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.
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. Northwest Baptist Seminary (BC) is one of two ATS-accredited seminaries that has been granted special experimental permission to develop a credible approach to accredited CBE.
In 2015-16, The Association for Biblical Higher Education partnered with the Barna Group to assess perceptions of college-bound Christian students, their parents and others, seeking guidance for ABHE and its member institutions regarding:
> college enrollment influences
>characteristic attraction features
> market positioning, strategy and messaging
The research project officially culminated with the June 2017 publication of What’s Next for Biblical Higher Education?, a 60-page monograph and accompanying suite of video and web resources for member use in communicating to and engaging stakeholders relative to the research findings.
Thus far in my admittedly cursory commentary on immigration, I have made the following assertions:
– law and justice are not always equivalent
– much of our existing legal framework relative to immigration is unjust
– our current immigration morass is due less to lawlessness and more to economic and political hypocrisy and cultural animus
So, around what principles might we unite as we pursue cultural repentance and seek political solutions?
In my last post, I asserted two things:
law and justice are not always equivalent
much of our existing legal framework relative to immigration is unjust
Call it what it is
Whatever else you want to say about the massive reality of illegal immigration (and 11+ million undocumented—25% of all immigrants—is indeed massive), there is no denying that that much of the underlying nature of the problem may accurately be described as injustice.
On the one hand, it is unjust to the 32+ million immigrants who entered the US legally to accord equal status to the 11+ million who entered by circumventing immigration laws.
On the other hand, the fundamental reasons we have 11+ million illegal immigrants do not stem from the lawlessness and nefarious intent of most immigrants. So, what really drives illegal immigration?
Consider these factors: