ATS Educational Effectiveness Statement

St. Mark’s College is committed to promoting an authentic Christian humanism, marked by the pursuit of academic excellence and animated by a joy of searching for, discovering, and communicating truth and meaning in every field of knowledge. We engage students in the integration and synthesis of faith and reason so as to return them to society charged with a commitment to think rigorously, to act justly and to serve faithfully.

Steeped in the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition, we are a place of community, study, prayer and dialogue.  We provide diverse graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates as well as relevant opportunities for Continuing Education, all through an approach emphasizing intimate class sizes, accessible faculty, flexible delivery and student engagement.  These include a host of degrees and certificates for teachers, ministerial leaders, administrators, social service workers and other professionals that take place in a learning environment conducive to thoughtful discussion and inquiry into the central questions challenging humanity.  Grounded in the message of the Christian Gospel, we welcome and encourage diversity, and are accepting of all people travelling on the journeys that are life and faith. 

Our distinctive vision of higher education is marked by an emphasis on the pursuit of academic, personal and professional goals, while encouraging the members of our community to a deep commitment to addressing the challenges and opportunities of our times.  This is the vision expressed by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council in the Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes:

The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men (and women) of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts… United in Christ, they are led by the Holy Spirit in their journey to the Kingdom of their Father and they have welcomed the news of salvation which is meant for everyone.

Values

 Academic Excellence – emphasizing the importance of inquiry, dialogue and research, and supportive of the specific educational goals - academic, professional or ministerial, of our students. 

Stewardship - the need to continually renew and recommit ourselves to the message of Christianity and, in the best spirit of the Second Vatican Council, to be in constant dialogue with the world so as to best understand how to relate that message to the needs of today.

Community - understood according to the early Christian term koinonia, and emphasizing the importance of caring, mercy and compassion at the heart of all that we live as students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Leadership - acknowledging our commitment to forming women and men of character, who, faithful to Christian Truth, strive to improve their workplaces and communities through their commitment to the need for equity, social justice and hope.

Academic Freedom - as the meeting place of faith and reason, we value the importance of unfettered inquiry and freedom of conscience for both students and faculty, fully cognizant of the saving Truth revealed for us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.