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The Deficit Narrative of College Men: How Would Cardinal John Henry Newman Respond? ASACCU Conference, July 2012, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The  Deficit  Narrative  of  College  Men:     How  Would  Cardinal  Newman  Respond?   Daniel  A.  Zepp   Boston  College  
  • 2. Small  Group  Conversation   Ê  Think  of  a  male  mentor   Ê  How  were  they  unique?   Ê  Qualities/traits?   Ê  Behavior/actions?   Ê  What  made  them  unique  from  other  men?   Ê  How  did  they  stand  out?   Ê  What  drew  you  to  them?   Ê  How  was  their  relationship  transformative?   Ê  How  did  you  change?   Ê  Is  there  a  lasting  impact  on  you  today?  
  • 3. The  Deficit  Narrative:   Mainstream  Media  Depiction  of  Men   Ê  Where  have  all  the  good  men  gone?  (WSJ)   Ê  Meet  the  unemployable  man  (WSJ)   Ê  Are  men  the  new  minority?  (Newsweek)   Ê  Add  this  to  the  list:  Boys  are  failing  in  education  (K.C.  Star)   Ê  The  End  of  Men  (Atlantic)  
  • 4. What  do  you  see?    
  • 5. Men  &  Masculinities  Research   Ê  Men  are  now  more  likely  than  women  to  hold  only  a  high-­‐ school  diploma  (Rosin,  2010)   Ê  For  every  two  men  who  receive  a  college  degree  this  year,   three  women  will  do  the  same  (Rosin,  2010)    
  • 6. Men  &  Masculinities  Research   Ê  Men  are  more  likely  to  miss  class,  not  come  prepared,  and   not  complete  homework  or  turn  it  in  late  (Sax  &  Arms,   2006).   Ê  College  men  study  less  (Kellom,  2004)   Ê  Participate  less  frequently  in  study  abroad  (Kellom,  2004)   Ê  Engage  in  community  service  less,  use  career  services  and   vote  less  often  (Kellom,  2004).    
  • 7. Men  &  Masculinities  Research   Ê  College  men  drink  and  party  more  often  (Sax,  2008).   Ê  Spend  more  time  playing  sports  and  video  games  (Sax,   2008)   Ê  Overestimate  their  academic  achievement  (Sax,  2008)  
  • 8. Men  &  Masculinities  Research   Ê  Men  in  general  are  three  times  more  often  the  victims  of   violent  crimes  other  than  sexual  assault,  and  suffer  greater   rates  of  depression  (Pollack,  1999).   Ê  Higher  suicide  rate  (Courtenay,  McCreary,  &  Merighi,   2002).   Ê  Consume  more  alcohol  and  do  so  in  more  dangerous  ways   (Capraro,  2004).   Ê  More  involved  in  campus  judicial  proceedings  (Ludeman,   2004).  
  • 9. What  do  you  make  of   this  trend?  
  • 10. Dr.  Shaun  Harper   “Beyond  Bad  News  about  Black  Male  Students”    
  • 11. Productive  Conceptions  of  Masculinities   Ê  Dr.  Shaun  Harper  –  Black  male  student  success  in  higher   education   Ê  Dr.  Frank  Harris  III  –  High  achieving  male-­‐student  athletes   Ê  Dr.  Peter  Folan  –  Boys  schools   Ê  The  Good  Men  Project   Ê  MaleStudies.org   Ê  Longwood,  Schipper,  Culbertson  –  Male  Spiritual  Lives  
  • 12. Uniquely  Catholic  Response   Ê  Men  of  faith  at  Catholic  colleges  and  universities   Ê  Qualitative  study   Ê  Why?   Ê  Religious  and  spiritual  dimensions  are  productive   conceptions  of  masculinities   Ê  Men  with  cultivated  interior  life  are  antithetical  to  traditional   hegemonic  notions  of  masculinity  
  • 13. Cardinal  Newman   Ê  Analysis  of  the  Christian   Gentleman   Ê  Shorthand  for  “cultivated   minds”   Ê  Bifurcation  of  Men   Ê  Extended  adolescence   Ê  Men  “are  always  more  or  less   inaccurate,  and  too  many,  or   rather  the  majority,  remain   boys  all  of  their  lives”     Ê  University  as  a  place  to  rectify   intellectual  and  moral   sensibilities  
  • 14. Newman  on  Liberal  Education   Ê  Often  reduced  to  champion  of  liberal  arts  education   Ê  Education  of  the  whole  person   Ê  Fully  alive  human  being   Ê  Enlargement  of  mind  or  “philosophical  habit  of  mind”   Ê  Habitually  reflective,  synthetic,  interdisciplinary  mind   Ê  Lifetime  learner  
  • 15. Newman  on  Personal  Influence   Ê  “It  has  been  upheld  in  the  world  not  as  a  system,  not  by   books,  not  by  argument,  nor  by  temporal  power,  but  by   the  personal  influence  of  such  men  as  have  already  been   described,  who  are  at  once  the  teachers  and  the  patterns   of  it”     Ê  “An  academical  system  without  the  personal  influence  of   teachers  upon  pupil  is  an  arctic  winter;  it  will  create  an  ice-­‐ bound,  petrified,  cast-­‐iron  University  and  nothing  else”    
  • 16. Newman  on  Personal  Influence   Ê  Oxford  tutorial  system   Ê  In  the  face  of  changing  pedagogy   Ê  Professionalization  of  the  academy   Ê  Pursuing  knowledge  as  it  own  end   Ê  Dialogical,  social,  relational   Ê  Friendship,  collegiality  
  • 17. What  is  your  experience  with  men?   Ê  What  works  and  doesn’t  work  with  men  on  your  campus?   Ê  Why  does  it  work  or  not  work?   Ê  What  are  challenges  you  face  in  gender  programs  or   gender  ideas?    
  • 18. Contact  Information   Ê  Daniel  A.  Zepp   Ê  Boston  College   Ê  Assistant  Director,  First  Year  Experience   Ê  Resident  Minister,  Campus  Ministry  &  Residential  Life   Ê  Ph.D.  Student  in  Higher  Education,  Lynch  School  of  Education   Ê  zepp@bc.edu   Ê  617-­‐552-­‐0906