Mission, Purpose, and Goals

 
College Mission Statement
Inspired by the vision of St. Francis of Assisi and in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, we extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to God's people, especially those most in need. We call forth all who serve in this healthcare ministry, to share their gifts and talents to create a spirit of healing—with reverence and love for all of life, with joyfulness of spirit, and with humility and justice for all those entrusted to our care. We are, with God's help, a healing and spiritual presence for each other and for the communities we are privileged to serve. Seeking to be faithful to the ideals of its heritage and its sponsors, Our Lady of the Lake College is committed to meeting the educational needs of the people of God.

Our Identity
Our Lady of the Lake College (OLOL College) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award doctorate, master’s, baccalaureate and associate degrees.  Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, OLOL College is a small, Catholic, not-for-profit institution with a healthcare emphasis. The College offers degrees in nursing, health sciences, humanities, behavioral sciences and natural sciences.  A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Inc., the College is sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady and is faithful to its mission grounded in Franciscan values. The College is a student-centered academic community committed to the pursuit of truth and common good and devoted to excellence in teaching and learning.

Our Purpose
The College engages students in an educational experience that cultivates the spirit of scholarly inquiry, ongoing reflection, and a commitment to life-long learning and service. The College seeks to promote a learning environment informed by the concepts of collegiality, community, democracy, social justice, and the culture of life that encourages individual and collective responsibility. Committing to and accomplishing the institutional purpose and goals requires empowering students to exceed standards, expand their vision, and come to the full measure of their humanity.

Institutional Goals

  1. Incorporating the Franciscan values of service, reverence and love for all life, joyfulness of spirit, humility, and justice and the spirit of Ex corde Ecclesiae into all facets of the educational process and functions of the College.
  2. Providing programs of study that contribute to the authentic good of individuals and human society as a whole.
  3. Emphasizing the academic excellence in a student-centered environment to enhance knowledge and inquiry in the pursuit of life-long learning.
  4. Cultivating a student-centered environment which promotes a holistic approach to student growth and development in the search of vocation or calling.
  5. Fostering an engaged community of civic-minded scholars that encourages a culture of social responsibility and service.
  6. Cultivating, among all campus constituents, a desire to understand, a capacity for tolerance, and an ability to embrace diversity while demonstrating ethical and moral behavior in all endeavors.
  7. Practicing good stewardship of College resources while minimizing the carbon footprint of the College.
  8. Expanding the scale and scope of the programs and the communities the College serves

Aspiring Vision

Our Lady of the Lake College aspires to be a premier Catholic College in the Gulf Coast region.  By 2023, the College will be a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Level V (doctoral granting) institution and will serve an enrollment of 2,500 students, with a majority of degree conferrals at the baccalaureate level.  The College will be known for excellence in academics, civic engagement, and student and faculty achievement.  This will be accomplished by maintaining relevant, rigorous program offerings, superior facilities, community engagement, and excellent student support all within a culture of Catholic faith identity consecrated to the cause of truth which embraces diversity and lifelong learning.