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ERIC Number: EJ947784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1948-5891
Measuring Catholicity on Campus: A Comparative Example at Four Colleges
Bolduc, Vincent
Journal of Catholic Higher Education, v28 n2 p125-145 Sum 2009
More than 200 colleges and universities call themselves Catholic. This affiliation contains surprising variability in its organizational and cultural manifestations, as well as its adherence to Church teachings and practices. Prospective students, parents, alumni, benefactors, accrediting agencies, and Church leaders all have an interest in gauging the effective "Catholicity" of an institution. However, there are no easy metrics to separate the most "orthodox" from the most secular, and public reputations are often misleading. This article suggests that one way to assess an institution is to go directly to the students with carefully designed surveys of religious beliefs and practices. The author describes one such effort that compares representative samples of Catholic students on four Catholic campuses. The results demonstrate that even fairly subtle differences in Catholicity among the institutions are empirically measurable and potentially useful. The recent history, benefits and limitations of such benchmarking are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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