College Transition Initiative

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The transition from high school to college is a difficult one, and yet, it is a transition that is often overlooked. This site is to help college bound students, parents, and youth workers stay up to date on the latest research and trends in regards to college transition. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Join the conversation!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

College Students in America: Campus Ministers Respond to NEW Research

I am currently teaching a year long learning module called “Working with First Year Students” for campus ministers and youth workers who work for the CCO. We are “painting a portrait” of college students in America to determine how we can best minister to them. The first assignment was to read a collection of articles and write a brief response. Here are the articles:

Why College Doesn’t Turn Kids Secular (an interview with Mark D. Regnerus based on his research How Corrosive Is College to Religious Faith and Practice?)

What American Teenagers Believe (an interview with Christian Smith based on his book Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers)

Young Adults Aren’t Sticking with Church (a USAToday report on LifeWay Research)

For the next several posts, I am going to be posting some of the reflections from the learning module. Many of the participants are working with college students on a regular basis. Their reflections should help us to (1) determine how accurate these studies have been and (2) think more deeply about developing better youth/campus ministry practices that will connect with today’s young college students.


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