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Strategic Plan 2004-2009

A Second Century of Preparing People To Lead Extraordinary Lives


Meeting the Challenges of Our Second Century

The year 2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of Loyola's designation as a university and the beginning of our second century as Chicago's Jesuit University, dedicated to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives.

Together, through a university-wide process, we have mapped our course for 2004-2009, guided by our mission and tradition, and inspired by new opportunities to advance our teaching, research and commitment to service. While planning is prudent, we are not unaware of the uncertainties in our rapidly changing world. Indeed, it was an historic Chicago catastrophe that dealt Loyola its first significant challenge only a year after its founding in 1870 as St. Ignatius College.

Arnold J. Damen, S.J., established the new college on Chicago's West Side, on a muddy and nearly deserted patch of prairie. As the first president, he welcomed a faculty of four priests and a student body of 37 young men. A year later in 1871, the Great Chicago Fire gutted most of the city. St. Ignatius College escaped unharmed. Almost 40 years later, in 1909, the State of Illinois issued a new charter that launched Loyola University Chicago.

Today, with nearly 14,000 students and ranked a top national university as well as a best value for higher education by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is a dynamic, entrepreneurial institution. We are focused on an even more successful future that will always be inspired by our singular Jesuit Catholic tradition.

The following pages outline our mission, vision and promise; our academic charter for education, research and service; and our goals and strategies. As our work continues to unfold in the coming years, we hope it is with your support and with God's blessings.

Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
Loyola University Chicago


We are Chicago's Jesuit Catholic University-- a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith.

Loyola University Chicago is the school of choice for those who wish to seek new knowledge in the service of humanity in a world-renowned urban center as members of a diverse learning community that values freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth and care for others.

Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives.

Our Jesuit Catholic tradition of education prepares students for extraordinary lives that will reflect the following characteristics:

  • Commitment to excellence: Applying well-learned lessons and skills to achieve new ideas, better solutions and vital answers
  • Faith in God and the religious experience: Promoting well-formed and strongly held beliefs in one's faith tradition to deepen others' relationships with God
  • Service that promotes justice: Using learning and leadership in openhanded and generous ways to ensure freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth and care for others
  • Values-based leadership: Ensuring a consistent focus on personal integrity, ethical behavior in business and in all professions, and the appropriate balance between justice and fairness
  • Global awareness: Demonstrating an understanding that the world's people and societies are interrelated and interdependent


Preeminence in Undergraduate Education

Throughout the world, Jesuit, Catholic education is recognized for building a student's capacities for critical thinking, effective communication and ethical decision-making. In this tradition, an undergraduate education at Loyola seeks to expand the horizons of our students' understanding of themselves in relationship to the wider world, while achieving depth of knowledge in a particular field of study.

A baccalaureate education at Loyola will:

  • Promote awareness of the evolving realities of the 21st century
  • Emphasize the significance of a faith tradition in shaping life-long actions and decisions
  • Encourage a student's commitment to building a more just and humane society

Future challenges:

  • Achieving national recognition for preeminence in undergraduate education by integrating core academic goals and values through learning experiences that develop students' appreciation of their diverse and global environment
  • Translating these learning goals and objectives into measurable outcomes
  • Improving the quality and effectiveness of our academic support services

Preeminence in Graduate and Professional Studies
As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Loyola has long been a leader in providing graduate and professional education in service to Chicago and beyond. At Loyola, graduate degree programs afford students the opportunity to engage in advanced professional study and research in an intellectually rigorous and collaborative learning environment.

Students who earn a Loyola graduate or professional degree will have:

  • A deep understanding of their chosen field of study
  • An appreciation of their ethical duty to promote the well-being of those they serve
  • A commitment to using their specialized training to contribute to the betterment of their own communities and the larger society

Future challenges:

  • Fostering those areas of graduate study where excellence is achievable and preeminence will be recognized.
  • Development of an honest and demanding process for evaluating existing graduate and professional degree programs
  • Identifying enhanced opportunities for shared learning and research across disciplines


Preeminence in Research and Service

Loyola derives its distinctive identity from the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of linking the courageous pursuit of truth for the purposes of advancing knowledge and serving humanity. Research, service and scholarship are valued because of their powerful potential to enrich human lives and respond to the most pressing problems in our society and in the world, and to enhance the teaching in all our programs.

Opportunities for making a genuine difference as an institution of higher education increasingly lie in:

  • Multidisciplinary efforts
  • Building stronger partnerships with other organizations and institutions
  • Integrating research into the academic life of the university

The challenges in the coming years will be:

  • Identifying and fostering research and scholarship where Loyola can have the greatest impact and where the quality of its research will lead to distinctive excellence and national recognition.
  • As part of this process, Loyola will strategically develop centers of excellence in such areas of institutional strength as health science education, policy and management, social justice and applied ethics; religious faith and human spirituality; bio-medicine and the health sciences; integrity and leadership; children and family studies; policy and urban studies; the environment; and race, gender and class in America.


