Lewis University will be recognized as one of the region’s leading Catholic universities. It will promote the fundamental dignity of every member of the Lewis community and in keeping with its Lasallian heritage, it will be known for its innovative teaching and its ability to offer all students a learning environment which prizes experiential learning and global awareness.

Lewis will expand its reach, penetrating markets it has historically not developed, and at the same time, will enhance its presence in Will County as it further expands its footprint into Chicago and the metropolitan area, while also connecting with the global Lasallian network.

Enhancing its offerings in health care, STEM, business and transportation programs, Lewis will be known for its agility in responding to the needs of contemporary society. At the same time, the University will reemphasize its commitment to the liberal arts as the foundation which creates graduates who are master learners.

Remaining committed to a diverse array of students who approach their education through varied deliveries, Lewis will commit significant resources to enriching the campus experience for students both in terms of curricular and co-curricular program development. 

Lewis will continue to develop its employees and enhance its reputation as an employer of choice in the Chicago region.

mission integration

Each of the initiatives in this strategic plan represents both an institution-wide integration as well as a recommitment to our Catholic and Lasallian Mission.

In response to the “signs of the times” and the evolving needs of our students, Lewis University will explore and creatively re-animate our identity and responsibilities as a Catholic and Lasallian institution of higher education in the twenty-first century.

We will build upon the strengths of the Lasallian charism – high quality, excellent teaching, use of innovative classroom pedagogies, and an unwavering commitment to student success – while deepening student and employee understanding of our Catholic identity and the integration of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in our curriculum and student life; exploring creative strategies for student affordability and accessibility; and accompanying faculty, staff, and students as they further enrich and develop their understanding of the Mission and its place in their personal and professional lives.

Five pillars of the plan

Pillar I
Academic Innovation
Lewis will be a regional leader in curricular innovation and the development of academic programs that create graduates who are master learners, engaged citizens, and contributing members of society.

Pillar II
Transformative Experiences
Lewis will advance transformative life experiences; experiential learning opportunities and a campus setting that create a distinctive and relevant student experience.

Pillar III
Geographic Reach
Lewis will expand its aspirations, awareness, recruitment efforts and geographic reach.

Pillar IV
Lewis will advance a data-informed culture of stewardship, which maximizes performance, efficiencies and the strategic allocation of resources.

Pillar V
Mission focused
Lewis will enhance its understanding and application of the Mission to meet the changing needs of our students and society.