Seeking the Magis Through Jesuit Honors Programs

Seeking the Magis Through Jesuit Honors Programs

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.

Read More

Federal Relations

Federal Relations

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.

Read More

Canisius Honors Program Proves Life-Changing for Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist

Canisius Honors Program Proves Life-Changing for Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist

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.

Read More

From Greek Armor to Ox Skulls: How Loyola Maryland’s Honors Program Inspires Students to Take an Interdisciplinary Journey

From Greek Armor to Ox Skulls: How Loyola Maryland’s Honors Program Inspires Students to Take an Interdisciplinary Journey

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.

Read More

A Dedication to Magis at Saint Peter's University

A Dedication to Magis at Saint Peter's University

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!

Read More

Honors for the 21st Century: A Revisionary Tale from Seattle University

Honors for the 21st Century: A Revisionary Tale from Seattle 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.

Read More

Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program Thrives at The University of Scranton

Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program Thrives at The University of Scranton

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.

Read More