Mission and Identity Tipsheet

January 3, 2012

Xavier University’s 2012 Conway Fellow was selected. Elaine Crable, professor of Management Information Systems, will study "A Mission Driven Effort to Incorporate Web Accessibility into Xavier’s Online Course Initiative” “As we begin our move into delivering courses and programs virtually,” says Crable, “we need to remember our Ignatian mission of inclusion. Providing online access to Xavier courses will benefit people who find coming to campus a hardship. This hardship might stem from family and/or job obligations; time/location constraints; or, a physical disability.”

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The Jesuit Commons facilitates the efforts of schools and universities to harness their millions-strong network to jointly innovate projects, launch global advocacy or prayer campaigns, share teaching materials, or mount research efforts. Author, businessman and former Jesuit Chris Lowney and Mary McFarland of theJesuit Commons were on Xavier’s campus on Dec 1 and 2 to describe ways that Xavier may partner with the Jesuit Commons – Higher Education at the Margins.

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Xavier’s Jesuit Resource now offers a multi-faith calendar of religious holy days. It is the #1 page visited within the Resource in the last 3 months – and it begins Jan 2012. Another new section is a variety of easy-to-print-and-use prayer cards. Overall, the Jesuit Resource has seen a 29% increase in viewership in the last year.

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In 2003, institutional researchers from 9 Jesuit universities and colleges collaborated to create a set of 13 common questions related to Jesuit education to be added to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The NSSE is one of the most commonly used surveys assessing educational practices. Xavier began administering the NSSE to freshmen and seniors in 2004 and has included the questions shared by the Jesuit Consortium in the annual NSSE administration. The results compare the mean scores for each of the 13 mission-related items for seniors in 2011 to those in 2010. For seniors, the mean scores increased on all 13 of the items; two were statistically significant - “defining your own values and beliefs” and “making connections between your intellectual and spiritual life.” The highest mean scores overall for seniors were for “demonstrating respect for others’ differences” and for “making ethical decisions in professional situations.” When comparing the 2011 NSSE Jesuit Consortium Questions data to the scores from the other AJCU institutions, the mean scores for XU seniors were higher than other AJCU seniors on all 13 items. The differences were statistically significant for 9 of the 13 items. The largest differences were in “understanding the Jesuit principle of being ‘men and women for others” and “making connections between your intellectual and spiritual life.”

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Xavier University’s Office for Mission and Identity moved into its new space in Fenwick Place on Dec 12. The newest addition to Xavier's campus, Bishop Edward Fenwick Place was unveiled during the University’s Founders’ Day event Sept. 22. Fenwick was Cincinnati’s first bishop. The 245,000 square-foot complex houses 535 students in suite-style living quarters in four connected buildings. It is also the site of the Hoff Dining Commons, which seats up to 700 people inside and another hundred or so outside. Fenwick was ordained in 1822 as the first bishop of Cincinnati. In 1831, he founded the seminary of the Athenaeum of Ohio-Mount St. Mary’s of the West, the oldest Catholic seminary west of the Appalachian Mountains, the precursor of Xavier University. The move puts Mission & Identity into a space frequented by Xavier staff, faculty and students.

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Annette Marksberry, associate vice president of strategic information resources, completed the national Ignatian Colleagues Program. Read about her capstone project on “The Use of ePortfolios and their Role in Extending the Mission and Identity at XU”.

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Jennifer Tighe of communication arts, will teach “Interpersonal Communication” for the Jesuit Commons this semester. The Commons, a partnership of the AJCU and Jesuit Refugee Services, provides on-line education to people who have traditionally had no access to education. Jennifer will be volunteering with refugees in Malawi and Kenya. Professor Ravi Chinta taught “Global Business” last semester.

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Dr. James L. Wiser, SJ, Assistant to the Provincial for Higher Education, will be visiting Xavier on January 10 and 11 to meet with various groups, including trustees, Faculty Committee, senior administrators, and the Jesuit Community.
A multi-faith calendar of religious holy days is available on the Jesuit Resource. Already one of the most visited sites on the Resource, the calendar highlights work-restricted holy days so that faculty and supervisors can affirm and support the faith lives all campus individuals.

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Publications/Presentations
“Collegial Leadership: Deepening Collaborative Processes to Advance Mission and Outcomes” (Debra Mooney, David Burns, & Scott Chadwick) has been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago, March 30-April 3, 2012.

“Facilitating Integrating Mission into the Classroom: Xavier’s Mission Academy” (David Burns) - has been accepted to the Renewing Mission and Identity in Catholic Business Education conference, which will be held at the University of Dayton, June 18-20, 2012. Proposals came from 16 countries.

Burns, David J. "Values-Based Instruction: The Effects of Exploring Consumer Culture on the Ethical Perceptions of MBA Students," Business Ethics: A European Review, 21 (January), 1-14, 2012.

Burns, David J. "Facilitating Integrating Mission into the Classroom: Xavier’s Mission Academy," In Renewing Mission and Identity in Catholic Business Education Proceedings. St. Thomas MN: John K. Ryan Institute, 2012.

Burns, David J. and Mooney, Debra K. "Xavier Mission Academy," AJCU Connections, 13 (February), forthcoming, 2012.

Xavier University’s Center for Mission and Identity allows for learning more about Xavier's mission and rich history. As Jesuit schools have educated society's leaders for over 450 years, Xavier's Jesuit, Catholic tradition of academic excellence inspires students to think and communicate effectively, to foster a love of lifelong learning, to serve others, and to find God in all things. It helps faculty incorporate the principles of Ignatian pedagogy and values into their work both inside and outside the classroom through a variety of programs offered on campus and throughout the AJCU consortium. The Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Institute for Jesuit Education at Xavier University is a center of distinction, assisting educators in transforming students intellectually, morally, and spiritually in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, while appropriating Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality in today's world. The Institute reaches beyond the Xavier campus with pedagogical innovations communicated locally, nationally, and internationally. http://www.xavier.edu/mission-identity/conway-institute/