1.0 Historical Sketch of the University

Iowa Wesleyan University is a historic, faith-inspired, four-year university situated in the rolling rural hills and agricultural economy of Southeast Iowa. Established in 1842, it is the oldest co-educational institution in Iowa. Iowa Wesleyan is committed to the liberal arts and to the professions. It is grounded in practical and adaptive learning so that real world challenges can be met with real world solutions. The University provides undergraduate, adult, online, and graduate education and promotes endeavors that advance Southeast Iowa and beyond.

The historic founding of Iowa Wesleyan University is rooted in the religious, educational and cultural aspirations of early settlers in the frontier settlement of Mt. Pleasant. Their aspirations were shaped by an impelling vision and a bold determination to build an institute of learning in the rapidly developing southeast corner of the Iowa Territory. On February 17, 1842, the Territorial Legislature granted a charter for the Mt. Pleasant Literary Institute, later named the Mt. Pleasant Collegiate Institute.

On March 8, 1843, Aristides Joel Priest Huestis, a New Englander by birth, signed a contract, the first dated document of the Institute, to act as Agent for raising money and supervising construction of the Institute Building. Three days later, four Mt. Pleasant residents donated twenty acres of land in four adjoining plots so that trustees could “within three years from this date erect a substantial building on some part of said donation, which building shall be used and forever appropriated as an institution of higher learning.

Nearly three years later, in their minutes of November 11, 1845, trustees record: “Resolved by the board of Trustees we deem it expedient to elect a faculty and open a school on the first Monday in January next.” On that same date, they also named Huestis the President of the Institute.

Classes began in the Institute Building, now known as Pioneer Hall, with two professors: President Huestis, who taught Natural and Moral Science and belles letters, and Johnson Pierson, who taught ancient languages and literature. Mathematics was added to the curriculum later that year.

James Harlan was named President of the Institute in 1853. Known as a man of national and political interests, Harlan, an Iowa City lawyer and businessman, determined to advance the educational status of the Institute. He successfully raised funds to construct a second building, now Old Main, and expanded the curriculum, adding political economy and theology, as well as piano, drawing, French and German classes. At his urging, on February 15, 1855, the Institute’s name was changed to Iowa Wesleyan University to emphasize its enlarged college program and its sponsorship by the Iowa Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, granted in 1849.

The first college-level graduate of Iowa Wesleyan was Winfield Scott Mayne who earned a B.A. degree in 1856. In 1859, Lucy Webster Killpatrick was the first woman granted a B.A. degree at Iowa Wesleyan. Belle Babb Mansfield, the first woman to be admitted to the bar in the United States, graduated from Iowa Wesleyan in 1866. Susan Mosely Grandison, the first female black graduate, earned her degree in 1885. Keyroku Miazaki from Tokyo, Japan, attended 1890-91, the first documented international student. In 1958, Iowa Wesleyan graduate James Van Allen discovered the earth’s radiation belts. These radiation belts now bear his name. In October 2007, Peggy Whitson, NASA astronaut, became the first female commander of the International Space Station. She set the U.S. record with 377 days in space on two missions: 2002 and 2007-08. On July 1, 1912, Iowa Wesleyan University became Iowa Wesleyan College. In May 2015, the institution readopted its earlier name of Iowa Wesleyan University to better reflect its role in service the students, communities, and businesses of southeast Iowa.

Through the years, the University has pioneered in such features as coeducation, the laboratory approach to teaching in the sciences, and service learning, adopted in 1967. More recently it has implemented an experiential learning program that integrates its Life Skills emphases with service learning and career experience into each student’s education. To prepare students for responsible citizenship and fulfilling careers, this program combines a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with community service learning opportunities and field experience in the chosen field of study.
Iowa Wesleyan maintains a close affiliation with the United Methodist Church, from which it derives its sensitivity for spiritual values in social justice and human welfare, local, national and international. In its distinctive role among the many institutions of learning in America, Iowa Wesleyan holds fast to the ideals of its founding vision, while fostering creativity and the pursuit of truth in its developing curricular framework of Learning in Community.

