ERIC Number: ED047654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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The Church-Related College in American Society.
McCoy, Charles S.
Many problems plague denominational colleges. This paper explores the question: "what will be lost to American society and the churches if church-related colleges sever their denominational ties?" Church-related colleges find themselves caught between the remnants of their secular past and the demands of their public present. This has lead to a crisis of identity in most church colleges; and yet it is only when a college asks how it can use its resources for the common good, and when it involves the whole college community in the answer to this question, that the college can move to a deeper faithfulness to its Christian heritage. Increased federal and state support for higher education and the great expansion of public education have also contributed to the crisis. To preserve the diversity and independence of higher education in this country it is vital that churches continue to exercise a countervailing power against state-supported higher education. Church-related colleges must continue to serve the large number of students within the middle range of abilities and educate them for social involvement and sensitivity. These colleges can also undertake programs for the disadvantaged from all walks of life and educate people for a world of creative diversity. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Wingspread Conference on the Contribution of the Church-Related College to the Public Good, December, 1968