From the President
Fall is the season of renewed focus and new beginnings.
Since January, we’ve engaged more than 600 individuals in focus groups — including students, faculty, staff, alumnae/i, Sisters of St. Joseph, Archbishop Hebda, and 11 corporations and large nonprofits — to help us with our strategic planning process. We’re calling this plan “Setting our Sails for 2028,” and we hope to have it approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2018.
Additionally, 2,350 students, faculty and staff participated in three surveys. We asked many difficult, but important, questions. Among them: What is our mission? What is our vision? What values do we practice in our daily work? And what are the opportunities we have to be even stronger? While there’s still more refining to be done, we have a framework in place.
Our refreshed mission statement is: We educate women to lead and influence.
We educate at all degree levels through valuing and integrating the liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic intellectual tradition, emphasizing scholarly inquiry and social justice teaching as lived by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. We welcome a rich diversity of students, with a baccalaureate college for women at the heart of the university and graduate and adult colleges for women and men. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine University develops leaders who act with integrity.
Our revised vision statement is: St. Catherine University is respected globally for educating women who transform the world.
Since 1905, strong and deep values have been our foundation. We proudly proclaim our enduring values: Academic Excellence, Community, Integrity, Social Justice, Reflection.
With clearer articulation of our mission, vision and values, we have begun the important work of focusing on the key initiatives that will help us deliver even greater impact for our students, and the successful alumnae/i they will become. I look forward to sharing these strategic priorities in the spring edition of the magazine.
Thank you for reflecting St. Kate’s values in who you are and how you impact those around you. You are our dearest treasure as you are the living endorsement of how we EDUCATE women to LEAD and INFLUENCE.
ReBecca Koenig Roloff ’76, MBA
Don’t live in the Twin Cities? Here are a few opportunities to catch me on the road:
• November, Rochester, Minn.
• January, Southern Calif.
• March, Naples, Fla.,
and Phoenix, Ariz.
More details: stkate.edu/alumnaechapters