You have already read of the importance of the Cardus Education Survey for Christian school administrators, staff, and supporters. Elsewhere in this journal you can find summaries of the qualitative studies incorporated in the Phase I research. Here we will walk through a few of the most important findings of the quantitative research done by the University of Notre Dame on the largest-ever representative sample of Christian school graduates.
We certainly lack the space here to report any more than a fraction of the findings, so this article—in fact this entire issue of Christian Educators Journal—is best rendered side-by-side with the report itself, available free online at www.carduseducationsurvey.com. Also online are two study guides to help apply the findings to your own school communities. The summary below is much abbreviated; the report nuances each of the claims below in greater detail, and shows the methodology used to make those claims.
Allow us to urge you to absorb, in equal measure, both the favorable and unfavorable results of this study. It would be easy to proof text from this study, and give a few lines of ammunition to your school’s enrollment or development directors. Yes, by all means, celebrate the good news, and come to work tomorrow with more confidence in what your school is doing well. But do not skip the troubling findings—for it is here, in the benchmarks established today, that this survey might best be able to help your school in the long run.