Professor Gerard V. Bradley has an interesting and thoughtful piece up today over at NRO , in which he laments the demise of numerous Catholic colleges/universities and encourages Catholics to bring the faith to secular schools (where the vast majority of Catholics are now being educated):
We need a new paradigm for delivering Catholic higher education. It is time to go where the Catholic students are. More than 80 percent of them attend non-Catholic institutions, where the Churchs mission has long been limited to pastoral care: On campus or at nearby Newman Centers students attend Mass, go to confession, and meet other Catholics. We must ratchet this menu of options up way up to include serious and sustained intellectual formation. The goal should be to establish, at or near every college with a substantial Catholic student population, a free-standing center devoted to intellectual formation, to the cultivation of the Catholic mind .
This is the other Catholic higher education.
While I am strongly encouraging my son to attend an authentic Catholic college (see, e.g., Thomas Aquinas College ), I wholeheartedly agree with Professor Bradley that Catholics must do much more to assist our children in the (continued) formation of their faith while attending secular colleges/universities (and even the vast majority of so-called Catholic schools). The stakes are simply too high to do otherwise.