Feb 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Edgewood College Catalog 
2023-2024 Edgewood College Catalog

About Edgewood College

College Overview, Mission, and Vision

Institutional Policies

College Overview, Mission, and Vision

College Overview

The campus of Edgewood College is located on Lake Wingra in Madison, the capital city of Wisconsin. The College offers roughly sixty majors and nearly as many minors. Educational programs are organized into two Schools: the Henry Predolin School of Nursing, Business, and Health Sciences and the School of Liberal Arts, Education, and the Sciences. 

Edgewood College provides academic and personal development opportunities for a diverse student population. The College offers its campus residents a variety of living accommodations in residence halls and apartments. Student services include academic advising, personal counseling, the availability of a spiritual counselor, financial aid, career planning, health services, recreational facilities, athletic and fine arts events, and social activities. Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison offer a collaborative program that allows for course opportunities and shared use of libraries. The College offers personalized educational services and close interaction of students, faculty and staff. The College shares its campus with the Edgewood Campus Grade School and High School.


Sponsored by the Sinsinawa Dominicans, Edgewood College is a community of learners that affirms both its Catholic heritage and its respect for other religious traditions. The liberal arts are the foundation of all our curricular offerings in the humanities, arts, sciences and professional programs. Committed to excellence in teaching and learning, we seek to develop intellect, spirit, imagination and heart. We embrace and aspire to reflect the rich diversity of the world’s cultures and perspectives.  We foster open, caring, thoughtful engagement with one another and an enduring commitment to service, all in an educational community that seeks truth, compassion, justice and partnership.


Edgewood College, rooted in the Dominican tradition, engages students within a community of learners committed to building a just and compassionate world. The College educates students for meaningful lives of ethical leadership, service and lifelong search for truth.


Edgewood College will be an inclusive model of learning, teaching, and scholarship. Our students, alumni, faculty, and staff will be recognized for their pursuit of purposeful lives, vibrant and sustainable communities, and a just world.

Sinsinawa Sponsorship

The Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation of Catholic Sisters, founded in 1847, has throughout its history engaged in an ongoing commitment to sponsored ministries in an effort to further its mission. In each of their sponsored institutions, the Sinsinawa Dominicans, in partnership with administrators, faculty, staff, board members and friends, seek to influence the ongoing development of each unique ministry. Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters serve on the faculty and staff at Edgewood College.

The elected leaders of the Sinsinawa Dominicans are responsible for representing the mission of the Congregation to each institution. These elected leaders, along with their General Finance Officer, form the Corporate Members. The Corporate Members are empowered to:

  • Create, amend and restate the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.
  • Approve the mission.
  • Assess the implementation of the mission.
  • Approve appointment of members to the Board of Trustees.
  • Approve acquisition, purchase and sale of the assets of the corporation.
  • Approve dissolution, consolidation or liquidation of the corporation.

Diversity Statement

Learning: Anchored in our Dominican heritage…

  1. Sponsored by the Sinsinawa Dominicans, Edgewood College is a community of learners that affirms both its Catholic heritage and its respect for other religious traditions and spiritual perspectives.

  2. Dominicans are called to preach the Gospel as a way to nurture relations among people of every rank and class, based upon recognition of their basic needs, human dignity, and infinite value.

  3. A Sinsinawa Dominican education celebrates a diverse and collaborative community.  Students are taught to share their talents and insights, to collaborate with others, to recognize diversity and differences in our world with respect.

  4. In that tradition, we welcome people who reflect the rich diversity of the world’s cultures, perspectives, and experiences.

Beliefs:  What does this really mean to us...

  1. Injustices and inequities of power and privilege are a reality in our world, and their existence serves to perpetuate both overt and subtle discrimination, intolerance, hate, micro-aggressions, and attitudes of indifference.

  2. Each of us has the ability and responsibility - in our pursuit of justice - to address inequities in all aspects of our institutional life that interfere with the fulfilling of our mission, vision, and values.
  3. Diversity is an essential element of meaningful teaching and learning.  Its presence deepens and makes more authentic our search for truth through multiple perspectives.

  4. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion draws us into the world and invites the world to our College.  It acknowledges our mutual dependency and shared responsibility for each other and the common good.

Actions:  What we are called to do…

  1. We seek to create inclusive living, learning, and working environments that reflect the demographics of the communities we serve and that foster open, compassionate, and thoughtful dialogue and engagement with one another.

  2. We expect all members of our College to assume responsibility for understanding and engaging with the diverse individuals and communities that comprise our learning community, with particular attention to groups that have been historically been marginalized in society and institutions of higher education.
  3. We will acknowledge and confront inequalities and injustices, including those that negatively impact teaching and learning and those that exist at the institutional level - structures, policies, and practices.

