More than 6,700 Greater Clevelanders took time to share their opinions on the state of Catholic education in the Diocese of Cleveland through an innovative online survey process named the Thought Exchange. This community-wide, online listening tool was open to anyone and provided a channel through which to share opinions on broad ranging topics specific to Catholic education. Christopher Knight, secretary for catechetical formation and education and superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, led the effort.
“This first-ever, community-wide survey of attitudes toward Catholic education, kindergarten through 12th grade, produced valuable insight that will provide for us a road map for improvement,” said Knight. “We will continue to study the feedback and explore new opportunities for educational excellence and create greater access to Catholic schools across the diocese.”
Feedback themes offered by survey responders included thoughts expressing:
- A great appreciation for the quality of Catholic education that focuses on developing the whole person not just their academic attributes
- A strong appreciation for the dedicated teachers and staffs at Catholic schools
- The presence of a faith-filled environment offered to students at Catholic schools
- The sense of community that Catholic schools provide
- A recognition of the financial sacrifices made by parents who send their children to Catholic schools
Contributing to the Thought Exchange survey were 6,707 community stakeholders. The feedback gathered already led to actions to make significant improvements such as creating increased efforts to build awareness of scholarship and tuition assistance programs, including the availability of state scholarship programs.
The survey results are available for review at dioceseofcleveland.thoughtexchange.com/card-welcome/welcome-2/.