Moments in Time
As Xavier University plans to celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2006, its future has never been more promising. The University is entering a new epoch, a novel and distinctive phase in its history. It is undertaking a major transformation in the way it conducts teaching and learning, in the way it relates with its external communities and in the way members of the University community relate with one another. While it is carving out new and fresh directions, the institution is also rekindling its rich Catholic and Jesuit tradition. Indeed, Xavier University has a story to tell.
This saga traces the University’s beginning in 1831 to its present distinct place within the gallery of American colleges and universities. Its story is one of constant change and adaptation. In every period of its history, the University has been influenced by the growth, flux and ferment in society. The expansion from a small downtown college numbering fewer than 200 students in 1831 to an urban university with an enrollment of more than 6,600 involved more than geographical expansion, physical growth and academic development. Xavier’s history is an account of the adventures of the institution—its ups and downs, its wanderings, trials and accomplishments.
While the University’s narrative reflects a series of struggles, challenges and ordeals, it is also an account of considerable achievement in higher education. It also takes into account Xavier’s own unique combination of institutional prerogatives. Throughout its 175 years it has encountered new constituencies and engaged in new tasks. It has stretched its resources to support new ventures. Through it all, it affirmed and sustained its Catholic and Jesuit heritage.
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