University teaches values in class meant to enhance student learning, understanding of importance of community, service to others

March 5, 2014

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Mesa, Arizona ~ Students learn best when they have a vested interest in the material they are learning and believe it adds real value to their lives. This is exactly what the founders of Benedictine University believed and why the University integrates its hallmarks within its core curriculum.

“Benedictine University at Mesa students are learning what it means to be Benedictine and how a liberal arts education steeped in a values-based curriculum can not only be meaningful but can also give them a marketable advantage in their careers – this is part of the `Benedictine Promise,’” said Michael Carroll, Ph.D., Mesa branch campus president.

BenU at Mesa students recently participated in a survey ranking the hallmarks in order of importance. Awareness of God received the highest ranking, followed by Respect for Persons, Listening, Justice, Peace, Living in Community, the Dignity of Work, Moderation, Hospitality, Stability and Stewardship.

Students and faculty then were invited to choose a hallmark to live out in their personal and academic lives. Outcomes from these efforts included a more engaged student population and better faculty-student interaction. BenU at Mesa students also got together and composed and published a book of poetry titled “Inspirations Within Our Lives.”

“The hallmarks are a foundation on which to build,” Carroll said. “Upperclassmen can help younger students to adopt the values through the Jo Wilson Leadership Institute. Because the hallmarks are the governing concept of a Benedictine education, integrating them successfully within our community will help guide our success as a college, driving our students’ achievements and building positively every future aspect of our lives, whether it be social, spiritual or personal,” he added.

Service to others is a core value at Benedictine – named the fastest-growing university in the country by The Chronicle of Higher Education and among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013 by education and technology blog edcetera. The University provides a private, values-based education grounded in history, heritage and Catholic tradition.

For more information about Benedictine, please visit or the Gregory Enrollment Center at 51 E. Main St., Suite 105 in downtown Mesa, or contact us at (602) 888-5533 or

The University is accepting applications for fall 2014 enrollment.


Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

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