Capture Higher Ed is proud to introduce one of our newest partners, Spalding University.
Located in Capture’s hometown of Louisville, Ky., Spalding is a private liberal arts university with an enrollment of more than 2,300 students and offering 66 degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.
Established in 1814 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth near Bardstown, Ky., Spalding traces its earliest “public examination ceremony” to 1825 with Kentucky statesman Henry Clay presiding and presenting the awards. The charter enabling Spalding to confer academic diplomas was granted by the state Legislature in 1829. By that time the quality of the all-female academy was already well known. Distinguished Kentuckians like Ben Hardin, John J. Crittenden, Zachary Taylor, John Rowan and James Speed sent their daughters there.
The name of the university honors Catharine Spalding, the founder of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. She was responsible for securing the school’s 1829 Charter and is also regarded as the founder of social work in the Louisville area.
As was the case with many 19th century academies for young women, the school not only conducted the standard secondary school curriculum but college subjects as well. It also served as a training center for sisters who were to teach in other schools. In those early years, the school also developed long-term involvement and dedication to nursing and health care. During the Civil War, faculty and staff members of the school served as nursing sisters for both the Union and Confederate armies. Abraham Lincoln issued a letter of protection so that the sisters at Nazareth would not be disturbed. Six of 39 sisters who served in the Civil War died during that conflict.
Spalding’s path to Louisville didn’t start until Nazareth College was opened in the city in 1920. It was the first four-year Catholic college for women in the commonwealth, and one year later Nazareth Junior College was formally opened. In 1969, the two institutions merged to form Spalding College. Four years later, it was incorporated as an independent, urban, coeducational institution in the Catholic tradition for students of all traditions.
In recognition of the wide range of programs offered, the institution was designated Spalding University in 1984. In addition to selected associate and bachelor’s degrees, the university now offers a variety of graduate-level programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees. Today, the university is maintaining its innovative stance at the cutting edge of educational service to the greater Louisville community and beyond and has been named the first compassionate university in the nation.
Spalding’s growing urban campus offers countless opportunities to be involved and grow in its campus community. It also has 14 NCAA Division-III athletic teams. The Golden Eagles compete in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC).
The university’s mission is to be a “diverse community of learners dedicated to meeting the needs of the times in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth through quality undergraduate and graduate liberal and professional studies, grounded in spiritual values, with emphasis on service and the promotion of peace and justice.”
We are proud to welcome Spalding University to the Capture family of partners.