings.

Sincerely, Beverly A. Wharton President Briar Cliff University Catalog 4 The University: Past and Present History In 1929, only briar patches covered a 175-foot hill located on the western outskirts of Sioux City, Iowa.

But two people - Sister Mary Dominica Wieneke, major superior of the Sisters of Saint Francis, and the Most Reverend Edmond Heelan, bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City - shared a vision. They saw that hill crowned with a Catholic college for women.

Sister Dominica and Bishop Heelan met on March 9, 1929, with members of the Sioux City business community, who committed themselves to raising $25,000 to support establishment of the college in Sioux City.

After this showing of community support, significant events followed in rapid succession. On September 18, 1930, the college, named Briar Cliff after the hill on which it is located, was dedicated.

Four days later, 25 women started classes in Heelan Hall, the only building on campus.

In 1937, the college's two-year education program was expanded to four years. Fifty-five men were admitted to the college in 1965, and coeducation was formalized in 1966 with the admission of 150 full-time male students. The innovative Weekend College program started in 1979. A graduate program in education was initiated in 2001, and the institution changed its name to Briar Cliff University in that year. Graduate programs in nursing and human resource management were initiated in 2004.

Briar Cliff's academic growth required an expanding physical plant throughout the years. As time passed, more buildings have appeared on the briar-covered hill: a four-story addition to Heelan Hall in 1948; the library and the Chapel of Our Lady of Grace in 1959; Alverno Hall, a women's residence, in 1964; a gymnasium in 1966; Toller Hall, a men's residence, in 1967; Noonan Hall in 1968; Newman Flanagan Center in 1982; and the Baxter-DiGiovanni Living/Learning Center in 1988. The Bishop Mueller Library was renovated in 1993, the Stark Student Center opened in fall 2000, the McCoy/Arnold Center opened in spring 2004, a three-story addition to Heelan Hall in 2013, and acquisition of the Mayfair Center in 2015.

Location Briar Cliff University is located at the edge of urban development, but is just minutes from downtown Sioux City (tri-state metro population: 125,000). Located where the states of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota meet, Sioux City is connected with other metropolitan areas by Interstate Highway 29 and the Sioux Gateway Airport.

Academic Program Undergraduate majors are offered in addition to interdepartmental and divisional majors and preprofessional study. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Social Work degrees are conferred. Two-year Associate of Arts degrees are also available in two areas.

Briar Cliff also confers the Master of Arts in Management, Master of Arts in Kinesiology and Human Performance, Master of Science in Behavioral Analysis, Master of Science in Kinesiology and Human Performance, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees. The academic year consists of two 14-week semesters (late August through May) that includes one week of final exams at the end of each semester, interim January and May terms used to offer students experiential learning experiences, and one 10-week summer session.

Student Body Approximately 1,100 students, both residential and commuter, comprise Briar Cliff's student body.

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Accreditation and Approval Briar Cliff is accredited as a degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The education program of the university is approved by the State Department of Education of Iowa for the certification of teachers. The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The post-graduate APRN certificate, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-sccreditation) and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is approved for Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.* *Effective April 29, 2015, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Briar Cliff University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

The university holds memberships in:

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities The Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities The Council of Independent Colleges The Council for Opportunity in Education The Higher Learning Commission The Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities The Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education The Iowa College Foundation The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Documents relating to accreditation and memberships can be reviewed by contacting the Office of the President.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association can be contacted directly at

the following address:

The Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, Illinois 60604 (800) 621-7440 www.hlcommission.org Articulation Agreements Briar Cliff University maintains a number of articulation agreements with other colleges and universities to serve students with specific academic program needs. In some cases, these agreements cover how credits transfer to Briar Cliff University for completion of the baccalaureate degree. In other cases, the agreements allow Briar Cliff University students to transfer to and from degree programs at other institutions while completing the baccalaureate degree at Briar Cliff University. The following lists identify the institutions with which Briar Cliff University has articulation agreements and which degree programs the articulations cover.

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For more information on any of these articulation agreements and to begin your degree planning, contact the Admissions Office.

Briar Cliff University Catalog 7 Mission and Values Mission Briar Cliff University is a community committed to higher education within a liberal arts and Catholic perspective. In the Franciscan tradition of service, caring, and openness to all, Briar Cliff emphasizes quality education for its students combining a broad intellectual background with career development.

The University challenges its members to grow in self-awareness and in their relationships to others and to God.

Values Our Catholic Franciscan identity enhanced by the presence and sponsorship of the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters and the support of the Diocese of Sioux City Our challenging academic environment which includes a liberal arts education, career preparation, academic integrity and academic freedom Our focus on the student which promotes academic success and extra/co-curricular experiences Our culture of service to our constituents, to the Siouxland community and beyond Our appreciation of diversity and our respect for each person Our commitment to shared governance and collaborative decision making Our innovative response to change which envisions a promising and confident future

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