October 11 Monthly Update

Strategic Map: As mentioned in a campus note earlier this week, the Board of Trustees passed a unanimous resolution endorsing the Strategic Map, “The St. Lawrence Promise.” The Alumni Executive Council and the Thelomathesian Society also have passed resolutions of endorsement.  The Board made clear its expectation that all constituencies of St. Lawrence University will be integrally involved with the development of specific goals, objectives, strategies and tactics that create the plans to realize the Map. Learn more and read the full map. 

St. Lawrence Named A Best Value: St. Lawrence University was named one of the top 200 Best Values in Private Colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The report, released October 25, ranked the schools based on outstanding academics and great economic value. St. Lawrence University placed at #59 in the top 200 because of a high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources and overall great value. Last year we placed at #62.

Net Price Calculator: Financial Aid staff members announce the launch of SLU’s net price calculator (NPC), a requirement for every college and university whose students receive Federal Title IV (Financial Aid) Funds. The NPC will allow families to estimate their financial aid and costs for attending St. Lawrence.  The NPC is linked from the Financial Aid homepage and can be found here: https://www.stlawu.edu/financialaid/price_calculator.html.

Data Migration Project in Advancement Services: After a two-year study, the staff members of University Advancement and Information Technology have chosen Raiser’s Edge, by Blackbaud, as the product that will allow the migration from our Saints database for alumni, parents and friends, into a database that is Web-compatible and the choice of many other schools.  This migration project is the second in a series, with the Finance and Human Resources transition to Datatel having been completed during 2009-2011.  We are migrating from Saints because it is written in a programming language that no longer is taught and has very few experts beyond 
St. Lawrence.

Search for Vice President for University Advancement : We are in the active phase of recruitment of candidates, with the search committee working closely with our consultants, Storbeck/Pimental.  

Educational programs on harassment and discrimination: When I shared my annual communication reminding us that the St. Lawrence community should be the model of equity, civility and inclusiveness, I announced that we are partnering with United Educators to provide online educational programs on issues of sexual and discriminatory harassment for all SLU faculty and staff.  Not only is this programming the right thing to do, we also will benefit from stable insurance rates if we meet the United Educators’ goals for implementing and completing this educational program. Spending less than one hour to complete the education module will be an important contribution you can make to the University’s affirming culture and financial stability.  You’ll hear more about this educational program in the very near future.