The ‘Great Divide’
INSIDEHIGHERED.COM, Nov. 20 — Students and instructors of introductory religious courses have strikingly different priorities.
According to a study conducted by Barbara Walvoord of the University of Notre Dame, most students in such courses want to develop their religious beliefs and their moral and ethical values. The study found that more than 70% of students at religious schools and more than 50% of students at secular colleges had those priorities.
A much smaller percentage of instructors of introductory college courses in religion and theology share those priorities. Only 42% of faculty at religious colleges and just 8% of those at secular colleges regard the development of students’ religious beliefs as a key objective.
Instead, the faculty members identified development of their students’ critical thinking as their top priority.
Discussing her findings at a
presentation Nov. 19 to the
Theology Major on Tap
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, Nov. 14 — Starting
The course will replace an existing teaching major in religious studies and will focus on providing theological training for Catholic school teachers.
In a press release announcing the
The program was developed in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Jesuit Father John Laurance, chairman of
Evolution Wins in
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER
Nov. 13 — Three candidates who support teaching
They defeated candidates who advocated teaching alternatives to the theory of evolution.
According to the Chronicle of
Higher Education, the winning pro-evolution candidates were supported by a
statewide coalition that included 75 faculty members at
Earlier this year, the Vincentian university inaugurated a controversial minor degree program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies.
In a Nov. 6 press release,
Cardinal Newman Society president Patrick Reilly said,
RHODESSCHOLAR.ORG, Nov. 18 — Georgetown University graduate Maria Repnikova is one of 32 American winners of the 2007 Rhodes Scholarship.
Repnikova majored in international politics