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Fundamentalist UKeeping the Faith in American Higher Education$
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Adam Laats

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190665623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190665623.001.0001

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What Is College For?

What Is College For?

(p.157) 6 What Is College For?
Fundamentalist U

Adam Laats

Oxford University Press

By the 1950s, more and more colleges and universities had moved toward new, modern standards of admissions and degree requirements. Schools worked hard to earn accreditation to prove that they had met these expensive regulations. With a few significant exceptions, evangelical and fundamentalist schools participated in this trend. However, they maintained their distinctive intellectual atmospheres, encouraging students and faculty to think about their higher-education experience in unique ways. For some, that meant thinking of missionary training as the main purpose of higher education. For others, that meant infusing schools with specific ideas about theology and politics, such as Calvinism or free-market capitalism.

Keywords:   missionary training, American studies, Calvinism, free market, conservatism, accreditation, Bible study

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