The 2013 State of the University address by President Mary B. Marcy was delivered on August 21, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Angelico Concert Hall.
After two years at Dominican, this summer I had my first real opportunity to read, think and reflect...In the process of these reflections, I began to consider what binds us together as a campus, what is distinctively Dominican. The answer is quite simple. We are an institution that is dedicated to students – to their education, to their transformation, and to their success. This may be a simple answer, but it is also a profound one. And it is what is most enduring about Dominican.
"...as we more fully develop our vision for the future, we must place student learning at the center of our conversations. If we put students at the center of our discussions of engaged learning, for example, we move from a technical understanding of credits and requirements to a vision of student development that involves the entire campus. If we put students at the center of the renovation of Meadowlands Hall, we focus on classrooms, lab space, and student gathering spaces. And if we put students at the center of our long term campus vision, we will find the seeds for its next stage of development."
"Dominican is one of the few institutions positioned to link these two ideas, refining high impact practices – the programs that are becoming our signature -- and aligning them with growing programs offered on-line. We do not – and probably should not -- create the on-line course. What we can do is provide the intellectual integration for the student, championing what we know is the best of education."
"I am asking you to take the next step in the good work that we have begun. It will involve new ways of working together, but those steps will be inspiring and invigorating. In the process of creating this opportunity for students, we will create it for each other. With students as the winners, we will not require others to be losers. Instead, we will craft a future together, one that holds the enduring Dominican vision of student learning while taking our place in the broader arena of American higher education. I look forward to the next stage of our work together."