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ERIC Number: EJ934017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1097-9638
Almost No Generalizations: Reflections on Catholic Studies
Heft, James L.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v12 n3 p368-383 Mar 2009
There are good reasons to be very careful about generalizations about Catholic higher education in the United States. Recall that the 220 or so Catholic colleges and universities are of very different kinds, very different sizes, with different student bodies, and are located in different parts of a country that sometimes have quite different cultures. One of the more interesting developments in recent years has been the appearance of Catholic Studies Programs (CSPs). A number of Catholic colleges and universities have highly publicized these programs, and tried with varying success to make them vehicles for the transmission of the mission and identity of their institution. Commentaries on these programs often reflect the ongoing debates about the larger question of the mission and identity of Catholic universities and colleges. The quality of the debate about CSPs on a specific campus often indicates the depth of understanding that faculty and administrators of that institution have of their overall mission and identity. This article begins with a look at CSPs, and concludes with some personal reflections on the larger questions related to the mission and identity of Catholic higher education in the United States today.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States