The Vision of Saint Vincent College

Saint Vincent College is an academic community that is inherently and profoundly shaped by its Catholic, Benedictine values and its rich heritage. Guided by the monks of its sponsoring organization, Saint Vincent Archabbey, the community is comprised of dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni working together in pursuit of scholarly knowledge, a deeper understanding of God’s purpose for our lives, and service to the local, national, and global community. 


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  • Overview

    A diverse Committee representing every segment of the Saint Vincent College Community was assembled in 2015/16 to build on the gains we have made under our existing strategic plan by producing a new strategic plan document for the period 2016-2021. That group reached out to a broad spectrum of the College community soliciting insights, comments, and opinions on the critical matters affecting the institution for the upcoming half decade.  This report is the culmination of that effort and is respectfully submitted to the Board of Directors for their consideration.

    The Committee was guided by consideration of three critical points of emphasis to be infused into each of the major goals identified for the school during this time period.  Those points of emphasis are:

    1. A renewed emphasis upon the implementation of the core, foundational values of Saint Vincent as a Catholic, Benedictine College of the liberal arts and sciences in all of its academic programs. 
    2. A renewed emphasis on the integration of the advances in the sciences and technology with those core foundational values enabling Saint Vincent to realize its full potential as a Catholic, Benedictine College of the liberal arts and sciences in all of its academic programs. 
    3. A renewed effort to implement the vision and challenges inherent in longstanding Catholic social teaching whose modern articulations have been most prominently presented by Pope Leo XIII (Rerum Novarum), Pope Pius XI (Quadragesimo Anno) and Pope Francis (Laudato Si’).  This implementation should reside not only in the academic programs of the College but also in the supporting operations of campus life so as to fulfill our obligation to be good stewards of our resources.  

    In order to give this strategic plan coherence and consistency, and to have it embody the driving spirit of the College expressed in the great rallying cry of our Founder “Forward, always forward,” each segment expresses how the various aspects of the experience we hope to provide our students will give them the promise of a better, more meaningful life. That spirit focuses all of us on the betterment of a College community that will instill pride in those who work here and commitment in those students we hope will join us in the collaborative effort to carry on the tradition of Saint Vincent College as an institution of higher learning in the service of the common good of society.

    Who are the students we hope to attract?

    • They are persons who desire an education not only as preparation for a meaningful profession, but also as an opportunity to seek their ultimate meaning of realities beyond the material – goodness, evil, purpose, freedom, God.
    • They aspire to be leaders.
    • They will be challenged by radical ideas about leadership:  as Jesus taught, leaders are those committed to be servants of others, difference makers, healers, and good stewards.
    • They will bring widely diverse backgrounds to the campus, cutting across economic, racial, ethnic, religious, and geographic boundaries.
    • Many will be the first in their family to experience college while others will be carrying on a tradition of higher education their parents have set.
    • They will be united by the common desire to benefit from an education presented in the deeply meaningful environment of the principles and hallmarks of the Catholic, Benedictine tradition.
    • They will be individuals willing to commit to the advancement of Saint Vincent during their years of matriculation and for the rest of their lives.

    The Seven Aspects of a Better, More Meaningful Life

    This Committee’s expression of the strategic vision is rendered by relating its theme to the structure of the existing plan in seven separate categories of campus life.  While distinct, these sections reflect the common threads of the points of emphasis and the commitment of those who are stewards of this institution to bring the traditions of its past forward for a new generation.

    These themes are Spirituality, Leadership in One’s Field, Global and Diverse Perspective, Social Justice, Life Skills, Institutional Integrity and Ongoing Commitment.

  • Section A - Spirituality

    In Catholic belief the ultimate structure of human striving for a better, more meaningful life is the reality of the divine presence everywhere.

    Goal One:
    To share an understanding of the student’s place in an institution that manifests the uniquely Benedictine charism of Saint Vincent and embraces values that have been historically identified as constituting a uniquely Benedictine institution, including community, hospitality, charity and stewardship.  Acting upon that understanding will fundamentally enrich the quality of their lives.


    • Integrate into freshmen orientation an introduction to the identity of this institution as a Catholic, Benedictine College of the liberal arts and sciences.
    • Extend these orientation efforts to new faculty, staff training and hourly community members. Encourage participation by upper level students and existing faculty and staff.
    • Include a service component with specific consideration of the importance of caring for the environment as a fundamental expression of values of community-building and stewardship. 
    • Encourage participation by members of the Benedictine community in all phases of campus operations and administration.
    • Create a working group to generate a document articulating the meaning of the Benedictine principles for the Saint Vincent community. The efforts of the working group should influence and inform the orientation and planning programs above.
    • Use the Rule of St. Benedict as a guide to create a community that works and prays together for the common good.

    Goal Two:     
    Encourage students in their own search for God: a spiritual journey, a quest for ultimate meaning, a relation to the universe which involves coming to terms with their own concept of purpose or value that will give deeper meaning to their lives.  Affirm that while each person must make this search, it is a search made within a supportive, nourishing community that is, as a community, also committed to undertaking a journey of the spirit. This journey must welcome everyone as a participant.


    • Life in a community of learners needs to be stimulated within schools, departments, and programs which stress the search for truth through creative articulation and collaborative learning.  The courses of the curriculum are primary means for the Saint Vincent community to seek to answer the questions of human existence.
    • Whenever the subject matter in any forum of the College relates to religious beliefs, a robust discussion should be encouraged. The conversation must respect individual beliefs of different or of no religious tradition.
    • The College affirms that the teachings of the Catholic faith are revealed truths of ultimate universal value. Love of God and faith in Jesus Christ are authentic values for believers. The life of faith and the life of learning are regarded as inclusive and mutually compatible, as expressed in the College motto “Veri Iustique Scientia Vindex” (“Learning is the Best Advocate of Truth and Justice”).

