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History of Doane

History of Doane

Since its birth, Doane University has occupied a distinguished place in the liberal arts and sciences higher education community in America's Midwest. When the General Association of Congregational Churches had their first annual meeting in Fremont Nebraska in 1857, they resolved to lay down the foundation for a literary institution of high order in Nebraska.

Fourteen years later, after several failed attempts to establish schools across the state, an academy was founded on May 22, 1871, in Crete, Nebraska through the joint efforts of Thomas Doane, the chief civil engineer for the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad, and a local Congregational pastor. On July 11, 1872, Doane College opened its doors and preempted Crete Academy. In May of 2016, Doane changed its name from Doane College to Doane University.

The college incorporated itself as a non-profit institution governed by its independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Doane has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission since 1913. It is authorized to conduct all affairs essential to the liberal arts enterprise, including teaching, research, academic studies and awarding degrees.

As times changed, and the face of higher education evolved, Doane moved forward with it. In order to reach more non-traditional, graduate and professional learning students, Doane opened three more campuses. Our Lincoln campus opened in 1981, Grand Island in 2003, and most recently Doaneā€™s Omaha campus began serving the metro area in 2014. In 2016, Doane entered the cyber-world of higher education with an Online Learning Academy geared towards nursing and health students. Now, Doane offers multiple online learning opportunities with courses that are under National/State Authorized Reciprocity Agreements.

Doane continues its historical affiliation with the United Church of Christ, formerly known as the Congregational Church, and serves as UCC's representative institution for the Nebraska, Rocky Mountain, Kansas-Oklahoma and South Dakota conferences. While founded by Protestants, Doane University welcomes people of all faiths, including those exploring their faith and people of no faith, but goodwill.

Doane does not discriminate against anyone in admission, access, treatment or employment based off race, color, religion, sex, genetic information, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation or any other protected class recognized by state or federal law in its programs and activities.