  4. We will ensure that ongoing opportunities for learning and professional development around issues of diversity and inclusion exist for our students, faculty, and staff.

Institutional Policies

Student Achievement

Edgewood College complies with Federal Regulations and HLC under FDCR.A.10.070 by providing to students and the public information regarding our institution’s calendar, grading, admissions, academic program requirements, tuition and fees, and our refund policies.  Additionally, we provide material regarding student achievement including retention and completion rates, licensure exam pass rates where applicable, along with our college’s mission and goals for our students.  For further information see our website at https://www.edgewood.edu/about/federal-compliance

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability

Edgewood College affirms and protects the rights and opportunities of all persons to a working and learning environment free from discrimination.  It is the policy of the College to not discriminate on the basis of disability in any educational program, employment practices or operations.  No qualified individual with disabilities shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination on the basis of their ability, under any program of the College.  Edgewood College is committed to complying with all applicable provisions of the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Edgewood College will provide reasonable accommodations to students and employees who have provided the College all necessary information and appropriate documentation of their disability, provided that such accommodations would not 1) fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the College’s programs, services, or activities, 2) cause undue hardship to the College, or 3) pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

This policy also prohibits any form of retaliation.​

Equal Opportunity Employment

It is our policy to administer all employment practices, including, but not limited to, those pertaining to recruitment, hiring, transfers, promotions, tuition remission, compensation, benefits, terminations, and selection for College sponsored training, without discrimination to ensure equal treatment of employees regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.   

Affirmative Action Statement

Edgewood College respects the dignity and gifts of each person.  We strive to create environments in which the value of diversity is understood, practiced, and embraced by our faculty, staff, and students.  Diversity encompasses race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, and veteran status.  In order to foster diversity, we commit ourselves not only to Equal Employment Opportunity, but also to Affirmative Action through special efforts to search for qualified ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, Native American) faculty, staff, and students.  We believe that taking affirmative action will advance our goal of social and economic justice for all people.  It will empower those of diverse heritages and backgrounds to share their unique contributions and, thus, advance the mission of Edgewood College. 

This policy applies to the recruitment, appointment, retention, promotion or transfer, professional development, compensation, benefits, and termination of employees, in all areas and departments of the College.

Nondiscrimination Policy and Harassment Policy

Edgewood College will not tolerate discriminatory or harassing behaviors.  The College affirms and protects the rights and opportunities of all persons to a working and learning environment free from discrimination.  No person shall, on the basis of gender, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination, including harassment, under any program of the College.  Although gender identity is not considered a protected class under Wisconsin law, it is covered in this policy.  Faculty, staff and students who violate this policy may be subject to discipline up to and including termination.  This policy also prohibits behavior that could be considered retaliatory. 

If you believe you have been subject to or witnessed a violation of this policy, please contact Human Resources at HumanResourcesDepartment@edgewood.edu or the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at diversity@edgewood.edu.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, provides that students have the right to see their records (accessibility) and to determine who will see their records (confidentiality). Detailed information on the provisions of the Act and its applications are available at the Registrar’s Office website, https://registrar.edgewood.edu/ferpa-resources, and are included in the Student Handbook. 

Edgewood College Student Handbook

Edgewood College has its primary objective the academic, social and personal development of each student. The College strives to preserve for all of its students an environment that is conducive to academic pursuit, social growth and individual discipline. All students are expected to act responsibly and within the regulations and standards established by the College, which also includes all civil laws and ordinances. As a guide, the College publishes a student handbook, called the Edgewood College Student Handbook, that outlines the Student Code of Conduct and the student conduct process. The Student Code of Conduct applies to the conduct of individual students, student organizations and student groups, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, admitted, enrolled, or accepted to Edgewood College. 

The Student Code of Conduct applies to behaviors that take place on the campus, at College-sponsored events, at College-sponsored study abroad programs, and may also apply off-campus when the chief student conduct officer determines that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial College interest.

Additionally, all students are responsible for complying with the rules, regulations, policies and procedures contained in the other official College publications, including but not limited to, the Residence Life Handbook, Parking Policies, and Student Athlete Policies, along with program handbooks and announcements which may be issued from time to time.  Please see https://edgewood.edu/studenthandbook or contact the Dean of Students for more information related to these documents.

Cancellation of Classes

The Eagle Emergency Notification System was designed to provide notification and instruction to students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency on campus or cancellation of classes. The mass notification system will only be used to send critical safety information to the Edgewood College community. 

In the event of an emergency or cancellation of classes, the main Edgewood College webpage will have the most up-to-date information (www.edgewood.edu). During a weather event students should assume that the College is open unless notification of class cancellations has been posted to the Edgewood College website.