Seeing the Light: Religious Colleges in Twenty-First-Century America

Seeing the Light: Religious Colleges in Twenty-First-Century America

By: Samuel Schuman (author)Hardback

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Samuel Schuman examines the place of religious colleges and universities, particularly evangelical Protestant institutions, in contemporary American higher education. Many faith-based schools are flourishing. They have rigorous academic standards, impressive student recruitment, ambitious philanthropic goals, and well-maintained campuses and facilities. Yet much of the U.S. higher-education community ignores them or accords them little respect. Seeing the Light considers, instead, what can be learned from the viability of these institutions. The book begins with a history of post secondary U.S. education from the perspective of the religious traditions from which it arose. After focusing briefly on nonevangelical institutions, Schuman next looks at three Roman Catholic institutions-the College of New Rochelle, Villanova University, and Thomas Aquinas College. He then profiles evangelical colleges and universities in detail, discovering the factors contributing to their success. These institutions range from nationally recognized to little known, from rich to poor, with both highly selective and open admission requirements. Interviews with key administrators, faculty, and students reveal the challenges, the successes, and the goals of these institutions. Schuman concludes that these schools-Baylor University, Anderson University, New Saint Andrews College, Calvin College, North Park University, George Fox University, Westmont College, Oral Roberts University, Northwestern College, and Wheaton College-and others like them offer important and timely lessons for the broader higher-education community.

About Author

Samuel Schuman is chancellor emeritus of the University of Minnesota, Morris. He is the author of three literary studies and of Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America, also published by Johns Hopkins.


AcknowledgmentsPart I: Introduction1. An Agenda for the Study of Religious Colleges and Universities2. Contexts Historical and Denominational3. Three Roman Catholic Colleges and UniversitiesPart II: Baptist Schools4. Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana: Baylor University, Waco, Texas5. A Civil College: Anderson University, Anderson, South CarolinaPart III: Denominational Colleges6. "At the Front Lines of the Culture Wars": New Saint Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho7. "To Clear Some Part of the Human Jungle": Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan8. Swedes and the City: North Park University, Chicago, IllinoisPart IV: Nondenominational Christian Colleges and Universities9. Friends and/or Friendly? George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon10. An Island of Piety... in a Sea of Riches: Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California11. "Expect a Miracle": Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma12. A Christian Walk Up North: Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minnesota13. "For Christ and His Kingdom": Wheaton College, Wheaton, IllinoisPart V: Conclusions14. What Can We Learn?Appendix: Interview Questions for Institutions and ParentsNotesEssay on SourcesIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9780801893728
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780801893728
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 0801893720

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