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Christian Worldview: Integration of Faith with Learning and Living
Why Go To College?
President Trump's Executive Order Promotes Religious Liberty
Discount Rates Continue to Climb
Lessons of Hope from Our Grandchildren
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Christian Worldview: Integration of Faith with Learning and Living

CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW:  INTEGRATION OF FAITH WITH LEARNING AND LIVING
AUGUST 25, 2017

The mission of Christian higher education, in the ultimate sense, is to assist students in developing a Christian worldview.  All people, whether they know it or not, conduct their lives on the basis of their view of the world.  They have a picture in their minds of how things work;  how things relate to each other; what those things mean; what is most important, and what constitutes duty, loyalty, citizenship, faith, family, meaning, and hundreds of other ideas in the lexicon of human experience.

Why Go To College?

WHY GO TO COLLEGE?
AUGUST 4, 2017

Why go to college?  In partnership with the Association for Biblical Higher Education, the Barna Group asked U. S. adults about their beliefs on the primary purposes of a college education. 

The top ten reasons to go to college were as follows: 

1. Prepare for a specific job career
2. Increase financial opportunities
3.Stay competitive in today's job market
4. Strengthen critical thinking/writing skills
5. Grow in leadership skills
6. Discover who you are

President Trump's Executive Order Promotes Religious Liberty

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER PROMOTES RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
JUNE 19, 2017

I wish to commend the President of the United States, Donald Trump, for the executive order that he signed on May 4 affirming the foundational principle of religious freedom in the United States.  I believe that religious freedom is a God-given right that affirms the human dignity of every person and is essential to a healthy society and a strong democracy.

I was particularly grateful to see the President acknowledge that religious employers should be able to offer health care plans that are consistent with their religious beliefs.

Discount Rates Continue to Climb

DISCOUNT RATES CONTINUE TO CLIMB
MAY 22, 2017

Tuition discounting at private colleges and universities is up again.  Tuition revenue is straining to keep up.  And enrollment is weak.  Those are the takeaways from the 2016 Tuition Discounting Study from the National Association of College and University Business Officers, which was released on May 19.  The study provides a look at how much colleges and universities are awarding students in scholarships and grants--and how much they are effectively undercutting their own tuition and fee sticker prices.

Lessons of Hope from Our Grandchildren

LESSONS OF HOPE FROM OUR GRANDCHILDREN
APRIL 27, 2017

My wife and I were very pleased to have our  two adult children, their spouses, and our five grandchildren visit with us a few weeks ago.  One of the advantages of living in Orlando, Florida is that our family always comes to visit us during spring break.  The ten days they recently spent with us included trips to the beach, Disney's Magic Kingdom, and Universal Studios.  As I watch our grandchildren interact with each other and enjoy the innocence of childhood, it continues to be my hope that they will grow up to be men and women of God.

177 Private Colleges Fail USDE Financial Responsibility Test

177 PRIVATE COLLEGES FAIL USDE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TEST
MARCH 27, 2017

According to aChronicle of Higher Educationanalysis of data recently released, 177 private colleges that grant degrees failed a U.S. Department of Education test for financial responsibility in the 2014-2015 academic year.  That's 18 more than the previous year.  Of the institutions that failed the financial responsibility test, 112 are not-for-profit, and the remaining 65 are for-profit.  In the previous year, 93 of the 159 were not-for profit.

Trump Administration Withdraws Guidelines to Protect Transgender Students

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WITHDRAWS GUIDELINES TO 
PROTECT TRANSGENDER STUDENTS
FEBRUARY 27, 2017

The Trump administration last week withdrew Title IX guidelines issued by the Obama administration last year to protect transgender students in schools and colleges from discrimination and to ensure they had access to the bathrooms and other facilities of their choice.  In a statement that accompanied new guidelines from the administration, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos insisted her department remained committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying, and harassment of the most vulnerable.

European Union Students Rank Canada "Most Desirable" Country For Postsecondary Education

EUROPEAN UNION STUDENTS RANK CANADA "MOST DESIRABLE" 
COUNTRY FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION
FEBRUARY 1, 2017

Canada has passed the United Kingdom as the "most desirable" English-speaking postsecondary destination for students from the European Union, according to a new study charting the impact of Brexit on the UK's university sector.Times Higher Educationreports that a survey of more than 500 students studying at UK universities found that Canada was the most desirable English-speaking nation for European Union students, followed by the  UK, Australia, the United States, and New Zealand.

Growth in Online Education at Private Colleges

GROWTH IN ONLINE EDUCATION AT PRIVATE COLLEGES
JANUARY 23, 2017

Private colleges are growing more accepting of online education, according to a survey of chief academic officers conducted by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Learning House.  Compared to a similar survey that was conducted in 2013, the share of private colleges that offer five or more fully online programs has grown from 15 percent to 25 percent, and while about half (48 percent) of the institutions say that some faculty members are still skeptical of online education, 38 percent say they have overcome the barrier.

U.S. College Enrollments Continue to Slide

U.S. COLLEGE ENROLLMENTS CONTINUE TO SLIDE
DECEMBER 19, 2016

According to data released from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, overall college enrollments declined 1.4 percent for the fall of 2016 in comparison to one year ago.  This was a drop of more than 270,00 students in the overall higher education population.  Nationwide, enrollments began their slide in 2012 and have continued for the last ten consecutive college terms.  The biggest drop this fall was in the for-profit sector, which saw a 14.
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