Monday, July 11, 2011

Identity and Mission in Jesuit Higher Education


R. Eric Platt’s Ph.D. dissertation, Sacrifice and Survival: The Historiographic Role of Identity and Mission in Jesuit Higher Education of the New Orleans Province, submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, August 2011, is available through the LSU Electronic Thesis & Dissertation Collection.

The fascinating work uses historiographically-constructed case studies to address whether institutional identity and mission of colleges and universities affect their ability to survive. Platt further explores whether social environments contributed to the survival of particular institutions of higher education and how the relationship between a college or university and the surrounding social environment contributed to its ability to persist.

Anyone interested in Jesuit colleges of the New Orleans Province will enjoy reading the dissertation. Institutions included for study include: the College of the Immaculate Conception, New Orleans, Louisiana; Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama; St. Charles College, Grand Coteau, Louisiana; St. Mary’s College, Galveston, Texas; College of the Sacred Heart, Augusta, Georgia; Loyola College, New Orleans, Louisiana; and Loyola University New Orleans.