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John Garvey, University President, was interviewed for a Religion News Service article on an upcoming forum featuring three presidents of faith-based universities. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Baptist News Global, Catholic News Service and the Christian Post covered the event. A video of the discussion can be seen on Baylor's web page. See below.

Religious-College Leaders Reflect on ‘Calling’ in Today’s Academe

From: Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Feb. 6, 2015
Author: Scott Carlson

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The impulse, said Mr. Garvey, is to cut religion out of the college setting entirely. But he cited Georges Lemaître, a Belgian priest who first proposed the theory of the Big Bang, and Gregor Mendel, an Austrian friar who founded the science of genetics, as two examples of religion’s having advanced knowledge. 

"It is faith that inspires art, music, literature, and poetry. It is faith that gives us a way to understand history, to make laws, to govern the economy," Mr. Garvey said. "I don’t think that we can have a full university if we leave it out."

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Faith-based education offers ‘ethical ammo’ for American society, say university presidents

From: Baptist News Global
Date: Feb. 6, 2015
Author: Robert Dilday

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“The point of education is to help our students advance in both wisdom and virtue,” agreed Garvey, whose school is the only one in the United States overseen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “And they are connected to each other in surprising ways. Virtue makes us aim at the right mark; wisdom helps us choose the proper means. When we learn about topics we can’t make proper judgments about them without an ethical basis.”

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Faith-based universities aim to relay values, not just educate students

From: Catholic News Service (via The Pilot)
Date: Feb. 5, 2015
Author: Richard Szczepanowski

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"It is not just about imparting education and passing exams. We want to raise up free and autonomous individuals with more than just knowledge and skills," John Garvey said. "We are forming students in wisdom and virtue."

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"We help students look at life's big questions and say, 'Perhaps these (values taught at religious institutions) are some of the answers you can look at,'" Garvey added. "We help our students advance in wisdom and virtue, and we give them the ethical foundations to make their judgments."

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Purpose of College is Not to Get a Job, is to Instill Ethical Responsibilities, Say Presidents of Catholic University, Yeshiva University

From: Christian Post
Date: Feb. 5, 2015
Author: Samuel Smith

... "I am fond of saying that the point of education is to help our students advance in wisdom and virtue. These are both things that we do and they are connected to one another in a surprising way," Garvey said. "I like Aristotle's phrase that 'when we are educating people, virtue makes us aim at the right mark and wisdom tells us how to choose the proper means.' " ...

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Religious college presidents agree on ‘calling’ and common threats to their schools

From: Religion News Service
Date: Feb. 3, 2015
Author: Adelle M. Banks

... CUA President John Garvey said there are numerous regulations that are challenging faith-based schools — from the Obama administration’s contraception mandate to a December ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that permits some religious and other private university faculty members to unionize.

“They’re telling religious schools who their faculty can be and what the terms and conditions of employment, that is to say, what they can teach,” said Garvey, whose Washington campus is the only school in the country overseen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
President Richard Joel, photo courtesy of Yeshiva University *Note: This photo may only be used one time with a specific article. Please do not use otherwise.

“That the government ought to have some say over the people and the courses that are being taught at religious universities — that’s a big deal for religious freedom.” ...

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