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Student Ambassador Questions: Easy as A-B-C

Are there key questions to ask a Student Ambassador on a campus tour that would help a prospective student assess institutional Catholic identity? There are three questions but before recommending them it is important to frame them in the context of ...

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New Years Day

While we understand (although some will not admit) that “Christmas” on our calendar is an officially recognized Christian holiday in the United States, we don’t often recognize that New Years Day is also a Christian holiday, of sorts, and shares a si...

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Teachers are Researchers... Researchers are Teachers

You have made a big decision at attend college. This particular experience is not for everyone…for a variety of reasons. Why are you going to college? I’m sure you have reflected on this question but foundational to this choice must be your desire to...

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Third of Seven Ages

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts. His acts begin seven ages.Perhaps you recognize this poem from a play entitled, “As you like i...

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Why the Liberal Arts Foundation?

Why go to college? What does a “higher education” mean to me? What is the ultimate purpose of education? What will I do with my life? What is real happiness? Should my college experience focus on personal growth or career opportunities – or both? Whe...

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What is a Good Catholic College?

Recently I was asked, essentially, what is a good Catholic college? Sixty years ago the question probably would have been framed differently. It may well have been offered this way, “how does that Catholic college practice its faith tradition?”Va......

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Theology or Religious Studies? What You Should Know...

As you conduct your search for a Catholic college or university, you will encounter a variety of approaches with the academic programs. They vary for very good reasons: 220+ institutions with differing visions and missions; the charism of a particula...

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As you reflect upon the Catholic colleges and universities you are considering, my Collins College Report Card tool offers my ACE framework for your use during the search process: Alignment, Culture, and Engagement with the Christian tradition. The f...

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Framing the Catholic Indicators

Not long ago, most American Catholic colleges and universities (CCUs) were easily identifiable by their adherence to a few first principles. They offered a liberal arts education to ensure the “cultivation of the mind” for students in their final yea...

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10. The first universities were all Catholic … Catholic Colleges/Universities (CCUs) are not new to higher education. The Roman Catholic Church (est. A.D. 33) started higher education institutions in A.D. 1088. Yup … they have been “at it” for over 9...

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Dr. Tim Collins, Seventh President of Walsh University
DR. TIM COLLINS is the seventh president of Walsh University.



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