ERIC Number: EJ861168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: N/A
Sustaining Institutional Mission through "Pilgrimage"
Weiss, Charles S.
Liberal Education, v95 n3 p56-60 Sum 2009
Among the distinguishing characteristics of higher education in the United States is the stunning range of founding belief systems and missions. Many of the nation's colleges and universities were created out of passion to educate women, ministers, African Americans, immigrants, the rural poor; to advance causes, to educate within a particular religious framework, to teach in new ways. Today, at some of these very same institutions--particularly, but not limited to, religiously affiliated colleges like Holy Cross, which was founded by the Jesuits in 1843 in part to educate the sons of poor Irish immigrants in central New England--dramatic changes in student and faculty populations have sparked serious and exciting explorations into how to reconnect administrators, professors, students, and staff with the institution's mission. The author describes how that process has unfolded over the years at Holy Cross. The author shares his experience from a guided travel and study pilgrimage developed by the Holy Cross for lay faculty at Jesuit colleges and universities across the country. Through the pilgrimage, the author has learned to come to a "fuller" understanding of institutional mission.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Beliefs, Economically Disadvantaged, Immigrants, Females, African Americans, Religious Education, Church Related Colleges
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States