Ave Maria University President Jim Towey recently joined host Colleen Carroll Campbell on EWTN News Nightly to discuss the University's tuition reduction and Catholic identity.
The University cut tuition by 22 percent for the next incoming freshman class in order to make Ave Maria "within the reach of as many families as possible," Towey told Campbell.
"We've seen a big surge in applications, and we hope to see a large freshman class in the Fall," said Towey, "but most of all we want to maintain good quality and also attract families that are on board with the mission of Ave Maria University."
"What's your take on what constitutes true Catholic identity?" Campbell asked.
Towey said that Catholic universities should look to Blessed Pope John Paul II's apostolic constitution Ex corde Ecclesiae, adhere to the Magisterium of the Church, and be authentically Catholic by allowing Catholic identity to "permeate every aspect of the university."
"From our standpoint, having a strong mission statement is a beginning, but you have to effectuate it throughout the university," Towey told Campbell. "...in our hiring and in the way we select our students, we are trying to adhere to a love of the Church, love of the Word in the Sacraments, and also to introduce them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ."
Ave Maria University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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