At the College of the Holy Cross, we have a distinctive academic and religious mission as a Jesuit and Catholic college. How we appropriate and live that mission in contemporary culture is both an opportunity and a challenge for us, especially as the number of Jesuits living on our campus is diminishing. Further, while our commitment to be need blind and to meet full demonstrated need is an important manifestation of our Jesuit and Catholic mission to educate the under-served, this commitment makes significant claims on our resources.
Critical questions for us are: How can we attract to Holy Cross the most academically successful students from diverse and emergent communities, and how can we support middle class students who, for financial reasons, feel increasingly shut out from many competitive colleges and universities? Like other liberal arts colleges, we are also discerning how best to use technology in ways that enhance the sacred bond between faculty and students and not diminish it, and how to recruit and retain faculty and staff who reflect our student body.
Philip Boroughs, College of the Holy Cross