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From Features to Benefits

From Features to Benefits

Let’s continue our analysis of the ABHE-Barna Group’s What’s Next for Bible Colleges? research report. We began a few weeks ago by considering the reality and implications of our Bible colleges’ Definitional Dilemma     Subsequently, we took up the second of five...

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Simply put, most of the Christian public, even the prospective students and parents most compatible with our mission and educational programs, have either a blurred or boxed conception of who we are. Here’s the problem: faith leaders, Christian parents, and prospective students don’t typically relate to that definition who we are and what we do. They either blur us in with Christian liberal arts colleges or they (more typically) box us in by assuming only those definitely called to serve in formal church ministry occupations should consider us.

What’s All the Buzz About Competency Based Education? – Part II

What’s All the Buzz About Competency Based Education? – Part II

If you are not aware of the contemporary surge of interest in Competency Based Education, you should be. Fresh interest in CBE is being driven by innovators at the institutional level but also by policy makers at the national and international levels. One institution with a historical connection to ABHE is at the forefront of the CBE conversation. Welcome to our second installment of excerpts from our interview with Northwest Baptist Seminary President, Kent Anderson, and Director of Competency Based Theological Education, Ruth McGillivray, about an innovative approach to Competency Based Education.

Forest Before Trees

Forest Before Trees

Moving from Tree View to Forest View – As I have attempted to distill for myself the vast and complex data the Barna Group has amassed on our behalf, I have indulged my characteristic tendency to want to look for mega-patterns and simple category labels. I have no wish to oversimplify a complex, highly nuanced data set and its infinitely variable applicability and implications for your local context. I merely want to offer general observations and perspective that can stimulate you to undertake your own analysis and make the appropriate strategy decisions and resource allocations. This needs to be an intra- and inter-institutional team effort. Whatever you and your local institutional leaders do with the data, you need to be sure you survey the forest before you start hacking at individual trees.