For the most part, religion and academia maintain compatible views. A few instances of contradiction, though, may induce cognitive dissonance in students working to integrate the two. Such dissonance can result in a cognitive stalemate; the students cannot move forward in their faith or their discipline because they are unable to reconcile one with the other. In an effort to prevent the dissonance from affecting students’ academic performances, universities can offer the guidance of spiritual professors who have already reconciled their faith and discipline.
Balboa, Elizabeth, "Identifying Cognitive Dissonance in Religious or Spiritual College Students: A Proposal to Act" (2014). Honors Projects. 326.