The Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) seeks to better understand student encounters with religious and spiritual diversity across the spectrum of American higher education. As colleges and universities increasingly seek to engage religiously diverse students, actionable data and empirically-driven decision making is more important than ever before.

Participation in IDEALS helps ensure that institutions have the knowledge base necessary to set a meaningful agenda toward this important aspect of diversity. Findings will be used by institutions and practitioners alike, helping campuses to understand what key indicators to track, identify the interfaith initiatives that are the most effective, and pinpoint high impact practices for further exploration.

IDEALS is the longitudinal element of a larger effort to examine the relationships between college students’ interfaith behaviors and pluralism attitudes: “Cooperation in a Pluralistic World: A National Study of Students’ Engagement with Worldview Diversity.” Also located under this research umbrella is VIEWS (the Values, Interfaith Engagement, and Worldview Survey). Together, IDEALS and VIEWS assess the climate for religious and worldview diversity on college campuses.

Check out the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) website for more IDEALS information.

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