Learning, Leadership & Service
In its Mission and Values statement, Rockhurst University proudly states that it is a learning community, centered on excellence in undergraduate liberal education and graduate education. It is Catholic and Jesuit, involved in the life and growth of the city and the region, and committed to the service of the contemporary world. Rockhurst strives to bring students to an awareness of their great dignity and destiny through a quality and caring education, and to model that awareness in their behavior toward others.
To this end, Rockhurst University emphasizes “Learning, Leadership and Service in the Jesuit tradition.” These themes summarize Rockhurst's mission and capture the spirit in which Rockhurst carries out its work.
Through learning students come to recognize and develop their gifts. They not only acquire information, but they also learn how to think critically and how to apply that knowledge to a changing world.
Rockhurst's outstanding faculty is its greatest asset. From published authors to award-winning scientists to business leaders, the faculty share one goal—developing each student's intellectual potential and moral character. Beginning in freshman year, committed, caring professors challenge students to learn how to think, not what to think. An average class size of 17 allows students access to faculty who become caring mentors and encourages rich classroom discussions.
Through leadership students take responsibility for their own learning and apply that learning in the complex world beyond the boundaries of the campus. Students who take initiative will become leaders who strive continually to develop themselves and others.
We seek to develop skills that will help our graduates take leadership in building a better world. Results are impressive: one in 10 Rockhurst alumni are CEOs or presidents of companies or organizations. Throughout the campus, leadership is a theme in classroom discussions, student organizations, service opportunities and international service trips. The educational experience integrates these essential leadership skills.
- Awareness — Knowledge, Self-knowledge, Openness
- Analysis — Critical Thinking, Integrity, Discernment
- Appreciation — Communication Skills, Imagination, Compassion
- Action — Collaboration, Courage, Responsibility
Through service students gain the capacity of not only serving individuals but of helping to create social structures which better reflect moral and spiritual values. Students use their gifts to transform the world, making it a better place for all people.
Students are encouraged to act on their commitments and values through service to others. Each year, Rockhurst’s Center for Service Learning matches student volunteers with more than 100 local organizations in need. Rockhurst students give more than 25,000 hours annually in service to others. The University sponsors numerous service trips within the United States, as well as in Guatemala, Belize, Ecuador and other developing countries. Upon graduation, Rockhurst students receive two transcripts: an academic and a service transcript.