Inspired by the life and works of Catholic 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 in accordance with the Gospel values.
Quiroga’s educational philosophy is based on the life, work, and values of Don Vasco de Quiroga, the first bishop of Michoacán, México. As lay person and bishop, de Quiroga dedicated himself body and soul to the abundance of the human being and to the improvement of social structures, teaching man to not only follow Christ, but to become a useful member of society (“Catholic Humanism”).
Don Vasco developed institutions to help people, particularly the most unprotected and vulnerable. He further worked to improve individuals’ abilities through honest, creative and organized work (manual, intellectual or artistic).
Under Don Vasco Quiroga’s philosophy, work is viewed as a means of human dignity and not of exploitation. Based on the actions and character of Don Vasco, the following Institutional Philosophy and Principles have been adopted by the college to provide identity and vision to its educational mission:
- Education based on the person: Quiroga sees all persons as valuable, and honors each individual’s needs, aspirations, qualities and circumstances helping them aspire to realize their own maximum potential.
- 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 Institution prioritizes the complete and integrated development of all persons in its educational community: not just students, but also professors, administrative staff, principals and janitors.
- The human being leaning to God: Education is not limited to building a society that allows us to live comfortably and without worries. The Institute’s Christian philosophy of education 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. Because Quiroga’s leaders must motivate others to work toward transcendent life and eternal salvation, at a minimum, all professors and administrators at Quiroga are expected to maintain full agreement with the College’s Statement of Religious and Educational Philosophy.
- The commitment and defense of truth: The centrality of truth lies at the heart of the Institution’s philosophy of education. 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 Institution is manifest in its institutional slogan: “To Educate in Truth.” Quiroga seeks to help people orient all of life and thoughts according to truth, so that all people’s actions might be governed by the truth, 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 Institution 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, 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, Quiroga seeks to aspire students to the construction of a civilization of love and life. Accordingly, the college’s programs will promote both a greater awareness of individuals’ responsibilities in promoting the common good and also encourage participation in social service and constructive public engagement.
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:
- Loving charity. Love is the supreme value, origin, purpose and synthesis of all goods and related values. 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 of a person, and is life transforming.
- Truth. Truth is the intersection of intelligence with reality. When intelligence perceives something as it really is, then it operates according to truth.
- Goodness. 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 according with the truth.
- Freedom. 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 way 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 himself 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 himself or herself.
- Solidarity. Solidarity is the interpersonal bond that creates reciprocal responsibilities to achieve a common goal.
- Consistency. Consistency is congruence between thought and action, between what is said and what is done.