Research in Higher Education, 1991, Vol.32(2), pp.107-122
The relationship between a Midwest church-affiliated institution and its supporting congregations provides an opportunity to investigate part of the sociological environment within which a college-choice decision is made for students of a strong denominational orientation. Applying the “local-cosmopolitan” dichotomy used by previous researchers, this study hypothesized that the cultural orientation of local congregational leaders reflects norms that are aligned to congregational enrollment support or nonsupport for the denominational university. The findings demonstrate that the concepts of cultural, social, and ecclesiological localism-cosmopolitanism are helpful in explaining an individual's support for the denominational university. Also, differing cultural orientations among congregational leaders are related to the degree to which the congregation supports the university with the enrollment of youth.
Denominations ; Colleges ; Religious Education ; Religious Cultural Groups ; Selection Procedures ; Midwestern States ; Cultural Values ; Sociology of Education; Sociology of Education ; Article ; Denominational University Support, College-Bound Youth ; Congregational Cultural Orientation ; Questionnaire ; Midwestern Us;
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