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Kara Hunter, Joan Lee

Implementing the Inspirational Paradigm: A survey on the progress achieved in spreading the word

In June 2020, a task force led by Michael Garanzini, S.J., currently President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), at the time, the Secretary for Higher Education of the Society of Jesus, and Dean Donna Rapaccioli of the Gabelli School of Fordham University issued a white paper, “An Inspirational Paradigm for Jesuit Business Education.” The paper laid out a vision for a transformative business education, one the task force believed should become the hallmark of Jesuit Business Schools worldwide. Moreover, the paper suggested that employing the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) would be the key to achieving the vision of this transformative education. As the project inspired by the white paper (which colloquially became known as “the IP” for Inspirational Paradigm) began to grow, a larger task force came together, including representatives from Jesuit Business Schools around the globe. This group was broken out into discipline-based committees, each led by a faculty member or administrator with extensive familiarity both with the ideals espoused by the IP, and Ignatian pedagogy. These committees endeavored to redesign the introductory courses in their disciplines, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to embrace the ideals of the IP. These efforts were helped along by curriculum development grants, announced in November 2020 and funded by a consortium of Jesuit business schools, to support individual projects. In all, 28 proposals across 25 schools, representing 9 countries and 4 continents, were funded. The projects encompassed 11 different academic disciplines. In order to help spread the word about the IP, the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS) and Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (CJBE) held a virtual, global joint conference in July 2020 at which the vision included in the white paper was shared among a larger group of Jesuit Business School faculty and administrators. The following year, another virtual, global joint IAJBS/CJBE conference was held to share the projects to implement the IP. The fruits of those projects are available to all Jesuit business faculty, free of charge, on the website Ignited.global. What remains unclear is how well the message of the IP has been spread. Are most Jesuit Business School faculty and administrators aware of the IP and the many projects that resulted from it? How many plan to implement the curriculum materials available on Ignited.global? To answer these questions, we undertook a survey of the Jesuit Business School faculty and administrators included in the IAJBS database, the largest such database of that group. We hope to share the results of that survey at the 2022 joint IAJBS/CJBE conference.