Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association? (Yes/No)
Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education:
Aquinas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a regional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.
The Aquinas College School of Education has been granted approval by the Tennessee State Board of Education to offer programs of study leading to initial licensure at both the elementary and secondary levels.
Please cite evidence of student or alumni accomplishment, such as graduation rate, graduate school placement, job placement, awards, etc.
Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.
Without neglecting difficult topics and ideas, how does your institution avoid leading students into serious error and spiritual harm through blasphemous, dissident, or heretical material in the bookstore, library, lectures, and course content?
The Aquinas College Handbook of Policies and Procedures states: “In keeping with the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae regarding the place of Catholic higher education within the Church, “It is the responsibility of the authority who is competent in accord with the status to provide for the appointment of teachers to Catholic universities who, beside their scientific and pedagogical suitability, are also outstanding in their integrity of doctrine and probity of life” (Canon 810 of The Code of Canon Law, quoted in Ex Corde Ecclesiae).”
How are the insights of the Catholic faith integrated throughout the curriculum and course content in all subject areas?
The Aquinas College Handbook of Policies and Procedures states: “The Curriculum Committee is responsible for assisting the Vice President for Academics in ensuring the academic integrity of the programs and courses offered at Aquinas College, in keeping with the mission of the College. In this capacity, the committee seeks to remain informed of the needs of the Church in the area of higher education and of current professional developments in sound educational practice, as well as the needs of the students whom the College serves.”
How does the institution’s academic program form students in love and knowledge of God, for sainthood?
The Philosophy Statement of Aquinas College states: “The College reflects the philosophy of the Catholic Church as it pertains to education. Each student is recognized as an individual of eternal worth whose immortal soul is destined for happiness with God. Aquinas College views its work of education as encompassing the human, spiritual, intellectual, and professional formation of the whole person. This total formation in the context of a community is united in Christ and the Church, and includes mutual seeking of truth and growth in charity. The College community strives together for the integration of faith, culture, and life that is the hallmark of Catholic education.”
How does the institution’s academic program prepare students for the renewal of culture in the light of Christ?
The Philosophy Statement of Aquinas College states: “At Aquinas College, students are formed as educators in the Dominican tradition. An education in the tradition of St. Dominic, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena and the other Dominican saints is ultimately about ardently seeking the One who is Truth and Charity—God himself—through prayer, assiduous study, and community. Having themselves been formed in the contemplation of Truth and Charity, our graduates are then sent forth to share the fruits of their contemplation through teaching and the witness of their lives. Thus they share in the Dominican charism of preaching and the salvation of souls.”
What is the median SAT and ACT of your most recently admitted class? (Note that some colleges may not require one or both scores from all students)
What is the median H.S. GPA of your most recently admitted class?
Additional Academic Quality information, clarification or description (optional)
Aquinas College stands in the Dominican and Catholic traditions of higher education. Our academic programs and service to the broader community focus on education: preparing students to be teachers and leaders in schools and communities, and providing ongoing formation opportunities for teachers, leaders, and catechists already engaged in these important works. We see our work of education as encompassing the human, spiritual, intellectual, and professional formation of the whole person. This total formation in the context of a community is united in Christ and the Church, and includes mutual seeking of truth and growth in charity. We strive together for the integration of faith, culture, and life that is the hallmark of Catholic education.
At Aquinas College, students are formed as educators in the Dominican tradition. This education is ultimately about ardently seeking the One who is Truth and Charity – God himself – through prayer, assiduous study, and community. Having themselves been formed in the contemplation of Truth and Charity, our graduates are then sent forth to share the fruits of their contemplation through teach and the witness of their lives. Thus they share in the Dominican charism of preaching and the salvation of souls.
CENTER FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION
The Center for Catholic Education, in conjunction with the Aquinas College School of Education, serves Catholic elementary and secondary schools by providing spiritual and professional formation opportunities. These may be given for faculty and staff members of individual schools or on a diocesan level. Sessions for those engaged in school leadership as well as presentations for parents are also available.
CENTER FOR EVANGELIZATION AND CATECHESIS
The Center for Evangelization and Catechesis at Aquinas College supports the work of catechists and leaders by providing workshops, retreats, and directed study of the Catholic Faith. Rooted in the Dominican charism of contemplative study and preaching, the Center trains parents, teachers, and parish volunteers in an approach to catechesis that engages both the mind and heart.
CATECHIST FORMATION PROGRAM
Aquinas College developed the Catechist Formation Program to help pastors, principals, and directors of religious education train prospective catechists in Roman Catholic doctrine. This initiative of the Center for Evangelization and Catechesis offers a sytematic and organic formation program based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other catechetical documents of the Roman Catholic Church and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The program is a non-credit program supported by the College in light of its overall mission. Currently, the CFP forms the catechists of the Diocese of Knoxville and serves a growing online population.