As a result of recent Visioning and Planning and
reaccreditation initiatives, a revised and more concise mission statement has been
approved for the University.
The new mission statement is:
University, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and rooted in the
liberal arts tradition, transforms lives and communities through servant
leadership, learning, and service. The University is guided by the Catholic,
Franciscan values of creating a caring community, peacemaking, showing
compassion, and reverencing creation as we embrace and cultivate the diversity
of all of God’s creation.
In conjunction with Visioning and Planning, a committee was
formed to revise the present mission statement. Four drafts were written and
presented to the Administrative Cabinet, and input was also sought from students,
faculty, and staff. The four drafts were eventually reduced to one.
In July, the final draft was presented to the Board of
Trustees and the leadership of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. With their
input, the final version was approved.
“Our recent Visioning and Planning work, as well as our
preparation for Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation, made it clear that
we needed a more concise mission statement that our community can more easily
remember,” said Stritch President Dr. James Loftus. “The final, approved statement
succinctly captures the essential elements of Stritch and what makes us unique,
including our rich Catholic Franciscan tradition and our commitment to be
agents of change within our communities.”
The mission statement has been amended several times
throughout the University’s history. In 1997, Stritch moved from college to university
status and the mission statement was adjusted appropriately. In 2003, the word “Franciscan”
“It is important that as a University we continually discern
a fuller and deeper understanding of our mission, and this recent work allows
our community to pause and do just that,” Loftus said. “I encourage everyone to
read and reflect upon the new mission statement and consider how each of us brings
it to life.”