I know your attention is directed to running a university with reduced income streams while keeping everyone employed and healthy. Even still, moments like this call for more.
Think broadly, or, if you prefer, focus on a more specific part of university curricula and programming:
- Muse on the core curriculum and the outcomes it should achieve now.
- Should the purposes of philosophy or ethics evolve in some manner?
- What are the outcomes to be gained now from theological study?
- Should service-learning take a new turn?
- Reflect on the programming appropriate to university housing, Greek life, student social clubs, leadership training, and the broad panoply of extracurricular learning opportunities.
- How should our mission work be structured?
- How is campus culture shaped to pursue a higher purpose?
- What would Jesus do if he led a university right now? Or the founder of your sponsoring congregation?
- Where does some aspect of Catholic Social Teaching lead you in thinking about this moment and the purposes of a university?
…Or any other insight on how either of these two social challenges should make us rethink our approaches to a higher education.
If you wish, share those thoughts with us at ACCU. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not worry about great profundity or novel approaches. Think humbly and simply. Just muse into your computer screens and send us a paragraph or two. ACCU may share these writings with our colleagues, bring them to public attention, and perhaps even publish them.
What's important is that we not miss the opportunity to speak to one another about the implications this moment has for our noble work.
God bless you all,
Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, CM