UST addresses education of the poor in new two-year college program

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Recognizing economic disparity in the Twin Cities and beyond, the University of St. Thomas announced Nov. 17 its plans to open a new two-year college program in the 2017 fall semester.

Named the Dougherty Family College, St. Thomas’ two-year program will provide low-income students with an associate of arts degree, with the aim of helping students develop the skills necessary for obtaining a four-year bachelor’s degree and pursuing a career.

St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan said Catholic social teaching has played a role in developing the program. She noted that Archbishop John Ireland founded the St. Paul university for low-income Irish immigrants in 1885.

“What these principles would say is that we all have a responsibility to create the conditions where all human beings can flourish and realize their full potential,” Sullivan said. “And certainly, ensuring that people have a full opportunity to attain and complete their education to the extent they desire is a part of that commitment.”

According to the university, qualified candidates will have 2.5 grade point average and demonstrate a high level of financial need. It expects to enroll about 150 students into its first class. Grants and scholarships will offset tuition, bringing the annual cost as low as $1,000 for some students.

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