ERIC Number: EJ914865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Reference Count: 17
"Deja vu All over Again": Commentary on the Catholic Higher Education Collaborative Conference on Leadership at Loyola University Chicago
Schuttloffel, Merylann J.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v14 n1 p107-113 Sep 2010
In fall 2007, nine Catholic colleges and universities began a collaborative process to explore ways Catholic institutions of higher education (CIHE) could increase effective support of pre-K-12 Catholic schools. This new organization, Catholic Higher Education Collaborative (CHEC), committed to hosting a series of six conferences focused on forming partnerships to generate innovative responses to the critical nature of the current state in Catholic schooling. The Loyola University Chicago CHEC conference on leadership in October of 2009 was the second in the series. This article presents the author's critique on the CHEC conference on leadership at Loyola University Chicago. The author presents a few bits of deja vu commentary on these five proposed follow-up initiatives or areas for work created at the Loyola conference: (1) creation of standards for "essential catholic schools"; (2) redesign and expansion of higher education leadership programs to meet the needs of the contemporary context; (3) design and implementation of a "resource cloud"; (4) creation of a national agenda for expanding and disseminating research on catholic education; and (5) creation of a national think tank on catholic education. In closing the author expresses her strong belief that the crisis Catholic schools face is larger than the insiders of the Catholic educational constituency. In fact, there is no solution that does not include increasing the perceived value of Catholic schooling at all levels in the hearts and minds of the larger Catholic and civic community. Valuable recommendations were generated at the Loyola leadership conference.
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Educational Innovation, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Educational Development, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Conferences (Gatherings), Criticism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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