"An extremely important book for layperson and professional alike. A stunning wake-up call for higher education—highly recommended!"
—Ken Wilber, author, The Integral Vision
"Cultivating the Spirit makes a unique and important contribution to one of the least examined yet most fundamental questions about undergraduate education: how students acquire the values and convictions that help to give meaning and purpose to their lives.... The authors provide a wealth of valuable findings about this vital process and its effects on student achievement, well-being, and personal growth in college."
—Derek Bok, former president, Harvard University, and author, The Politics of Happiness
"The fruit of a decade of elegantly designed and compelling research, Cultivating the Spirit provides timely and significant data for reorienting the conversation about the relationships among intellectual inquiry, traditional academic values, and the formation of the inner life. Informative, clearly written, essential, and evocative reading for today's faculty across all institutions—public and private, secular and religious."
—Sharon Daloz Parks, author, Big Questions, Worthy Dreams and Leadership Can Be Taught
The study finds that, while students' religious engagement declines during college, at the same time they become substantially more caring, tolerant, connected with others, and actively egaged in a spiritual quest. Spiritual growth also enhances academic performance, leadership development, and satisfaction with college. The study provides strong evidence pointing to specific experiences during college that can contribute to students' spiritual growth.
The need for spiritual development in college is apparent. Two-thirds of the students in the study express a strong interest in spiritual matters, well over half report that their professors never encourage discussions of religious or spiritual matters, and about the same proportion report that professors never provide opportunities to discuss the purpose and meaning of life.
Cultivating the Spirit aims to raise the awareness of academic administrators, faculty, and the public at large to the vital role that spirituality plays in student learning and development. Throughout the book, the authors identify strategies for enhancing students' development and encourage the academy to give greater priority to the spiritual aspects of students' educational and personal development.
It is our responsibility to respect and nurture every aspect of our students.
This superb book on spirituality is a must-have for faculty and administrators who are responsible for programming student classes and events in the liberal arts.
Though the study is packed with some amazing findings, the book is just a glorified journal article - feeling more like a tiny textbook.
Too often ignored or even discounted in higher education, the "heart" of every student must be considered along with the mind. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ken
The results of a seven-year research study have now been published in this highly readable book. The researchers surveyed 112,000 freshman students at 236 colleges and... Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by Martin E. Schmidt
This book is one of the first on this subject for professionals. I found this informative and full of resources. Excellent resource for student affairs or campus ministers!Published on October 18, 2011 by C. Latronica