In keeping with its vision-mission, St. Scholastica’s College strives to maintain an environment that:
… nurtures academic freedom
St. Scholastica has always believed in the spirit of free inquiry and teaching to give its unique character. Since its foundation in 1906, teachers have been allowed the free expression of their beliefs and ideas in keeping with the school’s vision-mission and students the right to challenge their teachers’ views without fear of reprisal. Academic freedom allows for designing opportunities and processes where all members of the academic community can realize the value of seeking and spreading new knowledge and can grow in their capabilities to understand complexity and changing paradigms.
… emphasizes a liberating and positive approach to learning
St. Scholastica offers students the opportunity to actively participate in the educational process, to make significant choices and to reach a level of self-direction. It places special emphasis on the education of the younger generation who will be the key players in the 21st century. The wholistic development of students is most significant task of the College. Thus, student-centered and innovative approaches to learning are employed. Likewise, opportunities for training in the liberal arts and humanities are provided as well as the academic, physical and technological structures and facilities that support such training.
… nurtures research and innovative activities
Research is one of the pillars of any educational institution. Faculty members are encouraged to undertake research to keep themselves updated on new trends in their disciplines. In-house funding and grants from foundations are made available to interested faculty members as incentives to engage in research. Students likewise, through various progress programs (i.e., Drama and Theater in Education, Search for the Filipino, science and social studies, thesis writing, etc.) are given the opportunity to do research. Supervised by an adviser/mentor students are guided through the research process thus enabling them to appreciate said process.
… emphasizes the benefits of networking and linkages
Networking and linkages are important features of education at St. Scholastica. These provide the opportunities not only for academic/student exchange but also for the building and upgrading of physical resources and facilities. Of late the St. Scholastica Volunteer Program was opened to College graduates willing to serve the Benedictine branch schools as counselors or teachers. Faculty and students exchange have been initiated and started in such foreign based institutions as Bowling Green University (USA), Wesleyan University (USA), Union Theological Seminary (USA), York University (USA), Lady Doak College (India), Xavier Board of Higher Education (India), Osaka University (Japan), Les Roches School (Switzerland), Elizabeth University of Music (Japan) and the Hongkong Academy of Performing Arts (Hongkong). Locally, St. Scholastica is a member of South Manila Inter-Institutional Consortium (SMI-IC), the Consortium of Women’s Colleges (CWC) and the Consortium of Benedictine Colleges in Metro Manila (CBCM) among others.
… allows sectoral representation in policy making bodies
Based on one of the tenets of a socially-oriented school, St. Scholastica provides the opportunities for the various sectors of the academic community to participate in making decisions and policies which affect them. It is one of the few schools which has on its Board of Trustees a faculty and a student representative. In all academic levels, the faculty, students, and administrators sit together in various councils and committees. In the spirit of cooperation and collegiality, matters of common concerns are discussed and decisions arrived at.