1.1 Mission

Iowa Wesleyan University is a transformational learning community whose passion is to educate, empower, and inspire students to lead meaningful lives and careers.

Values:

  • Learning & Community: We value a love of learning, a desire for civility, and the release of human potential for the sake of the common good.
  • Faith & Service: We honor spiritual values, social justice, and the welfare of the human community through civic engagement and service to one another.
  • Discovery & Action: We value the discovery of the self, the other, the broader world, and responsible action in response to those discoveries
  • Courage & Passion: We value learning in community and appreciate that these endeavors require bold risk-taking; and we value and celebrate that these endeavors are fueled by the passions, desires and aspirations of our members.

1.2 University Vision

Iowa Wesleyan will be the preeminent education leader and resource for Southeast Iowa as its regional, comprehensive university offering an engaging student experience in relevant undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and professions.

1.3 Institutional Learning Outcomes: Life Skills

The Iowa Wesleyan University Institutional Learning Outcomes – the “Life Skills” – of Communication, Problem Solving, Valuing, and Social Effectiveness were originally adopted as Institutional Learning Outcomes in 1982. The faculty and administration at the time determined that “purposeful education is that educational process that serves its students best not merely by transmitting knowledge but by equipping them with broad and necessary adaptive skills as well.” These Life Skills help foster coherence across the curriculum and in all elements of co-curricular life. They embrace the meaning of community to include learning from each other and from the whole of the larger community to which Iowa Wesleyan University belongs.

As the university and its curricula have evolved since that time and as necessary graduate skills have changed, it became apparent there was a need to review both the scope and nature of the university’s institutional learning outcomes. Still called “Life Skills,” beginning in 2015, the university revised the original four Institutional Learning Outcomes into three overarching Institutional Learning Outcomes:

  • Communication: Students will show proficiency in acquiring, processing, and transferring information in a variety of ways, including written communication, oral communication, and information literacy.
  • Critical Reasoning: Students will strategically apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Civic Engagement: Students will develop the knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to actively engage in communities to promote social justice and human welfare.

1.4 Accreditation

Iowa Wesleyan University is a four-year coeducational university of liberal arts and sciences related to the United Methodist Church. Iowa Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission is located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413.Telephone: 1-800-621-7440. www.ncahlc.org.

Iowa Wesleyan is also accredited by the State Department of Education, and the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. The Nursing Program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON, Riverpoint Business Park, 400 SW 8th St., Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309; 515-281-3255) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326; 404.975.5000. The University is approved by the government-training program under the Veteran’s Bill (550 and 894).

1.5 Compliance

It is the policy of Iowa Wesleyan University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, creed, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in the provision of its educational programs and in its employment policies and practices. Questions, concerns or complaints should be addressed to the Office of Human Resources, 319-385-6209.

A full statement of the policy of Iowa Wesleyan University on the Access to and Release of Student Data/Information is on file with the Provost, the Director of Admissions and the Dean of Students.

1.6 Board of Trustees/General Organization

The Board of Trustees is the legal governing body and the chartered legal entity for Iowa Wesleyan University. As such, it is the final institutional authority and grants all earned degrees awarded by the institution, upon recommendation of the faculty. Its primary responsibility is the articulation of general educational policies and academic goals. In so doing, it is obligated to husband the financial resources of the University and to relate them to the likely needs of the future, and to assure that the Methodist tradition serves as a prelude to and inspiration for the future of the institution. While maintaining a general overview, the Board entrusts the conduct of administration to the President and through him to other administrative officers of the institution.

Iowa Wesleyan University operates under the Restated Articles of Incorporation and By Laws (as adopted in 2011) granted by the State of Iowa. The University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, but is an independent entity under Iowa law.

The governing body of Iowa Wesleyan University is the Board of Trustees, and the President of the University is the Executive Officer.

