As Santa Clara University prepares to implement the Strategic Plan 2011, President Michael Engh, S.J., provided a glimpse of his priorities for the future in his State of the University Address, which he delivered on Feb. 16 at Mission Church. He briefly described how the plan will enable Santa Clara to fulfill its mission and achieve its potential.
The five priorities outlined in the strategic plan are:
- Making SCU an exemplar of excellence in Jesuit education;
- Engaging more strategically with the Silicon Valley by providing on-campus facilities and off-campus opportunities for research, teaching, and internships;
- Focusing on opportunities for study abroad, recruitment of international students, faculty exchanges, and networking with Jesuit institutions worldwide;
- Advancing our commitment to social justice and sustainability through environmental protection, economic growth, and social equity;
- Attracting and retaining excellent faculty and staff, while attracting and enrolling top, diverse students.
Details of the Strategic Plan 2011 can be found on Santa Clara’s website
Engh congratulated everyone who was involved in the drafting of the self-study for the University’s reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The WASC team, who visited the campus Feb. 7–9, recognized the progress SCU has made in linking mission, money, and management. While the WASC team applauded the University five times over, it also made five recommendations (related to assessment, program review, inclusive excellence, integration of JST, and governance and communication) that will help SCU grow stronger.
The University has had many accomplishments throughout the years, including some recent achievements that happened under Engh’s presidency, which began in January 2009. They include:
- 30 percent increase in applications for undergraduates
- 13 percent return on investments
- 5 percent increase on alumni giving
- Silver rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS)
Engh also announced that as the nation’s economy continues to recover, the University will be able to use reserved funds for capital improvements that were deferred two years ago and provide merit raises again this year.
The University is also working with a consultant to review and assess needs and recommendations for child and elder care.
Campus expansion and improvements are progressing, particularly with the new enrollment building and student housing.
During the address, Engh praised several individuals for their recent awards, including Laurie Laird from the Iganatian Center for Jesuit Education and Terry Shoup from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Laird
was recognized for promoting civic engagement, public service, and student involvement in campus-community partnerships. Shoup
will be inducted to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame on Feb. 24.
Engh concluded with an incredible story of the Santa Clara spirit that surfaced during a medical emergency at the men’s basketball game against Gonzaga. Two off-duty SCU emergency medical technicians and a public safety officer jumped into action when a student collapsed while leaving Leavey Center. EMTs Mohit Kochar and Morgan Stinson along with Campus Safety Officers Evan Evans, Amanda Wilson, and Kim Payne performed CPR and rescue breathing, as they called 911 and waited for help. When on-call SCU EMTs arrived, Allison Yue used a heart defibrillator to treat the student, while Michelle Davidson and Maija Swanson assisted. Athletic Director Dan Coonan and Fr. Paul Mariani followed the ambulance to the hospital, and Campus Ministry’s Fr. Jack Treacy regularly visited the student and his family, while Jeanne Rosenberger’s staff in Student Life handled campus logistics.
SCU senior Matthew Brinda is alive today thanks to the quick response, cooperation, and professional training of the EMTs and the Public Safety Officers.