2016-17 General Bulletin

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This is an archived copy of the 2016-17 Bulletin. To access the most recent version of the bulletin, please visit http://bulletin.case.edu.

Mission   |  Vision   |  Accreditation   |  Philosophy Statement   |  Cleveland   |  University Circle   |  Archives

The University

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. 

Brief History

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.

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University Mission

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:

  • Scholarship and creative endeavor that draws on all forms of inquiry.
  • Learning that is active, creative and continuous.
  • Promotion of an inclusive culture of global citizenship.

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University Vision

We aim to be recognized internationally as an institution that imagines and influences the future.

Toward that end, we will:

  • Support advancement of thriving disciplines as well as new areas of interdisciplinary excellence.
  • Provide students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to become leaders in a world characterized by rapid change and increasing interdependence.
  • Nurture a community of exceptional scholars who are cooperative and collegial functioning in an atmosphere distinguished by support, mentoring and inclusion.
  • Pursue distinctive opportunities to build on our special features including our relationships with world-class health care, cultural, educational, and scientific institutions in University Circle and across greater Cleveland.

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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:

  • AACSB International - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (accountancy and business)
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , (BS degree program in computer science)
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , (all BS degree programs in engineering, not including the engineering undesignated degree program)
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
  • Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education (cooperative education programs)
  • American Bar Association (law)
  • American Board of Genetic Counseling (genetic counseling)
  • American Chemical Society (chemistry)
  • American Dental Association (dentistry)
  • American Medical Association and Association of American Medical Colleges, Liaison Committee on Medical Education (medicine)
  • American Psychological Association (clinical psychology)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (speech pathology)
  • Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, American Dietetic Association (didactic program in dietetics, dietetic internship)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (anesthesiologist assistant)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master in Nursing, Master in Science of Nursing, Post Graduate APRN Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs)
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • Council on Education for Public Health (public health)
  • Council on Social Work Education (applied social sciences)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (music)
  • Ohio Department of Education, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure (art education and music education)
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (art education and music education)

The university is chartered as an educational institution under the laws of the State of Ohio and holds a Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education .

For further information, contact the university’s Center for Institutional Research .

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Philosophy Statement on Educational Outcome Assessment

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.

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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.

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University Circle

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.

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University Archives

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:

  • Research and reference services to help discover the who, what, where, when, how and why of Case Western Reserve University history and development
  • Duplication services (digital, xerographic, and fax copies) of most documents
  • Records services to assist in managing active records and guidance in transferring records to the University Archives
  • Digitization of select, high-demand materials for ease of access and use


Barbara R. Snyder

William A. "Bud" Baeslack III
Provost and Executive Vice President

Richard W. Bischoff
Vice President for Enrollment

Katie Brancato
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

David Fleshler
Vice Provost for International Affairs

Carolyn Gregory
Vice President for Human Resources

Arnold Hirshon
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

Chris Sheridan
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

Sue B.Workman
Vice President for UniversityTechnology and Chief Information Officer

Victoria Wright
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

Jeffrey Wolcowitz
Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Board of Trustees, Officers

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

University Libraries and Resources

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 Managemen t .  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 Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, a cutting-edge facility that provides faculty and students not only with services and advanced technologies to envision and use information in new and exciting ways, but also the Collaboration Commons to engage with other researchers and staff to advance research and learning.  Digital Case, a service of the Freedman Center, is the digital repository of campus intellectual output and special collections of the university.  The Center also provides access to equipment for scanning, poster printing, conversion of media to digital formats, a one-touch video studio, and consultation services for statistics and geospatial data.
  • Special Collections and Archives, which houses a distinguished collection of rare books, manuscripts, and images that focus on the history of science and technology, the fine arts, and the history of the book. 
  • The general collections include print and electronic books and journals that expand learning and scholarship, as well as audiovisual materials and government documents. In addition to the extensive collections available at KSL, the library also provides access to:
  • OhioLINK , which makes accessible to the CWRU community a vast array of electronic journals and books, the print collections of more than 50 million items held collectively by virtually all academic libraries in Ohio, and thousands of images, videos and sounds.
  • The Center for Research libraries, which enables borrowing from the enormous shared resources of the Center.
  • Interlibrary loan services (including ILLiad) enables borrowing of material from libraries worldwide and copies of articles to be delivered directly to your desktop.
  • Research services in support of teaching and research, including expert research assistance in-person, online, and by appointment (in the library or in other academic buildings).
  • Students can use an online system to reserve Collaboration Rooms  that enable groups to accommodate collaborative learning. 
  • Individualized research assistance is provided to ensure the success of all first-year students through the Personal Librarian Program .
  • Other special spaces include the Cramelot Café , an art gallery, the Graduate Student Research Commons (a quiet study room on the second floor), and a leisure reading collection provided in cooperation with the Cleveland Public Library. 
  • Specialized branches of KSL include the Kulas Music Library  in Haydn Hall and the Astronomy Library  in Sears room 556.
  • KSL's web pageNewsblog ,  and Facebook  and Twitter pages keep the campus informed of events and the continuing evolution of the Kelvin Smith Library.

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.

  • The Health Center Library  (HCL) is located in the School of Medicine and provides services in support of teaching and research in the Schools of Dental MedicineMedicine , and Nursing . Training in using its extensive electronic and print resources is offered individually and to small groups in classrooms and academic departments. 
  • The Allen Memorial Medical Library  houses a distinguished collection of rare books, archives, medical artifacts, and books on the history of medicine, including collections on Freud, Darwin, dermatology, obstetrics, surgery, and anatomy, as well as the library of Nicolas Pol, the Renaissance physician to the Holy Roman Emperor.  Housed in the same building is the Dittrick Medical History Center, which includes the Percy Skuy Collection (the world’s most comprehensive collection of historical contraceptive devices), and rare materials on clinical medicine and surgery, public health, health services administration, legal medicine, and the history of medicine.

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.

University Technology

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 .

New to CWRU: Welcome to Case Western Reserve University!

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.

Technology Support

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.

  • Online: help.case.edu
  • Phone: 216.368.HELP (4357)
  • Email: help@case.edu

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:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Microsoft operating system upgrades
  • Software tools for mathematics, statistics, computer programming and more

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.