Characteristics of Jesuit Education
Jesuit Education -- includes a network of 28 American universities and over 60 high schools in the United States with similar missions and distinctive identities
- Dates back to 1534 and is known for academic excellence and innovation.
- Seeks to develop the whole student—intellectually, morally and spiritually.
- Values social and environmental justice, inter-religious understanding, and service to others, especially the poor and socially marginalized.
- Prepares students for life-long learning.
- Explores the interface between faith and culture.
- Recognizes that each discipline reveals something of the sacred.
- Pays special attention to values, ethical issues, and the development of moral character.
- Is broad-based, comprehensive and rooted in the liberal arts tradition.
- Prepares students for a rapidly changing and diverse society.
- Develops responsible citizens who are sensitive to the needs of our times.
- Maintains an optimistic view of human nature and of its possibilities.
- Fosters an integration of knowledge within and across disciplines.
- Encourages critical, analytical and creative approaches to solving problems.
- Incorporates a global and international dimension for growth and learning.
- Inspires graduates to change society and the world for the better.
Compiled by Debra Mooney, Ph.D.
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