Priority I: Formation

Strategic Priority 1: FORM students in the Benedictine College mission of community, faith, and scholarship.

Transforming Culture in America will require Americans whose lives of courage, civility, character, and commitment make self-government possible.

Benedictine College intends to educate men and women committed to personal, spiritual, and intellectual greatness by providing intentional formation in community, faith, and scholarship.


A. Community Formation

The college will form students in the Raven Standard, emphasizing qualities necessary to develop meaningful relationships in their personal lives, provide an attractive witness to their faith, accomplish team-building at work, and build effective coalitions in their communities. The global Catholic Church which embraces the world’s races and cultures is our model for diversity. The college will develop initiatives to attract students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds and cultures who can benefit from and contribute to its mission.

The Transforming Culture in America process emphasized developing strategies and programs to enhance the affordability of a Benedictine College education. There also was a significant emphasis on career preparedness and virtuous leadership and forming business leaders who use ethics-driven approaches to improve performance, create jobs and strengthen communities.

B. Faith Formation

The college will form students through worship, service, prayer, and study immersed in the Benedictine charism so that they will be intentional disciples who serve as lights at church, in the workplace, home, and public square. The college will emphasize ethics in conformity with the teachings of the Catholic Church in all disciplines.

The Transforming Culture in America process emphasized the sacraments and service, Eucharistic adoration, formation in missionary work, and preparation for family life.

C. Scholarship Formation

To form students in scholarship, the college will strengthen its commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition. Through examination of the curriculum, pedagogy, and faculty development, the college will build on its liberal arts identity to provide an education which is both timeless in its basis in eternal verities, and timely in its focus on skills and abilities relevant to contemporary needs. The college will provide appropriate facilities to support the academic program of the college.

The Transforming Culture in America process recommended focusing on the library, fine arts, and new media training facilities, and emphasizing academic excellence together with a Catholic worldview throughout the curriculum.