SGPP Curriculum Design & Delivery What makes Saint Mary’s University Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP) distinctive? + More SGPP programs offer customized curriculum and instruction tailored to the distinctive practices and technologies of each profession and to the needs of adult students’ lives and learning. For whom are the SGPP programs designed? + More Our students are working adults seeking an accessible, practical, and affordable education. The school supports the individual learning expectations of each student, and acknowledges the wealth of experience and prior learning each adult learner brings to the classroom. How are the programs delivered? + More Courses are conducted in face-to-face class sessions enhanced with technology, sometimes combined with online instruction. Multiple technologies are used to enhance the learning experience. This approach allows for students to benefit from regular interaction with students and faculty and time and opportunity to direct their own learning. What does each student gain from the program? + More Our rigorous, success-oriented academic programs respond to individual learning needs within a dynamic learning community to promote self-directed and interactive learning for subject mastery; continue personal growth and development; prepare adaptive, reflective professionals; and encourage a passion for learning. How are the programs developed? + More Ours is a collaborative process among professionals in the field, curriculum designers, instructional technology specialists, and program personnel, which results in an academic program that reflects current practices of the profession. How does Saint Mary’s University define academic quality? + More Academic quality is characterized by relevance and rigor. Relevance refers to the authentic nature of the learning - learning that provides meaning and purpose to lives, relates to specific occupations and professions, is timely and current, and incorporates skills for seeking personal and professional improvement and innovation. Academic rigor involves the degree to which students are challenged to learn complex content, engage their intellectual curiosity, explore provocative and ambiguous issues, and master skills of critical inquiry and research.