Welcome from the Presdient
I recently presented a lecture to the University community on Jesuit higher education in the 21st century. See scranton.edu/125thanniversarylecture. In that presentation, I attempted to identify the “Jesuit difference,” or what is the “value-added” of Jesuit higher education. For me, what universities claim to be teaching their students —specifically, to think critically, reason analytically, solve problems, and communicate clearly — is necessary, but not sufficient, for Jesuit universities. A Jesuit university should ask more of its students by educating and forming them to become men and women of adult faith, of competence, for and with others. As a university community, we gather to create new knowledge, to expand understanding by engaging in teaching and learning, and to promote the public good. But our living tradition at The University of Scranton calls us deeper, to do more. And so who our students become rather than just what they know will be the real measure of our success.
This issue of Ignite celebrates how the Kania School of Management contributes to our University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission. Make no mistake: its academic programs in accounting, finance, operations, marketing, business administration, economics, electronic commerce and management are first-rate. But seeking excellence in highly innovative business programs is paired with educating men and women for others, as the Kania School highlights as the core of its mission as a Jesuit business school. It further names the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, care of the whole person in his or her own uniqueness, as informing and directing its student-centered educational way of proceeding. Allow me to paraphrase Peter F. Drucker, quoted elsewhere in this magazine: Go to the Kania School of Management because that’s where they are changing student lives!
The articles herein written by and about Kania professors and students focus on how our faculty and students engage the world by identifying big problems, often in marginalized communities, and offering solutions grounded in cutting-edge academic research and professional experience. And their titles speak for themselves: “Responsible & Profitable,” “Building ‘Hopeful Futures for Humankind’” and “When Success is not Just Profit.” The Jesuit difference is unmistakable.
Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.