University of the Incarnate Word

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The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is a private Roman Catholic university in San Antonio, Texas. As of 2004, it was the largest Catholic university and the fifth largest private university in the state of Texas.


UIW was founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, who came to San Antonio in 1869 to assist with treating a cholera outbreak. The order follows the Augustinian rule. The institution began as the Incarnate Word School in 1881 and was originally chartered as a college for women. It became fully coeducational in 1971. The University first became accredited 1925 and its accreditation was reaffirmed in 2005 by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.<ref></ref>


  • University Librarian Mendell D. Morgan gave the university unwanted national attention when he unilaterally cancelled the university library's subscription to The New York Times to "register protest for their irresponsible action (treason?)." Morgan's political censorship struck directly at the institution's reputation for academic freedom. Source: Melissa Ludwig. "UIW Library Boss Cancels the N.Y. Times in Protest." article text June 30, 2006.
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