September 2011 Monthly Update

Strategic Map:  The draft Strategic Map is now the topic of campus conversations after its release September 12.  We have three forums planned to hear feedback, and we have an on-line feedback submission form.  

Tuesday, September 20, 12:30 p.m.:           Eben Holden Center
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 a.m.:             Bloomer Auditorium
Monday, September 26, 4:30 p.m.                 Eben Holden Center

Union contracts: We have completed contract negotiations with our two larger unions, CSEA (for our clerical workers) and SEIU (for our dining services and facilities operations members). We begin negotiations this month with our third union, representing eight security officers. 

Rankings Update:  St. Lawrence has moved up two spots in the U.S. News & World Reportranking of national liberal arts colleges, just released. St. Lawrence University is Number 53 among the 252 best, most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the nation. That ranking places the University in the top 20 percent of its peer group.  St. Lawrence scores particularly well in its average freshman-to-sophomore retention rate, at 90 percent, and in its predicted-versus-actual graduation rate, at 75 percent versus 83 percent.  This year, St. Lawrence was included on the magazine's list of "A+ Schools for B Students."  (Recall that US News data reflects the previous fall’s statistics.)  

The new 2011 results of the annual National Survey of Student Engagement are extremely favorable. In some areas, such as “supportive campus environment” and “level of academic challenge,” the percentages are climbing. Recently, Forbes magazine produced its version of America’s best colleges and universities. The Forbes list mixed research universities with liberal arts institutions, which is very different from similar attempts to rank the order. St. Lawrence was accorded 64th place out of 650 in the mix, which is a top-10% level of recognition.

Enrollment:  A preliminary data freeze shows us these enrollment statistics: 
Undergraduate Enrollment:                2,359 headcount         (+32 from Fall 2010)
Graduate enrollment:                          72 headcount              (stable with Fall 2010)
Class of 2015:                                     647                              (+38 from Fall 2010)
Transfers: transfers:                             17                                (-1 from Fall 2010)
FY to Soph Retention (prelim):          90.3%                          (92.4% in Fall 2010) 
FY to Junior Retention (prelim):         88.6%                          (86.5% in Fall 2010)
4-yr graduation rate:                           76.4%                          (76.2% in Fall 2010)
5-yr graduation rate:                          79.3%                          (79.4% in Fall 2010)
6-yr graduation rate:                           80.3%                          (82.9% in Fall 2010)

Holiday Plans:  On December 27, 28 & 29, 2011, the University will be closed with only essential personnel as needed.  These extra paid holiday days are given to provide as much opportunity for staff to enjoy the holiday season while maintaining necessary university functions.  Hourly workers and exempt staff will not need to account for these days in their vacation banks for 2011, 2012 and 2013—we are happy to provide these days as gifts to our employees. Supervisors will work with staff regarding necessary assignments and procedures for payroll.