“First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ

reveals his transforming love and truth.”
Pope Benedict XVI Address to Catholic Educators Catholic University of America April 17, 2008

The Cardinal Newman Society

The Executive Director
David House, Ph.D.
is the Executive Director of The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education. Dr. House has more than 30 years experience in higher education, including 12 years as president of Catholic Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and serving in senior positions at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Southern California. He is the author of the book Continuing Liberal Education, as well as numerous articles and papers dealing with liberal education, Catholic higher education, and institutional change.

Who We Are
Our Mission The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, a division of The Cardinal Newman Society, advises and assists academic and religious leaders in efforts to strengthen the Catholic identity and academic quality of Catholic colleges and universities. Our Values The core values of The Center are: • Consistent integrity, quality and accuracy. • A forward-looking and problem-solving approach. • ppreciation for the expertise, dedication A and responsibilities of Catholic college and university leaders and faculty. • espect for the authority of the Vatican and R bishops with regard to Catholic identity for Catholic higher education.

Our Goals
The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education (formerly the Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education) fulfills its mission through three interrelated goals:

We advise and assist academic and religious leaders in efforts to strengthen the Catholic identity and academic quality of Catholic colleges and universities.

Promoting excellence in leadership of Catholic higher education by studying and recommending policies and practices to enhance Catholic identity in areas of academic quality, student life, governance and Church relations.


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Providing insightful and valuable analysis of critical issues and developments in higher education, the Church and government that impact Catholic colleges and universities.


their institution’s fidelity to the Magisterium and adherence to the principles of Ex corde Ecclesiae. We produce timely, expert review and analysis of the most critical issues facing Catholic colleges and universities.

Fostering collaboration and mutual support among academic and religious leaders who are committed to faithful, quality Catholic higher education.


Ecclesiastical Advisor
Archbishop Raymond Burke is
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Catholic Church’s highest court at the Vatican. Prior to his

What We Do
The Center facilitates communication and collaboration between and among Church leaders and those administrators, faculty and staff at Catholic colleges and universities who are dedicated to strong Catholic identity. We provide analysis, support and advice for those at Catholic colleges and universities who are working to preserve or enhance

appointment to this post by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, Abp. Burke served as Archbishop of Saint Louis and Bishop of La Crosse, Wis. He is a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for the Clergy and the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, and is President of the Commission of Advocates to the Vatican courts.

Making a Difference
When faithful Belmont Abbey College was told by the federal government that it was guilty of discrimination by refusing to cover contraception in its employee health plans, The Center immediately recognized the danger and sprang into action. Within days of the ruling, the Center commissioned analyses by legal scholars and insurance experts and prepared briefings for bishops and Catholic college administrators who were shocked by the brazen violation of Belmont Abbey’s religious liberty. Thanks to the Center, Catholic college leaders and bishops are now aware of the problems and have several potential solutions.

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Board of Advisors
John Hittinger, Ph.D.
John Hittinger is Professor of Philosophy in the Center for Thomistic Studies and founding Director of the Pope John Paul II Forum for the Church in the Modern World at the University of St. Thomas, Houston. He previously served as the university’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and as Academic Dean and Provost of St. Mary’s College in Orchard Lake, Michigan.

Rev. Leonard Kennedy, C.S.B., Ph.D.

Father Leonard Kennedy is former President of Assumption College of the University of Windsor and St. Thomas More College of the University of Saskatchewan. He previously served as Director of the Center for Thomistic Studies and Dean of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, Houston.

Rev. Joseph Koterski, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D.

Father Joseph Koterski is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York and Editor-in-Chief of International Philosophical Quarterly. He also serves as President of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the Apostleship of Prayer and the International St. Thomas Society.

Rev. Msgr. Stuart Swetland, S.T.D.

Msgr. Stuart Swetland holds the Archbishop Harry Flynn Chair of Christian Ethics at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., where he previously served as Vice President for Catholic Identity and Mission. He is also Director of Pre-Theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and served for more than a decade in Newman Center ministry. He is the Executive Secretary for the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and was named a Prelate of Honor by His Holiness John Paul II.

Hon. Kenneth Whitehead, Ph.D.

Kenneth Whitehead is former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Postsecondary Education and former Executive Vice President of Catholics United for the Faith. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Philosophy Education Society.

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Very Rev. Richard Duffield, Cong. Orat., M.A. (Oxon) John Henry Cardinal Newman Distinguished Fellow
Father Richard Duffield is Actor for the Cause of the Canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman and Provost of the Oratory of Saint Phillip Neri in Birmingham, England. After leaving Birmingham to help establish the Oxford Oratory, where he was ordained priest in 1992, he returned to Birmingham to prepare for the beatification of Cardinal Newman by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010. Father Duffield’s work as Distinguished Fellow will focus on promoting the thought and legacy of Cardinal Newman, particularly on matters of higher education, in the United States.

