March 2017 Connections: Honors Programs at Jesuit Institutions
Of the more than 30 conferences within the AJCU network, only one serves both faculty and students from Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Now in its eleventh year, the AJCU Honors Consortium has grown from small conversations held in conjunction with annual meetings of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) to full-fledged gatherings centered on the Jesuit values of academic excellence, cura personalis, social justice, and service to others.
Traditionally, a President’s first budget provides a snapshot of the Administration’s priorities (or lack thereof). The first “skinny budget” released by President Donald Trump barely supports Federal student aid programs for deserving students and establishes an uncertain future for higher education in years to come. AJCU was so taken aback by the FY18 budget, that we were compelled to release a Statement of Concern. To access this statement online, please click here.
Adam Zyglis ’04 carefully ponders current events before he picks the topics for his political cartoons in The Buffalo News. That’s because readers count on the Canisius College alumnus and Pulitzer Prize winner’s creative visual commentary on topics ranging from President Donald Trump’s controversial new policies to the often lackluster performance of the Buffalo Bills football team.
Last summer, while Calix O’Hara was studying in Rome, he visited the Ara Pacis, an ancient monumental altar. Inside, the Loyola University Maryland student saw the Boucrania relief sculptures: portrayals of Roman-sacrificed oxen, now ox skulls with gilded horns, draped in wreaths of flowers. The image stayed in O’Hara’s mind as he began his senior year at Loyola, and inspired a remarkable creative undertaking.
Susan Ragheb ’16, senior policy advisor to New Jersey Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, has accomplished quite a bit in her short professional career since her recent graduation from Saint Peter’s University. While there are many factors that have played a role in Ragheb’s success thus far, one that she specifically credits is her participation in the Honors program at Saint Peter’s. In fact, it was one of the main reasons she chose to attend the University!
Five years ago, the University Honors Program at Seattle University began its most comprehensive curriculum revision in 58 years. The stakes were high. Critiques of liberal arts education were at a fever pitch in the national media. Loud voices questioned its value, and admissions evidence suggested parents were listening, especially with regard to the humanities.
The University of Scranton established the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts (SJLA) Honors Program in the 1970s; the guiding principle was that such an education, and the habits of mind acquired through it, would serve students well in all career paths, and distinguish them as products of Jesuit education. Based on the results of a comprehensive program review and assessment completed in 2016, the traits targeted are needed across a spectrum of professional fields. Moreover, the SJLA Honors Program successfully develops these traits.
AJCU Connections Archive
February 2017: Fostering Mission & Identity on Jesuit Campuses
January 2017: Social Innovation on Jesuit Campuses
December 2016: Impact of GC36 on Jesuit Education
November 2016: Distinguished Faculty on Jesuit Campuses
October 2016: Election 2016 on Jesuit Campuses
September 2016: Town & Gown Partnerships for Jesuit Schools
May 2016: How Jesuit Institutions Help Alumni Live the Mission
April 2016: Eco-Jesuit: Campus Responses to Laudato Si'
March 2016: The Jesuit Mission of Athletic Programs
February 2016: Diversity on Jesuit Campuses
January 2016: The Impact of STEM Programs on Jesuit Institutions
December 2015: Celebrating the Arts on Jesuit Campuses
November 2015: The Jesuit Mission of Graduate & Professional Programs
October 2015: 100th Anniversary of Alpha Sigma Nu
September 2015: The Impact of HEA Reauthorization on AJCU Campuses
May 2015: Fostering Vocations on Jesuit Campuses
April 2015: New International Collaborations Among Jesuit Institutions
March 2015: How Women Are Shaping Jesuit Institutions