Since my life was spent in state universities, the world of the university/college with denominational affiliation has always been a little foreign to me.
The battle within any university is always between teaching what it professional facutly think is appropriate and what those who pay the faculty salaries want taught. From day one this has been a struggle and it continues today.
In state universities, there is the state’s governor and legislature who want to influence things. And, there are research agencies, private businesses and wealthy alumni.
At a church affiliated university, there is the originating denomination. Present there also are alumni, research funding agencies and businesses.
Offseting all these pressures, to some degree, are agencies that accredit the programs and degrees. The accrediting agencies, too, have pressure on them.
There are some examples of fine universities that one would think would be under pressure to conform to church teachings. Instead of conforming, they seem to withstand whatever their pressures of influence are and operate as secular institutions. The most interesting of these are large Catholic Universities.
I’ve read theere are discussions within the Catholic hierarchy as to how a local Bishop could gain conrol of what was being taught at a university located within his diocese. To think a bishop of the diocese that contains Notre Dame University would put his nose under that tent would be a disaster.
That several outstanding Catholic Universities operate as secular was the vision and achievement of Father Hesburgh. His story is a fascinating one.