ACCU Statement on Final Ruling of Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act:
In comments submitted to the relevant federal departments in April, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities asked for several considerations, including a request that the departments minimize entanglement between religious organizations and the provision of contraceptive services. ACCU also suggested that the departments extend the temporary enforcement safe harbor to at least January 1, 2014.
An initial review of the regulations reveals that the effective date of the regulation has been extended to January 1. ACCU President Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., said, “We are encouraged by the administration’s apparent recognition of the challenges that many Catholic organizations will face in bringing their insurance policies into compliance. During the coming days, ACCU will give significant time and attention to analyzing the lengthy and complex ruling, and determine the extent to which the ruling genuinely respects the religious liberty of Catholic colleges and universities and other religiously affiliated entities.”
ACCU Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas:
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the Court’s opinion in the 7-1 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, which challenged the use of race in undergraduate admissions. Emphasizing the “strict scrutiny” standard established by earlier cases, Kennedy noted that the university’s affirmative action program could be found to be constitutional only if “no workable race-neutral alternatives would produce the educational benefits of diversity.”
The Court’s decision ultimately leaves the issue of race-based university admissions unresolved. For its part, ACCU supports meaningful efforts to increase diversity on college campuses. Inclusiveness is a key principle of Catholic teaching and a driving force behind the commitment of Catholic higher education to access.
ACCU Statement on Teacher Prep Review Report:
Almost all private, nonprofit colleges and universities—including ACCU member campuses—refused to participate in the NCTQ data collection. As a result of low participation, the Council’s findings must be read with a great deal of skepticism. Indeed, some of the foremost education experts in the country have criticized the NCTQ and its report for its methodology and lack of accuracy in assessing teacher preparation programs.
Catholic higher education, which is largely underrepresented in this recent report, includes more than 160 teacher education programs. They incorporate high academic standards as well as a commitment to Catholic values and ideals, and many are engaged in continuous improvement efforts. ACCU stands in support of such initiatives that seek to strengthen teacher preparation in a meaningful and reliable way.
|5/10/2013||Listen here: Michael Galligan-Stierle, Sister Mary Reap, and Dr. Daniel Curran discuss lay presidents at Catholic colleges and universities on Higher Education Talk Radio.|
|4/5/2013||ACCU Welcomes New Catholic Education Leaders|
ACCU Statement on the Election of Pope Francis:
As the first Jesuit to hold the office and the first pontiff from the Americas, Pope Francis represents a turning point in the history of the Church. Catholic higher education will look to the new pontiff—with his experience as a university teacher and rector, and his deep commitment to social justice—to continue to strengthen the productive relationships between his predecessors and Catholic colleges and universities.
Read Catholic college leaders' reactions to the election of Pope Francis in Update.
ACCU Statement on the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI:
ACCU Releases Study of Today's Catholic College and University Presidents
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ACCU Statement on the Ten-Year Review of Ex Corde:
|1/2013||Hear ACCU President Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., and Georgian Court University President Sr. Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, discuss globalization and Catholic higher education on Higher Education Talk Radio!|
ACCU Statement on the Tragedy in Newtown, CT:
During this period of Advent, as we await with hope the birth of our Savior, we pray that our educational institutions—whether elementary school, secondary school, or university—may be places of harmony and fellowship, where our students are safe to pursue knowledge and grow in friendship and love. And we ask God to bless and console all those who have been affected by this senseless tragedy.
|11/15/2012||ACCU Joins International Consortium to Support Aid for Syrian Students and Scholars|
|9/24/2012||ACCU Welcomes New Vice President|
|9/24/2012||Journal of Catholic Higher Education Announces New Associate Editor|
|8/10/2012||Catholic Colleges Front and Center on New Website|
ACCU Statement on Recent Supreme Court Ruling:
Washington, DC—On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The 5–4 ruling did not address mandated coverage of practices that run contrary to religious beliefs, nor did it preclude other constitutional challenges to the law. In light of this decision, therefore, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities affirms the significance of the litigation filed by Catholic colleges and universities against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These lawsuits now sit as the primary means to defend the free exercise of religion without government interference—a fundamental right that remains too precious to let slip away.
ACCU Releases Catholic Higher Education: In Our Own Words
New Resource on Academic Scholarship at Catholic Colleges and Universities
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|2/24/2012||ACCU Statement Regarding Mandated Contraceptive Coverage and Religious Liberty|
|2/17/2012||ACCU Statement Regarding Mandated Health Coverage and Religious Liberty|
|2/10/2012||ACCU Responds to Today's Announcement by President Obama|
|1/25/2012||ACCU Releases Statement on HHS Ruling|
|12/16/2011||Catholic College Presidents Reveal Fiscal Concerns and Strategies|
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While in Rome delivering an address on pastoral care for international students, ACCU President Michael Galligan-Stierle met with Pope Benedict XVI, and presented His Holiness with a copy of Promising Practices: Collaboration Among Catholic Bishops and University Presidents, which Galligan-Stierle edited.
Read the Final Document of the III World Congress on the Pastoral Care of International Students...
See an interview with Michael Galligan-Stierle on EWTN, talking about pastoral care of international students (EWTN/YouTube)
|11/9/2011||ACCU President Discusses Catholic Mission and Identity|
|1/29/2011||ACCU Announces 2011 Award Recipients|
|1/28/2011||ACCU's 2011 Annual Meeting: Catholic Higher Education—Carrying on God's Noiseless Work|
|8/16/2010||ACCU Names Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., Its New President|
News from the 2012 ACCU Annual Meeting
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|1/31/2012||ACCU Announces New Chair and Other Board Members|
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|1/28/2012||Alumni Say Catholic Higher Ed Worth the Investment|
|1/28/2012||Four Catholic Institutions Mark Major Milestone|
|1/27/2012||Catholic Colleges Meeting to Focus on Civility|