Research in Higher Education

, Volume 52, Issue 5, pp 441–459 | Cite as

The Impact of Campus Context, College Encounters, and Religious/Spiritual Struggle on Ecumenical Worldview Development

  • Alyssa N. Bryant


Using a national longitudinal sample of 14,274 college students generated as part of the UCLA Spirituality in Higher Education Project, this study employed structural equation modeling to analyze how students develop an ecumenical worldview. The findings suggest that challenging co-curricular experiences and the salience of religion and spirituality in academic encounters tend to provoke religious/spiritual struggles, which in turn enhance ecumenical worldview.


College student development Ecumenical worldview Pluralism Spirituality 



The author wishes to thank the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute for the generous research award and access to the data that made this study possible. The Spirituality in Higher Education project, which produced the data used in this study, was funded by the John Templeton Foundation and led by Co-Principal Investigators, Alexander W. Astin and Helen S. Astin, and Project Director, Jennifer A. Lindholm. The opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher EducationNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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