    Establishing meaningful benchmarks for the achievement of spiritual growth presents a unique challenge since its evaluation is beyond the measurements of the empirical sciences.  For example, a grade in a theology course is an evaluation of a student’s understanding of a particular religious tradition, not an evaluation of the student’s faith-practice of that religion.  Whether a student truly seeks God or truly puts the interest of another before his/her own is a matter of conscience, judgment of which is solely a divine prerogative.  What can be measured are incidences of unacceptable behavior which have a harmful effect in the Community.  Reports of theft, cheating, drug or alcohol abuse, sexual assaults, vandalism, violence and the like must be acted upon by the administration in cooperation with civil authorities with due process in a timely manner to safeguard the common good. This benchmark focusing on tracking and dealing with unacceptable behavior seems essential for safeguarding a peaceful social environment conducive to our students' search for a better, more academically and spiritually meaningful life.

    The benchmarking process should also note the positive initiatives that foster an appreciation of Catholic, Benedictine values.

  • Section B - Leadership in One’s Field

    A better, more meaningful life will be led by those who aspire to leadership in their professions through the depth of their intellectual experience and capacity for life-long learning. That experience and capacity will be reflected in their expertise in their chosen area and their ongoing appreciation of the arts and sciences in the world around them.

    Goal One: The College must ensure that from the core curriculum each student derives: a) the essence of the Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts and sciences tradition of the institution;  b) an appreciation of critical thinking, fluency, collaboration, and creativity; c) a striving for the integration of knowledge into a larger structure.

    Means: A well-represented, standing committee should evaluate the existing core curriculum.                    

    Benchmark:   That committee should issue an annual report assessing the effectiveness of the core curriculum in achieving the goals set forth suggesting ways in which new technologies or methodologies could be employed to enhance the value of the core curriculum.

    Goal Two: Develop new major fields of study to serve the needs of current students and those we seek to attract, always ensuring that no new program is adopted unless it can offer the students the foundational element of the Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts and sciences tradition unique to Saint Vincent College. Assess whether existing programs should be restructured, consolidated or eliminated where more effective use of the academic resources of the institution could be employed consistent with our overall mission.

    Means: Through careful collaboration with the Admissions Office and community partners, and with awareness of the paths taken by recent graduates,  the academic leadership of the College should identify new areas for curricular development that will serve student needs and be financially stable and sustainable components of the College program. Having determined such areas, however, equally careful attention must be paid to providing students in those new majors with the full benefit of the foundational values of the school as expressed in Goal One above.

    Benchmark: While there may be no timetable placed on the modification of the curriculum, the College must set into place processes to allow for the means described above to occur on an ongoing basis.

    Goal Three: Each academic department must ensure that its majors are presented with a challenging and in-depth curriculum so that they may be fully prepared for the phase of their life that will begin upon their graduation from Saint Vincent.


    • Departments should assess how, if at all, current teaching methods could be improved to meet needs of the 21st century learner. This assessment should recognize that leadership in one’s field involves the capacity for collaboration and compromise with others working towards a common goal as well as the development of personal accountability and drive. Opportunities to learn the skills of teamwork in problem solving must be encouraged.
    • Departments should assess whether recent technologies could be utilized to enhance the educational experience in each major course of study.
    • The College should prioritize funds for faculty research where such research can involve the students and enhance their educational experience.
    • Departments should assess the student interest in and viability of existing majors and the potential opportunities for new majors within each field.
    • Departments should actively consider the establishment of post-baccalaureate degree programs where such programs would enhance the overall academic program of the Department.
    •  The College should critically assess the viability of the implementation of any of the above means by reference to its potential effectiveness, its capacity to enhance the learning environment for the students, and its viability to be implemented in a financially responsible and sustainable way.


    • Use the assessment methodologies we have developed and will delineate in the Middle States evaluation to monitor the effectiveness of the academic programs in each major field of study.
    • Keep in close contact with graduates not only to assess their success, but to receive from them feedback on ways in which their educational experience could have been enhanced.

    Means Applicable to Each Goal in Section B:

    In seeking to serve the students through the three major goals identified above, officials of the College should assess whether structural changes in the current academic program might enhance the core curriculum, the development of effective new programs and the solidification of the rigorous quality of each major course of study. Structural changes that should be assessed include an examination of the current two semester model and the alignment of the majors under the current configuration of the four Schools.

  • Section C - Global and Diverse Perspective

    A better, more meaningful life will be led by those who fully appreciate the wondrous diversity of humanity created by God and are prepared for today’s increasingly global and diverse workplace.

    Goal One: To prepare our students for meaningful life and work in a globally diverse world, one in which they are likely to engage with individuals, cultures and governments that differ in perspective and context from their own, whether they are employed by companies that do business in global markets or engage in professions which present them with issues that demand a global perspective.  To imbue in them the sense that the traditional Catholic, Benedictine values will be invaluable to them in whatever venue their life leads. To help them embrace the call of Pope Francis to view the world as “Our Common Home.”


    • Bring the Saint Vincent student to the world via study abroad programs by encouraging each department to explore study abroad programs consistent with their curriculum standards and financially sustainable by the students and the institution.
    • Bring the world to the Saint Vincent student:
      • Encourage programs to increase the number of international students studying on campus and ensure that those students are fully integrated and welcomed into all aspects of campus life
      • Use the advancements in technology to bring academic programs originating in countries outside the United States to our students to enhance the rigor of the academic program and confront the views of the students with viewpoints forged in cultures other than our own.

    Goal Two:  To be a community that reflects the diversity in the family of God.   


    • Strengthen recruiting and retention efforts within the United States to attract more students and faculty of diverse backgrounds and retain them as sustaining members of the Saint Vincent community.
    • Create a welcoming and inclusive culture that provides students and faculty from diverse populations and/or cultural backgrounds with a sense of agency and the opportunity to thrive.
    • Strengthen the ways that the College supports the success of students from underserved and disadvantaged populations, including full integration into the community, timely graduation and post-graduation employment.

