College and vocation

Colleen Flaherty of Inside Higher Ed recently interviewed Tim Clydesdale, professor of sociology at the College of New Jersey and author of the 2007 book The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens After High School (University of Chicago Press). His newest book is The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students About Vocation (University of Chicago Press).Clydesdale studied programs at various religiously-affiliated colleges and universities which received grants from the Li … [Read more...]

Benedict and Francis: two models for the modern Catholic university

The challenge to Catholic higher education today is different from those of a generation or two ago. The story of twentieth century Catholicism is astory of immigrants struggling to make their way in an often hostile climate; they built parishes, schools, colleges, nursing homes, and cemeteries to insure the welfare of their own from birth to death. Several books outline the story (in no particular order):Charles Morris's American Catholic: The Saints and Sinners who Built America's … [Read more...]

The cor curriculum

My university, Boston College, has developed an insightful new document describing what we hold dear in our core curriculum. Full disclosure: this post is cheerleading because I think we've got it right. And no, that title does not contain a typo. More below. (Aside: this document is in the public view: see stories here and here.)It observes that Jesuit education from the 16th century onwards tried to balance the ideals ofthe university as the center of new thinking the humanistic … [Read more...]