19 February 2014
Dear Faculty and Staff,
At the State of the University address this afternoon, I announced the creation of a dynamic website that provides details about Santa Clara 2020, the University's new Integrated Strategic Plan. By integrating the University's enrollment, facilities, and strategic plans in an unparalleled fashion, it honors our historical mission while building upon our core strengths and opportunities.
I encourage you to explore the website and visit it periodically to learn about all efforts, large and small, to advance the vision and strategic directions of Santa Clara 2020. In addition, I invite you to attend one of the town hall meetings scheduled on the following days when the Integrated Strategic Plan will be presented and discussed with the campus community.
Town Hall #1
Tuesday, February 25 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall
Town Hall #2
Friday,February 28 from 11:45 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall
Town Hall #3
Monday, March 3 from 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Location: Williman Room
Town Hall #4
Thursday, March 6 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Location: Kennedy Common
I hope you will attend one of the town hall meetings and explore the website to learn more about Santa Clara 2020.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
Dear Members of the University Community,
I am happy to announce that Ed Dowd '72, a veteran real-estate investor, financier, and CEO, has donated $12 million to Santa Clara University to help build the new art and art history building on campus. The new Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building will further expose the undergraduate community to creativity and innovation. With studio space, classrooms, gallery displays, a sculpture garden, and ample space for the community and visiting scholars and artists to congregate, the new building is part of campus plans for a vibrant arts-focused quadrant of the University. We are very grateful that Mr. Dowd has so generously provided this important foundation upon which Santa Clara will build the new home for art and art history on campus.
For more details about Mr. Dowd's gift and the new building, please see the press release.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
State of the University
The annual State of the University will be held on Wednesday, February 19, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Church. I invite and encourage you to attend the University-wide event as we gather as a community and look towards Santa Clara’s future. A focus of my address will be on the great work underway in strategic planning across campus.
Drought Emergency and Water Conservation
To reiterate the message from the Center for Sustainability, Governor Brown declared a drought emergency in California and has asked all Californians to reduce water consumption by 20%. The drought conditions threaten communities across the state, particularly in agricultural areas. To that end I encourage all of us to do our part to cut back where we can in the office and at home.
The Center for Sustainability and our Facilities department have done a great job in the past of leading Santa Clara University in reducing water usage on campus. To learn more about our campus efforts, click here. For tips on reducing water consumption click here.
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.