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|Description:||xiii, 434 p. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction: Catholic Higher Education in 1900 --
1. Awaking to the Organizational Challenge. Symptoms of Crisis. Realignment of Secondary and Collegiate Education --
2. Rationalizing the Catholic System. The Problem of Unity and the Role of the Catholic University. The Origins and Early Development of the CEA. The High School Movement and Standardization. Standing Firm by the Ratio Studiorum. Biting the Curricular Bullet --
3. The Impact of World War I. The NCWC and the Issue of Centralization. Standardization Once Again. The Students' Army Training Corps --
4. A New Beginning: Catholic Colleges 1900-1930. The Catholic University of America. Catholic Women's Colleges, 1900-1930. The University Movement, 1900-1925 --
5. The Intellectual Context. The Scholastic Revival. Neoscholasticism and the Catholic Worldview --
6. The Beginnings of the Catholic Renaissance. Americanism and Its Medieval Scholastic Background. The Postwar Catholic Resurgence. Developments in the Colleges.
Convinced of the truth of their religious and intellectual position, the restructured Catholic colleges grew rapidly after World War I and moved into the postwar era with enhanced self-confidence. Gleason examines trends such as "Catholic Action" and argues that the economic collapse at home during the 1930s and rise of totalitarianism in Europe furthered the critique of secularism and led to a firm Catholic commitment to educate for a "Catholic Renaissance." In the 1960s, changes in church teaching as a result of the Vatican II Council and cultural upheavals in American society reinforced the internal transformation already under way. The resulting "identity crisis," according to Gleason, demonstrates how Catholic educators have come full circle since 1900, as they once again face the task of envisioning Catholic colleges and universities as a distinctive element of higher education.