Dear Graduate and Professional Studies Student,
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2008/2009 academic year. This catalog will provide you with a detailed overview of our diverse and expanding curriculum of practical programs for our non-traditional students.
The upcoming year will mark some exciting changes for us. Currently, we rank as the third-largest independent undergraduate institution in Maryland, and have more than 700 students enrolled in graduate and adult accelerated degree programs. Based on this growth, organizational transformation, and programmatic changes, the State of Maryland this past year approved our application for university status. This 2008-2009 school year will be exciting, as we transition from Villa Julie College to Stevenson University.
More than 60 years after its founding, the College's founding name will proudly endure as the Villa Julie College of Arts and Sciences on the Greenspring campus. The Owings Mills campus will remain the site of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and welcomes the complementary School of Business and Leadership (SBL). The SBL will open this fall, bringing together information technology, business administration, accounting and paralegal studies programs. This facility will also house a new forensics computer laboratory and a state-of-the-art mock trial courtroom.
Academic quality enhanced by a low student-to-faculty ratio will be a hallmark of a Stevenson University education. We are proud but not surprised that we have been recognized in recent years as a "best value" institution by the U.S. News & World Report in its annual ranking. This ranking is based on many factors, especially on quality academics, peer review and tuition. We are proud that our new online classes are offered with small class sizes and tutorial support, maintaining our recognized quality and focus.
We continue our efforts to assure you a student-centered learning experience to help you pursue your future success through higher education. As you review your class schedule, we offer you best wishes on your personal path and encourage you to take full advantage of Stevenson's career-focused educational offerings.
Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D.
President, Stevenson University