SCU among the best in the West again
For the 15th year in a row, Santa Clara University was ranked second among 124 master’s universities in the West by the U.S. News and World Report. SCU also ranked second in the Western region among “great schools at great prices.” Loyola Marymount University ranked third, Gonzaga University was fourth, and Cal-Poly in San Luis Obispo was fifth.
In its annual ranking, “Best Colleges 2005,” the magazine compared SCU to similar comprehensive universities that offer a range of undergraduate programs and master’s degrees, but few doctoral programs. The Western region includes all colleges and universities from Colorado to the West Coast, including Texas.
The magazine also noted that, among master’s universities in the West, SCU has:
- the highest average graduation rate—82 percent.
- the highest average freshman retention rate—92 percent
- the second highest peer assessment score—4.0
- one of the highest average alumni giving rates—24 percent
SCU’s residential learning communities, where students take linked courses as a group, live in the same residence hall, and get to know their professors and one another, were also singled out in a list of academic programs that can contribute to student success.
Locatelli accepts fourth term as president
SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., ’60 was unanimously elected to an unprecedented fourth six-year term by the University’s Board of Trustees.
The current term of Locatelli, who has been president since 1988, ends in 2006. This decision adds another six years to his tenure.
Board chairman A.C. “Mike” Markkula said Locatelli’s service to SCU “has been nothing short of exemplary.” [See “AfterWords,” for more from Markkula.]
Locatelli said, “It is a blessing to be part of Santa Clara at this most exciting time in our history. The University has attracted an exceptional community of faculty and staff, students and parents, trustees and other volunteers, alumni and benefactors. I am excited at this opportunity to continue guiding my alma mater on its path to becoming recognized as one of the nation’s most distinctive Catholic, Jesuit universities.”
Locatelli earned his undergraduate degree in business from SCU, a doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California, and a master of divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 1974.