Anne Hendershott, Ph.D. Pope John Paul II Fellow in Student Development

Anne Hendershott is Professor of Urban Affairs at King’s College in New York City. She was previously associate professor at the University of San Diego for 15 years and served as chairman of the Sociology Department. She is the author of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education, The Politics of Abortion, The Politics of Deviance and The Reluctant Caregivers: Learning to Care for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s. Dr. Hendershott’s research as a Fellow will focus on gender relations and students’ behaviors and beliefs on Catholic campuses.

Kimberly Shankman, Ph.D. St. Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Academic Affairs

Kimberly Shankman is Dean of the College at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. A scholar in American political thought and constitutional law, she previously taught at Ripon College and has served on the Kansas State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She is the author of Compromise and the Constitution: The Political Thought of Henry Clay. In 2010, Dr. Shankman will focus her work as a Fellow on analyzing core curricula at Catholic colleges and universities.

Rev. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D. St. Ignatius of Loyola Fellow in Catholic Identity

Father Paul Sullins is Professor of Sociology and Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is also Director of the Summer Institute of Catholic Social Thought, co-sponsored by the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and The Center. He is co-editor of Catholic Social Thought: American Reflections on the Compendium and editor of Now and Forever: The Catholic University Student Prayer Book. Father Sullins’ work as a Fellow will examine measures and perceptions of Catholic identity and their impact on student recruitment, enrollment and retention.

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Advancing the Renewal of Catholic Higher Education 2010 Issue and Research Priorities

Institutional Mission
Embracing the vision of faithful Catholic higher education proposed by John Henry Cardinal Newman, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, in full conformity to Ex corde Ecclesiae and other guidelines of the Vatican and the U.S. bishops. • 2010 Research Project: Measuring Catholic Identity Drawing upon the Catholic Church’s guidelines for Catholic higher education, an attempt to respond to the challenge of Archbishop Michael Miller, CSB, former Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, who urged Catholic college and university leaders to develop “measurable benchmarks” to review their success with regard to Catholic identity. • 2010 Research Project: Catholic Identity and Student Enrollment Analysis and recommendations of research topics and methods to consider the impact of a perceived strong Catholic identity on student applications and enrollment at U.S. Catholic colleges and universities. • 2010 Research Project: Implementation of Ex corde Ecclesiae: 1990-2010 A review of U.S. efforts to implement the 1990 apostolic constitution on Catholic universities, Ex corde Ecclesiae, upon the constitution’s 20th anniversary, with attention to both the renewal of Catholic

identity in Catholic higher education and shortcomings in the broad implementation of significant portions of both the Vatican’s guidelines. • 2010 Research Project: The Growing Threat to the Religious Liberty of Catholic Institutions A broad legal analysis of the growing legislative and regulatory threats to the religious liberty of Catholic institutions with recommendations for positive actions that the institutions and Church might take to protect Catholic identity.

Academic Quality
Striving for an integrated education strongly rooted in the liberal arts and the Catholic intellectual tradition, and faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. • 2010 Research Project: Survey of Core Requirements at Catholic Colleges and Universities A review and summary of current “core” requirements for undergraduate students at Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S., with an attempt to categorize approaches and identify prevailing trends. • Evaluating Catholic Core Curricula An exploration of historical and contemporary criteria for identifying an

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ideal core curriculum for a Catholic college or university. What is essential to Catholic higher education? What makes a curriculum stronger? How does a core curriculum relate to the nature of Catholic higher education?

A Record of Accomplishment
Implications of Mandatory Insurance Coverage of Contraceptives for Catholic Colleges and Universities

Student Life
Helping students encounter Christ in others and in the world by deliberately fostering intellectual, spiritual and social development outside the classroom. • 2010 Research Project: Sexual Health Crisis on Campus A review and summary of medical and social science data on the sexual behavior of college students and its consequences. • 2010 Research Project: Gender Relations on Catholic Campuses A sociological analysis of male-female relationships on Catholic college and university campuses in light of Catholic teaching and the mission of Catholic higher education. • 2010 Research Project: Students’ Spiritual Development at Faithful Catholic Colleges A comparison of a 2010 CARA report finding that Catholic students’ decline in faith practice and fidelity is largely the same at Catholic and non-Catholic colleges and universities, to a new survey of students at strongly faithful Catholic institutions. Crafting Employee Health Plans for Catholic Institutions Behavior and Beliefs of Current and Recent Students at Catholic Colleges Newman’s University in Today’s Culture

College Affordability and Catholic Identity Contraception Mandates and Immoral Cooperation The Effects of Pornography on Individuals, Marriage, Family and Community Ex corde Ecclesiae: Echoes of Newman’s Idea of a University Considering Catholic Honors and Platforms

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To learn more about opportunities to support the mission and work of The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, please contact Dave Targonski, Director of Advancement, at dtargonski@CatholicHigherEd.org or call 703-367-0333 X103.

To learn more about The Center and its program, please contact:

David House, Ph.D., Executive Director 9415 West Street • Manassas, Virginia 20110 703/895-1493


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