Catholic Identity Survey

COLLEGE OF ST. BENEDICT/ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
CONTROVERSIAL CONVERSATIONS

INTRODUCTION
You are invited to participate in this research by completing this survey on your experiences in this course.

This study is being conducted by “Controversial Conversations,” a three-semester research project sponsored by CSB/SJU and funded by the Teagle Foundation.

BACKGROUND
The purpose of this study is to identify the topics that generate the most controversy on campus, to understand the types of controversial conversations that currently occur on our campuses, and to identify and measure individual and institutional practices that will make those conversations more successful. This research is a continuation of the research and initial surveying conducted in spring 2006; we expect to begin sharing our findings both on and off campus in spring 2007.

PROCEDURES
If you agree to be in this study, we would ask you to complete the attached survey. It should take 5 or 10 minutes of your time.

RISKS/BENEFITS
There are no known risks to this study. This survey and those to follow may help you reflect on your own ideas and values regarding controversial conversations.

CONFIDENTIALITY
The records of this study will be kept private. In any sort of report we might publish, we will not include any information that will make it possible to identify a participant. Research records will be kept in a locked file; only the researchers will have access to the records.

VOLUNTARY NATURE OF THE STUDY
By completing this survey, you are giving your voluntary consent to participate in our research.

Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with the College of Saint Benedict or Saint John’s University or have any effect on your grade in any course. If you decide to withdraw at any point, you will suffer no punitive consequences.

FUNDING SOURCES
This study is supported by a grant from the Teagle Foundation.

CONTACTS AND QUESTIONS
The researchers conducting this study are Professor Dan McKanan (363-3181), Madeline Neenan, Dani Delwiche, and Rachel Enge.

If you have questions, please contact Dan McKanan (363-3181) or Institutional Review Board Chair Carie Braun (363-5223).



Definition:
A controversial conversation is one that generates sharp disagreements or strong emotions. It may be that participants are committed to divergent positions on an issue. It may also be that participants, whatever their positions, feel that important aspects of their identities are at stake in the discussion.

Please indicate your degree of agreement with each of the following statements.
  disagree strongly disagree neutral agree agree strongly
I can explain what the Catholic Church teaches about economic issues.
I can explain why the Catholic Church teaches what it teaches about economic issues.
I can explain why some people might disagree with Catholic teaching on economic issues.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to Catholic teaching on economic issues.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to thoughtful criticisms of Catholic teaching on economic issues.
In forming my own views on economic issues, I try to take Catholic teaching into account.
I can explain what the Catholic Church teaches about issues of war and peace.
I can explain why the Catholic Church teaches what it teaches about war and peace.
I can explain why some people might disagree with Catholic teaching on war and peace.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to Catholic teaching on war and peace.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to thoughtful criticisms of Catholic teaching on war and peace.
In forming my own views on war and peace, I try to take Catholic teaching into account.
I can explain what the Catholic Church teaches about abortion.
I can explain why the Catholic Church teaches what it teaches about abortion.
I can explain why some people might disagree with Catholic teaching on abortion
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to Catholic teaching on abortion.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to thoughtful criticisms of Catholic teaching on abortion.
In forming my own views on abortion, I try to take Catholic teaching into account.
I can explain what the Catholic Church teaches about the environment.
I can explain why the Catholic Church teaches what it teaches about the environment.
I can explain why some people might disagree with Catholic teaching on the environment.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to Catholic teaching on the environment.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to thoughtful criticisms of Catholic teaching on the environment.
In forming my own views on environmental issues, I try to take Catholic teaching into account.
I can explain what the Catholic Church teaches about sexual orientation.
I can explain why the Catholic Church teaches what it teaches about sexual orientation.
I can explain why some people might disagree with Catholic teaching on sexual orientation.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to Catholic teaching on sexual orientation.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to thoughtful criticisms of Catholic teaching on sexual orientation.
In forming my own views on sexual orientation, I try to take Catholic teaching into account.
I can explain what the Catholic Church teaches about end of life issues.
I can explain why the Catholic Church teaches what it teaches about end of life issues.
I can explain why some people might disagree with Catholic teaching on end of life issues.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to Catholic teaching on end of life issues.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to thoughtful criticisms of Catholic teaching on end of life issues.
In forming my own views on end of life issues, I try to take Catholic teaching into account.
I can explain what the Catholic Church teaches about men’s and women’s roles.
I can explain why the Catholic Church teaches what it teaches about men’s and women’s roles.
I can explain why some people might disagree with Catholic teaching on men’s and women’s roles.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to Catholic teaching on men’s and women’s roles.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to thoughtful criticisms of Catholic teaching on men’s and women’s roles.
In forming my own views on men’s and women’s roles, I try to take Catholic teaching into account.
I can explain what the Catholic Church teaches about other Christian traditions.
I can explain why the Catholic Church teaches what it teaches about other Christian traditions.
I can explain why some people might disagree with Catholic teaching on other Christian traditions.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to Catholic teaching on other Christian traditions.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to thoughtful criticisms of Catholic teaching on other Christian traditions.
In forming my own views on other Christian traditions, I try to take Catholic teaching into account.
I can explain what the Catholic Church teaches about non-Christian traditions.
I can explain why the Catholic Church teaches what it teaches about non-Christian traditions.
I can explain why some people might disagree with Catholic teaching on non-Christian traditions.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to Catholic teaching on non-Christian traditions.
In my education at CSB/SJU, I have been introduced to thoughtful criticisms of Catholic teaching on non-Christian traditions.
In forming my own views on non-Christian traditions, I try to take Catholic teaching into account.
A Catholic college should offer courses in Catholic theology.
A Catholic college should require courses in Catholic theology.
A Catholic college should offer courses on other Christian traditions.
A Catholic college should require courses on other Christian traditions.
A Catholic college should offer courses on non-Christian religions.
A Catholic college should require courses on non-Christian religions.
A Catholic college should ensure that some courses outside of theology present Catholic perspectives on important issues.
A Catholic college should ensure that most courses outside of theology present Catholic perspectives on important issues.
A Catholic college should provide worship opportunities for Catholic students.
A Catholic college should provide worship opportunities for other Christian students.
Catholic college should provide worship opportunities for non-Christian students.
A Catholic college should provide a range of Catholic worship opportunities reflecting the diversity within the Catholic Church.
A Catholic college should ensure that its institutional policies reflect official Catholic teaching.
A Catholic college should ensure that its institutional policies reflect principles of social justice.
A Catholic college should ensure that its students are aware of official Catholic teachings related to personal morality.
A Catholic college should ensure that its students are aware of official Catholic teachings related to the dignity of life.
A Catholic college should ensure that its students are aware of official Catholic teachings related to social justice.
A Catholic college should ensure that its students grapple with perspectives opposed to official Catholic teaching.
A Catholic college should ensure that its students are aware of the diversity of Catholic opinion on important subjects.
A Catholic college should ensure that a majority of the faculty are practicing Catholics.
A Catholic college should require all faculty to support the Catholic identity of the institution.
I am:
Were you raised Catholic?
Do you currently identify as Catholic?
Which best describes your views on most issues?
Religion
  unimportant slightly important moderately important important very important
How important is religion to you personally?
How important is religion to the family with which you grew up?
Year at CSB/SJU
Did a professor ask you to fill out this survey?