We have good news to report about our applicant pool for the incoming freshman class. We received just short of 15,000 applications. Of those, over 4,800 applicants applied for Early Action (an increase of 11% over last year) and 207 applied for Early Decision (an increase of 6% over last year). The academic quality of the early applicants was incredibly strong, and as a result, we admitted over 20% more students than last year while increasing the academic profile. Notable is the fact that 100 students deposited in our second year of Early Decision, making up 7.7% of the class. At this early date, our yield overall is excellent, and all indications are that the admittance rate will be more selective than last year to reach a target enrollment of 1300 students in the freshman class. An additional 140 transfers will be selected from an anticipated 900+ transfer candidates.
The hard work of reviewing the great number of applications is still ahead for our admissions team, but the numbers so far suggest another successful enrollment for fall 2014. Thanks are due in large part to our admissions and financial aid teams who have been reviewing a record-number of applications.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
On February 24, we have the great honor of hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a public event co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. The Dalai Lama will be joined by the CEO of Dignity Health, Lloyd Dean, for a talk, "Compassion, Business, and Ethics: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama."
Throughout its history, Santa Clara has promoted the critical role of compassion in our graduates and in leaders of all sectors of society. To have the Dalai Lama choose to come to Santa Clara for this important dialogue affirms our commitment to the teaching, learning and practice of compassion, especially here in the heart of Silicon Valley. For paid ticketing, all proceeds from ticket sales will go toward covering the costs of the event. Should there be any surplus, it will be donated to community and charitable organizations. Neither Santa Clara University nor the Dalai Lama will profit from this event. For more information about the Dalai Lama and his visit to Santa Clara, see the website.
What's Ahead on My Calendar
- January 28 - Administrative Leaders Meeting
- January 31 - Board of Regents Meeting
- February 3 - AJCU President's Meeting, Washington, DC
- February 5 - GTU Council of Presidents Meeting
- February 14 - Board of Trustees Meeting
- February 17 - Presidents Day Holiday
- February 19 - State of the University
- February 21-22 - Family Weekend
- February 24 - Dalai Lama Visit
Christmas Holidays Closure
In gratitude for your dedication and hard work, I am pleased to announce that, in addition to our regularly scheduled Christmas holidays, the University will close on December 26, 27 and 30. These additional days will be administrative closure days. Except for essential services, the University will close at the end of business on Monday, December 23, 2013, and re-open on Thursday, January 2, 2014. To all those who provide essential services, I offer my gratitude and that of the entire University community for ensuring that necessary operations continue during the closure.
Please note too, that all are invited to attend our annual ecumenical Christmas service in the Mission Church on December 18 at 4:30 p.m. Following the service, we will hold our Christmas and Holidays Party for faculty and staff. I hope you will join with colleagues and friends for an evening of celebration as we ring in the season of peace and joy.
Board of Trustees Meeting, October 17-18
The October 17-18 Board of Trustees meeting focused on the strategic goals and objectives that were refined over the past year in support of the 2011 Strategic Plan. To set the stage, Provost Dennis Jacobs and I presented an integrated set of strategic, enrollment, and facilities master plans. That vision was the result of significant input from over 50 faculty and staff who served on six strategic advisory committees this past academic year.
Following the presentation, the trustees spent a day examining and discussing the integrated plans, the six strategic goals, and the related objectives. The trustees were overwhelmingly supportive of the vision for Santa Clara’s future which will be developed into a compelling fundraising campaign. With the affirmation from the trustees, I look forward to sharing the plans for that vision with the University community when final details are completed. I congratulate Provost Jacobs and his staff who led the process to ensure broad participation and clear articulation of an aspirational and inspirational educational vision for University.
In other business, the trustees voted to accept the Audit Report prepared by our independent auditor and heard reports from the Board of Regents, Faculty Senate, and Associated Student Government. Kirk Syme, Chair of the Regents, reported that the Regents revised their by-laws and agreed to establish a Regents scholarship fund. Juliana Chang, President of the Faculty Senate, updated the trustees on the Child Care Task Force and the Task Force on Student Evaluation of Teaching. She also presented concerns of faculty regarding the recent decision to exclude elective abortions from SCU’s healthcare plans. In closing her remarks, Julie read to the trustees the petition circulating about the recent decision. Judith Martinez next spoke about the initiatives of the Associated Student Government this year. The ASG is helping to roll-out the mobile app for events happening across departments on campus; they will be hosting coffee sessions with students in their “Brew with the Board” program; they have begun a program with the Law School for undergraduate students to shadow law students in their classes; and they continue to work with faculty on the Academic Honor Code.