SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As higher education evolves to respond to needs of students and demands of employers, Dominican University of California has announced a major gift to transform the university through a series of initiatives focused on best practices in higher education.
The initiatives will be launched by a gift – Dominican’s largest ever – from Andrew Barowsky, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, Dominican President Mary B. Marcy announced today during a special ceremony which included an in-conversation with NBC Bay Area news anchor Jessica Aguirre.
The gift also will establish the Andrew P. Barowsky School of Business, expand the University’s international programming through the creation of the Françoise O. Lepage Center for Global Innovation, and fund the Acacia Project, a series of long-term upgrades to the physical campus.
When fully realized the gift will mean $25 million in new revenue to the university, initiated by $17.5 million in outright gifts led by the chairman. It will enable Dominican to launch a renewed vision of liberal arts education that will benefit all students. Dominican’s student population, which mirrors California’s demographic shift, is the future of higher education nationwide.
Nearly one-third of Dominican’s students are first-generation college goers, while almost half represent a traditionally underrepresented minority.
“I look at our students and see the future of higher education,” Marcy said. “Soon, the country’s college-going population will reflect our demographics. If we can do right by our students, we can start to do right by a whole generation of American college students.”
This summer, Dominican will start integrating “high-impact practices” throughout its academic programs and courses. High-impact practices, which include service-learning, undergraduate research, capstone projects, and intensive first-year seminars, are proven to deepen student learning, retention, and engagement. They provide students with skills employers seek: critical thinking, communication, leadership, and the ability to work independently.
“We know from research that having multiple experiences with high-impact practices, spread across a student’s academic program, is one of the most effective determinants of student success and meaningful learning,” Marcy said.
The initiatives will integrate the best of liberal arts and best of the professions to provide purposeful education and a pathway to a career.
A new Integrated Advising Center will ensure all students receive full benefit of coordinated services. The Center will steer and define each student’s academic, personal, and professional path.