Core Values

The core values of the faculty and staff of the College are:

  1. Active and Engaged Learning – We believe an excellent academic environment is one where both the faculty and students are committed to making optimal use of available teaching-learning strategies and resources. Among those resources, our clinical, fieldwork, and intern experiences are integral to the learning process and our curricula would be lacking in achievement of critical learning objectives without them. We provide an engaging, welcoming, yet challenging environment where students perceive the people who work here care about them, respect them, and want them to succeed.
  2. Pursuit of Wisdom – The Catholic Intellectual Tradition has as one of its cornerstones the pursuit of wisdom. Our faculty is engaged in scholarly and creative pursuits, exhibit enthusiasm for “the search for truth,” and use their discoveries to inform their teaching and benefit their students and the community.
  3. Innovation – We develop and use methods such as problem-based, team-based, on-line, and service learning methods in our curricula. Our faculty is recognized as leaders in professional education within their disciplines and our experiences are disseminated locally, regionally, and nationally among our peers.
  4. Integrity – We hold our students and ourselves to professional standards for ethical behavior within our academic programs and in interactions with each other.
  5. Leadership –We have leadership roles in both the professional and general communities, contribute to the growth of knowledge and its dissemination within our given disciplines, and take active roles in policy development and implementation.
  6. Diversity- We offer opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and learning styles by hiring a culturally competent faculty and staff who can adapt offerings and support systems within the college and university to provide the best opportunity for success.
  7. Service to Others – We are preparing leaders to serve and because of this our students must interact with, empathize with, communicate with, and learn from the diverse populations we call community. Our graduates can neither teach, nor care for, nor serve people they do not understand so community-based instruction is critical to their success as professionals and human beings.
  8. Spiritual and Personal Growth – We believe meaningful lives come from an education built upon deep respect for the dignity of each person, the value of compassionate service, and a recognition of the responsibility of each individual to contribute to building a more just society.
  9. Collaboration – We encourage inter-professional collaboration among the departments within the college to deliver curricula that model team-based practice we experience in our work settings. We involve community-based practitioners and educators in the learning process because we believe theoretical knowledge is complemented by experience and skills honed in the workplace. The benefits the faculty and students bring to the community setting are equally important as they enhance the education and health care endeavors of the professional staff which in turn impacts the quality of service delivered to their students, patients, and clients.
  10. Professionalism – We utilize best practices in the classroom. We believe it is necessary to model this approach to our students if we expect them to use this approach to learning as students and later as practitioners.
  11. Responsiveness – As leaders in professional education, we believe it is our role to anticipate and be responsive to the changing environment in education and health care.