SMC Ends Seed Admissions for Undergraduates

News Update, May 2009:  Saint Mary’s College has continued its commitment to adult learners with the current B.A. Program in Leadership and Organizational Studies, a degree completion program for working adults.  Learn more at:

On May 20, 2005, Saint Mary's trustees decided to end admissions to undergraduate degree programs at the School of Extended Education (SEED). Course offerings will continue for currently enrolled students to enable them to complete their degrees. The SEED program has offered evening and weekend courses enabling working adults to earn their bachelor's degrees since its inception in 1975.

The trustees also decided to explore how to best integrate adult degree programs, including Liberal Education for Arts Professionals (LEAP) and the Master of Arts in Leadership program, into other schools at the College. The decisions followed a report outlining numerous options for SEED, prepared by an ad hoc team of administrative leaders, faculty, and staff. One option-seeking a partner institution with values comparable to Saint Mary's that would acquire selected SEED programs led to conversation with Regis University of Denver. Those discussions did not lead to an agreement.

"In the wake of the decision last spring by Regis University to step away from conversations with us that might have led to a transfer of certain SEED programs to them, the ad hoc team continued to explore alternatives," said Provost Sally Stampp in a campus announcement last May. "They were charged with identifying proposals that are fiscally sound, fit within our operating structure, and are aligned with our mission and vision as a Catholic, Lasallian, liberal arts college."