Success Stories

Learning together, teaching together, researching together

Math Students at Fisk
Math Students at Fisk

Jointly taught classes, campus ambassadors, exchange programs, research projects and dual-degree programs provide numerous ways in which students and faculty from Case and Fisk can share ideas, work together and experience the unique opportunities available at each school.

Similarly Fisk alumni, who pursue graduate and professional degrees at Case, reap the benefits of attending both a small liberal arts college and a major research university—a combination that has well-served over 40 dual-alumni since 1925.

To learn more about their experiences, visit the alumni, students and faculty areas where you will find biographies and testimonials from program participants and alumni.

From Fisk to Case: the many paths of our dual alumni

From Salisbury, North Carolina, and Louisville, Kentucky; Cleveland, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York. These and other towns and cities represent the starting point of many individuals who came to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend a small liberal arts college with a reputation for developing young minds and creating strong leaders.

Guided by the desire to learn, challenge their social and cultural constructs, and serve their communities by that knowledge, they chose Fisk University, one the oldest, historically black colleges in the United States, known for producing some of the nation’s foremost African American scholars, scientists, educators, social critics, historians, library and social service administrators, and physicians.

That legacy of educational excellence continues today, as more than 70 percent of Fisk graduates go on to graduate and professional schools. These baccalaureate graduates chose to continue their education and ventured north to Cleveland to attend Case Western Reserve University, an independent research-based institution with a remarkable reputation in the fields of law, medicine, social work, library science, engineering, and education.

The alumni profiled here are part of a rich legacy that began in 1925 with the first Fisk graduate who later went to and graduated from to Case.

Since then, more than 40 students have followed a similar path by earning degrees from both institutions. Their lives and their work reflect the pride, scholarship, service, and leadership the two universities have long sought to instill in its graduates. These dual-degree alumni represent the best of what can happen when a select liberal arts college collaborates with a leading independent research institution.