ERIC Number: ED446565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Relationship Revisited: Catholic Institutions and Their Founding Congregations. Occasional Paper.
Holtschneider, Dennis H.; Morey, Melanie M.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
A decline in the number of members of congregations or orders working at Catholic colleges and universities has left lay people as the primary stewards of Catholic higher education. A restructuring that began in the late 1960s established formalized, shared-governance relationships in which most congregations turned over ownership of colleges to lay-controlled boards of trustees. Now, a new wave of shared governance is sweeping these institutions, which enroll 670,000 students at 230 institutions. According to Relationships Revisited, a survey of presidents and congregation heads of all U.S. Catholic colleges, most institutions have revised their governance structures in recent years to respond to a diminishing ability to fill faculty and administrative positions with committed members of the sponsoring congregations, whose numbers have steadily decreased. To soften the impact of the loss of sisters, priests, and brothers working on campus, these new structures are designed to perpetuate the congregation's involvement in major collegiate decisions. Increasingly, the influence once provided by large numbers of religious permeating all aspects of campus life is giving way to governance controls exercised by congregational leadership. Current efforts to retain congregational involvement in governance are inadequate, given the seriousness of the congregational decline. (SM)
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Church Related Colleges, Governance, Higher Education, Private Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.