Dean's Message

James Burns, I.V.D., PhD.

James Burns, I.V.D., PhD.

Ever to Excel: The Boston College Commitment and Experience

The motto of Boston College, “Ever to Excel,” is a commitment to our students and a tribute to our history. What allows us to excel is the expansion of our minds and hearts “to be more”—more than we ever thought we could be; more than the world around us could imagine. Picture yourself in our school becoming more in every area of your life. It is possible in the exciting and inspiring environment of Boston College.

Boston College draws upon its mission and its distinctive religious tradition to create a remarkable educational experience. As a Catholic and Jesuit university, it is rooted in a world view that seeks to encounter God in all creation and through all human activity, especially in the search for truth in every discipline, in the desire to learn, and in the call to live justly together. In this spirit, Boston College understands the interface of religion with the academy as a formative dialogue, one that is essential to the continuous evolution of its distinctive intellectual heritage. In so doing, Boston College fosters in its students rigorous intellectual development coupled with religious, ethical and personal formation in order to prepare them for citizenship, service, and leadership in a global society.

Within this Boston College environment, faculty and students of the Woods College of Advancing Studies expand the mission by engaging in significant scholarship that enriches the culture and addresses important societal needs. As such, the Woods College seeks to promote care and attention to the human person that is the hallmark of Jesuit education. In particular, the Woods College of Advancing Studies recognizes the important contributions a diverse student body, faculty, and staff can offer, while being firmly committed to academic freedom.

Fr. James A. Woods, S.J., for whom the college is named, brought this vision together in a unique and successful way during his 44 years as Dean. We continue to build upon the firm foundation he laid, so that every student who comes to Boston College through the Woods College can become a proud graduate. This is one of the reasons the College has such loyal supporters, among them Kate and Bob Devlin who provided the naming gift  in April 2002.

So whether you plan to take an undergraduate course or two, register in a certificate program, or enroll in the undergraduate or graduate degree program, the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College welcomes you to apply.

James P. Burns, I.V.D., Ph. D.
Former Dean
Woods College of Advancing Studies
Boston College