20 May 2020Share
ACU’s Strategic Plan 2020-2023 features six strategic priorities that outline our vision for ACU in the coming years.
To help you understand how you can support our strategic plan, we’ll be highlighting a different priority each month through a Q&A. This month, we hear from Vice-President Father Anthony Casamento about Strategic Priority 1: All our endeavours grounded in mission.
Q. How is ACU working towards this strategic priority?
A. The Office of the Vice President (OVP) works across the university to achieve this priority:
The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy also plays a critical role in working towards the strategic priority of our mission as a Catholic university.
Mission is the number one priority, not just for OVP but for the entire university. This means is it not only the work of the OVP.
Q. What are some examples of how ACU is already achieving this priority?
A. The primary task of a Catholic university is to teach and conduct research. By doing this well, we are already engaged in the mission. However, as a Catholic university, we do more than this.
Other ways we live the mission include:
Q. How does this strategic priority interact with ACU’s focus on opportunity, innovation and ethics?
A. At ACU, we seek opportunities to engage with the world, innovate for the common good and deliver services with a sense of ethics.
ACU is focused on the common good and caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Opportunity is a key focus because we want to enrich people through education, so that they in turn can help those in need.
To accomplish our mission, ACU can’t sit still. We take our inspiration from God, who is described in the Bible as having boundless creativity, and who wishes to communicate this creativity to his beloved creatures, who, being made in his image, are called to be co-creators (Behold, I make all things new. Rv: 21:1-8).
While our mission will not change, the ways we study, research, communicate with our students and educate continue to change. We continue to draw from the richness of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and apply it in new ways in the advancement of our mission.
Our ethical focus gives us a wide and generous view of the common good. We draw from the Catholic Intellectual Tradition so that we can make a rich contribution to ethics.
Q. How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed or influenced our work in this space?
A. In response to COVID-19, many of our pastoral and mission-focused activities have moved online. Be it prayer and reflection opportunities, discussion groups or virtual coffee hangouts, the vibrant ACU community continues to operate online.
The pandemic has also presented new opportunities to live out the mission. For example, because mission is at the heart of who we are, initiatives such as the Student Urgent Relief Fund and the direction for non-essential staff to work from home were natural responses. We value the dignity of our students and wanted to provide meaningful and practical assistance in this time of need.
Q. How can staff contribute to this strategic priority?
A. Stewardship of ACU’s mission belongs to all our staff: professional and academic. Be it in the classroom, research lab or professional area, only you can live the mission in your own work space.
You can live the mission through:
Q. How can managers contribute to this strategic priority?
A. If all our endeavours are to be grounded in mission, then mission is not an optional extra, or an ornament. Rather, it should be a priority for all managers.
Managers can support our mission by:
Want to learn more about how you can support the Strategic Plan? The Strategy Execution Framework has been developed to support leaders, managers and staff in implementing our Strategic Plan 2020 – 2023. Visit the ACU website for further details.