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It’s imperative for those leading Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries to be aware of the changing landscape and proactively seek out and implement strategies to meet these challenges head-on.

Higher Education: 9 Trends to Follow in 2020

From deregulations to mergers to relaxed ethical standards, higher education issues and challenges continue to make headlines, especially in the current election cycle. Nonprofit Christian higher education institutions face unique challenges of their own. Here are nine trends to monitor that will impact Christian higher education in 2020: Deregulation In October 2019, the United States […]

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“The idea that the government needs to police the church also assumes the goodness of government. With the IRS as the government agency overseeing church and pastor speech, that assumption is—frankly—laughable. We need only look at the many scandals the IRS has been involved in the past few years to see that it can’t be trusted.”  (Christiana Holcomb)

From Danbury to D.C. – The Role of Government in Today’s Christian Colleges

The concerns about religious liberties among Christian college administrators is as real today as it was for those of the Danbury Baptist Association in 1801. In fact, over 80% of Christian college administrators surveyed by the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC) in both 2016 and again in 2019, had concerns not just […]

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Due to the short nature of certificate programs, the National Center for Education Statistics (1997) demonstrated that individuals pursuing a certificate are more likely than those pursuing an associate degree to achieve a higher education credential.

Why Add Bible Certificates to Accredited Degree Offerings

I have worked in Christian higher education for 11 years and often encounter people cringing at the mention of certificate programs in Bible. At best, certificates are viewed as remedial and something only offered by smaller Bible colleges that do not have the resources for university-level training. At worst, they are associated with unaccredited Bible […]

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Many donors have responded to recent changes in federal tax policy by “bundling” their charitable giving.

What to do About “Bundling”

As former Apple CEO John Sculley reminded us, the future belongs to those who are first to see possibilities. The latest possibility for fundraisers, including at Christian colleges and universities, involves how best to respond to the latest trend in donor behavior, bundling.  Many donors have responded to recent changes in federal tax policy by […]

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The Character Growth Index is a quantitative, easily administered assessment of social-emotional character development.

Can Colleges Assess Students’ Character Development?

Why measure student character development? Today college admissions fiercely compete for students. For many, necessity dictates that solvency transcends mission as students cannot learn if the school closes. With many higher education institutions choosing to be test-optional, assessment as a component of admissions is on life support. Why then discuss a measure of social-emotional character […]

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We attempt to measure our success academically, but are all the pieces in place to measure our impact concerning spiritual formation?

Hallmarks of a Christian Campus: A Checklist of Components for Mission Integration

Standards for accreditation are meant to ensure a robust academic environment, but what are some of the components to ensure a robust Christian environment? While no list is going to be comprehensive, the following are ten things to consider, not ranked in any particular order. Academic coursework that addresses not just ethical issues but morality. […]

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