Mission and Identity

Mission Priority Examen 2023-2024

“Xavier University is impressive in the ways in which the university strives to intentionally integrate, pervasively promulgate, and authentically embody its identity as a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education and for its desire – evidenced throughout our interactions with the university community – to deepen its embrace and expression of this shared mission, growing to ever more fully serve as a beacon of light for and source of hope in our world.”   The report of the MPE Peer Team

During the period between 2021-2026, all Jesuit colleges and universities in North America are invited to engage in a Mission Priority Examen, a processes involving Ignatian reflection to identify the strengths and opportunities of the university in regards to its Jesuit, Catholic identity.  These strengths and opportunities are subsequently outlined in a campus self-study report and reviewed during a peer team visit.  Xavier will engage in this process during the 23-24 academic year.

Dozens of faculty and staff colleagues have contributed to the actual writing of our report which flows from numerous interviews, and group visioning and planning sessions, including students, faculty, staff, and trustees. 

Xavier's Mission Priority Examen Self Study

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Xavier's MPE process and timeline

The Peer Team visit was held on Nov. 28-30, 2023 - see the schedule

A note from Dr. Cindy Schmersal to the Xavier campus community regarding the visit.


 Peer Review Team
Cindy Schmersal, EdD - VP Mission and Ministry, Creighton University (Chair)
Brigid Alba - Assistant Director of Mission Engagement, Marquette University
Bill Krieg, MA - Director of Campus Ministry, Rockhurst University
Myles Sheehan SJ, MD - Academic physician, Georgetown University


Xavier’s Mission Enhancements

Xavier’s MPE process coincided with the University strategic planning process with initiatives and goals outlined in fall 2022.  Xavier’s five identified MPE Priorities flow from the Plan, Xavier 200: The Greater, The Better, The More 2023-2031;  they are:

1.  The establishment, support, and execution of the first Jesuit College of Osteopathic Medicine will align with and boost the Jesuit Catholic mission of the University.2.  The re-constituted Division of Mission and Ministry will achieve its purpose to enhance the animation of the University’s Jesuit Catholic educational identity and activation of the four Universal Apostolic Preferences.    

3.  Feasible goals of the campus’ Laudato Si ‘Action Plan will be identified and advanced to fulfill Xavier’s commitment to being a Laudato Si’ university.

4. Develop and implement a model of Ignatian vocational discernment for second year students.                                   

5.  Actions and initiatives to advance on key performance indices of institutional health for Leadership in Mission and Identity will be undertaken (i.e., student mission learning, faculty/staff mission professional development distinctionwww.JesuitResource.org views).