2017 Saint Leo University President's Report | Excellence in Education
Saint Leo is ONE university, with teaching locations in seven states and online offerings all over the world. This is our 2017 President's Report.
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Excellence in Education

In all our teaching endeavors, we are motivated by Saint Leo’s recognition of the dignity and value of all human beings. Using the best teaching methods available, and innovating to improve where possible, we provide students with a quality education. That education, coupled with a love of learning, will serve them well in life, no matter where they started. These accomplishments of the past year are central to our mission—and milestones that we are proud to share.

Making the List

Saint Leo University was named one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Saint Leo ranked 61st among regional universities in the South, as well as one of the Best Value Regional Universities-South.

Saint Leo was also ranked highly in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs for Bachelor’s Degrees (tied for 59th) and was named to the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans list (tied for 37th).

Capital Visit

Education professors Dr. Candace Roberts and Dr. Holly Atkins, recent Education Department graduate Stacie Dunmire, and Vanessa Hilton, adjunct professor and local school district assistant superintendent, had the honor of speaking at a December 2016 White House briefing about the best ways to prepare future teachers to use educational technology effectively in their K-12 classrooms.

Benefiting From Benefactors

National Science Foundation Grant
The Class of 2021 at University Campus includes nine students who are known as the university’s first Emerging Mathematics and Computer Science (EMACS) scholars. The undergraduates were chosen to receive special scholarships of $8,000 per year, funded largely by a grant the university received from the National Science Foundation. The foundation awarded the grant to help the university nurture technological and analytical talent in the next generation.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Grant
Saint Leo received a $420,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in December 2016 to develop and pilot an online certificate-granting program for African Sisters Education Collaborative-Sisters Leadership Development Initiative program alumnae and other Catholic sisters in Africa. The courses, which are in development, will be on two topics: project planning and human trafficking.

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