Message from the dean and executive director
Dear Friends of Arrupe College,
As we careen through the spring semester, we are approaching three milestones in the story of Arrupe here at Loyola University Chicago:
- Our third class completes their requirements for their associate’s degrees and graduates in August.
- Before that, many members of our first cohort, who graduated in 2017, will complete their bachelor’s degrees this spring.
- We are celebrating our fifth anniversary of the founding of Arrupe College at Loyola University Chicago’s Founders Dinner in September, where we will honor benefactors Kathy and John Schreiber and Arrupe board members Lidia Bastianich and Mark Shriver, as well as honoring our students and our mission.
Our students, mission, and successes have caught the attention of many other higher ed institutions around the country looking to adapt or replicate our model. Consequently, I am happy to announce today that we will be engaging the consulting firm Accenture to conduct a replication feasibility study for us.
The purposes of the replication feasibility study:
- An opportunity for us at Arrupe and at Loyola University Chicago—students, alums, faculty, staff, administrators, funders, and board members—to reflect on what works, what’s necessary, what are core characteristics, what we’d change, etc.
- An opportunity for Arrupe to engage in strategic planning
- A validation of our model
- An identification of characteristics and capacities needed within other higher ed institutions in order to replicate successfully
- A template for other institutions to follow to replicate successfully
Funding for the replication feasibility study comes from two sources who are enthusiastic about our model and wish to see Arrupe scale. One wishes to remain anonymous at this time. The other is B.J. Cassin, California venture capitalist and an investor and leader of the Cristo Rey network.
This is an exciting time at Arrupe College, and I pray that our work with Accenture leads to other Arrupe Colleges opening at other campuses. We at Loyola University Chicago have benefited from investing in students from divested communities. Arrupe students bring their remarkable assets to Jesuit higher ed and are positively influencing the narrative of a liberal arts education that is affordable, accessible, and achievable. We are confident this will be the experience at other college and university communities as well.
Steve Katsouros, SJ
Dean and Executive Director
Loyola University Chicago