• Character Clearinghouse image

2004 Institute Proceedings

Dalton logoThe 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:

  • Why do college students appear to be turning inward in their search for meaning and purpose?
  • What does it mean to be spiritual and how does spirituality manifest itself in the beliefs and behaviors of young adults today?
  • What trends and patterns can be identified in the spirituality movement among college students?
  • What are the implications of student spirituality for student learning and development in college?
  • How can the impact of spirituality on student learning and development be identified and measured?
  • How should college and university educators be responding to the student spirituality movement?

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


Assessment of VOICES – Vocation, Interiority, Community, and Engaged Service

Julie Weissman, Ph. D. & Mary Beth Gallagher, Ph. D., St. Louis Univeristy

College Students’ Conceptions of Vocation and the Role of the Higher Education Mentoring Community

Rodger Narloch, Ph. D., St. John’s University

Differential Assessment and Development of Character

Dr. Alan Arroyo & Dr. George Selig

Epiphanies of Faith in the ‘Secular’ Academy

Cynthia A. Wells-Lilly, Ph.D., Messiah College

Fusions – Integrating Values in Higher Education

Jane M. Govoni, St. Leo University

Leading by Example – Every Caring Act is a Step in the Right Direction

Frederic Gratto & Katherin Gratto, University of Florida

Preparing Professionals to Respond to Students’ Search for Meaning

Judy Rogers, Miami University, Ohio & Patrick Love, New York University

Queer Student Values – Religion Matters

Daphne Burt, University of Chicago

Religiousness and Spirituality in College Students, Separate Dimensions with Unique and Common Correlates

Thomas J. Johnson, Indiana State University

The Office of Religious Life at USC, A Model for Meeting Students’ Religious & Spiritual Needs

Susan Laemmle & Elizabeth Davenport, University of South Carolina

The Religious Engagement of First-Year Students at Protestant Colleges

Harold V. Hartley III, Vanderbilt University

The Role of Faculty in Students’ Spiritual Development (Powerpoint)

The Role of Faculty in Students’ Spiritual Development

Jennifer A. Lindholm, University of California, Los Angeles

The Soul in Service, Deepening Student Spirituality Through Secular Service-Learning Programs

Kent Koth & Jackie Schmidt-Posner, Stanford University

Transcending Values – A Collaborative Collaborative-Ecological Approach to Value Education

Joseph R. Ferrari & Shaun E. Cowman, DePaul University