The President's View

The president of Fairfield University on higher education

In Praise of Student Leaders

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About 400 student leaders at Fairfield will gather this week for an annual celebration in which we acknowledge the role they play in the life of our University community. Some of them work as RA’s in our residence halls — as you can imagine, that can be quite a challenging and eye-opening experience — while […] [Read More]
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Men and Women for Others

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At Fairfield and at other Jesuit schools and universities we often say that we form our students to be “men and women for others.” If one looks back at the long history of Jesuit education — which goes back to 1548 — one can see that there has always been an understanding that the purpose […] [Read More]
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Our “Green” power plant gets EPA award

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One of the benefits of working at a University is that one is continually made aware — year after year — of the degree to which students change from one generation to the next. Each new incoming class brings with it the aspirations, and anxieties, that have characterized the period in which these students have […] [Read More]
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Our ongoing commitment to Haiti

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All universities are motivated at least in part by the conviction that they are engaged in shaping the world for the better – principally, of course, by forming young men and women who will take their place in society as creative and informed citizens. Certainly at Fairfield University, that is is our primary obligation. But […] [Read More]
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Our Sunday Mass for the earthquake victims in Haiti

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With the rest of the world, the Fairfield University community has been following the devastating earthquake in Haiti with sadness and concern, and as a community we are anxious to do whatever we can to be of service to the people of Haiti in their pain and suffering. While the full scale of the disaster […] [Read More]
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Our new Community Center, and our collaborative future

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Last week, we were fortunate enough to open a new building on our campus — the Jesuit Community Center. It’s quite a striking work of architecture, partly hidden from view by a line of beech trees at the base of Bellarmine Hall, but also oriented so that large windows from the common room look out […] [Read More]
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Why we “Build” Community on Campus

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It seems that transfer students have a more difficult time ever feeling like they are fully engaged in their college education. A study by the National Survey of Student Engagement found that “transfer students tended to lag behind ‘native’ students, as it calls those who did not transfer, in terms of campus engagement.” [Read More]
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Public Universities, Private Universities

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As costs rise and money from state legislators starts to dry up, many state universities are beginning to operate like private institutions, with steep rises in tuition and an increasing tendency to seek students from out of state — who pay higher tuition and fees than in state students — to try to address their budget gaps. [Read More]
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