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Spiritually Accountable Colleges Assessment Project

Spiritually Accountable Colleges Assessment Project

Christian colleges founded with offering plate money have shown a disturbing ability to drift away from the purposes for which so many had previously sacrificed. Aren’t administrators that lead a Christian institution away from Kingdom purposes guilty of grand larceny? When schools lose their Christ-centered purposes, we should be indignant. Aren’t you? There are some […]

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Dr. Ron Kroll, Director of the ABHE Commission on Accreditation

ABHE and the Spiritually Accountable Colleges Assessment Project: An Interview with Dr. Ron Kroll

Just as colleges are required to make public their consumer outcomes (e.g., graduation rate, retention rate, employment rate), we believe Christian colleges should also make public their spiritual outcomes. Having proposed this to the ABHE Commission on accreditation, we are thrilled to see that at their annual conference in February, ABHE members will be voting […]

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Would we gain students but lose donors?

Would We Lose Donors If We Become a Liberal Arts College?

Having to bring drug-sniffing dogs onto a Christian campus is a good learning opportunity. This school was not careful enough in vetting their new students for Christian commitment.  Although they only accept Christian students, anyone can write a testimony and get a reference.  The administrators learned this lesson quite quickly. But how did a Christian […]

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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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mission drift

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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Assessing the Spiritual Growth of Students: Why and How

Got Growth? Assessing the Spiritual Growth of Students – Why & How

The Need for Assessing the Spiritual Growth of Students On my journey to a PhD in Higher Education Administration, I became interested in the idea of assessing spiritual growth among Bible college students. Those involved in Biblical education propose that students will experience a positive impact on their spiritual growth at institutions with a Christian atmosphere […]

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