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UCLA to Survey College Students on Religion

August 02, 2003|From Times Wire Services

Researchers at UCLA will spend $1.9 million to survey the religious habits and attitudes of college students, an area they say has been largely ignored by campus leaders.

The school's Higher Education Research Institute plans to survey 90,000 students on 150 public, private and religious campuses in fall 2004. A preliminary study of 3,700 juniors at 46 schools was completed last spring to help focus the survey.

"Higher education today has increasingly neglected students' 'inner' development: the sphere of values and beliefs, emotional maturity, spirituality and self-awareness that are fundamental to their capacity to understand others," said the institute's director, Alexander Astin, who will lead the study with his wife, Helen Astin.

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