Strive 2025: Pathways to Institutional Excellence, Accountability and Sustainability
Saint Xavier University's Mission
Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates persons to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.
Saint Xavier University, the affordable, Catholic Mercy institution, will become known for the strength of its relevant curricular and co-curricular offerings; accomplishments of its faculty, staff and students; robust community engagement; and the success of its graduates.
Building our strategic plan makes for an exciting time at Saint Xavier University. However, we must acknowledge some of the hardships that we face as an industry and an institution, the pivotal changes that drive the importance and urgency of our plan. Facing issues like demographic changes, stagnant family wages, the disruptive role of technology and increased competition, achieving marketplace relevance and financial stability has become more important than ever.
As the first Catholic university in the city of Chicago, Saint Xavier University has survived for nearly 175 years, and we're going to continue to directly face our realities so we can thrive for another 175 years and beyond. We strive for more.