Mission Priority Examen

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Loyola Marymount University will participate in a Mission Priority Examen at the request of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus and with the support of the Jesuit Provincials in the United States and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

The Examen invites the LMU community to engage in institutional reflection on the mission and to commit to a set of priorities for faithfully and creatively promoting our Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount identity and values in the years to come.

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The Process

A Steering Committee chaired by the Vice President for Mission and Ministry and made up of faculty and staff representatives from across the university will be responsible for guiding LMU through the Examen.

The institutional Examen moves through several stages, outlined below:

  1. School commits to Examen during a given year.
  2. National Coordinating Committee sends school documents describing the process, offers conference call/meeting to answer questions.
  3. School and Province Higher Ed Assistant select peer visitors.
  4. School submits one-page timetable/local approach for their Examen.
  5. School gathers opinions, identifies recent Jesuit Mission Priorities and decides which, if any, to change, and writes a summative report.
  6. Peer Committee visits and sends draft report back to give school opportunity to correct factual errors, express objections, and amend priorities in light of draft Peer Report.
  7. Provincial sends his advice, with final Peer Visit Report, to Fr. General. Jesuit Conference President sends his advice to Fr. General.
  8. Fr. General sends a letter to Provincial, who communicates content to school, other local constituencies including bishop, AJCU President, and National Coordinating Committee.
  9. In light of Fr. General’s response, school works to implement its mission priorities.

The Self-Study

The centerpiece of the process is the production of a self-study. Using the document Some Characteristics of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: A Self-Evaluation Instrument, LMU is asked to identify strengths and weaknesses with respect to mission effectiveness, to examine and evaluate our mission goals, and to establish two or three concrete priorities for mission enhancement during the coming 5-10 years.

In developing the self-study and formulating these mission priorities, the Steering Committee will seek input from a variety of constituencies, including faculty, staff, students, trustees, religious communities, and the Archbishop of Los Angeles. For LMU faculty, staff, and students, this consultation with stakeholders will take place through a series of Group Interviews. Many of these interviews will be conducted during regular meetings of existing committees, but a number of open sessions will also be scheduled to maximize input from the community.

If you will be participating in a Group Interview, please review the preparatory materials.

The Peer Review

In February a Visiting Team of experts from other Jesuit colleges and universities will visit LMU to interview members of the community and engage dialogue about the insights gleaned through the self-study and the mission priorities established by the university. The Visiting Term is responsible for compiling a report that assesses LMU's priorities, offers suggestions for new or additional priorities, and affirms LMU's commitment to its Catholic, Jesuit and Marymount identity to the leadership of the Society of Jesus.

The Visiting Team is currently scheduled to visit campus during the week of February 19, 2017. The Steering Committee will schedule meetings between members of the Visiting Team and various groups of stakeholders in December.

Read more about the members of the Visiting Team.

Timeline

Spring 2017

Institutional Examen Planning Group meets, conducts SWOT analysis, and identifies data to be gathered over the summer

June-August

Data gathered and collected in a Box file

August- September

Steering Committee reviews documents and formulates questions for Group Interviews

October-December

Steering Committee conducts Group Interviews and processes responses

December-January 2018

Self-study drafted and reviewed by President and Board of Trustees

Week of February 19

Site visit by the Visiting Team

April 10

Town Hall discussion co-sponsored by ACTI/Bellarmine Forum to announce mission priorities

May

Provincials' meeting