Amplification of the Elements of the Mission Statement
Catholic and Franciscan. The University of Saint Francis holds fast to the teachings and faith of the Roman Catholic Church, the liberal arts tradition, and the virtues of the wisdom tradition inspired by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi: reverence the unique dignity of each person; encourage a trustful, prayerful community of learners; serve one another, society and the Church; foster peace and justice; respect creation.
The Liberal Arts Tradition. The Liberal Arts, encompassing the humanities and the natural and social sciences, convey specific content knowledge, but they also form a certain discipline of mind that promotes skilled judgment and intellectual acuity. They are action-oriented, exciting in students habits of active engagement, continuous questioning, probing, exploring, and connecting knowledge across disciplines. When these thinking skills are combined with professional education in business, the health sciences, education, counseling, social work, or the creative arts, students at the University of Saint Francis are transformed into intentional learners and highly competent professionals.
Faith and Reason. In the words of Pope John Paul II, “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” In the Catholic and Franciscan traditions, faith is not merely a supplement or afterthought to reason, still less its rival. Rather, in these traditions, faith and reason complement each other because “each contains the other."
Diversity. Profoundly committed to building a civilization of love and mutual understanding, the University of Saint Francis actively promotes an appreciation and understanding of all religious traditions, cultures, and individuals; and encourages members of the University community to explore their faith, ethnic and cultural traditions in the context of an intellectually robust and supportive community. Accordingly, diversity at the University of Saint Francis includes the interests, experiences and backgrounds of individuals based on, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, language, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender and disability.
Community. Students, faculty, staff and administrators, each according to his or her role and capacity, actively participate in a community of scholars wherein each member continually develops his or her professional expertise in service to others. An ethic of study, continuous quality improvement, reflection and dialogue is foundational to the University of Saint Francis as a learning organization.
Quality. The University’s commitment to continuous study and improvement is underscored by its participation in the Open Pathway Program of the Higher Learning Commission, and by the variety of professional accreditations for its academic programs. Quality at the University of Saint Francis is a persistent quest for excellence shaped by the needs of students, professional and academic standards, and best practices.