Friday, November 16, 2007

Catholic College And University Guide: Recommends No Jesuit Institutions

One-Of-A-Kind Resource for Students and Parents

the Result of Two Years of Research on more than 200 Catholic Colleges and Universities
Today the Cardinal Newman Society announced the publication of a new comprehensive college guide for students and parents, The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College: What to Look for and Where to Find It. Edited by Joseph A. Esposito, The Newman Guide will be officially published on Nov. 1, 2007.
The culmination of two years of research and interviews, the unique Newman Guide recommends 21 Catholic colleges and universities which most faithfully live their Catholic identity and provide a quality undergraduate education.
Each college profile examines the school’s history, governance, Catholic identity, curriculum, student life and community. Those recommended represent the top 10 percent of Catholic colleges in the U.S. based on Catholic identity and cover a wide range of institutions in terms of history, size, location and academic focus. Colleges range from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., the nation’s second oldest Catholic college, to Wyoming Catholic College of Lander, Wyo., which opened in Sept. 2007. Twenty of the colleges are located in the United States while one school, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, is in Ontario, Canada. Some were founded explicitly to meet the needs of Catholics seeking an authentic Catholic education while several have recently strengthened their identity and curriculum. The Guide’s editor, Joseph Esposito, said,
“These colleges and universities represent a unique perspective on higher education. They are all impressive institutions, offering a wide range of choices from a Great Books curriculum to a degree in motor sports management. But what sets them apart from others is the day-to-day living of their Catholic identity. “This Guide will provide a valuable tool for parents and high school students seeking direction in the college-selection process,”
he added. Esposito, the Cardinal Newman Society’s director of research, is a former Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Dept. of Education. He also has been a full-time writer for Catholic publications and an adjunct history professor. The recommended colleges are grouped into three categories: “Joyfully Catholic,” “Born from the Crisis” and “Fighting the Tide.” The first group is characterized by a Catholic identity that permeates all areas of campus life; the second includes institutions founded or expanded in the last few years; and the third group represents older colleges and universities that have succeeded in renewing and strengthening their Catholic identity.

The “Joyfully Catholic” colleges are:

The “Born from the Crisis” colleges are:

The “Fighting the Tide” colleges are:

In addition to in-depth profiles of the 21 colleges, The Guide includes essays from prominent Catholic leaders. Among the clergymen are Archbishop Elden Curtiss of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Neb., noted writer and spiritual director Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., and author and evangelist Father C. John McCloskey III.

Prominent lay contributors are philosopher Peter Kreeft, Cardinal Newman Society founder and president Patrick Reilly and Eileen Cubanski, co-founder and executive director of the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools. The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College: What to Look for and Where to Find It will be available at bookstores nationwide beginning on Nov. 1. The Newman Guide is the latest in a series of projects launched by the Cardinal Newman Society, a nonprofit organization begun in 1993 to renew and strengthen Catholic higher education. Among its other initiatives are the Love & Responsibility Program to promote chastity on campuses, the Campus Speaker Monitoring Project, the promotion of Eucharistic adoration and the national campus coordination of the Vatican’s International Exposition The Eucharistic Miracles of the World.

Link to original article (here)

Link to the Society Of Jesus's foundational work with regards to Catholic higher education Ratio Studiorum:

1 comment:

Micha Elyi said...

The link on this page to Ratio Studiorum is broken. The Boston College library appears to have reorganized its site.

This may be an acceptable replacement link:

I am distressed that no Jesuit institutions were able to qualify for a Newman Guide recommendation.