Siena Heights University is proud of our historical achievements; we are ever more dedicated to the target populations we serve; we constantly strive to improve the effectiveness of our academic programs. Siena Heights recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. From its roots as a Catholic college for women, it stands today as a university enrolling a diverse group of traditional age and working adult students in associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degree programs.
During the last 30 years, Siena Heights has significantly extended itself to accommodate the needs of those who pursue degrees in non-traditional ways. There are more than 2,300 undergraduates at both our traditional and degree completion programs. In addition, approximately 350 students are enrolled in Siena’s graduate programs, conducted in a combination of evening, weekend, and distance learning offerings.
We take great pride in these programs. Siena can only remain relevant by continually analyzing how accessible we are to those we serve, and how we respond to changing times. Our growth in these areas tells us we must be doing a number of things right.
Our primary focus has been on traditional students who seek a liberal arts education in a faith-based, small university environment. A very high percentage of our traditional undergraduate students also seek to further develop themselves as athletes. Athletics is therefore a key part of who and what we are.
We eagerly embrace a student body who will leave us more skilled than when they arrived. We are a teaching institution. When faculty members decide to join Siena, they have chosen to teach.
While we value and support certain research activities by both students and faculty, the focus here is on teaching. Our Mission declares that we will “assist people to become more competent, purposeful and ethical through a teaching and learning environment.”
Our faculty differentiates us from other colleges and universities. While our professors come here to teach, they do so much more. They are eager and willing mentors, colleagues, advisors and friends. The faculty’s success at these multi-faceted relationships is brought home to us in so many ways, especially in conversations with alums.
When we analyze why alums have such deep-seated affection for Siena, we often find faculty relationships at the core. Our Board of Trustees believes this. Our administration knows this. Our students experience it.