M.A.G.I.S.       Teaching at Xavier University

PRIMER:   Xavier University, one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities in the United States, is part of an educational tradition dating back to 1534 and known for academic excellence and innovation. Magis (pronounced "màh-gis") is a Latin for "more" (as in quality) or "better."  It is a terrific acronym for the distinctive characteristics of Jesuit education animated at Xavier:

  Magis           high quality pedagogy and learning processes     
  Attention    a recognition of the uniqueness of each student
                             or, as the Jesuits might say-, cura personalis which is Latin for 'care for the whole person'
  Gifts              faculty are encouraged to promote reflection, discernment, and solidarity with the poor
                             as gifts of the educational heritage  
  Integrity       the early Jesuits were first to integrate the liberal arts with professional skills; contemporary
                              Jesuit education also boosts character and ethical development    

  Service          high impact learning is achieved through service and community engagement; as a Jesuit
                             leader has said, '
When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be
                                challenged to change.'                  


Want to know more?

15 Characteristics of Jesuit Education 
Teaching to the Mission: Examples by academic discipline
Thoughts on the University Mission Statement

Taking Time to Reflect on core commitments in Jesuit education 
Jesuit terms A to Z 

Hard copy classroom resources are available, free of charge, to all Xavier instructors by contacting Dr. Linda Schoenstedt at mission-identity@xavier.edu.


Let us know you've seen this web-page and we'll send you the lapel pin to show your M.A.G.I.S. 


Name: *