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ERIC Number: EJ1005831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 108
ISSN: ISSN-1097-9638
An Assessment of the Institutional Vision of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Abelman, Robert; Dalessandro, Amy
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v12 n2 p221-254 Dec 2008
Institutional vision is a philosophical template--a concept of what, at its best, a college or university is like and the kinds of human beings that institution is attempting to cultivate. A content analysis of the institutional vision of a nation wide sample of Catholic schools was performed and key linguistic components found to constitute a well conceived, viable, and easily diffused mission and vision were isolated. The prevalence of these components in comparison to other types of religious schools and secular four-year institutions is discussed. Findings suggest that Catholic schools are vision-driven institutions that communicate their priorities and defining characteristics by employing clear, highly optimistic, and inspirational language. They do little to articulate effectively a unification among the community of students, faculty, and staff, or coordinate their vision of the institution with that of the administration. They are less likely than other types of religious and secular schools to address the pragmatic benefits of their education. (Contains 7 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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