About Us

Doane University is known for its leadership in higher education, grounded in the university's commitment to academic excellence, innovation, community and a special sense of place for each individual. These are the values that have made Doane successful for more than 140 years and will help build an even stronger university for the future. Through this commitment to leadership, inquiry, values and engagement, Doane creates the ideal setting for experiences and connections with lifelong value. Our innovative approach to education integrates learning in the classroom with our students' work and life experiences. Doane puts an emphasis on:
  • 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.

Student Achievement Information

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Mission Statement

The 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.

Core Values

  • 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)


Doane University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL, 60604-1411


The College of Education at Doane University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
1140 19th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
The teacher preparation programs at Doane University are approved and accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Doane is also accredited by the Nebraska Coordinating Commission of Post-Secondary Education.
Nebraska Coordinating Commission of Post-Secondary Education
301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE, 68509-4987


The Nursing program at Doane University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530

Washington, DC 20036

Doane University is a full partner in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which extends our Nebraska accreditation to students in states participating in SARA.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements
3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130
Boulder, CO, 80301


Doane values the participation of undergraduate and graduate students in its institution-wide program to assess student achievement. This program is part of the institution's responsibility to monitor student outcomes and assure the continuing quality of a Doane degree. Multiple strategies are used to gather information about student achievement throughout the college experience. Information collected as a part of the assessment program is used for assessment purposes only and is not used to evaluate individual performance. The college protects the confidentiality of data collected.


  • 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

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