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SJC releases more information on plans to be a 2 year school
AN UPDATE FROM FR. BARRY FISCHER:
After my last message, alumni asked many good questions about the two-year model and the proposed partnership with Marian University. This communication addresses three important points about our new direction.
Why a two-year college?
Early in our research, we began developing models that addressed curriculum, finances, facilities, and accreditation to return as a four-year, independent college. We determined very quickly that meeting the needs of all these areas to accomplish this goal were unrealistic due to our limited resources and changing trends in higher education. A more feasible path for Saint Joe to return as an institution of higher education is as a two-year college partnered with another institution. Our research into the current state of higher education revealed some critical dynamics, among them the looming student debt crisis, students’ desire for more professional educational programming, and the growing numbers of underserved populations left out of the traditional four-year bachelor’s degree pathway. These factors led us to conclude that returning as a two-year, partnered institution is the first step to reviving and positioning the College for a sustainable future in post-secondary education.
Once we determined that the best chance for bringing Saint Joe back was as a two-year, partnered college, we entered into discussions with multiple potential partners across the state of Indiana, as well as Illinois and Ohio. Marian University emerged as the institution most interested in partnering with us to reach the underserved and create a two-year educational model to meet the current trends in higher education. While many negotiations are ongoing, we are focused on educational quality through an innovative partnership and are confident we can create a relationship with Marian University that preserves the essential components of the College’s identity and positions both institutions to thrive for decades to come.
What will the curriculum be?
The Core Curriculum was the College’s distinctive academic program. Reinvigorating Core has been a priority from the start. To this end, we have adapted Core to a two-year model that also allows flexibility to include a major. Our research indicates that the integrated, value-based education Core offers is an excellent fit for the needs of this new student population and will give us a competitive advantage over Ivy Tech and other two-year institutions.
Fr. Barry Fischer, C.PP.S.
Rector and Puma Forever
Press release from Saint Joseph’s College.