Growing number of Muslims enrolling in Catholic colleges

Details, from the New York Times: Arriving from Kuwait to attend college here, Mai Alhamad wondered how Americans would receive a Muslim, especially one whose head scarf broadcasts her religious identity. At any of the countless secular universities she might have chosen, religion — at least in theory — would be beside the point. But [Read More...]

Another threat facing Catholic schools

It’s the charter school system, according to this analysis from Education Week: The nation’s Roman Catholic schools have labored for decades under increasingly adverse economic and demographic conditions, which have undermined their finances and sapped their enrollment. Today, researchers and supporters say those schools face one of their most complex challenges yet: the continued growth [Read More...]

Catholic school uniforms: the thigh’s the limit

A staple of the Catholic school girl’s uniform is beginning to disappear.   Check this out, from Canada:  Kilts are falling out of fashion with Catholic high schools in Windsor-Essex. The Windsor Essex Catholic District School board said it’s moving away with the kilt because girls are rolling them up too high. In recent years, [Read More...]

NY Times: Some Catholic schools retooling for the wealthy

Details:  Catholic schools have been bleeding enrollment and money for years, and many have been forced to close. But some, like St. Stephen of Hungary, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, have found a way to thrive — attracting a more affluent clientele by offering services and classes more commonly found in expensive private schools. [Read More...]

Forbes: six Catholic universities in top 100, Notre Dame ranked highest

From Tony Spence at CNS:  Forbes magazine has issued its annual U.S. college and university rankings. Six Catholic schools made it into the top 100 out of the 650 schools listed this year. The colleges listed in the top 100 are University of Notre Dame,  No. 12; Boston College, No. 26; Georgetown University, No. 38; College [Read More...]

Hope: here’s a place where Catholic schools are booming

Welcome to Houston.  Details:  Little by little, Allison Cogburn embroidered her classroom walls with bold, bright letters in shocks of red, green, blue and yellow, with posters reiterating punctuation rules and parts of speech. On a shelf by the windows, rows of books beckoned, a reminder of the learning to come. On a table near the door, [Read More...]

No longer “Catholic”

In a rare and dramatic move, the Vatican has stripped a prestigious university of its right to call itself “Catholic.” Details:  The Vatican has announced it is stripping the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru of its Catholic identity after the elite university repeatedly refused to comply with the Church’s requirements for colleges. “The Holy See, [Read More...]

Wheaton College joins Catholic University in suing HHS

Yesterday, an evangelical college joined one of the most prominent Catholic colleges in America in filing suit against HHS.  In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, the presidents of the two schools published an opinion piece explaining why: On Wednesday, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the trustees of Wheaton College joined The Catholic [Read More...]

Report: Suri Cruise to attend NYC Catholic school

And — if reports are true — not just any parish school, either.  Details:  E! News has learned that Katie Holmes, who recentlysettled her divorce with Cruise and reportedly attained primary custody of the 6-year-old, has enrolled Suri in Manhattan’s prestigious Convent of the Sacred Heart school. And as if attending Catholic church isn’t enough of a change for [Read More...]

WSJ: Vouchers breathe new life into Catholic schools

How’s this for a little good news: Chicago Catholic elementary schools saw enrollment increase 3% this year and 1% last year—the first two-year growth spurt since 1965. Greater Boston elementary schools had a 2% bump—the first in 20 years. And Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Bridgeport, Conn., also added desks for the first time in years. [Read More...]


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