President’s Letter

Kevin's photo for 10-11 catalog

Dear Student,

I welcome you to the new academic year. I am sure that you will find enrichment and new perspectives in the courses and programs that we offer to you. The 2010/2011 Stevenson University Catalog will provide a detailed overview of our diverse curriculum and our expanding extracurricular activities as you work with your advisor and professors to plan your year.

Our theme, Imagine Your Future. Design Your Career®, is appropriate to our mission. Stevenson offers an integration of liberal arts, science, and technology with a distinctive career focus. Through a process we describe within this catalog, Career ArchitectureSM, our dedicated faculty and staff work with students from the beginning of their freshman year to help them develop values-based decision making and career management skills for their lifetime.

Through our Learning Beyond concept, we expand on the lessons of Career Architecture by helping students enhance their education with outside-the-classroom experiences. Through service learning projects, study abroad, internships, and leadership experiences, you will broaden your traditional university experience and apply skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world challenges, occupations, and communities.

Our practical approach to education has increasing relevance in today's dynamic workplace. In fact, Stevenson continues to gain recognition as a national leader in career-focused university education. Academic quality enhanced by a low student-to-faculty ratio remains a hallmark of a Stevenson education. We are proud but not surprised that the University has been recognized in recent years as a "Great School. Great Price" institution by the U.S. News & World Report annual college ranking issue and was one of just 77 "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" nationally selected by the magazine in its 2010 edition. Our approach to career education is paying off for our students as well with 95 percent of our December 2008 and May 2009 graduates already in jobs or graduate programs after college.

The rapid and lively transformation of Stevenson over the past several years has led to two vibrant campuses just a few miles apart. The thriving Greenspring campus offers science facilities for undergraduate research, a nursing simulation skills lab, and outstanding facilities for our other majors, including a fully-equipped theatre and art gallery. The Brown School of Business and Leadership, our premier residential housing complex, sports and wellness center, and a dining room/student life facility in Owings Mills have been joined by our newest residence hall, Wooded Way, which houses specialized student learning communities as well as the Offices of Career Services and the Learning Beyond program. A new entranceway to the campus opened in winter 2010, and a new gymnasium will open by fall 2010. In fall 2010, we look forward to Stevenson's new football team's developmental season in anticipation of intercollegiate play in fall 2011.

All of these exciting developments are designed to enhance our student-centered experience in order to help you pursue your career and to achieve success in higher education. As you review this catalog, I offer you my best wishes on your personal path and encourage you to take full advantage of the activities and facilities offered by Stevenson.

Sincerely,

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Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D.

President, Stevenson University