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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Spirituality on Campus

In the latest phase of their national, multi-year study, Spirituality in Higher Education, Alexander and Helen Astin, retired UCLA professors, found that after three years of college, students are more concerned with spiritual issues and more engaged in a "spiritual quest" than when they begin college. The researchers surveyed more than 14,000 college students on 136 campuses both when they were freshman and juniors, and found that as juniors, more students considered issues such as integrating spirituality into their lives and becoming a more loving person as "very important." Regular attendance at religious services, however, declined over the three years. —Stephen Mapes