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Should a President Teach?
Master's Degrees More Popular, Increasingly Online
God's Greatest Gift to the World!
"Aslan Is On The Move!"
It's Reauthorization of Higher Education Time!
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Should a President Teach?

SHOULD A PRESIDENT TEACH?
FEBRUARY 2, 2019

I have spent more than 38 years of my professional life in Christian higher education, the first 33 years of that time in administration, before moving into my current consultative role in semi-retirement.  I began my career serving as the Dean of Students/Vice President for Student Development at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA.  This was followed by serving as the President of Providence University College and Seminary in Otterburne, MB and the President of Simpson University in Redding, CA.

Master's Degrees More Popular, Increasingly Online

MASTER'S DEGREES MORE POPULAR, INCREASINGLY ONLINE
JANUARY 4, 2019

Master's degree programs have grown more popular, enroll more diverse students and are increasingly offered online, according to a new report from the Urban Institute.  They are also getting more expensive, with net prices having risen faster for master's degrees than for bachelor's degrees.  About 785,000 master's degrees were awarded during the 2016-2017 academic year, a rate of two master's degrees for every five bachelor's degrees.

God's Greatest Gift to the World!

GOD'S GREATEST GIFT TO THE WORLD!
December 2, 2018

When God gave His greatest gift to the world. . .

He conducted no  market research. . . He designed no expensive ad campaign. . . He had no celebrity spokesperson. .  He used no media hype. . . He phrased no catchy slogans. . . And He allowed no gimmicks.

In God's amazing plan of salvation. . . He sent His Son. . . Born unto unknown parents. . . In an obscure village. . . Unnoticed by the world. . . To bring us an unforgettable message!

"Aslan Is On The Move!"

"ASLAN IS ON THE MOVE!"
NOVEMBER 5, 2018

C.S. Lewis'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobeis a very popular children's fantasy book that was published in 1950 as one of seven novels inThe Chronicles of Narnia. It has been made into a movie that many of you have had the opportunity to view at the theater.  Most of the novel is set in Narnia, a land of talking animals and make-believe beings that the White Witch has ruled over for one-hundred years of deep winter.  In the story, the four English children live in a big country house during their World War II evacuation from London.

It's Reauthorization of Higher Education Time!

IT'S REAUTHORIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION TIME!
OCTOBER 1, 2018

American colleges and universities have been governed by the Higher Education Act (HEA) for more than fifty years.  It was first passed in 1965 as part of Lyndon B. Johnson's Vision for a Great Society.  It has since been reauthorized eight times and has grown in both length and complexity, with new elements being added or modified to reflect trends in society and in higher education.

Since it has been ten years since the HEA was last reauthorized in 2008, the U.

Third Anniversary of McKinney Solutions

THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF MCKINNEY SOLUTIONS
SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

I retired from the presidency of Simpson University in the summer of 2013 and moved 3,000 miles from Redding, California to Orlando, Florida with my wife, Debbie.  While I was looking forward to less stress after having served in academic administration for 33 years, I still had a strong commitment to Christ-centered higher education.  I wanted to focus on effectiveness, strategy, and change for Christian colleges and universities.

Moody's: Private College Closures at 11 Per Year

MOODY'S:  PRIVATE COLLEGE CLOSURES AT 11 PER YEAR
AUGUST 3, 2018

Private college closures have risen to a rate of about 11 per year, and the rate at which campuses are shut down is expected to increase in the future, according to a new report published by Moody's Investors Service on July 24.  The report comes  a few years after a notorious prediction the ratings agency made in September 2015--that closure activity would as much as triple and mergers would double by 2017.  Although the headline grabbing tripling of closures has yet to come to fruition, a significant uptick has indeed take place.

A Win for LGBTQ Rights and a Loss for Religious Freedom

A WIN FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS AND A LOSS FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
JUNE 25, 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled by a 7 to 2 count on June 14 that a law society acted reasonably in denying accreditation to the proposed law school at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia because of its policy prohibiting students, faculty, and staff from engaging in sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.  The majority judgment pointed to concerns that TWU's community covenant would deter LGBTQ students or pose a risk of significant harm to those enrolled in the program.

U.S. Enrollment Declines Steepest in Midwest and Northeast

U.S. ENROLLMENT DECLINES STEEPEST IN MIDWEST AND NORTHEAST
MAY 23, 2018

Overall college enrollments continue to slide, according to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a nonprofit that tracks 97 percent of students who attend degree-granting institutions that are eligible to receive federal financial aid.

This spring the Center found a decline of more than 275,000 students or 1.8 percent, compared to the previous spring.  The decrease follows six straight years where fewer students attended college in the United States.

Presidents Growing Older, Serving Less Time in Positions

PRESIDENTS GROWING OLDER, SERVING LESS TIME IN POSITIONS
APRIL 26, 2018

Views differ about the causes and pace of resignations by college and university presidents, but experts generally agree that many campuses will see changes in leadership over the next decade as a large crop of older executives leave their positions and a dwindling number of younger ones show they are prone to move around.  A high percentage of college presidents are baby boomers who will be retiring and will need to be replaced by a new generation of leaders.
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