Saint Martin's University President selected to serve on national
March 12, 2007
LACEY, Washington – Dr. Douglas Astolfi, president
of Saint Martin’s University, has been selected to be a member of the
board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and
Universities (ACCU) beginning in June 2007.
ACCU is a Washington, D.C. based higher education
association representing the more than 230 U.S. Catholic colleges and
universities. The purpose of the association is to promote Catholic
higher education and to serve as the voice of Catholic higher education
in the United States.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve on the
ACCU board,” Astolfi stated. “This organization is an important national
higher education forum, and I look forward to bringing St. Martin’s to
the forefront of discussions concerning Catholic and Benedictine
education. In addition, I will bring the context of those national
discussions back to the members of the SMU community.”
According to the ACCU, Catholic colleges and
universities account for half of all students enrolled in faith-based
institutions of higher education in the United States; and Catholic
colleges and universities in the United States account for half of all
the Catholic universities in the world.
Catholic college and university enrollment increased in the 1990s by
18.8%, a rate that is almost three times the national average over the
same time period (7%). An average of 65% of students at Catholic
colleges and universities are Catholic.
In the United States, Catholic institutions of
higher learning include: 4 medical schools, 26 Law schools, 17 schools
of engineering, 81 schools of nursing, 177 schools of education, 19
women's colleges, 3 Carnegie Classified research universities, 13
doctoral universities, and 2 aviation programs.
Through research, collecting and coordinating data,
publications, and conferences, ACCU encourages and facilitates sharing
of ideas and cooperative efforts among its member institutions. ACCU’s
journal, Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, is published
semi-annually, and its electronic newsletter, Update, quarterly.
Saint Martin’s University prepares students for
successful lives through its 22 majors and six graduate programs
spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. A
Catholic, Benedictine university, Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,100 students
from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey, Washington main
campus, and 600 more to three extension campuses. For more information,
For additional information:
Interim communication director
Saint Martin’s University