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    Vincentian Academy-Duquesne University Partnership Concludes with Success

    Vincentian Academy and Duquesne University today announced that effective June 30, 2010, Vincentian Academy will resume full responsibility for its operations, following the conclusion of a 15-year partnership agreement with Duquesne University for administrative support services.

    The Academy was founded in 1932 by the Vincentian Sisters of Charity, who in 1995 entered into a 5-year partnership with Duquesne University for administrative support services. Early in the partnership, Duquesne faculty advised on the development of the International Baccalaureate Degree Program (IB) as its core curriculum. The partnership agreement was renewed in 2001 for a 10-year period. The purpose of the partnership has been achieved.

    “Duquesne has helped strengthen the Academy and position it for long-term success,” said Sister Camille Panich, principal of Vincentian Academy. “Our enrollment increased 52 percent this year, our International Baccalaureate exam results exceed national and international averages, and our students continue to maintain a 100 percent college acceptance rate.”

    Vincentian Academy is ranked among the finest secondary schools in the United States and abroad. Unlike other IB-affiliated high schools where only a portion of students enroll in the IB program of study, all Vincentian Academy students follow the IB curriculum, which is considered a mark of excellence by colleges and universities worldwide.

    “We are pleased that our partnership agreement for administrative services is concluding with a stronger Vincentian Academy,” said Duquesne University President Charles J. Dougherty.

    Beyond the scope of its strength as an academic institution, Vincentian Academy provides an educational experience that focuses on character development. Academy teachers infuse their classes with long-term goal-making and work ethic considerations in order to stimulate and advance the individual character and moral code of Academy students. Service and concern for others—values that are mainstays of the Vincentian Academy culture—also form an important foundation for building character. Vincentian students also volunteer over 5,800 hours of service annually.

    Although Vincentian Academy will no longer receive the administrative oversight provided in the current partnership, Duquesne University will work with the school to continue with other benefits to the students, including continued use of Duquesne University’s library and science facilities.

    “Vincentian Academy will continue to have a strong relationship with Duquesne to foster the IB program and academic excellence that has been achieved during the current partnership,” said Sister Panich.

    For more information about Vincentian, visit www.vaduq.org.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.