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Catholic university grads report high levels of fulfillment, moral thinking, survey finds

Another area with no discernible difference was resilience during and after setbacks in life.

The findings on romantic fulfillment “align with lack of consensus on Catholic campuses on the best practices for approaching relationships,” King said. 

“More research is needed to determine if certain schools are making a positive impact and to understand the reasons behind their success,” the researcher said.

Winston Erevelles, the president of St. Mary’s University, said in a statement to CNA that the statistics “reaffirm our commitment to educating the whole person, nurturing intellectual growth, moral and ethical values, social responsibility, and personal development.”

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The university president called on higher education institutions to commit to “developing well-rounded individuals” in order to “create a more just, compassionate, and thriving society.”

“Looking ahead, this study provides a road map for higher education,” he said.

“Colleges and universities must ingrain a commitment to a lifelong search for meaning and direction in their students’ lives,” King said. 

“People must continually grow and learn. We value education that encourages not just a pursuit of a career but a quest for a fulfilling life aligned with personal values and societal needs.” 

“Catholic universities deeply embed the importance of ethics in decision-making into their curricula, emphasizing ethical considerations across all fields of study,” King added. 

“This educational focus ensures graduates are not only aware of values but also understand their practical implications in the real world.”

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