Mission, Convictions and Vision Statement

PREFACE

Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers bachelor's degrees in over 85 major fields of study and more than 45 graduate degree programs including master's, education specialist, juris doctor and doctorates.

MISSION

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.

CONVICTIONS


As a community we are committed to:

  1. pursuit of truthWe value intellectual inquiry as a life-long habit, the unfettered and impartial pursuit of truth in all its forms, the integration of knowledge across disciplines, and the imaginative and creative exploration of new ideas

  2. academic excellence
    We create a culture among faculty, students and staff that recognizes the power of ideas and rewards rigorous thinking

  3. faith and reason
    We actively engage Catholic intellectual tradition, which values the fundamental compatibility of faith and reason and fosters meaningful dialogue directed toward the flourishing of human culture

  4. dignity
    We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to the greater mosaic of the university community

  5. diversity
    We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society

  6. personal attention
    We foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member

  7. gratitude
    We celebrate the achievements of all members of our community in goals attained and obstacles overcome, and in all things give praise to God

VISION

We seek to be a recognized leader in Catholic higher education that excels in effective teaching, active learning, scholarly research and responsible engagement with the local community as well as with the national and global communities in which we live.

(Statement approved by the Board of Trustees October 21, 2004)

Strategic Priorities: Planning for the Future

Mission Book Groups

The next two  Common Good colloquia are scheduled for April 8 and May 8 from 12-1:15 p.m.  Led by Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, professor of sociology and family business center fellow at the university, discussion will be based on her recent book, Diversity and the Common Good: Civil Society, Religion and Catholic Sisters in a Small City.  The April 8th discussion will be held in JRC 201 and will look at the continuing demographic decline among congregations and who will provide the caring and social capital for "doing the right thing."  All faculty, students and staff are invited to participate.  RSVP to Steve Laumakis

An environmental stewardship reading group is sponsored by the Office for Mission. To join the Catholic higher education group (the Common Good colloquium), email Steve Laumakis.  The environmental stewardship group will resume in fall, 2014.  To join, email Elise Amel.

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