Alumna Commits $200,000 to Notre Dame College’s Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences

Notre Dame College has received a $200,000 donation to support the capital campaign for its Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences. The donor, a Notre Dame alumna, wishes to remain anonymous. The funds will also be used to help the College meet a $375,000 challenge grant for improvements to Regina Hall that include creating a facility for the Center.

In announcing the grant, Notre Dame College President Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D., said: “The Academic Support Center is an important part of our commitment to serving all students and educating a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. One of our signature programs, its excellence was explicitly recognized by the Higher Learning Commission in its 2007 accreditation report.

“Every day the Center offers quality educational opportunities and support services to individuals with documented learning disabilities, a group traditionally underserved in post-secondary education. We are extremely grateful to the donor, whose generous commitment reflects upon her character and her belief that the good work we are doing is making a difference, and is worth investing in. We thank her for her generosity and her confidence in our College, her Alma Mater,”continued Roth.

The donor remarked: “I have long admired the tremendous work being done at the College in serving a segment of the population that is often overlooked in higher education. For the Academic Support Center to continue to be able to offer the high quality service they offer college-capable students with documented learning differences, they need new spaces to serve this growing population. I consider it a privilege to provide a substantial base of financial support to help make that possible.”

Notre Dame is an integrated campus with 132 ASC students among more than 1,400 full-time and 2,250 total students blended together in all of the traditional experiences of college life. While Academic Support Center students form a cohort that receives personalized attention adapted to their special needs, they share a common goal of attaining baccalaureate degrees and succeeding in careers and in life.

In 2005, Notre Dame College established the ASC to provide educational opportunities that would create a pathway to success for students with learning disabilities.  The mission of the Center is to provide educational opportunities and support services to students with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, auditory and visual processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, as well as other learning differences. The ASC has seen unprecedented growth and enrollment, growing from serving four students in 2005 and now serving 132 students.”

Anyone interested in helping the College raise its matching-gift goal of $375,000 is encouraged to contact Maureen Ischay, Executive Director of Development, at 216.373.5335 or mischay@ndc.edu.



For 91 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 24 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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