Higher Education Research Institute
Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
Five Spiritual Qualities:
We Asked Ourselves Three Important Questions
What college experiences are most likely to promote students’ spiritual development?
How does growth in spiritual qualities such as Equanimity, Ethic of Caring, and Ecumenical Worldview affect traditional outcomes, such as academic achievement, leadership skills, and satisfaction with college?
What We FoundIf colleges and universities emphasized activities and practices that promote spiritual development – such as self-reflection, interdisciplinary studies, and study abroad – how would traditional outcomes such as academic performance and leadership development be affected?
Students also show substantial increases in Spiritual Quest when their faculty encourage them to explore questions of meaning and purpose or otherwise show support for their spiritual development.