Notre Dame College Awarded $375,000 Challenge Grant for Academic Support Center

Notre Dame College Awarded $375,000 Challenge Grant for Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences

Notre Dame College announced today that it has received a $375,000 challenge grant to support the Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences’ capital campaign. The foundation that awarded the grant wishes to remain anonymous. As a challenge grant, the College is required to secure matching funds to raise the total amount to $750,000.

In making the announcement, Notre Dame College President Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D., said “The Academic Support Center is one of our College’s jewels, a mission-centric part of our commitment to serving all studentsand educating a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. It has rapidly become one of oursignature programs, and has been recognized as one of the finest in the Great Lakes region in a report issued by the Higher Learning Commission.”

“Every day the Center provides quality educational opportunities and support services to individuals with documented learning disabilities, a group traditionally underserved in post-secondary education. For these donors to make this generous commitment speaks volumes about their character and their belief that the good work we are doing is being noticed, is making a difference, and is worth investing in. We thank them for their generosity and their confidence in our College,”continued Roth.

A representative of the donors stated, “We admire the fine work being done at the Academic Support Center in serving a segment of the population that is often overlooked in higher education. For Notre Dame College to continue to be able to offer the high quality service their talented and dedicated staff offers, they need new spaces to serve this growing population of college students. We 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 1,300 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.

Gretchen Walsh, director of the Academic Support Center, added, “We at the ASC are  so very thankful to the foundation for recognizing our work, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with these talented students. 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 90 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.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. Inquiries from the media may be directed to Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.