ERIC Number: ED207374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Humanism and the Christian Tradition: The Experience of Four Upper Midwest Church Colleges.
Shaw, Joseph; And Others
Four cooperating Midwest colleges--St. John's University, St. Olaf College, the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota and Luther College in Iowa--have undertaken among themselves a revitalization of the humanistic tradition according to its Christian dimension. This report describes their efforts. Similarities in the histories, goals, and activities of the institutions are described, and it is noted that these similarities have existed despite their separate characteristics as Catholic and Lutheran institutions. Challenges to humanism and the Christian tradition at the four colleges are outlined. Common trends are seen in enrollment factors (i.e., declining enrollment in church-related colleges), the tightening job market that threatens the liberal arts tradition, changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council, the Vietnam War, the disruption of Watergate, declining faculty loyalty to the church-related colleges, changes in the churches, and curricular pluralism. Specific challenges that appear to belong to these trends and that affect the four colleges are discussed for each college. (MSE)
Descriptors: Catholics, Christianity, Church Related Colleges, College Curriculum, College Role, Declining Enrollment, Educational Change, Educational History, Higher Education, Humanistic Education, Institutional Characteristics, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Liberal Arts, Religious Cultural Groups, Religious Education, Social Change, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: College of Saint Catherine MN; Luther College IA; Saint Johns University MN; Saint Olaf College MN; Vatican Councils
Note: For related document see HE 013 969.