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"THE HIGHER EDUCATION Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA announced today that it is initiating a comprehensive study of spirituality on the nation's college campuses. Called, 'Spirituality in Higher Education: A National Study of College Students' Search for Meaning and Purpose,' the multi-year project will study the trends, patterns, and principles of spirituality and religiousness among college students, and how the college experience influences spiritual development. A major component of the project will be a survey of 90,000 students on 150 campuses representing all types of institutions to be administered during the Fall 2004. A pilot survey was conducted this spring, with results to be released in late summer.

" 'This study will provide a much-needed framework to help colleges expand opportunities for students to explore spirituality,' said HERI's Director, Professor Alexander W. Astin, the Co-Principal Investigator for the project. 'Higher education today has increasingly neglected students' 'inner' development—the sphere of values and beliefs, emotional maturity, spirituality, and self-awareness that are fundamental to their capacity to understand others.'

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