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We may not know the future leaders of our school, but we can do much to prevent future mission drift.  
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Shoot the Pirates: And Three Other Strategies for Safeguarding Your School’s Mission (Part 2)

What do Christian colleges have in common with corporate America? Mission drift. So pervasive is this problem that it got the attention of the witty writers at The Onion, a satirical “news” publication. In a 2012 article, a fictitious CEO explains that his “company was built on tradition—a set of values systematically phased out the […]

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Conference Profile: Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)

The mission of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is: “To advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.” The CCCU is an association, not an accrediting agency.  All member schools must be regionally accredited. Thus, members tend to […]

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Shoot the Pirates: And Three Other Strategies for Safeguarding Your School’s Mission (Part 1)

Safeguarding against Mission Drift In the Middle Ages, kind-hearted Franciscan monks developed a charity model to make sure the poor could buy food and wisely manage their money. This model, called Montes Pietatius, was also intended to help protect the poor from people who would take advantage of them (e.g., loan sharks). The Montes Pietatius […]

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Educational Vouchers: A Strategic Opportunity for Christian Colleges

“As your President, I will be the nation’s biggest cheerleader for school choice.”  – Donald Trump Were these just words? Not anymore. Our 45th president nominated Betsy DeVos to head the U.S. Department of Education. The daughter-in-Law of billionaire Richard DeVos Sr., who co-founded Amway, she and her husband Richard DeVos Jr. have stewarded the […]

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Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC Conference Profile)

The ABACC conference provides professional development, networking, and support for Christian higher education business and finance officers. Being a specialized conference, you would not want to send a wide variety of staff members here. But, it is almost essential to send business officers because of the unique opportunity for them to receive high quality professional […]

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What Might an Accreditation Self-Study Consultation Look Like?

Are you battling an accreditation self-study? Do you wonder whether it’s time to engage a good consultant? Achieving accreditation is not simply a matter of submitting correctly-written answers and perfectly-formatted documents. It is a matter of changing the way your organization operates so that it is, and will continue to be, worthy of accreditation. Thus, accreditation is […]

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New Column: Conference Profiles

Conferences are important for learning new skills, networking with colleagues, and being exposed to opportunities offered by exhibitors.  Because conferences are so valuable for those serving Christian colleges, we are launching a new column. In fact, promoting good conferences contributes to the achievement of our mission: Raising up Christian colleges in quality, quantity, reputation and […]

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