Abstract

That most private national American universities began with a firmly rooted religious identity is well known. Today, these pace-setting universities boast sterling academic reputations, but they retain only vestiges of their religious identities. This shift in ideological allegiances at schools such as Harvard University suggests to some that today's religious colleges or universities are on the horns of a dilemma—maintain a distinctive religious identity or move toward a strong academic reputation. The purpose of this study, then, is to empirically assess the dilemma that national universities cannot attain a reputation for academicexcellence if they maintain their religious identity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-4640
Print ISSN
0022-1546
Pages
pp. 400-419
Launched on MUSE
2004-07-12
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived
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