CommUniversity was founded in 1979 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1980. Modeled on successful programs in Minnesota and North Dakota, CommUniversity was developed to provide the Quad Cities community with the occasion to learn and grow.
The first program of courses offered in 1980 attracted 350 participants. By 1999, this number had grown to 470 participants in 30 classes. CommUniversity now attracts nearly 600 learners each year.
Classes are taught by local experts, including the faculty of colleges and universities, staff from museums and libraries, representatives of religious groups, and private citizens. The goal is to provide a quality learning experience at an affordable cost.
CommUniversity is supported in part by grants. The most important support, however, is provided by the Quad Citians who take courses. CommUniversity thanks each participant who has ever taken or taught a course, served on the CommUniversity board, given a keynote speech, or helped CommUniversity in any way.