Strategic Direction I

Re-envision liberal arts education at Boston College by sustained attention to the Core Curriculum, enhancing faculty quality and engagement, and leveraging the strengths of undergraduate programs in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Carroll School of Management, Connell School of Nursing, and Lynch School of Education.

From its beginning in the 16th century, Jesuit education has sought to prepare capable and passionate leaders, individuals who could be a leaven for good. It has encouraged students to explore the liberal arts, courses in such disciplines as literature, philosophy, classical and modern languages, the natural sciences, and theology. In the process, this approach deepens understanding of what it means to be human, free, and responsible, and promotes inquiry and engagement, especially in regard to contemporary issues.

Many problems facing society today require fresh thinking and solutions that cross the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. The University will, therefore, keep working to foster an educational culture that increasingly values creativity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and entrepreneurship, and that promotes opportunities for students to integrate traditional liberal arts disciplines with professional preparation and vocational discernment.

It proposes to implement this Strategic Direction by:

  • reaffirming the Core Curriculum as the foundation for the Boston College undergraduate experience;
  • strengthening the student experience at Boston College by hiring and rewarding faculty committed to quality teaching, research, and mentorship;
  • leveraging the strengths of the four undergraduate schools and developing additional undergraduate opportunities utilizing resources and possibilities within these academic units; and
  • investing additional resources in enrollment management.