|Sara Thompson, dean of the school of professional studies welcomes a new class at orientation.|
The Metropolitan College at Catholic University was created to extend programs to adults seeking to finish their undergraduate degrees and attain professional opportunities. The Metropolitan College began in 1916 as Summer Sessions, and has undergone several incarnations, including the University College, Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, and Summer Sessions and Workshops.
Existing in the capacity of the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, Summer Sessions and Workshops, most of the administrative duties were handled by the Catholic Sisters College. Catholic University did not assume total administrative duty over the programs until 1929.
The programs took on their formalized stature as a school within the University in 1979 when the University College was established. The new school had three academic divisions: the Division of Adult Education, the Division of Continuing Education and the Division of General Studies. Individuals in different departments managed the divisions, with only the Division of General Studies awarding degrees.
The Metropolitan College took its current name – the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies – in 1993 and has extended opportunities and resource of the University to adults who otherwise would not have access to these resources. The average age is about 34, with most students working either full-time or part-time. About one-third of the students are enrolled on a full-time basis, with the balance attending part-time.
The Metropolitan School of Professional Studies highlighted its unique role in the University's history by participating in a Business Case Competition on Friday, March 30, 2012, at 6 p.m. Undergraduate and graduate student groups applied their analytical business management skills to create solutions to a business case study. The students were given the opportunity to showcase the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their academic and professional experiences.