Allan M. Cartter Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at the University of California
02/14/2008 - With a six-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation, UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute conducted a longitudinal study to assess the spirituality of college students during their undergraduate years. The study finds that while attendance at religious services decreased dramatically for most students between their freshman and junior years, the students’ overall level of spirituality, as defined by the researchers, increases. On hot-button social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage, the study finds that students become increasingly liberal. Alexander W. Astin, co-principal investigator on the study, spoke with the Pew Forum about the study’s conclusions.
Alexander W. Astin, Allan M. Cartter Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at the University of California; Co-Principal Investigator, Spirituality in Higher Education: A National Study of College Students’ Search for Meaning and Purpose.
Mark O’Keefe, Associate Director, Web Publishing, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Read the full transcript UCLA Study: Students Become More Spiritual in College on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Web site.