Long before ethical leadership and social responsibility became bywords in higher education, the foundress of the SHCJ included these concepts in the mission of the Order; subsequently, they were included in the mission of the College. For Cornelia Connelly, whose educational philosophy was influenced by the Jesuit model and by progressive 19th century views, education was meant as preparation for life, whereby students were taught to develop the judgment and discrimination necessary to incorporate their accomplishments into a larger perspective.
Character formation was an important dimension of the Cornelian philosophy of education; close student-teacher interpersonal relationships served, and continue to serve, this aim. As our mission reflects, we see the process of moral development as a primary component of teaching and learning. In this connection, Rosemont emphasizes the importance of making reasoned decisions with an awareness of their moral implications. This is manifested particularly in the “Ethics in Action” core requirement for all of our undergraduates, which is unusual for most colleges and universities.
A focus on ethical leadership and social responsibility is thus integral to Rosemont’s mission and priorities. The College’s goals of developing “open and critical minds and the ability to make reasoned moral decisions,” along with its commitment to fostering “reverence for the dignity of each person” and promoting “justice with compassion” serve as the basis for providing students with opportunities for the development of a moral compass and meaningful engagement with the greater community. The Institute will continue and foster Rosemont’s longstanding commitment to preparing its graduates for engaged citizenship committed to working toward the greater good.