Inspired by the life and work of bishop and lawyer, Don Vasco de Quiroga, it is Quiroga College’s mission to educate the whole student: spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically. Quiroga is dedicated to the integrated educational formation of persons. We desire to produce transformative and ethical leaders who are committed to the common good. Quiroga promotes education, research, and the dissemination of culture and knowledge to address society’s needs.
Educational Philosophy Quiroga College’s educational philosophy is based on the life, work, and values of Don Vasco de Quiroga, the first bishop of Michoacán, México. As a lay person and as a bishop, Don Vasco taught the people of Mexico to not only follow Christianity, but to work towards ethical societal transformation (Catholic Humanism).
Don Vasco developed institutions to help the most unprotected and vulnerable members of Mexican society. Quiroga’s work in Mexico upheld the dignity of each person and encouraged intellectual and artistic creativity. Based on the actions and character of Don Vasco, Quiroga College has adopted the following philosophy to cast a vision for their educational mission:
• Education based on the person: The human being, in all his dimensions, aspires to realize his or her own maximum potential. Quiroga sees the whole persons as valuable, and honors all persons’ needs, aspirations, qualities and circumstances.
• Complete human development: Complete and holistic human development is of fundamental importance. Everything a person does to contribute to his or her improvement must be assessed from an educational perspective. Accordingly, the College prioritizes the complete and integrated development of all persons in its educational community: not just students, but also professors and administrative and operative staff.
• The human being leaning to God: Education is not limited to building a society that allows us to live comfortably and without worries. The College’s Christian education philosophy sees human beings as permanent pilgrims journeying to their Heavenly Father’s home. For that reason, education trains not only good citizens for an earthly society, but above all, “good Christians” who live and work for eternal salvation.
• The commitment and defense of the truth: The centrality of the truth lies at the heart of the Institution’s education philosophy. The beauty of truth helps human beings experience beauty in these senses and the spirit, and through human experience causes people to long for justice. The importance of truth to the College is manifest in its institutional slogan: Educare in Veritate (“To Educate in Truth”). Quiroga seeks to help people orient all of life and thoughts according to the truth, so that all people’s actions might be governed by her, however difficult the consequences of such actions might be.
• Social Commitment: Education is not simply about teaching students to develop noble ideas and thoughts. Real education puts conscience into action, and teaches people to let noble principles give birth to noble actions in society. The College should not be an ivory tower or an oasis of selfishness, but a human community. In this community, academically qualified and trained educators should seek to apply their expertise to offer effective solutions to human issues. In this regard, the academy should seek to provide solutions full of ingenuity and creativity consistent with the principles of human dignity and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the midst of a culture of hatred and death, we need students who are committed to the construction of a civilization of love and life. Accordingly, the College’s programs will develop both a greater awareness of individuals’ responsibilities in stimulating the common good and also encourage participation in social service and constructive public engagement.
Broad Educational Goals
Quiroga College's broad educational goals are as follows:
- Education faithful to Christian-Catholic Distinctive: As a Catholic college, Quiroga seeks to integrate the highest levels of academic rigor and excellence in the classroom, with the following central Christian-Catholic principles: a. Promote Christian spirituality, not only of individuals, but of the entire College community. The Institution will focus on the integrated formation of members in its educational community, helping students discover, clarify and fulfill their vocational aspirations.
b. Encourage the unique contributions of Catholic faith to the growing treasury of human knowledge, through significant Catholic study and research. Quiroga will seek to integrate academic excellence with these Catholic distinctive through research, teaching and various services offered to the local, national and international communities.
c. Faithfully proclaim the Christian-Catholic message of Christ’s redemption in all of life.
d. Commit institutionally to serve the people of God and the human family in their pilgrimages to transcendent goals, which provides ultimate meaning in people’s lives.
- Culture of Educational Quality: The College is committed to the highest academic standards in its educational programs. This commitment shapes all programs: cultural instruction, research, social projects, and extracurricular activities. Quiroga will prioritize efforts to remain current in all its relevant academic fields, in the Institution’s knowledge base, and in cultural pedagogical developments.
