Is LA’s new STEM university necessary? 

It seems that creating the Catholic Polytechnic University (CPU) in Los Angeles is duplicative of the fine STEM programs that already exist at local institutions where a Catholic can, to quote CPU’s mission, “promote the intersection of faith and science as seen through the lens of Catholic teachings.”

Loyola Marymount University is a fine Catholic institution of higher learning offering numerous degrees (some at the graduate level) in engineering, science, math, and technology.

And let us not forget the Catholic Newman Centers at the numerous local state and private universities and colleges that allow a Catholic to obtain polytechnic degrees while promoting a similar faith mission as presented by CPU’s founders. (The Cal Poly Pomona Newman Center was invaluable to me as a Catholic when I pursued my engineering degree in the 1970s.)

I wonder if the creation of this Catholic polytechnic school is not so much based upon a need for such an institution (for there really isn’t), but more on an ultra conservative agenda that the founders can’t find at local institutions, along with a resistance to interacting with others in the real world, both secular and multi-religious.

— Donald Bentley, La Puente

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