The theme of the 2004 Institute on College Student Values was Soul Searching: Trends and Patterns in College Student Spirituality and focused on current research into the trends and patterns of college student spirituality and educational strategies and practices. Institute speakers represented a variety of national research programs and centers that are actively examining the impact of spirituality on college students and institutions of higher education.
College students generally define spirituality as different and distinct from religion. While participation in formal religious activities usually declines during the college years, there is much evidence that students’ interest in spirituality is now on the increase. The 2004 Institute examined trends and patterns in college student spirituality and some of the central questions explored at the 2004 Institute included:
Edited versions of many of the keynote speakers’ presentations are included in these proceedings. Proceedings include presentations by featured speakers, invited speakers, and concurrent sessions.
Institute presenters represented various backgrounds and experiences and included college administrators, faculty, researchers, students, and other members of the higher education community. A screening panel originally selected the concurrent sessions for presentation and authors were invited to submit papers for this Proceedings publication. We are pleased to be able to include a large number of them in our Proceedings this year.
– Grahaeme A. Hesp Editor, 2004 Institute Proceedings
Julie Weissman, Ph. D. & Mary Beth Gallagher, Ph. D., St. Louis Univeristy
Rodger Narloch, Ph. D., St. John’s University
Dr. Alan Arroyo & Dr. George Selig
Cynthia A. Wells-Lilly, Ph.D., Messiah College
Jane M. Govoni, St. Leo University
Frederic Gratto & Katherin Gratto, University of Florida
Judy Rogers, Miami University, Ohio & Patrick Love, New York University
Daphne Burt, University of Chicago
Thomas J. Johnson, Indiana State University
Susan Laemmle & Elizabeth Davenport, University of South Carolina
Harold V. Hartley III, Vanderbilt University
Jennifer A. Lindholm, University of California, Los Angeles
Kent Koth & Jackie Schmidt-Posner, Stanford University
Joseph R. Ferrari & Shaun E. Cowman, DePaul University