Magis is Latin for “more.” Magis is a key concept for Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education. While our current society often thinks in terms of competition when we consider doing more, magis calls us to depth and quality in what we do. Magis invites us to consider how we can serve the world better, with fire, passion, and zeal.
For the USF Magis Project, we have engaged USF staff, faculty, student, alums, and interested partners in a thoughtful contemplation of our current strengths and a realistic analysis to identify:
- Untapped opportunities for creativity and innovation as an institution of higher education
- Rich prospects for increased communication and collaboration across departments, divisions, schools and colleges
- Unnecessary or overlooked redundancies and inefficiencies that might be minimized
- USF's distinctive mission, identity, and vision as a Jesuit and Catholic educational institution informs all we do as a community. The overall charge to the Working Groups and to all involved in the Magis Project reflects that spirit and those principles. As the teams discuss ideas and recommendations, they are called upon – guided by our foundational mission – to:
- Strengthen our culture of creativity and innovation
- Pursue big picture, blue-sky thinking
- Enhance our reputation
- Manage institutional risks in the near and medium term
- Maximize the smart, effective use of our financial and human resources
The Magis Project is distinct from two other exciting USF endeavors – the Magis Scholarship Fund, an endowment fund earmarked specifically for scholarship support for undocumented students, and the Magis Emerging Leadership Program, a yearlong fellowship for first-year students.