Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiv

As any author will tell you, a book is never really singly authored; numerous persons aid in its construction, review, and final publication. So it was with this book. As I reflect upon the creation of this work, research performed in archives, and the numerous conversations that prompted its development, a host of thanks come to mind that need to be paid. First and foremost, I would like to thank my parents...

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Introduction: Defining Survival

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pp. 1-15

How does a university survive? What factors keep the lights on in one college and permanently closes the doors at another? As Stone mentions above, a university has its own history and life, and it possesses the ability to perform functionally or act in such a manner as to be considered outdated and incongruent with its surroundings. But what foundational catalytic factors affect its ability to survive...

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1. Tracing the Society of Jesus and Jesuit Higher Education

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pp. 16-36

In order to fully understand how institutional identity, mission, and town and gown relationships affect the survival of Jesuit colleges and universities, it is important to become familiar with the history of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit method of instruction, and the order’s expansion into the American South. In his book...

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2. Jesuit Identity, Jesuit Mission, and Southern Locale

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pp. 37-57

As with any history, context and interpretive concepts are essential. As such, chapter 1 illuminated the all-important foundation of the Society of Jesus, how I gnatius Loyola’s own educational experiences factored into the development of Jesuit higher education, and the nineteenth-and early twentieth-century ideological and social climate of the South in regard to Catholics and Jesuit colleges...

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3. Failure to Survive

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pp. 58-99

Now that we understand how factors of institutional identity and mission affect societal relationships, thereby influencing college and university survivability, we can fully examine histories of individual southern Jesuit colleges and universities to determine how they functioned, evolved, adapted, failed, or survived. In the following cases, three college micro-histories are presented. Each case details an institutional...

Image Plates

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pp. 100-104

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4. Closure and Amalgamation

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pp. 105-129

As a college or university evolves, so too does its curricular structure. Changes in societal expectations, legitimacy standards, or developmental issues related to ideological conceptions of “high school” and “college” curriculum impose pressure on administrators and faculty to adapt their educational institution if they want it to survive. As has been shown, the traditional Jesuit college consisted of a preparatory...

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5. Institutional Survival

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pp. 130-161

Having considering the previous micro-histories, we will now investigate two Jesuit institutions that have survived to the present day: Loyola University New Orleans and Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Even though both Loyola University and Spring Hill College have passed into the twenty-first century, both institutions faced hardships and legitimacy issues that influenced their relationships...

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Conclusion: Adapting to the South

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pp. 162-168

In probing the history of Jesuit higher education in the American South, this study has formulated an understanding of how some Jesuit institutions failed to survive while others adapted and thrived. This book presents a possible explanation as to how institutional identity, mission, and town and gown relationships work together to either promote or inhibit institutional survivability. As such, it...

Appendix: Letter Addressed to the Fathers, Scholastics and Brothers of the New Orleans Province by Rev. Fr. Norbert de Boynes

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pp. 169-176

Notes

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pp. 177-202

Bibliography

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pp. 203-214

Index

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pp. 215-223