- Producing leaders who have received a broad, liberal arts education linked closely to career and professional preparation.
- Providing graduates with appropriate academic programs and skills to prepare them for satisfying and profitable careers.
- Offering the distinctive Zenon C.R. Hansen Leadership Program, which promotes self-confidence and readies students for a future of independent thought and upward growth.
- Building an international and multicultural campus to enhance educational opportunities.
- Extending its education to strategic locations in Nebraska's metro regions and taking learning off-campus through internships, work and a variety of public events.
- Using an innovative approach to both traditional and nontraditional undergraduate and graduate education, making the university a leader in higher education in the Midwest.
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Mission StatementThe Doane University mission is to provide an exceptional liberal arts education in a creative, inclusive, and collaborative community where faculty and staff work closely with undergraduate and graduate students preparing them for lives rooted in intellectual inquiry, ethical values, and a commitment to engage as leaders and responsible citizens in the world.
- Community: Doane is an engaged and cohesive community comprised of individuals and smaller communities, in which everyone can contribute and participate.
- Empowerment: Doane encourages its community members to take initiative—to act effectively and ethically by making principled decisions and taking responsibility for them.
- Excellence: Doane sets high standards of teaching scholarship, service and leadership.
- Impact: It is the heart of the Doane experience for each individual to make a positive difference on oneself, on others, on the environment and on life.
History For 144 years, Doane University has occupied a distinguished place in liberal arts and sciences higher education in the Midwest. The history of Doane dates from 1857, when the General Association of Congregational Churches, in its first annual meeting at Fremont, Nebraska, resolved to lay the foundation of a literary institution of a high order in Nebraska. Fourteen years later, and after several unsuccessful attempts to establish Congregational schools across the state, an academy was founded in Crete on May 22, 1871. The efforts of the local Congregational pastor and Thomas Doane, chief civil engineer for the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad, were instrumental in advancing the idea of the academy. On July 11, 1872, Doane—founded as Doane College—preempted the Crete Academy. The college was officially incorporated at that time as a nonprofit institution governed by an independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. It has received continuous accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission since 1913. The university is authorized to conduct all affairs considered essential to the liberal arts enterprise wherever it is carried on, including teaching, research, academic study and granting degrees. Doane, which changed its name from Doane College to Doane University in May 2016, is historically affiliated with what was called the Congregational Church and is now called the United Church of Christ. Doane serves as the representative institution for the Nebraska, Rocky Mountain, Kansas-Oklahoma and South Dakota conferences of the UCC. Doane, although founded by Protestants, is open to students of all religions, as well as those who profess no formal religion.
Doane University Presidents
- David Brainerd Perry (1872-1912)
- Arthur B. Fairchild (1912-14, acting)
- William O. Allen (1914-18)
- John N. Bennett (1919-25)
- Edwin B. Dean (1925-36)
- Bryan S. Stoffer (1937-42)
- Bryant Drake (1942-47)
- David L. Crawford (1948-54)
- Donald M. Typer (1954-66)
- Philip R. Heckman (1967-87)
- Frederic D. Brown (1987-2005)
- Jonathan M. Brand (2005-11)
- Jacque Carter (2011-present)
AccreditationDoane University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
hlcommission.orgThe College of Education at Doane University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
402.471.2295The Nursing program at Doane University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
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- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Nebraska
- College Entrance Examination Board
- Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
- Council of Independent Colleges
- Great Plains Athletic Conference
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
- National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
- Nebraska Association of Colleges and Universities
- Nebraska Independent College Foundation