• Maia Hawthorne teaching in the Title III computer lab

Saint Joseph’s College Federal Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant

On September 13, 2012, the US Department of Education publicly announced that Saint Joseph’s College was one of 14 higher education institutions nationwide to receive a five-year Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant titled Supporting Student Success to Increase Retention and Graduation Rates.  The total grant award is $1,999,990.

The College identified three goals and four strategies to advance academic quality, improve institutional management, and fiscal stability as listed below:

                Goal 1:  Consolidate and strengthen academic advising and educational support services to facilitate student success in achieving educational goals.

                Goal 2:  Create a technology-rich teaching and learning environment to improve student learning outcomes.

                Goal 3:  Stabilize tuition revenue through improved retention and graduation rates.

                Strategy 1:  Establish a Student Success Center to consolidate and strengthen academic advising and educational support services using a case management system.

                Strategy 2:  Strengthen Freshman Seminar with advising training, improved course content, and better coordination with student support services.

                Strategy 3:  Provide advising training for freshman advisors and faculty using established best practices.

                Strategy 4:  Facilitate technology-rich teaching and learning through collaborative learning workspaces and curricular innovation.

Title III funding allowed the creation of two unique environments.  The first was the opening of room C108 on January 31, 2013.  Located in the Core Building, the room is an ideal teaching and learning space designed specifically for flexibility, mobility, and collaboration. C108 has unique design features matching specifications developed by SJC faculty for improving collaboration in conjunction with the latest computing and presentation technologies.

The second addition made possible by Title III funding was the newly established Student Success Center (SSC), which opened May 1, 2013 in the Evans Arts and Science Building directly behind the Robinson Memorial Library.  The SSC is responsible for providing comprehensive services to all students to empower and connect them with the resources they need to achieve their academic goals.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.