Attendees at the 2017 Spring Symposium recently gathered to hear Logan University President Dr. Clay McDonald’s State of the University Address in the ballroom of the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel. Dr. McDonald provided a comprehensive update on Logan, covering everything from how the school is faring financially to how the evolving curriculum is preparing students for a successful career.
A top point of pride for Logan is its debt-free, zero deferred maintenance status. Since 2013, the University has grown its assets from $35 million to $42 million, an increase of 20 percent. Logan alumni also fare well as graduates have a loan default rate of only 2.3 percent, far below the national average of 12 percent.
Projections for next year’s enrollment look strong, Dr. McDonald noted, particularly for the College of Health Sciences. More than 300 students enrolled for the 2015-16 school year, an increase of 138 percent from the previous year.
Although Logan’s undergraduate program has historically been more popular for completion degrees, the school is striving to change that. Efforts include teaching college-level science courses to high schoolers at the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience in downtown St. Louis. “Classes like this not only help students cut a year off their undergraduate program, but they also introduce chiropractic as a career option to a whole new group of students,” Dr. McDonald noted.
Logan’s continued success is thanks in large part to its innovative curriculum, which from the very beginning has students interacting with patients and learning about asking the right questions to get at the heart of their ailments. Logan’s curriculum, updated a few years ago, is being presented as a model to the Institute for Advanced Medical Education, Dr. McDonald says, adding that this represents a huge step forward for the field of chiropractic overall.
Dr. McDonald also addressed the effort to increase the percentage of the population who see a chiropractor. The initiative strives to utilize interpersonal care to expose a greater number of patients to the powers of chiropractic by partnering with hospitals, clinics and other medical centers. Logan, for instance, accomplishes this a few ways, including:
• Providing chiropractic care to sports teams, including athletes at the University of Missouri, Harris-Stowe State University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
• Running a part-time clinic at Paraquad, a local non-profit dedicated to helping people with disabilities live more independently, which places students alongside physical and occupational therapists.
• Operating clinics in federally qualified community health centers, including Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, Affinia and, beginning in August, at Mercy Hospital’s JFK Clinic.
These initiatives also offer a wonderful opportunity for students to receive hands-on training in a variety of unique settings, Dr. McDonald notes.
Dr. McDonald’s address concluded with a call to help
continue Logan University’s strong legacy of quality, affordable education.
This can be done by referring a student, donating to the Tower restoration ($275,000
of the $400,000 goal has already been raised) or supporting the Forever
Chiropractic, Forever Logan campaign which earmarks half of the $1,000 minimum
donation for immediate scholarships and the other half for scholarship