Grounded in Tradition, Educating for the Future
More than 150 years of vision, values, commitment, and achievement have combined to create today’s Loyola. As a Jesuit, Catholic institution of growing regional and national renown, we attract increasing numbers of distinguished undergraduate and graduate applicants, draw faculty trained at the world’s leading colleges and universities, and are poised to launch a new School of Education. We also have just concluded the most ambitious and successful fundraising initiative in our history.
At the same time, Loyola faces a considerably more complex and competitive environment than its first leaders could have anticipated. In order to thrive in the years to come, we must become even more engaged with our students and their needs and must be aware of the demands made by civic and business communities. Today’s Loyola has accomplished a great deal through an enduring commitment to the fundamental values upon which it was founded. This remarkable legacy of achievement serves to inspire greater goals and to set new expectations for the role that the university can play in today’s world. These new objectives include the overarching goal that now sets the tone for Loyola’s next period of advancement and achievement:
Loyola will be the leading
Catholic comprehensive university in the nation
We cannot fully achieve our potential of being the leading Catholic comprehensive university without reflecting upon and considering the College’s Core Values, which include supporting Jesuit, Catholic intellectual life across the entire campus; fostering campus-wide education, cultivation, and promotion of diversity; and cultivating the whole person to succeed in a diverse and changing world.
Today, guided by our Core Values, Loyola is poised to continue its growth and development and emerge as the leading Catholic comprehensive university in the United States, representing the best of a distinct educational niche that balances undergraduate and graduate curricula, rather than focusing primarily on baccalaureate or on research programs, as do many U.S. institutions of higher education.
We will pursue and attain this overarching goal through a group of initiatives that address Loyola’s responsibility to develop programs guided by the enduring principles that have shaped Jesuit education for centuries, but still responsive to the ever-shifting needs of its students and the communities of which they are a part. As such, we will consider shifting demographics, changing economic factors, our increasingly global community, and the heightened student expectations that compel us to continually reexamine the value and the promise of the educational experience we provide. These circumstances pose great challenges, but also position us to enhance this experience and excel in new ways.
Like the university itself, this plan is not static. It is a living, breathing endeavor that can and will be modified in response to the progress of its initiatives as well as the changing educational and financial climate. As a result, the initiatives outlined here focus not on program specifics or discrete milestones, but rather present overarching strategic concepts that can evolve with the university.