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Catholic Universities Must Be Wholly Consecrated to Truth, Says Msgr. Swetland
9/22/2014
A university’s commitment to Catholic identity is dependent on its dedication to the truth, said Monsignor Stuart Swetland, the newly appointed president of Donnelly College in Kansas City, in a National Catholic Register interview.


Indonesian Student Credits Newman Guide for Helping Find Right College
9/17/2014
An Indonesian student at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy (OLSWA) in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, recently credited The Newman Guide for Choosing a Catholic College for introducing him to the Catholic institution.


Catholic Education Honor Roll Announced
9/15/2014
Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States.


Dr. Don Briel on Catholic Universities and Surrender of Moral Authority
9/15/2014
The modern Catholic university’s decision to turn theology studies into an academic, intellectual pursuit separated from a relationship with the Church, has led to grave consequences and a surrendering of “moral authority to shape the souls of students,” argued Dr. Don Briel.


TAC Alumnus: People Learn from People, Not SMART Boards
9/15/2014
“The error of education today is the emphasis on new-fangled technique and technology, and the de-emphasis on old-fashioned teaching,” states Sean Fitzpatrick, a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, “people learn from people, not from SMART boards."


Common Core ‘Raises an Alarm’
9/11/2014
The Common Core “rightfully raises an alarm” when all its factors are considered, argued Dan Guernsey, director of The Cardinal Newman Society’s K-12 program, in a recent segment on Register Radio.


Catholic Classical Schools Quickly Growing in Demand
9/9/2014
Nationwide, classical schools, both diocesan and independent, are springing up and eliciting interest from other schools and groups.


Catholic Educators Should Form ‘Effective Disciples of the Lord’
9/8/2014
The primary job of Catholic educators is to form students for a personal encounter with God, says Sister Joan Roccasalvo, a member of the Congregation of St.Joseph.


Ontario Catholic Schools Defend Right to Teach Faith to Students
9/8/2014
Catholic school leaders in Ontario are defending their right to require students to take religious courses and have them participate in religious activities.


Mount St. Mary’s U., Catholic University Form New Law Program Partnership
9/5/2014
Two ­Newman Guide-recommended universities—Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.—recently formed a partnership that will allow students to earn both a bachelor’s and a law degree in six years.


Fr. Schall Argues for Necessity of Classical Education
9/4/2014
A classical education is useful and relevant in today’s “battle of life,” argues Father James Schall, S.J.in a recent address given at Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep, in Napa, Calif., in which he spoke of the importance and necessity of a classical education.


Magdalen President Highlights Pope Benedict’s Vision for Catholic Education
9/4/2014
The president of The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Dr. George Harne, recently shared his commentary on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s vision for Catholic higher education and the renewal of Catholic universities.


Soccer Match Proceeds to Fund Education Project Supported by Pope
9/3/2014
Proceeds from the Interreligious Match for Peace will go to Scholas Occurrentes, an educational entity launched by the Pope Francis. World Cup and international soccer stars gathered to play a charity match on September 1.


Notre Dame to Host ‘Gender and Culture’ Summer Program for High Schoolers
9/3/2014
The University of Notre Dame’s 2015 pre-college summer course schedule includes a program entitled “Gender and Culture in American Society.” The program description on the Notre Dame website makes no mention of Catholic teaching on the sexes.


Catholic Identity, Professionalism at Heart of Franciscan’s Newly Accredited Program
9/2/2014
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program at Franciscan University of Steubenville received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) this summer.


Nation’s First Catholic High School for Special Needs Students Set to Open
9/2/2014
Efforts are underway to open a new Catholic high school, the first of its kind, for students with special needs.


University of Dallas Receives Top National Ranking for Mathematics Grads
9/2/2014
The University of Dallas (UD) in Irving, Tex., recently announced that its mathematics department received the top ranking in a new national study.


