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Were Oxford and Cambridge Better than the Colleges?

David Dowland

in Nineteenth-Century Anglican Theological Training

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269298
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683589 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269298.003.0022

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Were Oxford and Cambridge Better than the Colleges?

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Colleges in the nineteenth century were often subject to various criticisms from bishops. The most strident criticism was that college training was narrow in comparison with the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Criticisms as well refer to the perceived deficiencies in the academic standard of the colleges as well as to the seemingly partisanship evolving in the colleges and their self-administered institutional characteristics. This chapter discusses the different clarifications for these accusations and criticisms hurled against these colleges. These clarifications focus on the organization and curriculum of the colleges with respect to the university counterparts. In this chapter, it has been indicated that in some ways non-graduates could prove to be superior to their university counterparts. However, bishops loathed and failed to recognize the successes of these non-graduates not on the premise of great concern on the organization and curriculum of the colleges, but on their own biases, prejudice and conservative preferences for old ideas.

Keywords: colleges; nineteenth century; Oxford; Cambridge; curriculum; organization; non-graduates; bishops; criticisms

Chapter.  15512 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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