Catholic Higher Education: A Culture in Crisis

Paperback | May 20, 2010

byMelanie M. Morey, John J. Piderit

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Catholic higher education in the United States is undergoing dramatic changes, driven largely by the virtual disappearance of nuns, brothers, and priests from Catholic university campuses. Today, Catholic colleges and universities are dealing with critical questions about what constitutesCatholic collegiate identity. What are appropriate ways to engage the Catholic tradition across all sectors of university life? What constitutes a critical mass of committed and knowledgeable Catholics necessary to maintain religious identity? What is an appropriate level of knowledge and religiouscommitment for those who lead, govern, and teach at Catholic institutions and how do they acquire it? Many people have strong - and strongly differing - opinions about the current state of Catholic higher education. Melanie M. Morey and John J. Piderit, S.J., wade into these waters with a study of124 senior administrators at 33 Catholic colleges and universities across the United States. Exceptionally candid appraisals by administrators across a varied landscape attest that a cultural crisis is looming at a number of Catholic institutions.Morey and Piderit offer the first in-depth cultural analysis of the Catholic character of Catholic universities and colleges at a crucial time for these institutions. With new research and practical applications, this book is an invaluable resource for Catholic educators and anyone concerned aboutthe future of Catholic higher education.

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Catholic higher education in the United States is undergoing dramatic changes, driven largely by the virtual disappearance of nuns, brothers, and priests from Catholic university campuses. Today, Catholic colleges and universities are dealing with critical questions about what constitutesCatholic collegiate identity. What are appropria...

Melanie M. Morey is the Senior Director for Research and Consulting at NarrowGate Consulting. She has worked in the field of education and administration for the past thirty-five years. In the past ten years, Dr. Morey has worked primarily as a researcher and consultant to Catholic colleges and universities, religious congregations, a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 20, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199739048

ISBN - 13:9780199739042

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Part I: Context1. Introduction2. Mission and Culture: An Essential Connection3. Models of Catholic UniversitiesPart II: Themes4. Faculty and Students Engaging the Catholic Intellectual Tradition5. The Catholic Tradition: Intellectual, Moral, and Social6. Student Culture7. Religious Activities8. Institutional CulturePart III: Recommendations9. Cultural Collapse and Religious Congregations of Women10. Leadership and Governance11. Policy Packages12. Flourishing CulturesAppendix A: Participating Colleges and UniversitiesAppendix B: Methodological NarrativeNotesBibliographyIndex