CASC Lumen Magazine_Winter 2021

Campus Profiles


Dr. Eddy Rojas , St. Thomas’ new executive vice president and provost, arrived in the Twin Cities this past August enthusiastic about joining the university. Rojas arrives with seven years at a Catholic institution and several more in higher education under his belt, and well aware of the challenges and opportunities St. Thomas will face in the near future. “We have many challenges in higher education. …The number of high school graduates is declining, especially in the Midwest. Family incomes have been stagnant in the past years and tuition has increased. Understanding the challenges includes understanding financial issues. We know that for many families, the ability to pay is an issue. Families have had a hard time seeing the value of higher education if it takes thousands of dollars to achieve. If you look at the research, the perception is that you don’t need to go into higher education to be successful. And when you take into account the demographic and economic pressures, you can see that it is not going to be easy for us – for all of the institutions of higher ed.”

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