    A yearly assessment and tracking of these categories and outcomes should be maintained to ensure that we are making regular and sustained progress on these dimensions.

  • Section D - Social Justice

    A better, more meaningful life will be led by those who have the wisdom and courage to promote justice and to relieve the lot of and empower the poor.

    Goal:   To help our students understand:

    • That the principles of social justice are not tied to a single, political ideology but express the ideals of traditional Catholic social teaching (contemplation of the world in wonder, loving care of creation, and justice towards all humanity), the themes of Catholic Social Teaching embraced by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and are at the heart of our identity as a Catholic, Benedictine institution in the best tradition of the liberal arts and sciences.
    • That actions they take to address the needs of those made vulnerable by poverty and invidious discrimination will enhance their own lives, enrich society by enabling the formerly disenfranchised to contribute their wisdom and talent to the world, and fulfill the mandate “that in all things God may be glorified.”
    • That responsible citizenship by each individual is a value to be refined in order that the country reaps the benefits of its democratic institutions.
    • That respect for human dignity and the human person is at the core of any hope for social justice.


    • Express and cultivate a unified commitment to social justice throughout the College, while acknowledging the need for open discussion about what that commitment entails.
    • Educate the students on the practical functioning of the social justice system in the United States and the organizations and structures that affect the social justice system so that they may understand how to channel their efforts more effectively.
    • Continue to support and build upon our many existing social justice initiatives.
    • Ensure that members of the community have the potential to flourish while among us, especially members of underrepresented or marginalized groups.
    • Promote a campus-wide conversation about social justice issues, including opportunities for those working on various issues in social justice to meet regularly, discuss their ideas, and share information about their efforts. The Review should also devote appropriate time and attention to social justice issues.
    • Ensure that our own hiring, retention, and promotion practices are consistent with our commitment to social justice.


    Those working on specific social justice issues and programs across campus will be best able to propose appropriate benchmarks for monitoring our progress. Without setting artificial standards, we must hope that the discussion of the teaching of Laudato Si’ will continue and expand, that more opportunities will be made available for students to engage in charitable activities throughout the community, and that our employment practices will reflect the institution’s commitment to these principles. In this regard, diversity is not to be sought merely for diversity sake; rather, it is to reflect our commitment to listen with the ears of our hearts to a chorus of the voices that cut across the boundaries of all humankind.

  • Section E - Life Skills

    A better, more meaningful life will be led by those who balance work and leisure, exercise moderation in all things, learn strategies for overall healthy living in mind and body and appreciate their capacity for leadership.

    Goal One:       To offer the students a variety of opportunities to enjoy physical health while in college and acquire healthful lifestyle habits for their future wellbeing. 


    • Encourage various forms of physical activity to suit the interests of all students.  Consistent with concerns for financial responsibility, upgrade and expand exercise facilities for activities that will involve a wide spectrum of students, staff and campus organizations.
    • Develop an outreach program to gauge student interest in particular exercise venues.
    • Promote the Healthy Relationships Program, the teachings of the Theology of the Body, and an understanding of the broad spectrum of health and wellness services and educational programs offered by the Wellness Center.  Increase involvement of Excela Health Care to enhance these services. 
    • Assess the need for additional healthful food options in the community center, the Shack and the Barista.
    • Encourage students to chart their health progress throughout College under the supervision of trained health professionals.
    • Encourage students to spend time outdoors, for their physical and spiritual health, and to foster an appreciation of the natural world.

    Goal Two:      Provide the students with a range of psychological support to promote a safe and supportive environment in which students can confront intellectual challenges, explore new emotional situations, chart their future with self-confidence and pride, and learn the benefits of a life balanced among work, spirituality,  exercise and leisure.


    • Continue to provide clinical counseling from licensed therapists and educational opportunities for stress management, overall happiness, drug and alcohol awareness, sexual violence and bystander training, anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, healthy relationships, gambling and other addictions.  Determine the need for additional counseling hours to meet student demand in any or all of these areas. 
    • Insure that the new Title IX program is fully implemented with a goal to providing a safe environment, support for individuals who have been victimized by sexual violence or harassment, and strong educational programs to address healthy adult relationship issues.
    • Establish a working group to develop effective means to integrate guidance on areas of  alcohol and other drug use and effects, sexual assault prevention, bystander training and Title IX considerations, conflict resolution, coping skills/resiliency, effective communication, introduction to health and wellness/physical activities and creating balance in your life, into the curricular and co-curricular programs of the College, beginning in the Freshman year. 

    Goal Three:   Encourage students to learn and exercise leadership skills. Emphasize that leaders must exhibit the capacity for hard work and a keen understanding that service to others is at the heart of leadership.


    Make leadership training part of a general offering of health and wellness programs so that all students are encouraged to find the confidence and courage to take up positions of service and responsibility. This training must emphasize the skills of collaboration and respect for others as critical elements of the process of teamwork in which the leader functions.

    Benchmark for All Goals in Section E:

    • Survey students on a regular basis as to their satisfaction with the physical/psychological/leadership support services on campus, the availability of healthy non-academic activities and their general level of satisfaction with the quality of their life here.
    • Use NSSE or similar instruments to measure student engagement in life skills activities.
    • Monitor participation in varsity and intramural sports.  
  • Section F - Institutional Integrity

    A better, more meaningful life will be led by those who are inspired by an institution that maintains financial stability, does not leave them unduly burdened with debt that could cripple their ability to pursue new challenges, wisely manages its resources, engages in honorable business practices and recognizes the dignity of each person in the community.

