By Melanie M. Morey
This booklet is an unusally thorough research of Catholic larger schooling. A learn that are meant to be required analyzing of all educators and particularly the management of the Newman Society.
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Narratives connect various components of culture and suggest why they play an important role in that particular culture. Even historic narratives and “war stories” reinforce the signiﬁcance of certain ways of doing things. We cannot know ourselves outside of the stories and narratives that are part and parcel of the very interstices of our lives. Stories and narratives play an integral role in the cultural life of organizations. When ﬁrst-year students arrive at college, for example, they are told stories about the university, how it has developed over time, and why certain customs continue to be observed.
The most discouraging thing for me,” this administrator said, has been the board of directors and their understanding of the mission. This is a board that just doesn’t have a strong sense of that. The board is going through a lot of changes right now and that might improve, but right now the board has a real hard time even getting their hands around the mission. . In the ﬁrst place, the mission is what you sell. And that’s what brings in money if you sell it right. And our board right now has no clue.
All these institutions have found their cultures impacted 36 context by forces external to themselves. These institutions are interested in maintaining and, generally speaking, enhancing the Catholic culture they claim. A number of Catholic institutions seem to think their Catholic culture has become tepid and needs enriching to become a more ﬂavorful brew. Others ﬁnd their cultures so strong that they are palatable to only a rare few. The boundary points delineate the area within which Catholic universities can operate, but the institutions alone choose where they operate.
Catholic Higher Education: A Culture in Crisis by Melanie M. Morey