By the Reverend Dennis Dease, president

One of my goals for this semester, and a promise I made to you at the end of the last academic year, was to talk with you and sound you out about the matter of granting academic credit for student internships.

This fall, two thoughtful programs were sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and the Diverse Voices series — one a talk by Matt Finkin of the American Association of University Professors on academic freedom, and the other an enlightening and helpful discussion among faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Ralph Pearson, vice president for academic affairs, surveyed a number of other Catholic colleges and institutions and discussed the issue with the Faculty Affairs Committee.

I have found all of this input very useful, and I have concluded it is not in the best interests of St. Thomas at this time to have a formal policy on granting academic credit for student internships.

Rather, I believe I can — and should — rely upon and trust the faculty to understand and be sensitive to the Catholic values of this institution, and to keep these values in mind when advising students and approving academic credit for internships.