The Clute Institute joined the academic community in 1985, and has been promoting quality research ever since. It started when the founder Ronald Clute Ph.D. launched the Journal of Applied Business Research (JABR) while teaching at Loyola University in Chicago.
In the fall of 1985, Dr. Clute moved from Loyola University to the University of Wyoming. In early 1987, he received a grant from Apple Computer Company to facilitate the publication of the JABR (see photos above). The Institute moved to Denver in 1988 when Dr. Clute began teaching at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He continued to pursue his goal of funding and publishing academic research. In 1999, he decided to retire from teaching and devote his full time to the Institute, which lead to the first academic conference in Denver.
The Clute Institute has grown significantly since then and we now sponsor multiple business, education, technology and science conferences per year. Originally focusing on business related topics, we expanded and published our first education journal, Journal of College Teaching & Learning in 2004. In 2012, we expanded our journal program into the sciences, the first being Journal of International Energy Policy. Today, we have nineteen academic journals spanning the areas of business, education and science related topics.
In July of 2011, the Institute made the critical decision to move all of our journals from subscription based to open access. Supporting the open access movement was more important than the revenue we received from journal subscriptions. Today, our published material has been downloaded millions of times from scholars around the world.
In mid-April 2017 Dr. Clute unexpectedly passed away, leaving the Institute to be directed by Dr. Clute’s wife and co-founder, Diane Pielat-Clute. She is an experienced classroom teacher, holding a Bachelor’s in Education and a Master’s in Special Education from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.