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Mission Priority Examen

During 2018-2019, Holy Cross participated in a Mission Priority Examen to consider how effectively we are accomplishing our mission as a Jesuit college and how we may be able to improve in the years to come.

The Examen, a process that all Jesuit institutions are undertaking, offered the Holy Cross community an opportunity to engage in institutional reflection on the mission and to commit to a set of priorities for faithfully and creatively promoting our Catholic, Jesuit identity and values. 

Self-Study

A self-study was created through the Examen. The primary document guiding this process was the publication, “Some Characteristics of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: A Self-Evaluation Instrument.” This document, approved for use by the Provincials, was generated by the AJCU in collaboration with Bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

The College looked to identify strengths and opportunities of the institution’s mission effectiveness, evaluate its current mission priorities, and determine appropriate goals for improvement. To create the self-study, the committee sought input from a variety of constituencies, including faculty, staff, students and trustees. 

Download the Self-Study (PDF)

Peer Review

The process culminated in a visit in February 2019 by a delegation of faculty and administrative peers from four AJCU institutions who interviewed members of the community and engaged in dialogue about the insights gleaned through the self-study and the mission priorities established by the College. The visiting team recommended affirmation. 

Read the Visitors Report (PDF)

Confirmation of Our Catholic and Jesuit Identity 

After reviewing the documents, Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, confirmed Holy Cross’ Catholic and Jesuit identity. 

View the letter (PDF)

Committee

Chair 

William R. Campbell, S.J., '87, Vice President for Mission 

Members 

Robert Bellin, Professor, Biology
James Hayes, S.J. '72, Associate Chaplain for Mission
Paul Irish, Associate Dean of Students/Student Affairs
Marybeth Kearns-Barrett '84, Director of the Office of the College Chaplains
Daniel Klinghard, Associate Professor, Political Science and Director of the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World
Michelle Sterk Barrett, Director, Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning
Amit Taneja, Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer