Embracing the Jesuit concept of the constant challenge to improve, Loyola University Maryland continues to strive to elevate the exceptional education and experience we offer our students. As we reflect on our 165 years of history as the Jesuit, Catholic university in Baltimore, Loyola is working to bring to life our strategic plan, The Ignatian Compass: Guiding Loyola University Maryland to Ever Greater Excellence.
Our priorities, as set forth in the plan, will help us achieve our vision statement: Loyola University Maryland, anchored in Baltimore, will be a leading national liberal arts university in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
We will continue to create an exceptional student experience. Guided by our exceptional faculty and staff mentors, we are prioritizing these four strategic areas over the next five years:
I. Ignatian Citizenship
Loyola will become the leader in defining, promoting, and advancing Ignatian citizenship. The University will begin by cultivating a campus-wide ethos of Ignatian citizenship, promoting thoughtful and active civic and global engagement among all members of our community. Loyola will establish the Ignatian Citizenship Commons; seek, embrace, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusiveness; and foster responsible and active citizenship on campus, and on local, regional, national, and global scales.
II. Ignatian Educational Innovation
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. 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. 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. Loyola will weave together vocational discernment and the power of a liberal arts education and poise each student to be an Ignatian citizen.
III. Ignatian Culture of Engagement
Building on St. Ignatius’ belief that people should meet others where they are, we will expand opportunities to engage the Loyola community more fully, one individual at a time, by increasing connections and collaboration. The members of Loyola’s community are the University’s greatest resource, its most passionate supporters, and the most likely people to spread the word about the value of a Loyola education. We will build the infrastructure to support engagement, inform and influence our stakeholders, involve our community, and promote a culture of philanthropy to advance, individually and collectively, Loyola’s mission. As Ignatian citizens, we are called upon to educate and empower members of our community—particularly our alumni—to engage in meaningful ways with one another and the world around them. The University will also take steps to maximize the impact of intercollegiate athletics on Loyola’s brand.
IV. Ignatian Institutional Vitality and Sustainability
Loyola will strengthen its vitality through a unified mission and vision as a university. As a community, we will embrace the Catholic sense of subsidiarity, appropriately aligning authority with responsibility. Loyola will place decisions in the hands of those who are closest to the issues, empowering them to make decisions that best serve the members of the community; this, in turn, will put the University in the best position for the future by ensuring that we have reached optimal operating efficiency through cost reductions or reallocations. While adhering to that sense of subsidiarity, the University will also need to embrace the Jesuit openness to undertaking new opportunities and the constant challenge for self-improvement. The pace of change requires that today’s educational institutions become agile enough to be a leading contributor to the knowledge and service that advance social justice around the globe. We will create the necessary shift in institutional governance structures to make this possible, while also growing our endowment through establishing a culture of philanthropy. With greater financial stability and vitality, Loyola will be better prepared to serve today’s students and tomorrow’s—and to live out the mission St. Ignatius embraced.