AJCUAssociation of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
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Twenty years later (2010), the AJCU published a document entitled The Jesuit, Catholic Mission of the U.S.
Most recently, the AJCU Board (AJCU, 2013b) published Some Characteristics of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: A Self-evaluation Instrument, in which the AJCU provided corresponding examples by which we might assess each characteristic.
Since Jesuit presence (Jesuit identity) is essential to what distinguishes the member IHEs of the AJCU, we have situated Jesuit presence at the focal point of the following schematic representation of our theoretical framework (see Figure 1).
We reviewed the core curricula of the 28 AJCU member institutions as presented on their various web pages, as well as the analyses of these developed in Su's (2014) Marquette University Core of Common Studies Self-study 2014, a document available due to our participation on Marquette University's core curriculum review committee.
Similar to Thompson's (1967) description of the reciprocal interdependence of departments within an organization, Jesuit Presence affects Leadership, Core Curriculum, as well as Offices and Services, which in turn further support and enhance Jesuit Presence on the 28 AJCU campuses.
The AJCU (2013b) developed the following list of essential characteristics of a Jesuit college or university as its conceptual framework: (a) Leadership's Commitment to the Mission; (b) The Academic Life: An academic life that reflects the Catholic and Jesuit Mission as an integral part of its overall intellectual commitment to research and teaching excellence; (c) A Catholic, Jesuit Campus Culture; (d) Service; (e) Service to the Local Church; (f) Jesuit Presence; and (g) Integrity.
If university presidents and the boards embrace and share the Jesuit vision, they will continue to influence the institutions of the AJCU. Certainly efforts are under way to provide training to promote this vision through the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP) and other workshops of the AJCU.
29) The vitality and strength of the Jesuit identity of the 28 IHEs in the AJCU depends upon successfully facing these two challenges.
Does it refleet the current situation or is it out of date?" Currie (2011) sought to respond to these questions by looking at the "impressive consistency and coherence in the Jesuit characteristics found in the mission statements of the 28 AJCU schools" (p.
The AJCU (2008) has conducted three surveys, in 1997, 2004, and 2008, of mission and identity activity on our campuses.
The AJCU Leadership Development Seminar, now entering its 8th year, has enrolled over 200 leaders and potential leaders currently working in AJCU schools in a program meant to develop women and men committed to mission-driven, effective leadership.
Despite the many differences in history, culture, and location, there is an impressive consistency and coherence in the Jesuit characteristics found in the mission statements of the 28 AJCU schools.