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Initial research suggests strong consideration of a comprehensive Test Optional policy.

Test-Optional Movement: Should We Require SAT or ACT or Neither

The number of higher education institutions rethinking how they screen and accept new students continues to grow (Goral, 2018).   Many higher education institutions no longer require ACT or SAT scores for prospective undergraduates.  These test-optional schools say the tests place an unfair cost and burden on low-income and minority students and ultimately hinder efforts […]

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What should we do for troubled students, students in distress, students who confide in a faculty member?

Responding to Troubled Students

If you are involved in Christian higher education, you know that students identify us as trustworthy sources of wisdom when they are in distress. It may seem as though troubled students use crowd-sourced strategies to seek feedback via social media, but the importance of face-to-face interaction with faculty and support staff cannot be ignored. Our […]

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Understanding our particular non-traditional students is key to helping non-traditional students graduate.

5 Tips to Help Non-Traditional Students Graduate

This article presents five board, administrative, and practical tips that can empower the nontraditional student (NTS) at Bible school to complete their studies.  Helping non-traditional students graduate is crucial because, in the 20th century, one-third of students enrolled in the US were nontraditional students (NTS).  These students hold multiple roles in addition to student, such […]

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How would your colleagues feel about your promotion to dean?

Promotion to Dean: 7 Best Ways to Guarantee Failure

Solid faculty members with longevity at a Christian college often find themselves in new roles. This can be the result of their own choice or sometimes even coercion, such as when failed searches or limited financial resources “force” faculty into these new roles.  While many may agree that faculty status easily supersedes a seat in the […]

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Awareness of opportunities and threats is foundational to strategic plans

Retrenchment and Renewal in Christian Post-Secondary Education

What some have called a “perfect storm” of disruptive circumstances has impacted all of post-secondary education in both Canada and the United States for the last five years. The result has been two interrelated trends that have especially shaped Christian colleges and universities: a more constrained enrollment on the one hand and a creative approach […]

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Clear Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) guide instructors and students.

Writing Student Learning Outcomes: A Guide

Below is a brief but thorough overview of how teachers can guide students into knowledge, skill and demonstration of a subject through the use of a Student Learning Outcomes (SLO).  Here, we will look at how to write an effective SLO that also complies with your accrediting agency.  Definition of Student Learning Outcomes An SLO […]

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