E-News for Parents: St. Edward’s University

December 2010

Headlines from the Hilltop

St. Edward’s Launches Strategic Plan 2015

President George E. Martin adressing the audience

Addressing students, faculty and staff at the fall President’s Meeting, President George E. Martin unveiled a new 5-year strategic plan for St. Edward’s that will expand the university's presence and impact around the globe. The 2015 plan follows this year's successful completion of a 10-year plan that positioned St. Edward’s as one of the best small universities in the country.

A Bold New Vision

At the heart of Strategic Plan 2015 is a new vision: to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of a 21st century global world.

“It’s imperative that we prepare graduates to live and work in an increasingly interdependent world,” emphasized Martin. “We want all of our students to have multiple international experiences before they graduate.”

Martin outlined four key initiatives that will guide the university in achieving its vision:

  • Academic challenge
  • Holy Cross, Catholic heritage
  • Global preparedness
  • Resource development

Global Education Is Top Priority

The university’s focus on global education is inspired by a long history of international engagement set forth in the mission of our Holy Cross founders. Students will benefit from new academic programs and increased international learning opportunities in Austin and abroad, as well as leadership and service experiences.

Students Excited by Plan

Ricardo Buelna ’11 applauds the university’s goal to utilize technology to enhance international learning. “It’s exciting to think about sharing classes with students and faculty across the world in real-time virtual classrooms,” he says.

With her sights set on an immersion experience in Uganda, Jessica Nortman ’12 finds the university’s global outlook inspiring. “I like that St. Edward’s is encouraging every student to study abroad … and that our campus will become more international.” The plan calls for a growth in the number of international students, faculty and staff on the Austin campus, as well as increasing educational partnerships with other universities worldwide. St. Edward's currently partners with universities in France, Scotland, Germany, Mexico, Argentina and Japan.

Learn more about Strategic Plan 2015 and how it will benefit your student.