Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago is scheduled to open in August, 2015, as the world’s first Jesuit community college. According to a story in the Phoenix, Loyola University’s student newspaper:
It is an extension of Loyola and aims to provide prospective students with the same liberal arts core curriculum classes offered at the university, but at a more affordable cost, according to the Rev. Stephen Katsouros, S.J., Arrupe’s dean and executive director….
“This is really the result of President Fr. Garanzini. His vision and the Jesuit mission of making this kind of education available and accessible to lots of different people, particularly people who are marginalized economically,” said Katsouros. “The Jesuits and our colleagues do not want our colleges and universities to become elite. [If we do so] we are leaving such great and college-deserving students behind.”
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Serving the marginalized, the ostracized, the victimized, the stigmatized, the downtrodden, the exploited and those living on the peripheries is a noble mission.
Or even just middle class kids who couldn’t get in to Loyola. I applaud this move and hope to see one in the Sacramento area one day.
Tremendous move on the part of the University -would be nice if we would do this in our large Universities. ..blessings in the endeavors and may the Spirit be creative in all.