Marian University focusing on online, growing adult and graduate programs

April 13, 2018

Marian University is committed to providing adult and graduate programs that are flexible and meet the needs of today’s adult learners. As a result, many of the adult and graduate programs are currently being delivered in online or hybrid formats or through onsite partnerships. Therefore, an institutional decision has been made to sell the University’s Appleton Center.

“Marian University has seen a significant migration of students from classroom-based programs to online learning modalities”, said Jason Harmon, Vice President of Enrollment Management. “This trend in adult education allows Marian to release some physical properties and re-invest in other resources to support strategic initiatives.”

Students currently enrolled in a course or program that meets or is scheduled to meet this summer at the Appleton Center, will continue to meet at the Center until further notice. When the property is sold, arrangements will be made to deliver courses and programs at an alternative site in the Appleton area.

The sale of the Appleton Center is part of a strategic initiative to increase online program offerings or to offer classes through on-site partnerships, as currently exists with ThedaCare, as the educational landscape is trending that way. Marian University will continue to offer classroom-based programs on their main campus in Fond du Lac. Marian University will continue to work closely with technical-college graduates who wish to pursue baccalaureate degrees. Given sufficient demand, Marian University is poised to offer classes in communities throughout Wisconsin.

Marian University strives for excellence and is committed to each student’s learning experience. Should you have any questions or concerns about the sale of this property or availability of a partnership, please feel free to contact Dr. Kelly Chaney, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, at or 920.923.8610 or Jennifer Farvour, Interim Dean of Adult and Online Studies at, or 920.923.8578.