    Goal One: 

    • Recognize that the call of Pope Francis on issues regarding the care for God’s creation is fundamentally a call to the ideals of stewardship, discipline and stability which are hallmarks of the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Such a call, as Pope Francis reminds us, is but an extension of the teachings of Jesus who was “in constant touch with nature, lending it an attention full of fondness and wonder.”
    • Develop a financially sustainable model for the operations of the College that will solidify the financial position of the institution and lessen the need for preeminent reliance on tuition dollars to insure stability.
    • Prioritize the availability of institutional financial aid at a level to minimize the necessity of qualified students taking on significant college loan debt.


    • Study and implement strategies that will stabilize net tuition revenue over time in ways consistent with the Catholic, Benedictine values and high standards of academic rigor.
    • Encourage new sources of revenue for the College that are consistent with the educational mission and offer increased sustainability to the financial base of the institution, lessening reliance on tuition revenue.
    • Prioritize the support of students through endowed scholarships and other financial structures that will enable the College to recruit the kind of students it seeks without incurring undue increases in the discount rate.
    • Develop programs to allow students who need to do so to work during their matriculation to earn funds to support their educational endeavors. Assist students who are carrying a portion of the responsibility for their own education to be able to do so consistent with the academic demands of the institution.
    • Use technologies to reduce costs and achieve economies of scale whenever they may be employed without compromising the Catholic Benedictine liberal arts and sciences tradition of the institution.
    • Monitor and assist students in the ability to graduate within four years, analyzing appropriate and financially sound levels of academic support for students in need.
    • Help ease the practical burdens of students by increasing the level of involvement and support by alumni and friends through mentoring, placement, career-preparing internships, and others.


    The senior leadership of the College must develop an integrated way in which to balance various indicators to achieve the overall goals of this Strategic Plan. Among the relevant indicators are those listed below, along with the individual(s) most directly responsible for helping to set and achieve each, interrelated component:

    • Net tuition and fees revenue, total – levels to be set in consultation with the Vice-President of Finance and Administration.
    • Discount rate – levels set in consultation with Vice President of Admission, Marketing and Communications and Vice-President of Finance and Administration.
    • Student First fund – levels set in consultation with the Executive Vice-President of Institutional Advancement.
    • Endowment value – levels to be set in consultation with the Executive Vice-President of Institutional Advancement.
    • First to second year retention rate – levels set in consultation with the Dean of Studies.
    • Graduation rate after 4, 5, 6 years – levels set in consultation with the Dean of Studies.

    Goal Two:   Address infrastructure needs by wisely managing resources to support the challenges of traditional Catholic social teaching.


    • Emphasize environmental concerns when prioritizing infrastructure and technology needs.
    • Increase private giving targeted to infrastructure needs to sustain annual ongoing operational expenditures.
    • Enhance the natural beauty of the campus and its surroundings.
    • Where economically feasible and consistent with the goal of financial stability, enhance the dormitories to encourage students to take full advantage of our overall program by living on campus throughout the four years of their matriculation.
    • Make improvements to the classrooms and other educational facilities based upon the specific plans of the faculty to enhance the presentation of the educational program of the institution.
    • Enhance facilities to assure that commuting students feel that they are welcome members of the community.


    • Identify annual capital budget funds to support continuous improvement in environmental performance of campus operations.  
    • Grow the endowment fund by soliciting gifts for a deferred maintenance fund with an emphasis on stewardship and improved environmental performance.
    • Find objective ways to measure the efforts of the campus to conserve resources and utilize them more efficiently on a year to year basis.

     Goal Three:   Through employment practices, to demonstrate to our students that an effective and efficient organization can attract a diverse and competent population of employees and promote a welcoming and collaborative working environment among everyone in the institution.


    • Review employment practices and policies to ensure that they recognize the dignity of work and the respect of persons in all employment categories in the institution.
    • Review the compensation levels of employees to ensure that we are comparable to those within the peer group and foster an environment wherein we will attract the best people for the service of the students.
    • Encourage students and staff to make positive contributions to the institution by suggesting better means by which we may exercise good stewardship of our resources.
  • Section G - Ongoing Commitment

    A better, more meaningful life will be led by those who remain connected to Saint Vincent and actively contribute to the betterment of the institution in multiple ways for students in subsequent generations

    Goal:   Establish programming for current students and alumni that builds upon and integrates the core, foundational values of Saint Vincent as a Catholic Benedictine College of the liberal arts and sciences, which will then serve as the framework to keep our students connected to Saint Vincent College after graduation.


    • Engage the appropriate Offices at Saint Vincent (Alumni, Student Affairs, Career Center, Campus Ministry, Service Learning, etc.) to create a collaborative program enabling alumni to remain involved and connected to the College and provide them a way to take part in the lives and experiences of current students.  Examples may include Senior Seminars where alumni provide guidance and advice on such topics as career and retirement planning, financial literacy, work/life balance, and service opportunities.
    • Programming involving alumni should look to integrate the hallmarks of the Rule of Saint Benedict and traditional Catholic social teaching along with offerings encompassing subjects in the liberal arts, business, natural and social sciences, whether the program is looking to impact the spiritual, academic or social well-being of the student. 
    • Such programming should also seek to grow a connection not only between current  students and the College, but between students and alumni regardless of class year.  The programming should touch upon four pillars: 
      • recruitment of future students to Saint Vincent;
      • providing internship and cooperative experiences for current students;
      • assisting with and providing job opportunities to graduates of Saint Vincent; and,
      • providing financial support to the College.

    Examples could include assistance at admissions recruiting fairs, job fairs and activities aimed at building a culture of philanthropy among students while still at Saint Vincent that carries on after graduation.

    • Such programming should utilize technology to engage students and alumni by providing a bridge for students once they are no longer able to easily make it back to campus.  Examples include live-streaming of on-campus lectures (e.g. Threshold, New Horizons), athletic events, and social and professional networking.


