Re-Imagining Christian Higher Education takes a fresh and critical look at the challenges facing Christian colleges and universities and provides concrete recommendations for university leaders, faculty, and staff to implement in their daily work. Chapters in this book address leadership and diversity challenges, issues of affordability and sustainability, and ways of maintaining the distinguishing features of a Christ-centered liberal arts education. A vivid and compelling picture of the Christian university of the future is painted by these authors as they highlight the importance of embracing our Christian identity while being willing to engage a pluralistic and fragmented world. Firmly rooted in a missional identity of faithful learning that is committed to the intellectual, personal, and spiritual development of our students, Christian colleges and universities are encouraged to reclaim and revitalize the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition in order to move forward.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Christian Higher Education.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Re-Imagining Christian Higher Education: Hope for the Future 1. Steering the Ship through Uncertain Waters: Empirical Analysis and the Future of Evangelical Higher Education 2. Women in Leadership: The Future of Christian Higher Education 3. Pathways to Success for Students of Color in Christian Colleges: The Role of Institutional Integrity and Sense of Community 4. Faith and LGBTQ Inclusion: Navigating the Complexities of the Campus Spiritual Climate in Christian Higher Education 5. The Future of Residence Life and Student Affairs in Christian Higher Education 6. A Distinctive Vision for the Liberal Arts: General Education and the Flourishing of Christian Higher Education 7. Reimagining Christian Higher Education 8. Envisioning the Future of Christian Higher Education: Leadership for Embracing, Engaging, and Executing in a Changing Landscape 9. Toward a Future for Christian Higher Education: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future
Laurie A. Schreiner is Professor and Chair of the Department of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University, USA. She is co-author of The Student Satisfaction Inventory, as well as Helping Sophomores Succeed (2009) and Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success (2012). She is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Christian Higher Education and has developed The Thriving Quotient as a holistic measure of student well-being.
"Re-imagining Christian Higher Education is a timely product that pinpoints undoubtedly ongoing challenges leaders of Christian colleges and universities will face. It points a way forward—many ways forward, in fact. The challenge now is to put into practice the many ideas already being experimented with, and ones that have yet to be tried. The future of Christian higher education in the United States and elsewhere depends on it." - Alexander H. Jones, International Journal of Christianity & Education