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ERIC Number: ED531650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 712
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-3805-2
Sustaining Faith-Informed Mission at Religiously-Affiliated Colleges and Universities: A Qualitative Case Study of Three Institutions
Witek, Paul J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Seton Hall University
Religiously-affiliated colleges and universities have been a vibrant part of American Higher Education since the founding of Harvard in 1636. Despite their unique contribution to higher education, an extensive body of literature documents that strong trends of secularization have taken place within these institutions over the second half of the 20th century. These trends have caused many colleges and universities to jettison their faith-based missions and drop their commitments to having perspectives of faith inform various aspects of institutional life. Drawing from several works within higher education literature which suggest that trends of secularization are not totally pervasive, this qualitative study investigated three institutions of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) which have maintained or reaffirmed their faith-informed identity over the course of the past twenty years. Through this investigation, theory was developed regarding the institutional dynamics that have allowed these institutions to maintain their faith commitments and identity over this period of time. Through a case study methodology, site visits were made to Nyack College in Nyack, New York, Huntington College in Huntington, Indiana, and Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Over the course of the study twenty-five interviews were conducted with senior administrators and faculty which focused on institutional mission and identity, numerous institutional documents were collected, and site observations were recorded. Data from these various sources were then compiled and analyzed to reach conclusions regarding the sustenance of faith-informed mission and identity at these institutions. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana; New York