    Once programming has been set up, Saint Vincent can then measure the effectiveness by tracking alumni and student attendance at events, involvement in recruiting students to Saint Vincent through the Alumni Grant, gifts to the College and involvement on campus after graduation.

    The Alumni Director will monitor these programs and keep track of their efficacy.


Approved by the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors December 2, 2011 
  • Core Values of Saint Vincent College

    Guided and inspired by the monastic community in residence at Saint Vincent, the College community maintains a shared commitment to its Catholic, Benedictine heritage. Saint Vincent’s distinctive character and identity are based on the following pillars.

    Catholic Intellectual Tradition 

    Catholicism strives to bring the virtue of hope to bear in the midst of life’s uncertainties, a hope that can be life-changing and life-sustaining, a hope in things seen and unseen. In Ex corde Ecclesiae, the late Pope John Paul II identified four essential characteristics of a Catholic University:

    • A Christian inspiration not only of individuals, but of the university community as such;
    • A continuing reflection in the light of the Catholic faith upon the growing treasury of human knowledge, to which it seeks to contribute by its own research;
    • Fidelity to the Christian message as it comes to us through the Church; and,
    • An institutional commitment to the service of the people of God and of the human family in their pilgrimage to the transcendent goal which gives meaning to life.

    Benedictine Wisdom Tradition 

    Saint Vincent is America’s first Benedictine College, and is today one of fourteen Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States. These institutions share a commitment to education as a catalyst for the “transformation of the human mind and heart. Benedictine education stresses the formation of the whole person rather than the intellect alone.”

    The Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities identifies “three influences that animate Benedictine education: Christ who is encountered anew each day in Scripture and the human person, the Rule of Benedict as it is lived in community, and the extensive and rich tradition of those who have pursued Christian and monastic holiness in the past.”

    Liberal Arts and Sciences 

    In his homily beatifying Cardinal John Henry Newman, Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to Newman’s “vision for education, which has done so much to shape the ethos that is the driving force behind Catholic schools and colleges today. Firmly opposed to any reductive or utilitarian approach, he sought to achieve an educational environment in which intellectual training, moral discipline and religious commitment would come together. The collection of discourses that he published as The Idea of a University holds up an ideal from which all those engaged in academic formation can continue to learn.”

    In keeping with the vision of its founder, Boniface Wimmer, Saint Vincent’s approach to the liberal arts and sciences incorporates professional preparation, the pursuit of scholarly knowledge, and an appreciation for the arts. The College, as established by Wimmer, was structured to incorporate ecclesiastical, classical, and commercial education. Wimmer encapsulated this approach to education by stating, “My heart is in this work, and I will spare no expense to teach the students first what is necessary, then what is useful, and finally what is beautiful so long as it contributes to their refinement.”

  • Vision for Saint Vincent College

    Saint Vincent College is an academic community that is inherently and profoundly shaped by its Catholic, Benedictine values and its rich heritage. Guided by the monks of its sponsoring organization, Saint Vincent Archabbey, the community is comprised of dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni working together in pursuit of scholarly knowledge, a deeper understanding of God’s purpose for our lives, and service to the local, national, and global community.

    Saint Vincent aspires to be a regional college of liberal arts and sciences with a national reputation for quality and broad community impact through distinctive academic and outreach programs. The quality of Saint Vincent’s academic programs have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report (ranking in the first tier of national liberal arts colleges, 2012 edition) and by Forbes magazine (inclusion in the annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges,”2008-2011). The College has the opportunity to further advance its national profile through the signature programs of its four Schools, the affiliation with internationally renowned scientist Dr. Herbert Boyer, and the ongoing development of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media.

    Our vision is to fulfill Saint Vincent’s promise as a community of hope during a time when higher education is facing significant internal and external challenges and contemporary society is characterized by uncertainty. The intellectually challenging and morals-based education provided at Saint Vincent prepares students to succeed in their chosen professions and to carry forward values that provide a deeper meaning to life.

    Saint Vincent is well positioned to advance its academic programs and raise its national profile while being faithful to its Catholic, Benedictine tradition. In this manner, the College will secure its future and have a significant impact on current and future students and the community at large.

  • Strategic Planning Goals

    The purpose of this strategic plan is to articulate principal goals to advance the educational mission of Saint Vincent College during the next five years. In order to facilitate implementation of the plan, the College has identified key strategies to move the goals toward completion and primary indicators to measure progress. This plan is meant to be a living document and to guide the institutional priorities and work of the College moving forward. Primary indicators will be updated annually to evaluate progress toward the strategic plan goals.

