Institutional Highlights 2012-13

SMC Institutional Highlights

Welcome James A. Donahue

James A. Donahue, former president of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, assumed the SMC presidency July 1.

Engaging in the Great(est) Conversation(s)

During the Year of the Gael, we showcased our academic distinctiveness through the Great(est) Conversation(s) series. Some examples of the heady
topics covered include: What is social justice?, The Great Interfaith Conversation, Michael Sandel on the Liberal Arts and the Common Good,
Catholic Higher Education and A Passion for Service to the Public: Generation X and Y Out Front!

New Core Curriculum Implemented

The College rolled out a new core curriculum, beginning with the new first Collegiate Seminar course, Critical Strategies and Great Questions. Courses are grouped into three categories: habits of mind, pathways to knowledge and engaging the world.

SMC Listed Among Top 8% of U.S. Colleges for Value listed Saint Mary’s in the top 8% of U.S. colleges and universities for return on investment. The College ranked 117 of 1,511 colleges surveyed.

New Report Says SMC Gets High Marks From Students

Freshmen and seniors rated their College experience high for providing a distinctive educational experience, according to the National Survey on Student Engagement. SMC students scored the College above students at other colleges in the poll on most measures, especially “level of academic challenge.”

New Programs for Working Adults

The College welcomed a new master’s in accounting program, an entrepreneurship concentration in the Professional MBA, a social justice concentration within the MA in Leadership program and a new Las Vegas location for the Liberal Education for Arts Professionals program.

SMC on President’s Community Service Honor Roll

Saint Mary’s has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh year in a row and has appeared on the list every year since its inception in 2006.