Strategic Direction II

Enhance the University’s commitment to formation among students, faculty, and staff to further Boston College’s mission and strengthen its institutional culture.

Boston College’s distinctive culture of formation is foundational to and animates the University’s approach to education, particularly its goals to integrate intellectual excellence, religious commitment, and service to wider society, and to remain faithful to its educational and religious heritage. Boston College holds that liberal arts education, participation in research and scholarship that advances the common good, and service to the local, national, and global community help students to be more free and human, and to become generous and engaged members of society.

During the last ten years, Boston College has devoted significant resources to formation, especially among undergraduates, inviting them to consider their gifts, relationships, and actions, and to live lives marked by integrity, engagement, and connection with others. It especially desires that students develop the habits of mind and heart—such as ethical reasoning, eloquence, resilience, and empathy—that distinguish Boston College graduates. But the University recognizes the need to expand and deepen understanding of formation, particularly in more intentional ways among faculty and staff, who serve a critical role helping students develop not only intellectually, but also personally, ethically, and spiritually.

To implement this Strategic Direction, Boston College will:

  • strengthen programs to increase engagement among faculty and staff with Boston College’s mission and heritage;
  • advance the University’s culture of care and welcome;
  • create “neighborhoods” that bring together more members of the Boston College community for conversation and learning;
  • establish formation programs specifically designed for graduate and professional students; and
  • sustain and promote Boston College’s Jesuit heritage.

Boston College is committed to formative education.

As a Jesuit, Catholic university and a leader in the liberal arts, we view formative education as central to our mission of educating students who will use their gifts in the service of others.