    1. Advance the Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts and sciences character of Saint Vincent College.
      1. Implement fully the directives of The Application of Ex corde Ecclesiae for the United States.
      2. Establish an ad-hoc “Mission Effectiveness Committee” of faculty, staff, and students.
      3. Capitalize on the strong Benedictine presence among College faculty, administration, and staff to manifest the Benedictine ethos.
      4. Integrate Saint Vincent’s twofold relationship as both a ‘College’ and as ‘Catholic.’
      5. Recognize the dignity of all members of the community, welcoming people of all ethnic origins, faith (including those of no faith), and economic standing
      6. Enhance the integration of the Catholic Intellectual and Benedictine Wisdom traditions.
      7. Maintain a strong commitment to the core curriculum and a broad, holistic view of education that emphasizes the interconnectedness of the disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences.
    2. Provide an excellent, challenging yet supportive educational experience that prepares graduates for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and meaningful lives.
      1. Promote curricular and extracurricular opportunities for students to mature harmoniously and create success and meaning in their lives.
      2. When appropriate, offer new programs of study that leverage the College’s strengths and fulfill regional and national needs. Examples of these opportunities include programs developed to integrate the Fred Rogers Center into the curriculum of the College, the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program (DNAP) planned in conjunction with Excela Health, and the potential expansion of China Studies.
      3. Nurture continuity and excellence across the curriculum through interdisciplinary programs, the Library, our Centers for research and outreach, and a robust study abroad program.
      4. Assess every program of study offered by the College, including the core curriculum, on learning outcomes that ensure graduates are well positioned for their next steps after graduation.
    3. Attract and engage individuals who can make positive contributions to the Saint Vincent community.
      1. Increase the visibility of Saint Vincent College by utilizing new media and well-chosen marketing opportunities.
      2. Recruit and retain students from our traditional region as well as reaching out to an increasingly diverse pool of prospective students.
      3. Provide competitive compensation and professional development to recruit and retain qualified faculty and staff committed to the mission of the College.
      4. Nurture partnerships locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally that provide opportunities for growth, service, and outreach as well as promoting global awareness and understanding.
    4.  Address the diverse needs of the community by maintaining a financially sound, environmentally sustainable, and beautiful campus.
      1. Complete construction on the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion and attain LEED certification.
      2. Identify future facility needs and determine priorities for implementation using the Campus Master Plan.
      3. Enhance awareness of community impact on the environment and adopt sustainable practices as appropriate.
      4. Maintain a safe and comfortable living and learning environment.
      5. Unify Saint Vincent’s management information systems under one database and utilize the benefits for increased efficiencies campus-wide and more thorough data analysis in all decision making.
      6. Engage in analysis of financial operations and identify operating efficiencies.
      7. Direct annual operating funds and hiring (including tenure-track faculty positions) toward strategic planning goals.
      8. Increase private giving to grow the College endowment, fund academic programs and capital projects, and provide support for unrestricted operations.
      9. Enhance alumni participation and engagement.
  • Implementation Plan

    This strategic plan is designed to serve as a framework for academic and administrative operations at Saint Vincent College from 2011 through 2016.  The plan is meant to serve as a living document, providing the College with the flexibility to capitalize on emerging opportunities and to respond to new challenges during the five-year period covered by the plan.

    Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B. and members of President’s Council developed the first draft of the plan in early 2011.  The initial draft of the plan was presented to the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors in March 2011 for review and feedback.  At this time, the plan also was shared with representatives of academic and administrative departments.  A two-day Board retreat was held on September 8th and 9th during which each of the academic and administrative divisions of the College presented their strategic initiatives.  The plan is anticipated to be approved by the College Board in December 2011.  Pending Board approval, implementation of the plan will commence in January 2012.

    One essential strategic initiative discussed during the September Board retreat is the establishment of a comprehensive marketing plan for the College.  Analogous to the campus master plan, the marketing plan will include tactics for highlighting and more widely disseminating the unique identity of Saint Vincent College in the higher education marketplace.  The marketing plan will also include targeting specific geographic and demographic sectors, expanding the recruiting cycle for prospective students to 24 months, and the refinement of the Saint Vincent College brand.

    Following formal adoption, the strategic plan will be broadly disseminated to all campus constituencies.  During the 2011-12 fiscal year, academic and administrative departments will be asked to develop strategic plans for their areas corresponding to the goals and strategies articulated in the master plan.  Recognizing the important role that each individual has to play in the success of the College, each member of the administration and staff will be asked to develop performance goals based on the strategic plan for their department.  These performance goals will form the basis for performance evaluations beginning in 2012.


    i Pope John Paul II, Ex corde Ecclesiae (“On Catholic Universities,” Apostolic Constitution, 15 August 1990) § 13.
    ii Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities, Education within the Benedictine Wisdom Tradition (rev. 27 August 2007). Source:
    iii Ibid. (Emphasis added.)
    iv Pope Benedict XVI, “Beatification of Venerable Cardinal John Henry Newman” (Homily, Birmingham, England, 19 September 2010).
    v The Application of Ex corde Ecclesiae for the United States went into force as particular law for the United States on May 3, 2001 (Authorized by The Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza, President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.)
    vi “The university (in particular, the trustees, administration, and faculty) should take practical steps to implement its mission statement in order to foster and strengthen its Catholic nature and character” (Application of ECE to the US, Part Two: Article 2, § 6). Endnote #29 at this place further makes clear: “In this regard, the university may wish to establish a ‘mission effectiveness committee’ or some other appropriate structure to develop methods by which Catholics may promote the university’s Catholic identity and those who are not Catholic may acknowledge and respect this identity.”
    vii “One of the ways this relationship is clarified and maintained is through dialogue that includes faculty of all disciplines, students, staff, academic and other administrative officers, trustees, and sponsoring religious communities of the educational institution, all of whom share responsibility for the character of Catholic higher education. The bishop and his collaborators in the local Church are integrate parties in this dialogue” (Application of ECE to the US, Part One, § 3).
    viii As Pope John Paul II put it: “These men and women offer their training and experience in furthering the various academic disciples or other university tasks” (Ex corde Ecclesiae, § 26). Also: “Recognizing the dignity of the human person, a Catholic university, in promoting its own Catholic identity and fostering Catholic teaching, must respect the religious liberty of every individual, a right with which each is endowed by nature” (Application of ECE to the US, Part Two: Article 2, § 4.) Endnote # 27 at this place adds emphasis: “Though thoroughly imbued with Christian inspiration, the university’s Catholic identity should in no way be construed as an excuse for religious indoctrination or proselytization. See Vatican Council II, Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis humanae) §§ 2 – 4.” 
Board of Directorsboard-of-directors

