Preparing Students to Succeed in a New Economy:
Saint Vincent College
In 2008, with foundation support, Saint Vincent College, the first Benedictine college in the U.S., established the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing, named for the co-founder of Genentech. On average, 95% of Boyer School graduates obtain employment in their field (51%) or enroll in graduate or professional education (44%) within one year of graduation. To leverage the success of this investment, in 2016, the college launched a $48-million campaign to create an education and research hub integrating Benedictine values and student and faculty engagement with science and technology to prepare students to succeed in an economy that values information, technological literacy, the arts, and critical thinking as problem-solving tools.
A Foundation grant of $5 million over three years, contingent upon the college raising all necessary funds, will support construction of this hub which will be housed in a renovated and expanded library facility and built to LEED standards. It will offer students access to electronic research resources, a writing lab, technology-enabled study spaces, common areas that permit food and drink, a video production suite, and a makerspace. Librarians will be onsite daily to educate students about accessing resources and navigating digital information sources. To date, the college has raised nearly $15 million toward the total cost of more than $41 million and will begin construction in May 2018.