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Computer woes and College rankings

October 10, 2007

1. No, I have not given up the ghost. My computer has, for the second time this year. I am trying to assemble a servicable computer package, but times being what they (always) are around here . . . well, we’ll do the best we can.

2. The Cardinal Newman Society has published a Guide to Choosing an [American] Catholic College. As is true of so much the CNS does, the Guide is well thought-out. With my computer access limited as it is (see above), I pause to make only three quick points:

a) The Guide missed a very good call by not including the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota. The Catholic Studies program there is first class, and the wider university seems to be undergoing a striking metamorphosis at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

b) The Guide should have flagged the unaccredited or only-provisionally accredited schools. Such places can be good, of course, but they entail some special risks for students.

c) The Guide might consider expanding its criteria to include non-Catholic colleges that offer a warm welcome (plus a good education!) to Catholics. This is a bit tricky, I understand, but there are several such places out there.

I wish there had been something like this available when I went to college, but I’m glad it’s here now. Thanks, CNS.

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