- Education for the Greater Good: Quiroga will be an institution committed to the "common effort of building a civilization of love, founded on the universal values of peace, sympathy, justice and freedom" (John Paul II, 1995). Quiroga’s commitment to transforming society and culture is rooted in strong ideals and principles about man, society, culture and the university, and seeks to instill these capabilities in its students. Quiroga will encourage its university community to engage society, working toward the common good through social service programs, academic services, professional practices, agreements and exchanges with social agencies, government institutions, national and foreign universities.
Values shape individuals; they lead everyone to their fullest personal development. Values develop through consideration of the good. The good, in turn, is understood from the nature of things. In other words, all good things are good in their substance or nature. Because they are good, they have inherent worth or value, therefore, values are objective, they exist independently from man and do not depend on human appreciation.
However, values are appreciated subjectively. Something may have a moral value, but if an individual does not recognize it as valuable, he/she will not attempt to obtain it or defend it. Thus, there is a hierarchy of values that every person chooses to guide his behavior, which provides a particular way of understanding the world. It also shapes personal attitudes toward reality. When the value is lived and becomes a habit (a natural way of acting), the value moves to the category of "virtue".
St. Thomas Aquinas, following Aristotle, defines virtue as a good habit. Habits are formed by the repetition of acts; therefore, all human virtues require the person to act consistently well.
Quiroga College assumes the following institutional values:
Love is the supreme value, origin, purpose and synthesis of all goods and related values. The professed love for God is a theological virtue infused by God at baptism and that is why we are able to respond to the gratuitous and eternal love of God. Human love is a free and voluntary decision to do good to another human being, with full commitment, not only for friends but even for those who have caused us harm. Loving is the most radical decision a person can make, and is life transforming.
Truth is the intersection of intelligence with reality. When intelligence perceives something as it really is, then it operates according to truth. This constitutes the supreme aspiration of human intelligence in scientific, philosophical and theological activity. Truth allows us to understand the meaning of the universe and ourselves. Truth sets us free because knowledge of the real nature of things, enables our will to choose fully and properly, without the encumbrance of error.
Goodness is intrinsic to things. By understanding a thing’s real nature, we are enabled to live in truth since we understand how things truly are. To do good, in the ethical or moral sense, then becomes a matter of acting in accordance with the truth. A person who understands and seeks the good, also seeks to improve both the act and the object on which she operates, respecting the plan of God expressed in the nature of creation. We consider doing good always to everyone as a fundamental way of personal improvement.
Freedom is the ability of the will to make decisions informed by understanding. True freedom makes decisions to achieve goods and virtues for individuals and communities. In this sense, freedom leads to self-perfection and to the fulfillment of our mission.
- Human Dignity.
As a person, created in the image and likeness of God, the human being has an intrinsic value in him or herself and is not subject to any social, economic, racial or political evaluations of value. Because of people’s origin and transcendental destination, the human person is the most valuable part of God’s creation and should always be considered as a goal in him or herself, never as a mean to another person’s ends. The recognition of every human being as a person and a child of God, develops through education. Education should aim to achieve the best in humanity, while respecting individuals’ freedom and human dignity.
Solidarity is the interpersonal bond that creates reciprocal responsibilities to achieve a common goal. True solidarity does not replace the individual or groups, but it empowers people to achieve development and perfection. Solidarity strengthens society because it creates fellowship among its members. Quiroga College, faithful to the life and works of Don Vasco de Quiroga, endorses this value.
Consistency is congruence between thought and action, between what is said and what is done. When exercised, it testifies to a full unity of life involving discourse and specific facts. In other words, life is to be of a unified whole, without hypocrisies or deceits. To live in congruency, we must regularly review ourselves, our individual acts, all institutional structures, decisions, activities, lesson plans, projects, planning and the life of the University to achieve our mission and, thus, achieve our ultimate transcendent destination: our known and loved God.
We hold true that the people of our time, as well as of those of times past, require living role models more than just ideas. Our times require men and women who are an incarnation of timeless and transcendental values, becoming beacons for human action. In this sense, the whole college community desires to model the life and works of Don Vasco de Quiroga, in a way that informs and gives meaning to our personal lives as well as our educational work. Therefore, Quiroga College reiterates its commitment to educate men and women who will combine professional abilities with the highest human values in their everyday lives. This effort will constantly be guided by the example of the Don Vasco de Quiroga, civilization builder, educator, evangelist and humanist who opened with his example a lighted path of justice, peace, progress and development. We seek to follow his example to fulfill our mission.