1.7 Organization/Major Officers of Iowa Wesleyan University

1.8 Governance: General Principles

To better meet its educational goals, Iowa Wesleyan University is committed to furthering joint planning and effort by the Board of Trustees, the administration, the faculty, the students, its alumni and church related groups, as well as other segments of society. It is recognized that the interests of all are coordinated and related and that the broadest possible exchange of information and opinion is necessary for the effective planning and implementation of the University’s educational objectives. It also is recognized, however, that the distinction between the institutional system of communication and the system of responsibility for making the decisions needs to be preserved. This means that while each component of the academic community has different initiating and decision-making responsibilities, all components need to exchange information and opinion before final decisions are reached so that the confusion and/or conflict arising from unilateral effort can be avoided.

One of the primary responsibilities of the faculty is implementing the educational goals of the University. The faculty plays a major role in determining degree requirements, appropriate curricula, methods of instruction, faculty status, and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process. The power of review or final decision in these areas is lodged in the Board of Trustees or delegated by it to the President. However, if nonconcurrence is exercised, reasons for the action are communicated to the faculty.

Joint planning and effort by all components of the University occur in established and/or in ad hoc bodies. Established bodies for faculty participation include the academic Divisions, the standing committees of the faculty, and the administrative/institutional committees. The responsibilities exercised by these bodies, as explicated in this Faculty Handbook, are respected and defended by all components of the University, and the decisions of these bodies are shared with all other areas of the University.

Joint planning and effort also occur in ad hoc groups composed by both faculty and administrative representatives. It is recognized that such groups must be broadly representative, and faculty members are selected through the Faculty Executive Committee. Again, the decisions of such committees are shared with all areas of the University.

1.8.1 Recognized Bodies

Iowa Wesleyan University recognizes through the Board of Trustees two subordinate governing bodies as follows:

  • The Faculty of Iowa Wesleyan University, and
  • The Representative Student Government of Iowa Wesleyan University.

1.8.2 Committees

The University operates under two levels of committee structure. The first are Administrative/ Institutional Committees. The second are Faculty Committees within the Faculty Constitution and By Laws

1.8.2.1.1 Academic Council

1.8.2.1.1.1 The purposes of the Academic Council are:

  1. To administer with the Provost the academic program of the University;
  2. To advise the administration concerning initiation, termination, and redirection of academic programs;
  3. To communicate to the Provost matters of divisional concern;
  4. To communicate to divisional members administrative concerns about the program and operations of the Divisions; and
  5. To recommend changes in the educational mission and objectives of the University, to develop and maintain academic planning for the University in light of changes in society, higher education, the faculty and the student body composition; and to recommend academic priorities in light of the educational aims and objectives of Iowa Wesleyan University

1.8.2.1.1.2 Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Academic Council are:

  1. To advise the administration on issues of long range institutional planning;
  2. To advise the administration on issues of budget planning and resource allocation;
  3. To advise the administration on academic priorities in light of the educational aims and objectives of Iowa Wesleyan University;
  4. To receive concerns related to the Library, the OASIS, and related services;
  5. To consider and approve requests for special equipment forwarded from Divisions;
  6. To request that studies be made by specific faculty committees and to define areas of concern of faculty committees where not specifically stated in the Faculty By Laws; and
  7. To perform other duties as assigned by the University Provost.
  8. To evaluate and make recommendations in response to program reviews on a cyclical basis as to the quality and status of academic programs within the respective divisions

1.8.2.1.1.3 Membership

Membership of the Academic Council consists of the University Provost (Chair), the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Students (Co-Chair), the Division Chairs, the Director of Adult & Graduate Studies, the Faculty Chair, the Director of Informational Technology, the Director of Service Learning, the Assistant Dean of Wesleyan Studies, the Associate Dean of Students, the Director of Wesleyan Studies, the Director of Career Development, Internships and Service Learning, the Director of International Programs, and the Registrar. The University Provost reserves the right to add additional faculty as deemed appropriate. All members have voting rights.

1.8.2.1.1.4 Meetings

This council shall meet regularly on call of the Provost.

