Formation of Hearts and Minds
Dr. Xavier Cole
Vice President of Student Affairs
To develop persons of faith, hope, and love committed to service for and with others.
Through the formation of hearts and minds, members of the Marquette community discover what it means to become their best selves. Marquette’s Catholic and Jesuit heritage contributes much to this process: it provides ways to cultivate a practice of prayer and reflection that help members (1) identify the deep desires that motivate them, (2) appreciate their gifts and talents and how best to develop and place them in service to the world, (3) recognize their own limitations and open themselves to growth, and (4) become attuned to and welcoming of others. Our Catholic, Jesuit heritage encourages this quality of reflection for the greater glory of God. This reflection leads our community to discern the compelling issues of our university and the world in a critical manner, make sound judgments based on comprehensive, ethical research, and formulate responses that enhance the common good, promote justice, and seek reconciliation. Our hope is to provide a framework for this life-long process of discovery and full-hearted living.
Mission Priority Examen
The four recommendations set forth for Marquette University from the Mission Priority Examen are woven into the theme of Formation of Hearts and Minds. Each recommendation is noted by number in its corresponding objective.
- Formation for Staff, Faculty and Board of Trustees
- Student-focused Programming
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Office of Mission and Ministry Staffing and Structure
In order to strengthen relationship to formation of hearts and minds, conduct ongoing assessment of the Marquette Core Curriculum (2).
Align and develop co-curricular activities to complement the formation of hearts and minds in the Core Curriculum with a focus on the Engaging Social Systems and Value II offerings (2).
Prioritize mission fit in all hiring processes (1) (3).
Align and create cohesion between current mission integration programs and develop additional initiatives to ensure a comprehensive and flexible plan for faculty and staff formation (1) (4).
Incorporate mission integration metrics into university-wide evaluative processes for performance and promotion for faculty, staff, and student employees (1).
Provide for the staffing and structural needs of the Office of Mission and Ministry so they can accomplish their tasks in this area (4).
Achieving Beyond Boundaries
Associated with this theme are several key metrics, which help us assess our progress in achieving the goal and understand how we compare to other universities. For each metric, Marquette’s value is shown over time including, if available, a comparison to a referent group of 22 universities comprising both peer and aspirational schools. As the university is launching a new strategic planning effort, these metrics will no longer be updated. A new peer/aspirant group was developed by the Beyond Boundaries Steering Committee in 2022. The metrics below still reference the old referent group and will not be updated with the new peer/aspirant group.