Xavier University’s 2008 Academic Day will take place on Tuesday, October 21. Throughout the day students, faculty and staff will focus on “Academic Excellence at Xavier: Student Learning and Effective Teaching.” No classes will be held that day so that everyone may attend sessions. Classes will resume with 4:00 p.m. sessions.
The upcoming re-accreditation site visit from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools focuses Xavier’s sights on several key accreditation criteria that are also integral to academic excellence. This year’s discussion focuses on student learning and effective teaching.
The day begins at 9:15 a.m. with an interfaith service at Bellarmine Chapel. Participants will move to the Cintas Center for a video highlighting student academic achievement and demonstrations highlighting both established and newer university programs that promote academic excellence. A panel presentation will focus on Xavier’s challenges and opportunities. The annual State of the University address will be delivered by Xavier president Rev. Michael J. Graham, S.J. in Banquet Room 2 of the Schiff Conference Center of Cintas Center at about 4:00 p.m. During his address, Father Graham will also announce a new program, which will impact students, faculty and the community. The day will conclude with a reception at the Xavier Art Gallery in the Cohen Center.
Academic Day (the Celebration of Xavier Academics) is a yearly event which began in the fall of 2001 as part of President Graham’s inaugural events. The intent is to dedicate one day each fall to celebrate Xavier’s academic accomplishments, and particularly to highlight multidisciplinary teaching and research.