Lighting the Way

A New Era of Opportunity and Promise

Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, shares his thoughts on the bold vision for Creighton's future and how The Creighton 150 Plan: Lighting the Way will advance that vision. Read more here.

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Lighting the Way

Creighton University’s strategic plan illuminates a bold vision that strengthens our core mission and passionately pursues opportunities for distinction

Creighton University is a world-class academic institution recognized for excellence in teaching, learning and research, and enriched by a more than
450-year tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education.

With our depth and breadth in the liberal arts, distinctiveness in the health sciences, preeminence in law and real-world innovation in business, Creighton is eminently poised to capitalize on compelling opportunities to significantly advance our premier standing locally, nationally and globally.

We stand on the edge of our tomorrow, open to incredible new possibilities.

A dynamic vision guides our path, in the form of The Creighton 150 Strategic Plan: Lighting the Way. This ambitious plan, developed with input from the entire Creighton community, focuses on three key themes — each closely aligned with our mission and impelling us to dramatic, thoughtful action.

This plan is inspired and motivated by our outstanding students. They are ambitious, academically talented, diverse and service-oriented — striving always to make their mark on the world. Creighton’s future aligns with their future.

Creighton University graduates not only find success in their careers and professions, but they are an informed voice for justice on significant moral issues facing our communities, nation and world.

Our students, faculty, staff and alumni bring critical analysis and thoughtful discussion to complex societal issues, and put bold leadership into action for the benefit of all of humanity.

This is our passion. This is the Creighton difference.

It invites a joyful hope for the future, as we confidently explore ways to enhance the student experience and place our mission at the forefront in all that we do.

Creighton is not a place that stands still. Leveraging our comprehensiveness and complexity, we are pushing boundaries, engaging the world, advancing new knowledge and leading the way in seeking creative solutions to some of society’s most challenging issues.

This plan represents our shared future and a significant undertaking to do the important work that will advance Creighton to unprecedented heights.

This is our time. This is our opportunity.

This is our chance to light the way — now and into the future.

Our Progress

Creighton University’s strategic plan — the result of more than two years of in-depth, comprehensive planning — was approved by the Board of Trustees this past November, and has now entered the implementation phase. Exciting advances are happening now — and will continue to unfold into the future — as teams of campus representatives from across the University work diligently to put the plan into action. This is a snapshot, a high-level overview, of our guiding plan and our first steps to bring it to successful fruition.

Achieving Academic Excellence

This theme focuses on furthering our foundational mission throughout our comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It extends into our interdisciplinary and interprofessional learning, research activities and service experiences.

The goals:

Leading with the Liberal Arts

This includes creation of the Kingfisher Institute for Liberal Arts and Professions; innovative approaches and investments in faculty, academic programs and facilities to support methods and techniques in research and teaching; renovations to the Rigge Science Building; and bolstered efforts to share Creighton’s story as a global leader in the liberal arts.

Interprofessional Education and Creighton Collaborative Care

The future of health care is collaborative, and Creighton is at the vanguard of this new approach. We will continue to offer our health sciences students opportunities for interprofessional education and practice in the clinical setting.

Academic Health System Excellence

Through collaboration with our clinical partners in the region, including our primary clinical partner, CHI Health, Creighton has expanded clinical training opportunities for its health sciences students, residents and fellows. With our two-campus academic health system fully operational, Creighton is poised to build upon that success and momentum.

Thriving in Our Mission

This theme focuses on igniting a passion for our Jesuit, Catholic tradition on campus and within the wider community locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

The goals:

Living Our Mission

This includes an emphasis on formation and culture for members of the campus community; pursuit of recognition regionally, nationally and globally as a significant voice on Catholic Social Teaching; increased efforts in sustainability and caring for the environment; and developing rich and mutually supportive programs with our north and south Omaha neighbors.

Diversity and Inclusion

Creighton took a major step forward with the hiring of our inaugural vice provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. This goal also includes campus climate surveys to help plot a course for future diversity and inclusion plans; development of a diversity-related curriculum; reflection of diversity and inclusion in our research endeavors; and recruitment and retention of an increasingly diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Engaging the World

Creighton will expand its partnerships with organizations, nonprofits, civic and government agencies, and corporations, with a particular focus on health care, global engagement, and professional and corporate development.

The goals:

Arizona Health Education Alliance and Health Sciences Campus Vision

Creighton University has an opportunity to significantly impact health care and health sciences education in the U.S. Southwest through its expanding partnership in Phoenix, designed to improve and expand Creighton’s Graduate Medical Education programs and develop new training programs across the health sciences.

Global Partnerships

Creighton will embrace the distinctive Jesuit focus on global learning that takes place not only “in” the world, but also “for” it, providing students the education, ethical perspectives and experiences needed to create a more just and sustainable world. Planned efforts include an Institute for Global Studies as a hub for scholarship and research on pressing global issues, and a Global Eco-Village to engage diversity and seek solutions to local and global challenges and injustices.

Professional and Corporate Partnerships

Collaborating among disciplines and professions, Creighton will create opportunities tailored to each partner’s distinct professional circumstance, consistent with our mission, through the Center for Corporate and Professional Excellence. The center will provide an inviting, accessible place for our partners, and streamline and expedite University processes for identifying potential partners, forming new relationships, establishing incentives and executing planned programs.