In order to prepare students to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola will:

  1. Enrich its rigorous academic programs to better integrate the unique strengths and characteristics of a Jesuit and Catholic education by:
    • Highlighting academic rigor, service and leadership
    • Providing opportunities for spiritual development and exploration, ethical decision-making and the promotion of social justice
    • Emphasizing awareness and sensitivity to diversity and the global dimension of issues and problems in all Loyola programs
    • Implementing a learning outcomes-based Core Curriculum and assessment plan that will ensure that the above characteristics are an integral part of the educational experience
    • Linking each undergraduate major and graduate program to a similar program of student learning assessment
  2. Increase its overall student enrollment at the undergraduate and graduate levels through the development of new academic programs by:
    • Increasing the number of students served from 13,000 to 15,000 students with an array of new programs for undergraduates and for graduate students
    • Developing programs for adult students returning to complete a bachelor's degree, new interdisciplinary master's degree and professional programs
    • Creating new applied arts and sciences programs to better meet new student needs and markets.
  3. Enhance the quality of campus life for resident and commuter students by:
    • Renovating existing residence halls and facilities for such areas as dining, athletics, study space and learning environments
    • Adding a new residence hall at the Water Tower Campus and additional housing opportunities at the Lake Shore Campus for undergraduate, graduate and professional students
    • Investing in a more competitive intercollegiate athletics program to enhance campus life
  4. Strengthen the international dimensions of its programs and outreach by:
    • Developing increased opportunities for faculty immersion experiences
    • Increasing study abroad opportunities and immersion experiences for undergraduates and graduate students, and taking better advantage of the Rome Center
    • Enhancing the global dimensions of its academic programs and opportunities for research collaborations
  5. Improve the academic quality of incoming students and academic programs by:
    • Increasing student quality through more rigorous admission standards and expanded scholarship opportunities
    • Increasing retention and satisfaction through a program of academic advising and coordination of student services
    • Enhancing teaching and research through a comprehensive program of faculty development
    • Evaluating the quality of academic programs through a rigorous and ongoing system of program review
  6. Promote multidisciplinary collaborations by:
    • Taking greater advantage of its strength as a comprehensive academic university by encouraging and supporting curricular, scholarly and public-service collaborations across the university, and between and among its programs in the sciences and the humanities
  7. Expand its investment in research and scholarship in order to take full advantage of its academic strengths by:
    • Reorganizing and enhancing research services
    • Developing strategic centers of excellence in such areas as health science education, policy and management, social justice and applied ethics, religious faith and human spirituality, bio-medicine and the health sciences, integrity and leadership, children and families studies, policy and urban studies, the environment, and race, gender and class in America
    • Increasing its externally funded research activity in ways that are consistent with its mission and strategic goals
  8. Strengthen its relationships with the City of Chicago and the neighborhoods of the Water Tower, Lake Shore and Medical Center Campuses by:
    • Strengthening its connection to key cultural, educational, social, economic, religious and civic institutions
    • Supporting student internships, service opportunities, research and other collaborations through specific outreach initiatives and joint projects involving faculty and students
    • Developing the Rogers Park TIF district
  9. Promote a culture of service excellence at all levels by:
    • Improving faculty and staff orientation
    • Offering continuous staff development opportunities
    • Developing a managerial training and support program
    • Measuring service improvement empirically and on a regular basis
  10. Enhance its development efforts and alumni engagement by:
    • Achieving targeted campaigns for financial resources
    • Preparing for and launching a comprehensive development campaign by 2009
    • Enhancing alumni relations and services to increase outreach to alumni and friends
    • Fostering alumni engagement in and support of the university's mission and goals

Loyola's Strategic Plan - By Campus

Lake Shore Campus, on Chicago's North Side, is home to the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School and undergraduate Nursing programs. The plan envisions a new Core Curriculum that emphasizes broad knowledge of the liberal arts and sciences, foundational skills in critical thinking and communication, and graduation requirements reinforcing our core Jesuit values. A new academic program review process will ensure more strategically focused graduate education. Students will be provided additional programs for leadership and service development, and more study abroad opportunities. A new campus master plan features a single student-service center for academic and financial needs. Other planned projects include: Mundelein Center renovation, state-of-the-art library expansion, a new life sciences center, and enhanced dining and residence hall facilities. Loyola also is encouraging residential and retail improvements to the Rogers Park neighborhood through the strategic use of a TIF with the City of Chicago.

Water Tower Campus, at Chicago's North Michigan Avenue, is home to the professional schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Social Work, and to the Institute of Pastoral Studies. The strategic plan features new undergraduate academic programs that emphasize applied arts and sciences, including: journalism and media studies, human services, forensic sciences, and bilingual/bicultural education. The School of Professional Studies will provide new leadership and management degree programs for working adults. The campus will be home to The Clare, a new full-service, continued-care retirement community that also will provide Loyola with new academic and office space. Also envisioned: new residence hall for undergraduates; professional development center; and an array of support services, from retail to parking facilities.

Medical Center Campus, in Maywood, Ill., is home to the Stritch School of Medicine, and to graduate nursing and biomedical sciences programs. The strategic plan anticipates continued leadership in health professions education and curricular innovation, and enhanced programs in bioethics and health policy. The Medical Center campus will be a principal site for the university's new research initiatives to augment multidisciplinary basic and translational research programs in the cardiovascular sciences, oncology, neurosciences and aging, and shock/trauma. A major research facility will be developed for molecular biomedical research and advanced core laboratory resources. Campus development also will include a Cardiac and Vascular Medicine Center, expanded surgical facilities and operating suites, enhanced emergency medicine and burn care facilities, growth in out-patient service sites and replacement of the Medical Center's information systems platform to better support patient care as well as basic and clinical research.

At a Glance: Loyola University Chicago

  • Founded in 1870 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
  • Ranked consistently among the top 100 best national universities since 1995 and a "best value" for a college education by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Four campuses:
    • Lake Shore, Chicago's North Side;
    • Water Tower, off North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
    • Rome Center, Italy
    • Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
  • Nine schools & colleges:
    • Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Graduate Studies, Law, Nursing, Medicine, Professional Studies, Social Work
  • More than 120,000 alumni are located in all 50 states and 120 foreign countries.

To learn more, please visit: www.luc.edu.


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