Mr. J. Christopher Donahue, Chair
Right Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor, Vice Chair
Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., College President
Rev. Thomas Acklin, O.S.B.
Fr. Michael Antonacci, O.S.B.
Atty. Joseph C. Bartolacci
Ms. Bibiana Boerio
Ms. Linda McKenna Boxx
Fr. Jude Brady, O.S.B.
Br. David Carlson, O.S.B.
Dr. Robert J. Clemens
Fr. Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B.
Rev. Thomas Curry, O.S.B.
Mr. John J. Degnan
Mr. Richard A. DiClaudio
Dr. David A. Dzombak
Mr. Donald A. Haile
Mr. John J. Hans
Very Rev. Earl Henry, O.S.B.
Mr. Michael L. Keslar
Maureen Lally-Green, Esq.
Mr. Ralph Liberatore
James V. Maher, Jr., PhD
Most Rev. Edward Malesic
Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B.
Dr. Donald L. Miller
Rev. Warren Murrman, O.S.B.
Mr. Joseph W. O’Toole, Esq. 
Fr. Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B.
Mr. Robert F. Pusateri
Mr. Charles J. Queenan, Jr.
Mrs. Jeri Eckhart Queenan
Mr. Arthur J. Rooney, II
Timothy P. Ryan, Esq.
Mr. Hans Sack 
Mr. Paul A. Seaman
Dr. Kiron K. Skinner
Rev. Ralph Tajak, O.S.B.
Rev. Richard Ulam, O.S.B.
Mr. James F. Will
Rev. Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B.
Most Rev. David A. Zubik
(Sept. 2016)


Institutional Researchinstitutional-research

Through the gathering, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of a variety of information, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at Saint Vincent College supports administrative and academic departments in working to sustain institutional effectiveness. The Office completes a number of regular (annual or by semester) reports on current students, prospective students, alumni and faculty. The Office is also available to campus constituencies to do custom analyses, and to help in department and program assessment efforts. Institutional Research and Assessment is located in the Academic Affairs Suite in Headmasters Hall.

Stats and Facts

Legal Informationlegal-information

Your information is very important to us. This Privacy Policy explains SVC’s policies regarding information you provide to us via our website located at (the “website”), information we collect via the website, and how we use that information. Your use of the website, and any functionality offered via the website, constitutes your agreement to the terms of this Privacy Policy and any additional terms set forth on this website. If we update our Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on this page, and such changes will apply to information collected after the date of the change. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected through the website and not to information collected by us offline.

Third Party Websites
This website may contain links to independently-run web sites for SVC student groups or organizations, planned giving and/or fundraising sites, and other external web sites with different privacy practices or policies. SVC is not responsible for the privacy practices or policies of those sites, you access them at your own risk, and we therefore encourage you to review such third party privacy policies to understand how your information is being used. However, we welcome any comments pertaining to any independently-run sites accessed via our website.

We take precautions to protect the information you submit to us by using industry-standard security measures such as permission-based and role-based access controls and SSL encryption, however no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure. As a result, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your information during its transmission or its storage in our systems.

Any credit card or other method of payment you use will be handled by a third-party payment processor that will be responsible for obtaining and maintaining your information under its own terms and policies, including whether any of that information is shared with us and, if so, under what conditions. We do not permanently store credit card information provided to us via the website either on or outside the website.

Any user identification names or passwords you use shall be maintained by you as confidential and should not be shared with anyone not authorized to have access to your personally identifiable information. You are responsible for and should take steps to reduce the risk of disclosure of such identification names or passwords, including, without limitation, using unique and strong passwords.

How We Collect and Use Your Information
We use log data and ‘cookies’ to hold session specific information and to collect general information about our visitors. Cookies can be disabled on most personal computers; however, some web-based services require cookies for access.

We do not collect personally identifiable information about you unless you provide us with such information via online registration or participation in or use of the website features, functionality, services or otherwise. We may require you to provide additional personally identifiable information when registering or utilizing certain features of the website, such as name, email address, phone number, billing and payment processing information.

We may collect and use your information to personalize your experience and support your use of and access to the website and its features, to analyze usage, respond to inquiries from you, notify or update you about features, and/or address or prevent potentially prohibited and/or illegal activities.

We may use personally identifiable information or other information you have provided in order to communicate with you via text or other messaging technologies, our inquiries or communications to you regarding your enrollment, registration, or use of any feature or service on the website, and notices of developments related to the website and/or SVC.

We may also retain an archived copy of information you provided or we acquired as a result of your use of the website, including personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information, as required by law or for legitimate business purposes.

We may share aggregate, non-personally identifiable information with third parties.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, student records are protected by the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Pennsylvania law and SVC policy. Information about student access to education records and protection of education records is available in the Registrar’s Office. That policy also provides information on a student’s right to limit access to otherwise public directory information.

From time to time, individuals or companies under contract with SVC may have access to confidential information in the course of the service they provide to us, but they are not permitted to use or disclose that information for unauthorized purposes.

Pursuant to the terms of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, we do not knowingly collect personally–identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen (13). The website is not directed at children under the age of thirteen (13), and by using the website, you represent that you are not under the age of thirteen (13).

Required Disclosures
We may be required by applicable law, subpoena, court order or other legal process (including without limitation, rendering assistance to government enforcement agencies) to disclose or retain for some period your personally identifiable information and/or non-personally identifiable information. SVC has the right to comply with any such requirements (including a good-faith belief that such requirement exists) without liability for any such disclosure or retention. We may also securely communicate your information to credit reporting and/or law enforcement agencies solely in connection with, and restricted to, their assistance in preventing or assessing fraudulent and/or unlawful transactions via the website. We also may share, disclose, or otherwise use your information if we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to prevent injury and/or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of SVC students, employees, or others, protect the security or integrity of the website, or prevent illegal activity, including without limitation, fraud. We reserve the right to disclose and/or transfer (on a confidential basis) your personally identifiable information to our affiliates, partners (including partner educational institutions), or a purchaser of all or substantially all of our assets.

Consent to Processing of Information in United States
Notwithstanding your country of origin, or country, state and/or province of residence, by utilizing the website and/or directly providing personal information to us, you hereby agree to and acknowledge your understanding of the terms of this Privacy Policy, and consent to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States and/or in other jurisdictions as determined by SVC.

