ERIC Number: ED412836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Perspectives on the Current Status of and Emerging Policy Issues for Church-Related Colleges and Universities. AGB Occasional Paper No. 8.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
This paper explores the interaction between church-related institutions and the way in which they shape society and are shaped in turn by the environment in which they operate. Like all schools they face operational challenges such as improving educational quality, promoting greater cultural diversity, coping with aging individuals and institutions, living in a complex society, opening campuses to globalization, responding to demands for gender equality, operating efficiently in a changed economic environment, and locating financial resources. Church-related schools face the unique challenges of: (1) how to preserve and promote the religious identity of the school; (2) how to improve relations between the school and its sponsoring body; and (3) how to incorporate religious commitment into institutional life. For the first it is suggested that church-related schools must institutionalize the fundamental mission of their existence. A commitment to reconciliation and communication, and articulation of the rationale for religious higher education is seen as the answer to the second. To meet the third challenge, the paper suggests that the answer lies in becoming proactive, drawing on religious resources to deepen the foundations of civic responsibility, and exercising religious imagination to find alternatives to resolve social conflict. (CH)
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Citizenship Education, Collegiality, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Quality, Facilities, Faculty, Financial Support, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Institutional Survival, Mission Statements, Private Colleges, Private Education, Private School Aid, Religious Education, Religious Organizations, School Administration, Sex Fairness, Small Colleges, Social Environment, Student Characteristics, Theological Education, Values Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.