From the President
"For students and families who are now deciding which college or university to invest in, Saint Joseph’s is a top choice." - Mark C. Reed, Ed.D.
The stakes in higher education are getting, well, higher. Competition for the best students is mounting, their expectations are continually on the rise, and the need to close the affordability gap is critical. I’m proud of Saint Joseph’s position in this market and of our ongoing efforts to answer these challenges.
In my first year as president, I encountered first-rate faculty who bring creativity and innovation to our classrooms, exceptional students who understand that the college years are ripe with opportunity, and engaged alumni who prove the enduring value of a Saint Joseph’s education in their professional accomplishments and their personal fulfillment.
For students and families who are now deciding which college or university to invest in, Saint Joseph’s is a top choice. Our outcomes are compelling: 97 percent of the Class of 2015 is employed, in graduate school or participating in service programs. Students earning their master’s or doctoral degrees see career advancement, expanded responsibilities and a nearly 20 percent salary increase on average. Our academic offerings are nationally recognized, relevant, attractive and infused with a liberal arts core that develops graduates who stand out in the workforce.
As you look back on the past year in this report, you’ll see how Saint Joseph’s is staying ahead. You’ll read about the impact of our investment on the student experience, scholarships and our centers and institutes. Page after page illustrates the quality of our academic offerings, the caliber of our students and the distinguishing attributes of a Jesuit education.
It was a tremendous year from the very start with our historic visit from Pope Francis. We must maximize that momentum and continually connect our assets to our ambitions. Smart institutions know that keeping pace isn’t enough.
As the stakes climb, so, too, will Saint Joseph’s University.
Mark C. Reed, Ed.D.