National Catholic Colleges Week

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February week focuses on the virtues, successes and impact of the nation's 220 Catholic colleges and universities

Catholic Colleges Week, scheduled for Feb. 19-25, will celebrate the long-standing virtues, successes and impact on the world that Catholic colleges and universities have demonstrated. The week is a time to pause and be thankful. It is a time to recognize success. It is a time to shout to the world the great things accomplished in Catholic higher education.

The week-long observance is sponsored by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and the National Catholic College Admission Association (National CCAA). Like its NCEA/USCCB Catholic Schools Week counterpart that has a long history of promoting Catholic elementary and secondary schools, Catholic colleges and universities will utilize this time to share the collective characteristics, advantages and spirit of the 220 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States.

The purpose of National Catholic Colleges Week is to promote the value of Catholic higher education nationally within the Catholic church, to the education community and, where appropriate, to the general population of the United States.

A committee of Catholic higher education and secondary school professionals will work to advance the objectives of National Catholic Colleges Week. These objectives include:

* integrating Catholic college involvement in a central promotion of Catholic higher education;

* developing a partnership with Catholic secondary schools in promoting Catholic colleges;

* involving the church at the parish level in promoting Catholic colleges; and

* establishing a forum by which the Catholic and higher education media can embrace Catholic higher education.

"We strongly believe that there are distinct attributes at Catholic colleges and universities," said Michael Konopski, dean of enrollment at Niagara University of New York and president of the National Catholic College Admission Association. "During this time we are encouraging our members to celebrate and promote our individual and collective strengths."

Press releases will be distributed nationwide to Catholic and higher education media in an effort to publicize key facts and statistics about Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. They will focus on promoting the common essentials of Catholic higher education.

"We have encouraged our colleges and universities to sponsor some type of on-campus or outreach activity during the week," said Theresa Denton, chief enrollment services and marketing officer for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a member of the Catholic Colleges Week committee. "We hope to highlight the tremendous attributes of Catholic higher education while communicating the advantages of our individual members. …