Case Western Reserve University is one of the nation’s leading independent research universities, with programs that encompass the arts and sciences, engineering, the health sciences, law, management, and social work.
Although its origins date to 1826, the university in its present form is the result of the 1967 federation of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University. The two institutions had shared adjacent campuses since the late nineteenth century and were involved in cooperative efforts for many years. Western Reserve College was founded in 1826 in Hudson, Ohio, a town 26 miles southeast of Cleveland. The college took its name from that of the region, which at the time of the American Revolution, was known as the Western Reserve of Connecticut. In 1884, renamed Western Reserve University and boasting a medical school in addition to its undergraduate programs, the institution moved to the Cleveland site that later became known as University Circle. There it joined the Case School of Applied Science, founded in 1880 through the bequest of Leonard Case Jr., a leading benefactor and Cleveland civic leader. The name Case Institute of Technology was adopted in 1947 to reflect the institution’s growing stature in the sciences and engineering.
Case Western Reserve University improves and enriches people’s lives through research that capitalizes on the power of collaboration and education that dramatically engages our students.
We realize this goal through:
We aim to be recognized internationally as an institution that imagines and influences the future.
Toward that end, we will:
Case Western Reserve University is accredited at the institutional level by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, many of Case's individual programs are accredited by nationally recognized professional associations, including:
For further information, contact the university’s Center for Institutional Research.
Case Western Reserve University commits to a comprehensive educational outcome assessment program, wherein we measure how our students have changed, what knowledge has been learned, and what competencies have been developed. Our educational outcome assessment programs will not only provide information on how well we are achieving our objectives, but also identify what types of programs and experiences have the most powerful impacts. The ultimate goal is to incorporate continuous evaluation into the educational culture for the improvement of programs and for enhancing the distinctiveness of our university.
Education outcome assessments will be based on the core vision and mission of each school and the university as a whole. The faculty, empowered by adequate resources and support to carry out assessment activities, accepts that educational outcome assessment is a part of academic duties. Outcome assessment is embraced as a means that can lead to improvements in teaching and learning, plus provide evidence of teaching effectiveness for institutional purposes.
From a settlement that began centuries ago on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland has grown into a metropolis of close to 3 million people. The heritage of this Great Lakes port includes industrial achievement as well as cultural and scientific advances. The Cleveland area is headquarters for many of the nation’s major corporations. The city is also a major banking center; the Fourth District Federal Reserve Bank, one of 12 in the nation, is located here.
Health care is another thriving Cleveland industry. Dozens of hospitals and medical centers are concentrated in the area. University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, the MetroHealth Medical Center, and others have attained international recognition for outstanding patient care and contributions to medical research.
Greater Cleveland is dotted with shopping malls, theaters, and opportunities for sports and amusement. The latter include Lake Erie, the 17,000-acre Metropark system; professional baseball, football, and basketball teams; and facilities for softball, skiing, hiking, cycling, picnics, and other activities. More than 60 ethnic groups live in Cleveland; seasonal festivals continue traditions brought to the region from throughout the world.
Case Western Reserve University is located in University Circle, a 550-acre concentration of more than 40 cultural, medical, educational, religious, and social service institutions located at the eastern edge of the city. In addition to Case Western Reserve University, which is the largest institution in University Circle, the community includes Severance Hall, home of the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra; the Cleveland Museum of Art, housing one of the nation’s finest collections; the Cleveland Institute of Music; the Cleveland Institute of Art; University Hospitals; the Western Reserve Historical Society; the Cleveland Botanical Garden; the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; and many others. All are within walking distance of the university.
University Circle attracts visitors worldwide and from throughout the region to its concerts, theater performances, athletic events, art shows, public lectures, exhibits, and restaurants. Housing, shopping, and recreational facilities are all located in the area.
University Archives manages university records and publications to ensure the preservation of a reliable institutional memory. The office, which manages a collection of over 12,000 linear feet (approximately 25 million pages) and over 40 gigabytes that document the university’s life from 1826 to 2009, offers the following services:
Barbara R. Snyder
William A. "Bud" Baeslack III
Provost and Executive Vice President
Richard W. Bischoff
Vice President for Enrollment
Director of Presidential Communications
Robert Clarke Brown
Stephen M. Campbell
Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management
Jonathan S. Carlson
Vice President for Financial Planning
Donald L. Feke
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Vice President for Human Resources
University Librarian and Associate Provost
Richard J. Jamieson
Vice President for Campus Services
Lara A. Kalafatis
Vice President for University Relations and Development
Elizabeth J. Keefer
Sr. Vice President for Administration, General Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation
Patricia L. Kost
Bruce A. Loessin
Senior Vice President for University Relations and Development
Marilyn Sanders Mobley
Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity
Carol L. Moss
Vice President, Health Sciences Development and Vice Dean, Medical External Affairs
Julie M. Rehm
Vice President Government Relations and Foundation Relations
Suzanne M. Rivera
Vice President for Research
Vice President for University Marketing and Communications and Senior Advisor to the President
John F. Sideras
Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Lynn T. Singer
Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sally J. Staley
Chief Investment Officer
Louis W. Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs
Vice President for UniversityTechnology and Chief Information Officer
Associate Vice President for University Planning and Administration
Jessica W. Berg
Dean of the School of Law
Kenneth B. Chance
Dean of the School of Dental Medicine
Pamela Bowes Davis
Dean of the School of Medicine, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs
Jeffrey L. Duerk
Dean of the Case School of Engineering
Grover C. Gilmore
Dean of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Mary E. Kerr
Dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Charles E. Rozek
Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Michael P. Scharf
Dean of the School of Law
Cyrus C. Taylor
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Robert E. Widing II
Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
James C. Wyant, Ph.D
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Timothy J. Callahan
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
Thalia Dorwick, Ph.D.