Regina Academies Continue to Grow, Faith at Center of Education
8/29/2014
The fourth Regina Academy was formally announced this summer with the full cooperation of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Cardinal Newman Society spoke with the president of the Regina Academies board, Barbara Henkels.


Napa Earthquake Leaves Two Catholic Schools Damaged
8/27/2014
Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep School and Kolbe Home School and Online Academy have sustained significant damage in the earthquake that struck just outside of Napa, Calif., early Sunday morning. The two institutions remain closed while cleanup efforts proceed.


Schools Making Catholic Identity a Priority with ‘Eternal Perspective’
8/26/2014
Faithful Catholic primary and secondary schools are applying themselves with success in four areas—witness to the Gospel, the domestic Church’s role, Catholic worldview, and eternal perspective—according to a National Catholic Register article.


Five Books for Defending the Faith in College
8/25/2014
In a blog post entitled “5 Books Catholic Students in College Need to Possess,” Tom Perna shares five titles which he believes are essential to knowing your faith in college.


Catholic School Forced to Grant Exemption from Liturgies, Retreats
8/22/2014
After a series of exchanges between a Catholic-school parent and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District in Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court ruled in April that Notre Dame School in Brampton must exempt a student from taking part in compulsory liturgies and retreats.


Walsh University Forms School of Arts and Sciences
8/20/2014
Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, recently formed a new School of Arts and Sciences, the University reported. It is one of three comprehensive schools now found at Walsh.


Online Catholic Study Program Provides 'Backbone of a Liberal Education'
8/20/2014
The Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (LSP), a Newman Guide recommended institution, has been providing sound Catholic online higher education since its establishment in 2010. 


Grads in Science, Tech, Math to ‘Lead Ethically’, Says President of UST in Houston
8/20/2014
The University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston has been rapidly expanding its science, technology, engineering and math programs (STEM), reported the Houston Chronicle last week. The expansion is reportedly a result of both societal need and student demand.


New U.K. Catholic College Program Explores Foundations of European Culture
8/18/2014
Benedictus College Director Dr. Clare Hornsby told The Cardinal Newman Society that “students will be inspired with the academic confidence to keep exploring the wealth of knowledge” introduced to them throughout “the intense and varied” program.


Catholic Studies Program Founder at UST in Minnesota Retires after 21 Years at Helm
8/14/2014
Don Briel, founder of the Catholic Studies department at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn., is retiring after 21 years in charge of the groundbreaking program.


Psychology Grad School Focused on Catholic Teaching Launches Online Program
8/12/2014
The Institute for the Psychological Sciences is now offering an online Master of Science in Psychology. The Institute is unique among graduate schools of psychology because it applies authentic Catholic teachings on the person, marriage, and the family.


Catholic Education Is Key to Renewing Family Life in Society
6/18/2014
Fr. C. John McCloskey places great emphasis on the importance of Catholic education in his recommended remedies to reverse the Culture of Death and promote family life.


Education Is About Pursuing Truth, Says Thomas Aquinas College Grad
6/16/2014
“We do not pursue this education for the sake of rocketing ourselves into the job market. We pursue this education to learn about the truth that allows us to function according to the highest parts in our soul.”


Support Grows for Congressional Investigation into Common Core
6/10/2014
“The idea that the richest man in America can purchase and–working closely with the U.S. Department of Education–impose new and untested academic standards on the nation’s public schools is a national scandal.”


Leader of Latin American Bishops: Liberation Theology ‘Archaic, If Not Already Dead’
6/9/2014
Archbishop Retes indicated that liberation theology is irrelevant at a recent news conference in Rome... Liberation theology is, however, still prominent on the campuses of many Catholic universities throughout the U.S.


U.S. Bishops’ Common Core Document Focuses on Catholic Identity, Says Expert
6/5/2014
“The benefit of the Common Core controversy is that it has surfaced some of the threats of secularization in our schools,” writes Dr. Dan Guernsey.


Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki Responds to Parents’ Petition Against Common Core
6/5/2014
Archbishop Jerome Listecki said the standards are a useful “reference” but that the schools maintain a “strong commitment to Catholic identity” in education, according to FoxNews.com.


Register Radio Profiles Great Books Program at College of St. Mary Magdalen
6/2/2014
The education students receive is “more than just the acquisition of information, it’s transformational… it makes a difference in the way [students] live their lives.” 


University of St. Thomas (Tex.) Strengthens Core Curriculum
5/22/2014
The vision of Pope St. John Paul II in Ex corde Ecclesiae, “stresses that the most comprehensive understanding of reality is achieved when academic ‘silos’ are avoided and knowledge from the various academic disciplines is integrated.”


TV Segment on Catholic School’s Classical Curriculum Wins News Award
5/19/2014
A few years ago, Saint Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Md., reportedly faced “declining enrollment and funding,” at which time it switched to a Catholic classical curriculum, according to the report done by EWTN’s Wyatt Goolsby.


Catholic Schools ‘Switching’ to Charter Schools, Study Finds
5/19/2014
Charter schools must strip themselves of any Catholic identity during the school day.  Because of that, some have attempted to offer religious after-school programs.


Wyoming Catholic College President: Liberal Arts Teaches Students to Be Free
5/15/2014
Dr. Kevin Roberts writes that WCC’s liberal arts curriculum combined with its outdoor leadership program prepares students “to promote the values of Wyoming—hard work, neighborliness, and a joyful spirit.”


U.S. Bishops Acknowledge Common Core Concerns, Affirm Importance of Catholic Mission in Schools
5/15/2014
“Catholic schools must consider standards that support the mission and purpose of the school as a Catholic institution,” states the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Catholic Education in a recent document.


New Poll Shows Lack of Parent Involvement in Common Core, Author Says
5/5/2014
A new Gallup Poll shows that nearly one third of public school parents have not heard anything about the Common Core State Standards.


Green Bay Diocese Announces Plans for Catholic Classical Curriculum School
5/1/2014
“The goal is to develop complete thinkers who learn to draw on faith and reason together for the purpose of building up the church and society,” Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay reportedly said.


FOX News Features Common Core in Catholic Schools Debate, Newman Society Interviewed
4/16/2014
“Beauty, truth, and knowledge” are lost when Catholic schools adopt the Common Core, Bob Laird told FOX News correspondent Peter Doocy.


Catholic Business School Leaders Collaborate to Prepare Ethical Graduates
4/15/2014
“Ethics cannot be trivialized as the ‘stepchild’ of the business schools,” Dr. Simms told The Cardinal Newman Society. “It must be placed front and center as an anchor for all the other functional departments.”


New Online Guide Helps Parents Understand Key Issues, Concerns on Common Core
4/7/2014
“Based on the fundamental Catholic principle of subsidiarity, the Newman Society recognized the need for parents to have a role in the education of their children,” said Bob Laird.


The Suppression of Christian Speech on American Campuses: Dr. Ken Howell’s Story
4/3/2014
“The underlying message of secularism vs. religion is a real issue on campus,” Dr. Howell told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview on March 31—and he would know.


Cardinal Newman Society Weighs-In on National Common Core Debate
4/2/2014
“We need to start with the basis of our Catholic faith and then build our curriculum around that... The mission of the Common Core is dramatically different than the mission of Catholic education,” said Bob Laird.


‘Humanitas’ Program Offers Catholic Liberal Arts at University of Kansas
4/1/2014
“Students take exclusive courses in the Great Books and attend Sunday evening lectures in theology through the St. Lawrence Institute for Faith and Culture.”


New British Catholic College Announces First Summer Program
3/31/2014
From August 10-22, Benedictus College will have students “sample a traditional liberal arts education” as well as enjoy “daily visits to London’s cultural centres.”


Exciting High School Summer Programs at Newman Guide Colleges
3/27/2014
High school students will get a chance to taste a bit of college life—and see what living the faith in college is all about.


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