Contact Us
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(updated August 14, 2012)

Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity

Saint Vincent College subscribes to a policy of equal opportunity in the classroom, workplace, and programs. Saint Vincent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, veteran status, national origin, marital status, genetic history, or disability in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and College policies. Saint Vincent prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence.

As Saint Vincent College is an educational community rooted in the tradition of the Catholic faith, the heritage of Benedictine monasticism, and the love of values inherent in the liberal approach to life and learning, nothing in this equal opportunity policy shall require Saint Vincent to act in a manner contrary to the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church. Nor shall it be construed as a waiver either of Constitutional or statutory rights which Saint Vincent enjoys as a religiously-affiliated institution. Nor does this abrogate the right of the College to specify as a qualification for employment an individual’s willingness to fully embrace Saint Vincent’s mission as a Catholic, Benedictine institution.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries involving students and programs regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related statutes and regulations:

Sandra Quinlivan, Associate Dean of Studies/Section 504 Coordinator, Office of Academic Affairs, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe PA 15650, (724) 805-2371, or  

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and to serve as the overall campus coordinator for purposes of Title IX compliance:

Judith M. Maher, Assistant Counsel to the College / Director of Human Resources/Title IX &Section 504 Coordinator/, Office of Human Resources, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650, (724) 805-2581, or

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX sports compliance:

Susan Hozak, Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator/Compliance Officer, Athletic Department, Carey Center, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650, (724) 805-2112, or  

Title IX and Sexual Harassment 

Whistleblower Policy

Saint Vincent College requires directors, officers and employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their responsibilities. As employees and representatives of Saint Vincent, we must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

It is the responsibility of all directors, officers and employees to follow this practice and to report violations or suspected violations in accordance with the Whistleblower Policy. These violations may include any of the published policies of the College, but also include financial improprieties or irregularities. Financial improprieties or irregularities means, among other similar matters, misappropriation of funds, supplies, property, or other resources; misreporting hours worked; fraud or deliberate errors in the preparation, evaluation, review or audit of any financial statement of the College; forgery or alteration of College financial documents or financial computer files; pursuit of financial benefit or advantage in violation of Saint Vincent’s conflict of interest policy; or deficiencies in or noncompliance with Saint Vincent’s financial controls.

No director, officer or employee who in good faith reports a violation shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequence. An employee who retaliates against someone who has reported a violation in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment. This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees and others to raise serious concerns within Saint Vincent prior to seeking resolutions outside Saint Vincent.

Saint Vincent encourages employees to share their questions, concerns, suggestions or complaints with someone who can address them properly. In most cases, an employee’s supervisor is in the best position to address an area of concern. However, the employee is not comfortable speaking with his or her supervisor or he or she is not satisfied with their supervisor’s response, employees are encouraged to speak with someone in the Human Resources Office or anyone in management whom the employee is comfortable in approaching. Supervisors and managers are required to report suspected violations to Saint Vincent’s Compliance Officer, who has specific and exclusive responsibility to investigate all reported violations. For suspected fraud, or when an employee is not satisfied or uncomfortable with discussing his or her concerns with these persons, the individual should contact Saint Vincent’s Compliance Officer directly.

Saint Vincent’s Compliance Officer is responsible for investigating and resolving all reported complaints and allegations concerning violations, shall advise the President and/or the audit committee. The Compliance Officer has direct access to the Finance,-Audit, and Enrollment Committee of the Board of Directors and is required to report to the audit committee at least annually on compliance activity. Saint Vincent’s Compliance Officer is the Vice President of Finance and Administration.

The Finance, Audit, and Enrollment committee of the Board of Directors shall address all reported concerns or complaints regarding corporate accounting practices, internal controls or auditing. The Compliance Officer shall immediately notify the committee of any such complaint and work with the committee until the matter is resolved.

Anyone filing a complaint concerning a violation or suspected violation must be acting in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed indicates a violation. Any allegations that prove not to be substantiated and that prove to have been made maliciously or knowingly to be false will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense.

Violations or suspected violations may be submitted on a confidential basis by the complainant or may be submitted anonymously to a designated hotline: 724-805-1900. Reports or violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.

 The Compliance Officer will notify the sender and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation or suspected violation within five (5) business days. All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation. 

Accreditation and Membershipsaccreditation-and-memberships
Saint Vincent College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Telephone: (267) 284-5000, E-mail: The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
American Student Government Association (ASGA)
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals (AHEPPP)
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania
Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU)
C-Cue, Inc. (Consortium for Computing in Undergraduate Education, Inc.)
College Entrance Examination Board
Cooperative Education Association of Pennsylvania
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Council of Independent Colleges
Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland
Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce
Laurel Highlands, Inc.
Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce
Middle States Association of Collegiate Registrars and Officers of Admission
National Association of Campus Activities (NACA)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Colleges and Employers
National Association of Foreign Student Advisors
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Catholic Educational Association
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities
Pennsylvania Association of College Admissions Counselors
Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers
Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Pennsylvania School Counselors Association
Pennsylvania Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
The College Board
Westmoreland Cooperating for Economic Development

Aden University, Argentina
Duquesne University (cooperative program)
Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
Hebei Institute of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (podiatry)
Pennsylvania State University (3-2 engineering)
Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (podiatry)
Qingdao Agriculture University, Qingdao, China
Saint Vincent Seminary
Seton Hill University (cross-registration)
Shandong University, China
The Catholic University of America (3-2 engineering)
University of Pittsburgh (3-2 engineering)

Advanced Placement Program (AP)
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (at University of Pittsburgh)
Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Guaranteed Student Loan Program
Pell Grant Program
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
Perkins Loan
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Articulation Agreementsarticulation-agreements
Saint Vincent College has articulation agreements with:
Westmoreland Community College