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
Donald J. Richards
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
Case Western Reserve University’s libraries include the Kelvin Smith Library and its branches, the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, the School of Law Library, and the Harris Library at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. All of the libraries support the university’s undergraduate, graduate and professional programs with an array of services. The collections comprise electronic journals, books and databases, and a combined collection of over 3 million volumes, are available for all university faculty, staff, and students.
All library information resources and collections that are available to the CWRU community are accessible through the Summon discovery service, an easy-to-use search tool that enables students and faculty to search across all of the libraries' print and digital collections. The search box appears at the top of the library home page. Summon searches include the Case Catalog (which encompasses the collections of the Robinson Library at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Gund Library at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, and the library of the Western Reserve Historical Society).
The university is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), which comprises the 125 most significant academic and research libraries in North America.
The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is the main library of the university. As the knowledge and creativity commons of the campus, KSL is open to all members of the university community, particularly faculty and students of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Case School of Engineering, and the Weatherhead School of Management. As the university's information laboratory for knowledge connection, collection, curation, and creation, KSL is the destination for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to meet, explore, discover, and collaborate.
Throughout the fall and spring academic semesters, individuals with current Case ID cards can take advantage of KSL spaces and collections 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Among the services and collections that KSL provides:
The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) is one of the few schools of social work that maintains a professional library for the use of its students, staff, faculty, and alumni as well as for the general university community. The recently renovated Mandel School's Lillian F. and Milford J. Harris Library contains more than 40,000 volumes and subscriptions to 250 periodicals and more than 1,000 audio and video items to support the Mandel School's academic programs. Located on the second floor of the Mandel School building, the library also has a variety of electronic media and other materials which are available for use. The Harris Library reference librarians assist researchers in the library, and via phone and email. The library’s website contains a wide range of social work information resources for students, faculty, staff, practitioners, and other human service workers in the greater Cleveland area.
The Cleveland Health Sciences Library (CHSL) has two facilities with collections that are open to all university students, faculty, and staff, and whose primary clientele are those affiliated with the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine and Nursing, as well as the departments of Biology and Nutrition. CHSL has two locations.
Information, news, and highlights about collections, library spaces and services of CHSL are featured on the CHSL homepage, with direct links to featured collections and resources such as PubMed, ClincialKy, AccessMedicine, UpToDate, The ILLiad interlibrary loan services provided through CHSL is tailored to health sciences users.
The Judge Ben C. Green Law Library, located in the School of Law, provides outstanding information access and related services to the law school and the university community. Collections in all formats include strengths related to British and Commonwealth law, taxation, labor, law, foreign investments, international law, environmental law, and intellectual property. The Green Law Library is the only law library in the United States that serves as a depository library for the government of Canada. Most intellectual resources of the law library are available to all CWRU students and faculty, and reference librarians are available to help you find available resources responsive to your inquiry. The law library’s website provides direct access to much library content and many core library services. Posts and social media outreach push information about events, services, and newly available content to the campus community.
Other libraries in University Circle that enrich the academic experience include the libraries of the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden Library.
The Division of University Technology (UTech), formerly Information Technology Services (ITS), supports the strategic mission of Case Western Reserve University by offering technology-inspired solutions that further teaching, learning, research and productivity. The team of more than 200 staff members is committed to the stewardship of the university's information technology resources and to fostering an environment in which integrity, communication, collaboration and support are paramount. Learn more about University Technology by visiting the UTech site.
Are you new to CWRU? Visit the New to CWRU site for an interactive step-by-step guide to leveraging essential resources, such as the campus network, Google Apps for Education, academic technologies, and research computing. Then, be sure to like UTech on Facebook and follow UTech on Twitter for the latest news and service updates.
UTech Service Desk
The UTech Service Desk provides technology service and support to students, faculty and staff members at Case Western Reserve. Technicians are available day and night, 365 days a year.
Customer Assistance, Resource and Education (CARE) Center
The UTech@KSL CARE Center is a walk-in facility in the lower level of the Kelvin Smith Library, which offers technology support to student, faculty and staff members at Case Western Reserve. The center features a modern layout and a team of technicians who are available to consult with visitors, provide training and troubleshoot problems on a walk-up basis. No appointment is needed to visit the UTech@KSL CARE Center, go to help.case.edu for the current hours of operation.
Software Center: Free and discounted prices on popular titles and operating systems
Case Western Reserve faculty, staff and students may download more than 40 software packages from the Software Center, which the university has purchased and made available at little to no cost through site licenses with manufacturers. Visit Software Center to download:
lynda.com: Access video-based training at no cost
lynda.com, a leading training provider that offers more than 4,700 video-based courses, is available to the Case Western Reserve community at no cost. UTech's partnership with lynda.com provides the Case Western Reserve community with training for software, hardware and business skills. Topics include project management, process improvement, Google Apps for Education, Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office and many more. Each topic is conveniently broken into brief, manageable segments. Industry experts and educators teach these tutorials, which are accessible round-the-clock for self-paced learning. Sign in to lynda.com using your CWRU Network ID and password.
eStore: Your key to great discounts on computers, mobile phones and services
Case Western Reserve University maintains strategic partnerships with many premier technology manufacturers that allow the university to offer out student, faculty and staff cutting-edge technology products and services at discounted prices. Products available at the eStore include computers, high-speed internet, mobile devices and computing accessories.