AbstractIn the late 1960s, New Jersey had eleven seemingly-thriving Catholic junior colleges; by the mid-1970s, all but one of these colleges had closed. This article analyzes why these institutions appeared and disappeared so quickly, and explores what contribution they made to Catholic higher education. While private junior colleges declined throughout the U.S. during this period, in some respects the situation of New Jersey was unique. Research suggests that the greatest contribution these short-lived institutions made was to the education of women religious.
SubjectsJunior colleges, Two-year colleges, Higher education, Women religious, New Jersey
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