Our initial descriptive analysis is based simply on the measured differences between the freshman- and junior-year surveys on the relevant CSBV questions.
However, the CSBV data indicate that the typical Catholic student at a Catholic college or university is in many ways similar to a Catholic student attending a public or state college or university.
Variables from the CSBV were selected on the basis of their ability to measure attitudes and behavior comparatively with the teachings and statements of the pope and the U.
The following CSBV questions used in both surveys were selected as key outcomes based on the standards outlined above.
Also, other results of the CSBV survey not included in the analysis above indicate more broadly that students self-identifying as Catholic at Catholic colleges and universities remain profoundly connected to their faith in their junior year.