Wilkes University has received approval from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs in Mesa, Ariz. Wilkes is on track to open a site in Mesa as part of the city’s H.E.A.T. (Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Tourism) initiative for economic development. The board approved Wilkes’ application for a license to operate and offer programs on Aug. 23.
Beginning in January 2013, Wilkes will offer master’s degrees in business administration, classroom technology, creative writing, engineering management and teaching English as a second language. Starting in fall 2013, Wilkes is scheduled to offer undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering, accounting and entrepreneurship as well as a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
The University signed a memorandum of understanding at the Mesa city council meeting in July. Under the memorandum of understanding, Wilkes will operate in the Mesa Center for Higher Education, 245 W. 2nd St, with occupancy by fall 2013. Initial programs will launch at a temporary location in January.
Wilkes is one of four institutions participating in the initiative, which is designed to spur economic growth and increase educational opportunities for Arizona residents. Others include Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., and Albright College in Reading, Pa.
Wilkes University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and received approval on the new site in late June.
About Wilkes University
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Recently named one of the fastest-growing universities in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wilkes offers the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees and more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing. www.wilkes.edu