Peru State College’s History

Peru State College’s “Campus of a Thousand Oaks,” a member of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, is nestled in the hills of historic southeast Nebraska on the Missouri River. The College offers a mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management. Nebraska’s first college, established in 1867 as a teacher training school with one building and 60 students, has transformed over the past century and a half into a state-of-the-art institution offering diverse, multifaceted educational programs to around 2,400 students. Peru State College has long been a wellspring of leadership, an invaluable resource for communities and businesses, and a source of accomplished graduates known for their excellent education and professional competence. The College has enjoyed considerable support from the State of Nebraska, with more than $75 million of campus renovation projects funded over the last fifteen years. While we serve students around the globe, Peru State retains a special commitment to serve the residents and needs of the southeast Nebraska community through education, research and public service programs.

Mission

In educating the individual to the benefit of society, Peru State College cultivates the capacity and propensity for life-long learning by fostering independent inquiry and promoting the value of knowledge and discovery. Through innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, Nebraska’s first college continues its commitment to making a vital contribution to the future of the region and the state.

Vision

Peru State College will be renowned for transforming student lives through personal and engaging educational experiences.

Values

Peru State College lives its mission and vision through engagement in the classroom, engagement across campus, and engagement in the region and beyond while valuing:

  • Pride
    We proudly celebrate our history as Nebraska’s first college, our heritage of educating all students, and our tradition of achievement by students, alumni, faculty, and staff. We cherish the stately Campus of a Thousand Oaks entrusted to us.
  • Excellence
    We pursue excellence through best practices and innovation in scholarship, teaching, research, and student development. We commit to providing exceptional facilities and resources supporting an engaged collegiate experience.
  • Resilience
    We recognize resilience as a key factor in success. We provide support and encouragement to achieve high standards by cultivating passion and perseverance.
  • Unity
    We embrace unity as a diverse and inclusive community. We believe in creating a culture of respect, mutual support, and understanding. We lead and model this culture on campus, in the region, and around the world.

Goals

Peru State College seeks to instill in our students:
• effective communications skills;
• computer and information literacy;
• independent critical thought and intellectual capacity for change;
• preparation to assume social and civic leadership roles;
• the ability to pursue intellectually, ethically, aesthetically and physically rewarding lives.

Memberships and Accreditation

Peru State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Commission’s website address is http://www.hlcommission.org/ and the telephone number is 312-263-0456. The College has been accredited by the organization since 1915. In 2012, Peru State College received continuing accreditation for the next 10 years from the Higher Learning Commission. The College received the best possible evaluation result, with no follow up visits or other reporting required, placing it in an elite group of institutions in the region. Peru State College has continuing accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Full membership is maintained in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the American Council on Education. The College is also a charter member of the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education. Peru State College is a member institution of the Nebraska State College System.