Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

Loyola University Chicago Strategic Plan 2009-2014

February 20, 2009

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am writing to update you on our efforts to develop a strategic plan for the university to guide us for the next five to ten years, and to ask for your feedback on the draft plan that has been created.

Last September, a Strategic Planning Steering Committee made up of faculty, staff and students was convened to assess the university’s progress in meeting the goals of our 2004–2009 strategic plan and to develop a successive and more aspirational plan to move Loyola University Chicago toward greater prominence. At its bimonthly meetings the Committee considered numerous issues, including the relationship Loyola’s new plan will have to the LUHS strategic plan (adopted last August) as well as to the university’s campaign priorities. The Committee formed one Council and four Task Forces to engage additional members of the university community in reviewing specific areas of import to the university, namely: the Council on Academic Student Success (an on–going Council), and task forces on Faculty and Scholarship Development; Campus Resource Development and Student Engagement; Community Development and Relations; and Professional and Graduate Education. The Committee took the recommendations of these various working groups and created a draft 2009–2014 Strategic Plan which was then re–worked at a half–day retreat in February by about 75 faculty, staff and students.

A central part of this effort has been the development of a paper – a project led by Father Dan Hartnett, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola, with the help of many people on campus –– that affirms our Catholic, Jesuit heritage and our belief that faith, knowledge and the promotion of justice are intrinsically related and are central to our educational mission. The paper highlights how our Ignatian pedagogy seeks to inspire a transformative educational experience for our students. The ideas expressed in this paper, titled “Transformative Education in the Jesuit Tradition,” drive our strategic planning efforts and will guide the university in fulfilling its promise to prepare students to lead extraordinary lives.

With the transformative education document and a draft strategic plan prepared, I write to ask you for your feedback on these important documents. Our strategic planning efforts will only succeed if all members of our university community participate in the development of a plan that will impact the work that all of us do here at Loyola.

With that in mind, I would ask you to please review and comment on the “Transformative Education in the Jesuit Tradition” document which has been posted to the link: http://www.luc.edu/strategicplanning/2009-2014. At the bottom of the document, you will find a link to planfeedback@luc.edu. This is the mailbox that the Committee has set up to gather university input to the strategic planning documents. In a week's time, a synopsis of the feedback garnered will be sent to the Loyola community, along with three overarching institutional strategic goals. A week after that, a synopsis of your feedback on the goals will be communicated and sent with the draft plan's goals and strategies, and after that, draft tactics for the plan strategies. The Committee’s hope is to allow time for review and feedback on each of the various pieces of their strategic planning efforts this spring in order to prepare a final strategic plan which will be presented for approval to the University’s Board of Trustees in June.

I urge all members of our university community to participate in this effort by reviewing the draft documents that are sent to you over the course of the next month and by offering your comments, critiques, and suggestions to planfeedback@luc.edu. We have an opportunity to think boldly about the future so that Loyola can play an even more active role in preparing men and women to lead extraordinary lives. Thank you in advance for your contributions to this effort.

Sincerely,

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