Malone University is a private, liberal arts college located in Canton, Ohio, United States. The school was founded in 1892 by Walter and Emma Malone as a small, co-educational Bible institute in Cleveland, Ohio. This initial institution was aptly titled Cleveland Bible College. Since its founding, the institution has always maintained a close relationship with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakerism).
Malone University holds an affiliation with the Eastern Region Yearly Meeting of the Evangelical Friends Church, a North American yearly meeting of the Evangelical Friends International. Despite the university's more Evangelical Christian identity, the community reflects diverse religious backgrounds, with nearly 50 denominations of Christianity and several non-Christian faith practices represented. Though all employees, staff, and faculty of the university are required to sign a statement of faith, Malone students are not required to profess any religious persuasion.
In addition to Malone University's traditional undergraduate college, the school also maintains a competitive graduate school offering masters in a wide field of professional studies, an online school with a variety of bachelors programs, as well degree completion programs in management and nursing. The Graduate School also has a post-degree professional development center that offers workshops and certificates.
Over the past seven years, Malone University has been consecutively ranked by US News and World Report as a top regional Universities in the Midwest. For the 2012 report, US News and World Report ranked Malone University #58 out of 146 colleges and universities in the Midwest region.
Overview and History
Malone University was founded in 1892, in Cleveland, Ohio, as Cleveland Bible College by Quaker religious leaders J. Walter and Emma Malone. It was established to train young people for inner-city ministry and social service in the Quaker tradition. After beginning with small gains, the school eventually became synonymous with service to the Cleveland community at beginning of the 20th century, growing substantially with every new year. It was originally located at 3201 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland but was eventually forced to relocate in 1956 after the state took the property for constructing Interstate 90.
Faced with the decision to stay in Cleveland or move, the board of trustees finally decided on Canton, Ohio as a good location where the school could become a leader in higher education. A thriving industrial metropolitan city at the time, Canton was the only city in the country with a population over 100,000 to not have an institution of higher education. It was this fact, among others, that played a key role in the decision to move the school to Canton on a 150-acre (0.61 km2) property between 30th and 25th streets from north to south, and Cleveland Avenue and Harvard from west to east. At the time of relocation the board also chose to change the name of the school to Malone College, in honor of the school's founders, J. Walter and Emma Brown Malone.
It was also at the time of the move that the school began expanding its academic programs. After only a short time, Malone had gone from a small Bible college in downtown Cleveland to a growing undergraduate college in the liberal arts tradition in Canton, Ohio offering degrees in education, political science, history, music and psychology. This was all a part of the overall mission of the board to use the forced move as an opportunity to grow the institution and become a regional leader in broader fields of professional and academic studies.
In February 2008, the Malone College board of trustees voted unanimously to rebrand as Malone University. The move to a university reflected a transition that had capped off in 1999, when Malone adopted a university structure on which to operate. According to the institutional press release, the transition to Malone University reflected the institution's "mission and emphasized the potential for enhanced educational opportunities within the liberal arts context for the growing number of undergraduate students already studying in 90 different academic programs". The rebranding process took place under the leadership of then-president Gary Streit.
Since becoming a university in 2008, Malone has experienced growth in not only in academic offerings, but also in student enrollment and campus property. In 2009, the university completed construction on its newest residential hall, Blossom Hall. The residence facility was named in honor of long-time philanthropist and former president of the Cleveland Orchestra, Dudley S. Blossom. The university currently sits on 96 acres (390,000 m2) and enrolls 2,083 undergraduate and 476 graduate students from 33 states and 17 countries.
There are five schools within the university. Though these schools have undergone much expansion since Malone rebranded as a university in 2008, each school has operated independently since the late 1990s.
Malone's more well-known academic degree programs include Nursing, Communications, Pre-Medical Sciences (Pre-Vet, Pre-Med, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Dental), Zoo and Wildlife Biology, Music Production and Education, Education, and Business Administration. Malone University offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs in more than 80 areas of concentration. In addition to the university's 80 academic majors, the institution offers 40 academic minors. The average class size is 22 with a student-faculty ratio of 14:1 (2011-2012).
Though there are approximately 2400 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the university, the majority of the student population are commuters from surrounding areas within a 60 miles radius or online. Malone's residential population consistently hovers around 1,200. Because of this, the campus life prides itself on a high level of community and connectedness. All students are encouraged to take part in community-building activities both in and outside of the classroom. Incoming students are required to sign a "Community Agreement," which stipulates the expectations of members of the Malone community.
The university offers campus-wide events and activities through the Student Activities Council (SAC), and has more than 75 clubs and organizations for students.
From service organizations to special interest clubs, some of these groups include:
Malone also offers academic organizations and honor societies:
Beginning in July 2010, the Malone Pioneers were granted three year exploratory membership to the NCAA Division II. As a provisional member of the NCAA Division II, Malone is not eligible to compete in post-season play. Should Malone meet all requirements by the end of their provisional membership in 2012, the Pioneers will qualify for full membership in the NCAA Division II, thus making them eligible for NCAA sponsored, sanctioned tournaments.
In October 2011, Malone was accepted as a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for all 18 intercollegiate athletic programs. Prior to Malone's provisional NCAA Division II membership, the Pioneers participated in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the American Mideast Conference. For football, the school competed in the Mid-States Football Association until the university's second year of NCAA candidacy in the 2011-2012 academic school year. Full membership in the NCAA Division II is expected by the fall of 2013.