In the late 17th century, John Baptist de la Salle started an education revolution. Prior to de la Salle’s revolution, only children from wealthy families received educational instruction. That instruction was one-on-one between the teacher and the pupil and occurred in Greek and Latin. When he and Adrian Nyel started a school with the Sisters of the Child Jesus in Reims, France, they provided an exemplary education to poor children, in a classroom setting, and in the children’s native language—French. An educational revolution was born.
We are honored at La Salle University to bear the name of the founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools who became the patron saint of teachers in 1950. Every day we honor his legacy by delivering high quality academic programs to approximately 6,200 students. We offer 50 undergraduate majors, 26 Master’s programs, and 3 doctoral programs. Courses in our programs are taught by a group of outstanding faculty, 83% of whom have the highest degree in their field. Students also have access to caring and compassionate staff members and administrators who assist students with activities such as advising, tutoring, and career counseling, just to name a few. Faculty, staff, and administrators put students at the center of everything they do. Teachers, scholars, and mentors deliver a personal educational experience because they care about each student’s educational and professional success, contribution to the larger community, and intellectual and spiritual growth.
This educational experience and philosophy have resulted in significant outcomes. In its August 2014 issue, Money Magazine rated La Salle University as a top 10 “Value All-Star.” That rating was based on two main factors: our retention and graduation rates and average income earned by alumni 5 years after graduation. According to Money, La Salle University’s graduation rate is 18% higher than the expected rate based on our peer group and the students that we admit. For the class of 2012, 91.5% of them were employed, attending school full-time, volunteering, active in military service, or volunteering long-term 12 months post-graduation. Over half the students in the class surveyed had at least one internship.
These outcomes are indicative of the quality of the education we are providing to students in and outside the classroom. At La Salle University, we privilege theoretical and practical knowledge, a philosophy advanced over 300 years ago by our namesake. This type of educational experience results in faculty, staff, and administrators promoting engaged learning in which students participate in internships, service learning experiences, co-ops, research with faculty mentors, clinical rotations, and study abroad experiences. Students and faculty travel throughout the Philadelphia area (our largest classroom) and to more than a dozen countries each year. In this way, our students become citizens of the world and apply the knowledge they acquire in the classroom to the larger community.
Currently, about 4,000 Brothers of the Christian Schools and 91,000 Lasallian Partners minister to more than 900,000 students in 77 countries. Together and by association, at La Salle University, we carry out the mission of St. John Baptist de la Salle by providing a model educational experience whose goal is to lead graduates to success in their chosen endeavor after graduation, a lifetime of learning, and a commitment to serving others.
Brian A. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs