Achieving the Mission II: Numbers Aren’t Enough

How do we best measure success and mission fulfillment? Often, we let numbers do the talking for us but numbers aren’t enough!

Numbers cannot show smiles on the faces of our students during school assembly. Figures do not document the goosebumps you feel when alumni return to campus to say thank you. Statistics will never quantify the pride parents have as their child earns a diploma they don’t have themselves. Numbers are one major way to convey our success, but mission fulfillment is experienced. These experiences gives us purpose, passion, and determination to do what we do for those we love. The CRSM family has much to celebrate and much still to overcome–let us count our blessings and work to ensure continued success in the future.

We must remind ourselves that our school is only in its ninth year of operation.  This means that the students who started as our very first freshman class would have only graduated a 4-year college program by June 2012, provided they completed it in four years (the national average for completing a bachelors program is now six years). We need several more years before we have statistically significant data on our college graduation rate. Yet, even the graduation rate is only a surrogate measure for our true mission – “educating young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service… ready to succeed in life.”  

Right now, all the metrics we collect are really just rough indicators of whether or not we are on the right path. They are the best we can do for now and we have little else to go on except anecdotal evidence. However, there is much anecdotal evidence now that gives us great hope. For example, something very special is happening this year at Cristo Rey St. Martin. We are entering a whole new phase of bearing witness to the fulfillment of our mission. How?

This year, we hired Darlene Alonso as a new science and Spanish teacher and Carlos Valentin as a new Corporate Work Study Program Coordinator. Both are recent college graduates but MORE IMPORTANTLY, both are graduates of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep. They are living, breathing testimonials that we are educating men and women of faith, purpose and service. They are powerful models for our current students. They are our inspirations to continue this good work on behalf of our young people.

The Gospel from Sunday, August 18 quoted Jesus saying, “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!” (Luke 12:49-53)

This quote is a reminder of our work at CRSM. It is often a challenge and always demanding, but it is so worth the struggle. Victories big and small, qualitative or quantitative, bring us back to our mission.


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