Our Mission

Our education team’s mission is to foster the professional development of teachers and educational leaders through programs based in the liberal arts tradition, Catholic Marianist values, current research, and best practice. We promote the characteristics of Marianist universities which include:

Education for Formation in Faith (Mana)

In the community of learners, reason and personal faith are seen as mutually complementary roads to truth. All scholars are invited to join the larger community of faith, hope and love.

  • All children can learn.
  • Diversity awareness includes sharing of personal beliefs and spirituality.

Integral, Quality Education (Aloha)

The Education Division is committed to an integral, quality education that begins with respect for the complexity and diversity of each person. Subsequently, faculty members attempt to engage the whole person with quality courses and activities that challenge the intellectual, emotional, aesthetic, physical, and ethical dimensions that make up each student’s life experience.

  • Education is an active process.
  • Teaching and learning are reciprocal processes.
  • Diversity enriches education by providing many different cultural values and viewpoints.
  • Varied instruction for individual differences and learning styles facilitates learning.
  • Learning is facilitated by integrating curriculum, using cooperative learning strategies, having high expectations of the learner, and making curriculum relevant to the world outside of the classroom.
  • Teachers are responsible for nurturing students’ desire to learn.

Education and the Family Spirit (Ohana)

The community of learners is a second family which encourages the personal development of each of its members. Mutual respect for all members of the family allows the Marianist-based scholarly community to share responsibility for decision making at all levels.

  • Learning requires a safe, stimulating environment where each student is nurtured.
  • School, community, and family collaboration support learning.

Education for Service, Peace and Justice (Pono)

All members of the community strive to serve both the University and the larger surrounding community. Additionally, all members dispense and receive justice to and from each other in both the internal and external communities.

  • Students must be educated for responsible citizenship, and self-directed lifelong learning.
  • Peace is facilitated through cultural awareness and service in support of justice.

Education for Adaptation and Change (Aina)

True to the tradition of faith, a Marianist-founded education prepares students for tomorrow and facilitates adapting to the changes brought about each day. This scholarly community of learners regards technology as a critical aid in the quest for understanding in a changing world.

  • Creative problem solving, divergent thinking and effective communication are nurtured.
  • Reflection facilitates learning.
  • Technology enriches the learning environment and the learning experience.
  • Assessment improves instruction and increases student achievement.
  • Students must be educated for responsible citizenship, and self-directed lifelong learning.