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Ex-Cons, Ex-Druggies, Tattoos, and Christian Education: Introducing You to Untraditional, Non-Traditional Education

“This is the money shot,” I said, teaching on a theological point. Nineteen sets of eyes dramatically scanned each other before several shouted out in near unison some version of, “No, no, no; you can’t say that!” Welcome to the world of Pastors’ School, Set Free style. Set Free is a residential church where women […]

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5 Benefits to Providing Study Abroad Programs

While many study abroad programs were undoubtedly canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resuming these opportunities when it is safe to do so should be a high priority in higher education. Participation in these programs has grown steadily over the past 25 years (Institute for International Education, 2020). According to the US Department […]

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Revolutionizing Our Assessment Processes to Match Our Assessment Realities

As assessment professionals we are challenged to be critical, analytical, creative, and realistic about what we either do or do not know, and to mine data to support our epistemic limitations. When assessment is done well, it transforms data into information into knowledge that aids good judgment and decision-making. These judgments are used on smaller scales […]

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Going Online

Adapting to the Times: Suggestions for “Going Online”

COVID-19 has brought about myriad challenges in higher education. Regrettably, some institutions have even capsized. However, others have proven resilient, sailing into the winds of the difficult storms of the year. One significant challenge concerns the business of teaching, with a majority of institutions adapting their approaches to classroom instruction in one way or another. […]

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Christian Academia Books Recommended by Larry McKinney

Who should Christian college leaders ask for book recommendations?   Larry McKinney’s broad range of experience in Christian academia makes him an ideal candidate. He has served as president of Simpson University, Providence University College and Seminary, and the Association of Canadian Bible Colleges. As executive director of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), […]

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Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the Classroom from “Sage on the Stage” to “Guide on the Side”

Many teachers and students in Christian schools still imagine a learning space as a classroom with rows of desks facing the expert in the front. The mandatory distance learning structures as a result of COVID-19 are causing them to experiment with remote learning.[1] But flipping the classroom is about more than institutional survival. Instead of […]

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Strategize.  At a time when quick turn-around is in high demand, where “time is of the essence,” it is easy to make a decision that has not been fully thought out or jump into an agreement that perhaps your school would not get into under different circumstances.

COVID-19 Implications: Distance Ed, Approvals and Other Considerations

The recently declared “National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak,” Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020[1] has paved the way for a new era; one in which terminologies such as “social distancing,” “contactless delivery,” and “safer-at-home” are becoming the new norm. In our current day, where academic communities are faced with making difficult […]

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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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