About the Center
The Center for Catholic School Effectiveness ("CCSE"), NOW KNOWN as the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education ("GCCE"), was established in 2003 by Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President and CEO of Loyola University Chicago, to leverage the resources of the School of Education and the university in support of improving and sustaining excellent K-12 Catholic schools. In its first decade, CCSE has worked with over 5,000 Catholic educators in more than 600 schools in 60+ dioceses across the nation and from Canada, Australia, Guam, Philippines, Nigeria, and Indonesia.
Under the leadership of founding director, Lorraine A. Ozar, GCCE’s primary work has been focused on Catholic school excellence in the context of mission and Catholic Identity, including sponsoring national conferences, conducting on-site tailored professional development in schools and dioceses, coaching teachers and principals regarding instruction and leadership, and shaping Catholic School Principal Preparation and leadership degree programs at LUC. GCCE has established a significant national presence and recently led efforts to develop, publish, and disseminate the first ever National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (2012) www.catholicschoolstandards.org. Through its work, GCCE brings Loyola’s commitment to transformative education to the larger community of Catholic educators and to the Church.
The GCCE tagline – Empowering Catholic Educators – captures the Center’s focus on challenging, collaborating, and partnering with teachers, school leaders, and colleagues to achieve excellence in the unique context of Catholic identity and mission.
It is fitting that we have chosen to mark the 10th anniversary milestone by naming the Center in honor of Rev. Andrew M. Greeley, in recognition of his impact and leadership in support of Catholic education, and beyond, through his research, writing, speaking, and advocacy relating faith and scholarship to contemporary life. Father Greeley often referred to himself as a “bridge builder” – a scholar bringing faith to the secular university and a priest bringing scholarship to the work of the Church. The Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education likewise strives to bring scholarship to Catholic school practices, and to bring Catholic identity and mission to the scholarship that informs academic rigor and excellence.
The Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education (GCCE) challenges and supports Catholic educators to develop and sustain Catholic schools that simultaneously form people of faith who are prepared to transform the world AND hold students to high academic standards.
We commit to excellence, scholarship, and innovation in realizing our vision to be a premier place in Catholic education for school effectiveness coaching, school leadership formation, professional development, and research. In collaboration with Catholic educators at all levels, GCCE:
- Empowers school staff and enhances school capacity to meet the needs of diverse students in faith-based, mission-driven schools
- Challenges Catholic schools to stay on the cutting-edge by bridging theory, research, and practice in the context of Catholic school identity and mission
- Serves as a national voice for Catholic school effectiveness and leadership formation
- Leads efforts to articulate, measure, and enhance Catholic school effectiveness