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Higher ed in the headlines.
BY John Lilly
THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 2 — Even the sometimes faith-unfriendly New York Times is noticing the religious resurgence taking place at American colleges.
article headlined “Matters of Faith Find a New Prominence on Campus,” the
nation’s unofficial “newspaper of record” cited polling data and anecdotal
evidence of renewed interest in religion.
And, The Times noted, the trend is visible even at secular
bastions like Harvard.
Peter Gomes, a Baptist minister who teaches
religion at Harvard, said, “There is probably more active religious life now
than there has been in 100 years.”
INSIDEHIGHERED.COM, May 7 — More confirmation that belief in God is
alive on American campuses has come from a new survey by the Institute for
Jewish & Community Research.
Sixty-five percent of 1,300 faculty members
surveyed by the institute said they believe in God; 46% reported having a
“personal relationship with God”; 73% want their children to have “some
religious training”; and 84% agreed that certain moral values should apply to
SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE, May 6 — The University of Notre Dame is more than halfway to its goal
of raising $1.5 billion to improve the university.
According to the Tribune, the target is the
largest fundraising effort in the history of Catholic education. Over the last
three years, Notre Dame has raised $887 million, or 59% of its goal. The
fundraising campaign will continue until 2011.
Notre Dame plans to spend the money in four areas —
undergraduate education, research and graduate studies, diversity and
international studies, and Catholic intellectual life.
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