Formation of Hearts and Minds

Academic Excellence Marker

Theme Leader

Dr. Xavier Cole
Vice President of Student Affairs

Goal Statement

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.

  1. Formation for Staff, Faculty and Board of Trustees
  2. Student-focused Programming
  3. Diversity and Inclusion
  4. Office of Mission and Ministry Staffing and Structure


Theme objective 1 of 0

In order to strengthen relationship to formation of hearts and minds, conduct ongoing assessment of the Marquette Core Curriculum (2).

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Develop a catalog of identifiable markers for use in Foundations Tier course assessment.
Integrate appropriate markers into Foundations Tier assessment rubrics.
Gather, analyze, and share data from these assessments of the core to refine the core experience and enhance its impact on students.
Theme objective 2 of 0

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).

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Convene a group to evaluate intersections and develop proposals for integration.
Develop markers for formation of hearts and minds in co-curricular activities.
Develop and implement measures for assessment.
Gather, analyze, and share data from the assessments to refine co-curricular activities and enhance their impact on students.
Theme objective 3 of 0

Prioritize mission fit in all hiring processes (1) (3).

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Mission and Ministry and Human Resources establish university-wide criteria for mission fit with special attention to promotion of a culture of inclusion.
Mission and Ministry and Human Resources work with all divisions and colleges of the university to adapt those criteria to their areas.
Develop and provide training and support for implementation with particular attention to supervisors, department chairs, and search committee leads.
Develop and operationalize a set of metrics to evaluate the process.
Theme objective 4 of 0

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).

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Convene a group to gather information, evaluate options, and develop a proposal for mission integration.
Develop resources for adaptation of the plan and its elements to particular needs under the direction of Mission and Ministry.
Train partners to assist in overseeing the implementation and adaptation of the mission-oriented programming.
Develop metrics for assessing the individual elements of the plan and its overall effectiveness.
Gather, analyze, and share data from assessment to refine individual components and the overall mission integration plan.
Theme objective 5 of 0

Incorporate mission integration metrics into university-wide evaluative processes for performance and promotion for faculty, staff, and student employees (1).

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Establish a Mission Integration Audit Committee to develop and adapt metrics adapted to the needs of the different units in the university.
The MIAC collaborates with supervisors to implement metrics in assessment processes.
Gather, analyze, and share data to improve metrics and mission integration.
Theme objective 6 of 0

Provide for the staffing and structural needs of the Office of Mission and Ministry so they can accomplish their tasks in this area (4).

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Assess staffing, resources, and space needs.
Allocate resources to meet these needs.

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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.


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