A common moral idea is necessary for not only providing shape to a particular college or university community but also for the cultivation of the virtues amongst students. However, what are the characteristics of an institution that models this type of approach? In order to answer this question, this article describes what we believe is the best exemplar from our study of 156 different Christian colleges and universities. Such a determination was made based upon an analysis of documents (academic catalogs, admissions view books, and student handbooks) gathered from all 156 institutions and then site visits made to nine institutions that demonstrated a significant level of investment in moral education. Ultimately, we argue that the moral idea of a university, particularly in the Christian sense, is viable if individual institutions are willing to establish practices that support the narratives afforded to them by their respective traditions.
Ream, Todd C. and Glanzer, Perry L.
"The Moral Idea of a University: A Case Study,"
Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development: Vol. 8:
8, Article 2.
Available at: https://pillars.taylor.edu/acsd_growth/vol8/iss8/2
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