Revised mission statement approved by Sisters, Board

Thursday, September 19, 2013 9:35:00 PM

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:

Cardinal Stritch 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” was added.

“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.”