Seattle University: An Institution of Distinction

Posted by Amanda Kelly on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11:36 AM PST


I wanted to let you, our alumni partners, know about our continuing efforts to achieve new levels of institutional excellence.  Please allow me to brief you on some of our recent achievements. 

The total student headcount for fall 2010 was just shy of 8,000- an all-time high for Seattle University. All eight of our colleges and schools are doing well and I am very happy to share with you that the Albers School of Business & Economics, the undergraduate program in the College of Science & Engineering and the School of Law have all attained national distinction and are ranked among the best in their respective disciplines. Seattle University students were honored last year with the university’s 22nd Fulbright Scholar, 14th Truman Scholar and 14th Rotary Scholar—accomplishments that rival Ivy League institutions.   The faculty, students and staff of the university secured $3.1M in ongoing externally funded research at the university.  Not only are we the most accomplished independent university in the Pacific Northwest, we are also its largest and most diverse. We have made solid progress in advancing our Academic Strategic Action Plan.  We completed a revision of the undergraduate learning objectives and launched a faculty-driven process to revise the undergraduate core-curriculum.

Each college/school with graduate programs began a dialogue to determine in what ways the learning objectives of their program were consistent with the broad educational goals outlined by the Board of Trustees. We successfully engaged in a  university- and city-wide collaborative process to inform and help guide the next stage of the Seattle University Youth Initiative through which we are strengthening our commitment to the youth of our immediate neighborhood.

We opened the new Law School Annex, and planning is underway for the development of a new science education/research facility. We appointed Victoria Jones, Ph.D. as our first Associate Provost for Global Engagement. To better support our faculty in their research and scholarship, we established the Office of Research Services & Sponsored Projects and staffed it with a director and several key full-time staff as well as increased faculty development and recruiting funding.

In partnership with Mission & Ministry, the Division of Academic Affairs is taking a lead role in developing the Catholic Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture, which will encourage and support the study, discussion and research on topics connected to our Catholic intellectual heritage. 

We are clearly and strongly focused on achieving new levels of academic, artistic and scholarly distinction, and, to me, nothing symbolizes that commitment more than our renovated Lemieux Library and new McGoldrick Learning Commons. Opened in September, the library and learning commons are a shining example of our primary reason for being—to educate our students and prepare them to become engaged and active participants and leaders in our world while supporting our faculty and staff in their search for truth and further mastery of their fields of study.

I look forward to our continued work together on behalf of this most worthwhile educational enterprise.

Best regards,

Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D.