Catholic Colleges Week Celebrates Benefits of Catholic Higher Education

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Observance celebrates virtues and successes of Catholic higher education and the impact on the world that Catholic colleges have demonstrated

During Catholic Colleges Week, Feb. 20 to 26, members of the Catholic higher education community are encouraging their colleagues in Catholic schools to help celebrate the extraordinary benefits of attending a Catholic college or university.

This year the observance will celebrate the virtues and successes of Catholic higher education and the impact on the world that Catholic colleges have demonstrated.

The board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) launched the week in 2003 and it has since been led by ACCU, The National Catholic College Admission Association (The National CCAA) and other groups as well as volunteers. It is scheduled during the last week of February to help high school sophomores and juniors who start seeking college and university information in March.

Like the NCEA's Catholic Schools Week counterpart for elementary and secondary schools, Catholic colleges and universities will use this week to share the collective characteristics, advantages and spirit of the 220 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. The purpose of Catholic Colleges Week is to promote the value of Catholic higher education nationally within the Catholic Church, the education community and the general population. …