Giving to the College of Education and Public Service
To further the work of the College and in conjunction with the campaign for Saint Louis University, "Where knowledge touches lives," we are working toward raising funds to endow several areas of the College.
Hi tech - high touch; education - service; tradition - innovation; disciplinary competence - interdisciplinary creativity; independence - partnership. These seemingly contradictory pairings describe the educational mosaic of Saint Louis University's College of Education and Public Service.
Hi Tech - High Touch
The College of Education and Public Service is the only college of the University that has a playground. Pre-schoolers play there as part of their program in the College's Early Childhood Learning Center. Faculty and students are helping these children overcome a variety of developmental delays. While children are playing on slides and three wheelers, the College's Norman J. Stupp Geographic Information Systems Laboratory might be downloading satellite imagery of remote sites worldwide to study changes in the earth's soil and air patterns. Students in the College of Education and Public Service are equipped with the latest high tech tools and the human empathy to apply their knowledge in the service of others.
Education - Service
The College offers undergraduate degrees in Education and Urban Affairs, as well as graduate degree programs at both the master's and doctoral levels. Over half of the school superintendents and principals in Missouri received their advanced degrees from the College's department of Leadership and Higher Education. The department of Public Policy Studies offers the only graduate urban planning degree in Missouri and among the twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities. Advanced degrees in special education, public policy and public administration, and counseling and family therapy along with all the other undergraduate and graduate course offerings are united by a unique blend of both classroom and service learning opportunities. Students apply and test the skills they acquire in the classroom to a variety of settings including urban schools, community organizations, and clinic environments. The region and its people are an extension of the college's classrooms so that students develop not only competence, but also conscience.
Tradition - Innovation
Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University carries on the Jesuit tradition of the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and service of humanity. This commitment is met in the College of Education and Public Service's innovative core curriculum, which is based on the traditional Jesuit habits:
The Habit of Service, or giving oneself over to the intellectual foundations that promote the welfare of individuals, families, and communities;
The Habit of Inquiry, to cultivate sound scholarship and research and to create intellectual excitement in students so that they become life long learners;
The Habit of Reflection, which leads to a deeper appreciation of the way in which God is working in and through all things;
The Habit of Leadership, characterized by the desire to use one's talents to advance the human condition through critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collaborative decision-making.
Disciplinary Competence - Interdisciplinary Creativity
The problems of the urban core are complex. No one discipline can claim exclusive knowledge of either the problem definition or the solution. The College of Education and Public Service, through its interdisciplinary research centers, is dismantling the silos that separate disciplines and forms of scholarship. College of Education and Public Service faculty, trained in a variety of disciplines, come together to tackle a host of urban issues. Projects have included collaborations of students and faculty with Wyman Elementary School, Stevens Middle Community Education Center, the Blumeyer Village Housing Complex, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the Urban Land Institute to discuss regional growth patterns and core city redevelopment, United Way to increase capacity of member agencies to deliver service, and the City of St. Louis to increase government responsiveness to citizen needs.
Independence - Partnership
Faculty and students of the College of Education and Public Service are trained to be both independent thinkers and team collaborators. As a result of this creative link, a number of exciting community partnerships have been established that continually energize and contribute to the knowledge base of teaching and research while advancing the development of local communities. In short, interdisciplinary research and teaching, problem based-service learning, and an emphasis on applied research form the scholarly mosaic of Saint Louis University's College of Education and Public Service.
To further the work of the College and in conjunction with the campaign for Saint Louis University, "Where knowledge touches lives," we are working toward raising funds to endow the following areas of the College:
Every gift makes an impact for the College and our students. If you would like to support the College and make a contribution, please contact a Development Officer at (314) 977-2218 or the Dean of the College of Education and Public Service at (314) 977-3292.