1.8.2.1.2 Institutional Review Board

1.8.2.1.2.1 Membership

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) shall consist of the Chair and five members: A student selected by the Student Government Association (1-year term), a person who is not otherwise affiliated with IW nor the immediate family member of a person affiliated with IW (appointed by the Provost to a 3-year term), four faculty members nominated by the faculty and appointed by the Provost (staggered 3-year terms, with at least one faculty well-versed in research methodologies and no more than one faculty member from any Division), and an IW staff member appointed by the Provost (3-year term). The committee shall select its chair (1-year term) from among its members. The chair may appoint a Secretary. Members shall be limited to two consecutive terms.

Member selection should consider diversity in terms of race, gender, and cultural backgrounds, with an effort made to ensure the IRB does not consist entirely of one gender. In addition, at least one IRB member must be trained or work in a scientific area, and at least one member must be a non-scientist. A majority of members (including at least one non-scientific member) must be present in order to conduct business at an IRB meeting. New members will be appointed in the fall.

Members of the IRB may resign by submitting a letter of resignation to the Chair or Secretary.

Members who have three consecutive unexcused absences or who attend less than 50% of meetings during a year may be requested by the Provost to resign from the IRB.

1.8.2.1.1 Academic Council

1.8.2.1.1.1 The purposes of the Academic Council are:

  1. To administer with the Provost the academic program of the University;
  2. To advise the administration concerning initiation, termination, and redirection of academic programs;
  3. To communicate to the Provost matters of divisional concern;
  4. To communicate to divisional members administrative concerns about the program and operations of the Divisions; and
  5. To recommend changes in the educational mission and objectives of the University, to develop and maintain academic planning for the University in light of changes in society, higher education, the faculty and the student body composition; and to recommend academic priorities in light of the educational aims and objectives of Iowa Wesleyan University

1.8.2.1.1.2 Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Academic Council are:

  1. To advise the administration on issues of long range institutional planning;
  2. To advise the administration on issues of budget planning and resource allocation;
  3. To advise the administration on academic priorities in light of the educational aims and objectives of Iowa Wesleyan University;
  4. To receive concerns related to the Library, the OASIS, and related services;
  5. To consider and approve requests for special equipment forwarded from Divisions;
  6. To request that studies be made by specific faculty committees and to define areas of concern of faculty committees where not specifically stated in the Faculty By Laws; and
  7. To perform other duties as assigned by the University Provost.
  8. To evaluate and make recommendations in response to program reviews on a cyclical basis as to the quality and status of academic programs within the respective divisions

1.8.2.1.1.3 Membership

Membership of the Academic Council consists of the University Provost (Chair), the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Students (Co-Chair), the Division Chairs, the Director of Adult & Graduate Studies, the Faculty Chair, the Director of Informational Technology, the Director of Service Learning, the Assistant Dean of Wesleyan Studies, the Associate Dean of Students, the Director of Wesleyan Studies, the Director of Career Development, Internships and Service Learning, the Director of International Programs, and the Registrar. The University Provost reserves the right to add additional faculty as deemed appropriate. All members have voting rights.

1.8.2.1.1.4 Meetings

This council shall meet regularly on call of the Provost.

1.8.2.1.2 Institutional Review Board

1.8.2.1.2.1 Membership

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) shall consist of the Chair and five members: A student selected by the Student Government Association (1-year term), a person who is not otherwise affiliated with IW nor the immediate family member of a person affiliated with IW (appointed by the Provost to a 3-year term), four faculty members nominated by the faculty and appointed by the Provost (staggered 3-year terms, with at least one faculty well-versed in research methodologies and no more than one faculty member from any Division), and an IW staff member appointed by the Provost (3-year term). The committee shall select its chair (1-year term) from among its members. The chair may appoint a Secretary. Members shall be limited to two consecutive terms.

Member selection should consider diversity in terms of race, gender, and cultural backgrounds, with an effort made to ensure the IRB does not consist entirely of one gender. In addition, at least one IRB member must be trained or work in a scientific area, and at least one member must be a non-scientist. A majority of members (including at least one non-scientific member) must be present in order to conduct business at an IRB meeting. New members will be appointed in the fall.

Members of the IRB may resign by submitting a letter of resignation to the Chair or Secretary.

Members who have three consecutive unexcused absences or who attend less than 50% of meetings during a year may be requested by the Provost to resign from the IRB.