Xavier launches $200 million capital campaign

Campaign's goal is to revolutionize learning experience and make Xavier a national model of excellence for 21st century students | November 1, 2006

Xavier University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., announced on Friday, Sept. 29, that the University is launching the largest capital campaign in the 175-year history of the University. Graham unveiled a goal of $200 million for the “To See Great Wonders” campaign.

A significant percentage of the total goal has already been raised in the silent phase of the campaign. The public campaign will run through 2011.

“The name ’To See Great Wonders’ is a phrase borrowed from Psalms and it’s part of the University’s seal, which was adopted in 1928,” said Graham. “We’re putting a 21st century twist on this vision.”

The goal of the “To See Great Wonders” campaign is to revolutionize the learning experience at Xavier primarily through the creation of the James E. Hoff, S.J., Academic Quad, named in honor of the former Xavier President and Chancellor who died in 2004.

“The creation of the Hoff Academic Quad will enable Xavier to meet the learning needs of 21st century students better than any college or university in the nation,” said Graham. “By successfully combining technological and academic resources and services, students and faculty will benefit from an enriched learning environment and a new level of academic and career preparation.”

The Hoff Academic Quad will be a 24/7 hub of activity anchored by two integrated components, a Learning Commons and a new building for the Williams College of Business.

The multi-faceted Learning Commons will create a one-stop shop of integrated academic, technical and professional services, and a collaborative setting for classroom and spontaneous learning. It will include the following components:

  • Center for Student Excellence: provides students a central point of academic support facilities and services.

  • Center for Teaching Excellence: provides a resource for faculty professional development.

  • Center for Community Engaged Learning: strengthens the bond between Xavier’s Jesuit mission of service and academic excellence by creating more deliberate and strategic community engagement and service learning opportunities.

  • Institute for Jesuit Education: assists faculty to further incorporate the University’s Catholic, Jesuit tradition into the academic environment.

  • Information Resources Center: provides a single, integrated point of assistance for Internet and digital media research and information gathering.

  • University Library: a reinvented facility providing physical and virtual space where students can access information digitally and through traditional collections.

  • Cybercommons: provides a 24/7 central hub to students and faculty for collaborative learning, technical resources and food and coffee.

  • Alter Hall: Xavier’s primary classroom building for nearly 50 years, reinvented to support a variety of teaching strategies and new technology.

The second component is a new facility to better serve the Williams College of Business, which has become one of the nation’s most dynamic business schools. In addition to world-class, technologically advanced classroom space, it will include the following components:

  • Center for Investment Research: allows for analysis of stocks and securities as well as portfolio management.

  • Center for Entrepreneurship: Currently ranked among the best such programs by U.S. New & World Report and The Princeton Review, this program provides students knowledge and resources for identifying and acting upon business opportunities.

  • Institute for Business Ethics: helps students recognize and incorporate ethical and values-related issues in the workplace.

  • Institute in Healthcare Informatics: dedicated to advancing the development and use of information technologies and digital information resources in the delivery of health care.

The Hoff Academic Quad will be located on the academic mall and create a new entry to the Xavier campus at the corner of Dana and Ledgewood avenues. Construction of the projects will begin once a significant portion of the funding goal is secured. The total cost of the James E. Hoff Academic Quad project is estimated at $100 million.

In addition to the Hoff Quad, “To See Great Wonders” campaign dollars will be allocated to the University’s annual fund, University endowment, endowed professorships and student scholarships.