Jesuit education is not an end in itself, but a pathway to help guide each student. It offers structure yet flexibility and freedom, encouraging personal growth and student-directed study. Teachers, rather than merely delivering knowledge, serve as guides full of wisdom and experience.
Jesuit education must be adaptable to students’ individual needs and to the time in which it is delivered—with an eye toward preparation for the future.
Much as St. Ignatius urged that the Spiritual Exercises should be adaptable to those who undertook them, Jesuit education must be adaptable to students’ individual needs and to the time in which it is delivered—with an eye toward preparation for the future.
Although Loyola’s vision is to be a leading liberal arts university, that liberal arts identity is threatened. In recent years there has been a considerable decline in the number of Loyola students majoring in arts and sciences and an increase in those in the school of business. The needs of today’s students and local, national, and global job forecasts show that Loyola must require undergraduates to plan carefully in order to link liberal arts education with their career goals. Hence, career planning must be an essential characteristic of undergraduate education at Loyola.
By renewing Loyola’s commitment to the educational ideals of Ignatius, the University will make a compelling case for the integral synergies between the liberal arts and career and vocational planning. We will reiterate that initial call of Ignatius and ensure that the education we provide remains deeply committed to the liberal arts, offering students the foundation they need for any and every opportunity they will encounter. At the same time, we must ensure that they gain knowledge and experience through interdisciplinary connections among the liberal arts, STEM, and business, to help them graduate with a deeper understanding of how to respond to the needs of current times.
A Loyola education in the Ignatian tradition prepares students not solely for their first jobs, but for their careers, for a lifetime of contributing to the workplace and to society.