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Grant to help LIM further develop summer institute

July 1, 2011

The Loyola Institute for Ministry of Loyola University New Orleans announced that it is the recipient of a grant from the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, Inc. The Raskob Foundation is an independent private Catholic family foundation that provides grants and loans worldwide for projects and programs associated with the Catholic Church.

The $12,500 grant will be used by LIM to hire a professional educational consultant with expertise in Catholic education to provide an assessment of its Summer Institute for Catholic School Leadership. The Summer Institute is a result of collaboration between LIM and the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It provides classes led by Catholic education experts as well as opportunities for networking and professional development to new and veteran Catholic school leaders.

“Given the challenges that Catholic education faces today, it is crucial that Catholic school teachers and administrators receive the support and formation they need in this crucial vocation, which really is a ministry by which they serve the Church and the world,” said Tom Ryan, director of LIM.

The consultant will review current practices, identify best practices, complete a needs assessment, suggest improvements for the Summer Institute, and make recommendations for year-round programming. The result will be a report completed by November 2011, which will also articulate measurable educational outcomes and develop rigorous assessments to test the extent to which outcomes and core competencies in Catholic education and school leadership are achieved.

More than 300 Catholic school teachers, principals, financial officers, and other personnel, primarily from the Archdiocese of New Orleans but from elsewhere around the country as well, have participated in the Summer Institute since its inception in the summer 2008.

Begun in 1968 as part of Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, the Institute moved to Loyola in 1978 and began to offer its programs around the country and around the world through its extension (LIMEX) model in 1983. LIM began to offer online courses in 2000 and its degrees fully online in 2010.

For more information, contact Ryan at 504-865-2069 or tfryan@loyno.edu.

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