Press Releases

 

3/28/2014 ACCU Files Brief Concerning NLRB Jurisdiction (read the brief)
2/5/2014 Catholic College Association Elects New Board Members
1/8/2014 Media Advisory: 2014 ACCU Annual Meeting
6/28/2013

ACCU Statement on Final Ruling of Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act:
Washington, DC—In issuing final rules concerning “Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act,” the administration has noted its effort to respond to the concerns of religiously affiliated entities, including Catholic colleges and universities.

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.”

6/24/2013

ACCU Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas:
Washington, DC—In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court has left intact the use of race-conscious university admissions, though it sent the case back to the lower courts for additional review.

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. 

6/18/2013

ACCU Statement on Teacher Prep Review Report:
Washington, DC—Today, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released Teacher Prep Review, its effort to assess teacher education programs. While the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) supports credible efforts to improve teacher preparation, ACCU joins the chorus of voices critical of the NCTQ and its findings.

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
3/14/2013

ACCU Statement on the Election of Pope Francis:
Washington, DC—The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities joins with Catholics around the world in welcoming the newly elected pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

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.

2/11/2013

ACCU Statement on the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI:
Washington, DC—The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities expresses its gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI for his longstanding support of Catholic higher education. A former professor, the Holy Father has repeatedly affirmed the value of Catholic colleges and universities, especially their role in advancing faith and reason. In taking the extraordinary step of resigning, Pope Benedict acknowledged his own declining strength and resultant inability to fulfill the ministry of his office. By so doing, he demonstrated great humility, considerable leadership, and an acute understanding of what it means to serve the common good. We wish His Holiness all the best as he leaves the papacy, and look forward to working with his successor.

1/26/2013 ACCU Releases Study of Today's Catholic College and University Presidents
Read the report
1/11/2013

ACCU Statement on the Ten-Year Review of Ex Corde:
Washington, DC—The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities expressed its gratitude and added its support for the final report on the ten-year review of The Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States, released yesterday by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Read the full statement...

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!
12/17/2012

ACCU Statement on the Tragedy in Newtown, CT:
Washington, DC—The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities expresses its heartfelt sorrow at the events of Friday, December 14, at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

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
7/5/2012 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.

4/2/2012 ACCU Releases Catholic Higher Education: In Our Own Words

View "In Our Own Words" here

4/2/2012 New Resource on Academic Scholarship at Catholic Colleges and Universities
Search the Centers & Institutes directory
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
  Read the full report...

12/1/2011

Saving Faith: Pastoral Care for International Students

Michael Galligan-Stierle with Pope Benedict

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 EducationCarrying 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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Photos ©Peter Cutts Photography.

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
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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