With the demographics of college-age students set to undergo radical shifts in the coming years, St. Thomas unveiled this week a bold five-year plan designed to propel the university into the country’s top echelon of Catholic higher ed institutions.
News of a $20 million scholarship gift, and the announcement that St. Thomas will adopt a test-optional policy both drew applause at the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium Thursday as President Julie Sullivan delivered the 2020 State of the University address.
President Julie Sullivan today announced a new strategic planning process that will engage our community in developing our university priorities for the next five years. Community conversations around “St. Thomas 2025” will begin in January, and your voice is needed to help create the road map for our shared goals.
Earlier this year, Tim Lewis, PhD, Vice Provost of Global Learning and Strategy at St. Thomas, traveled to Nairobi, Kenya on a recruitment mission. Lewis spent four-and-a-half days touring four different high schools, meeting with students and guidance counselors, and speaking about St. Thomas and higher education, in general.
The University of St. Thomas has received the distinctive honor of being named a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, a global consortium working to inspire a culture of social innovation in higher education.
The St. Thomas Board of Trustees has approved a 10-year St. Paul campus master plan that identifies potential projects supporting the university’s mission and vision, including two new academic buildings, a chapel expansion, more student housing and more parking.
Strategic Planning Steering Committee Co-chair Corrine Carvalho will contribute a series of articles that will update the community on the status of our progress in pursuing each of the eight strategic priorities.
A dramatically changing world makes it imperative that St. Thomas continue to anticipate and adapt to rapidly expanding industries in preparing students for the future, President Julie Sullivan said Tuesday in her annual academic convocation address.
Since early last year, a small team of St. Thomas faculty, staff and students has been taking steps toward earning the special designation granted by Ashoka, a nonprofit and the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the world. If all continues to go smoothly, the team is hopeful that St. Thomas will be designated a Changemaker Campus in early 2017.