The core mission of the University of San Francisco is to "promote learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition". This tradition situates academic excellence in the context of developing every dimension of a person's humanity — intellectual, moral, social, religious and aesthetic. We prepare our graduates to excel in their professions or careers and to be full human beings who positively contribute to society.
In pursuit of this mission, USF crafted USF 2028, a document that offers a robust description of the five qualities that, taken together and only together, distinguish USF from other universities: 1) Jesuit Catholic tradition; 2) academic excellence; 3) San Francisco location; 4) diversity of experiences, perspectives and opinions within the University community and the Bay Area; and 5) a global perspective.
In an effort to sharply focus current planning and budgeting efforts on the student experience, the Leadership Team has crystallized its mission in some "promises" to undergraduate, graduate and professional students. A draft version of these promises is posted on a blog: USF2028 Plan http://2028plan.blogspot.com/. This blog is the most effective and efficient way for all members of the University community to participate in the conversation and the University planning process. We invite you — students, faculty, staff, alums — to comment and react to these promises and other materials that will be posted on the blog.
As you may know by now, I am chairing a Planning Council to oversee this University-wide effort. The other Planning Council members are: Salvador Aceves, Vice Provost; Steve Gallagher, Vice President for Information Technology; BJ Johnson, Vice Provost and Dean, Academic and Enrollment Services; Mike London, Asst. Vice President, Facilities Management; and Gerardo Marin, Vice Provost. Its responsibilities are to coordinate, communicate and advance planning across the University; most of the "action" will necessarily take place at the school and unit level. The Planning Council's responsibility is to ensure that the many moving parts stay in play throughout our strategic thinking, planning and acting. These components include academic planning, marketing and branding efforts, enrollment planning, financial planning, campus master planning, development planning and the alignment of each school's and unit's efforts with the University's overarching goals.
I hope that this planning exercise will strengthen our resolve and direct our efforts toward advancing USF's one hundred and fifty-four year tradition of nimbleness and adaptability at the service of our Jesuit Catholic educational mission of good scholarship, good teaching and good people for a better world.
Stephen A. Privett, S.J.