This spring, the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies earned the Campaign Cup, which is presented to individual schools that surpass their overall fundraising goals for Light the Way: The Campaign for Catholic University

With a total of $13.3 million raised to date, the school has well exceeded its original $9 million goal. The Metropolitan School was the fourth of the University’s 12 schools to achieve this milestone; it joins the Conway School of Nursing, the Columbus School of Law, and the National Catholic School of Social Service as proud recipients of the Campaign Cup.

This December, the Campaign Cup was officially presented to Vincent Kiernan, dean of the Metropolitan School, by University President Peter Kilpatrick, Vice President for University Advancement Scott Rembold, and Marie Nolan, dean of the Conway School of Nursing, the cup’s previous holder.

Metro School student meets with professor

Over the past year, the Metropolitan School has been able to expand its reach and support even more working-age students. Using a combination of District of Columbia scholarships and reductions in tuition rates, the University is now able to offer almost 100 District residents the opportunity to earn a career-relevant associate’s degree at no cost through the DC Futures program.

Our innovative learning environment also continues to thrive. The school is now in the second year of classes at the University’s satellite instructional center in Alexandria, Va., where it offers career-relevant degrees, such as paralegal studies and early childhood education, to adult students who would be unlikely to travel to the Brookland campus. In addition, the Metropolitan School has developed new tracks in nonprofit management and supply-chain management for the Master of Science in Management degree offered in collaboration with the Busch School of Business. 

In Tucson, Ariz., the University admitted its third cohort this year in an experimental, traditional-age degree program. This initiative partners online Metropolitan School classes with in-person Pima Community College classes to enable local residents to earn an affordable, Catholic University bachelor’s degree without leaving Tucson.

“All of us in the Metropolitan School are deeply grateful to the many donors who have supported our students and our programs,” Dean Kiernan said. “Their generosity is transforming the lives of students in the DC area, in Tucson, and around the world.”

Published on: Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Tags: Campaign Cup, Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, Campaign Updates