Service is part of the very fabric of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, formerly Our Lady of the Lake College. As a Franciscan institution which has been a leader in healthcare-related education in Louisiana for over 90 years, we value the opportunity to serve others "with joyfulness of spirit, and with humility and justice for all those entrusted to our care."
We believe that our Catholic values grow stronger as we take action to improve our community. Our service-related curricular and co-curricular programs allow our students to foster intellectual, spiritual, social and civic development through participation in community improvement projects and service-learning. Service-learning (an educational experience in which students learn from and reflect upon participation in meaningful community service) has been used successfully at the University in both traditional and clinically-based classrooms to enhance course objectives and improve learning and engagement in students.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has been recognized nationally for its emphasis on active service. In 2011 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University to an elite list of institutions designated with the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification. This classification put the University into a select group of higher education institutions in the United States recognized for their student’s engaged service in the community through service-learning and civic engagement initiatives.
Additionally, the University has been named on numerous occasions to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll, a recognition which is based on several factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.