The Heart of Christian Higher Education

I am often asked, what distinguishes education at a Christian university from education at secular schools? Certainly, our faculty must be Christians and we have a set of community standards that reflect our faith commitment; our students are required to take Bible courses and attend chapel. But is there really anything different about the education...
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Awaken Your Childhood Dreams

Do you remember your childhood dream to grow up and become a firefighter, a ballerina, a professional baseball player, or perhaps a nurse? My dream was to become a singer or a wedding planner. Quite often, those childhood dreams were fun, but they don’t always come into view when making the logical decision about what...
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Becoming a School Principal

You’ve been teaching for many years (or maybe just a few years!), and you are starting to get an itch. This itch isn’t to leave the field of education, but rather, you are starting to feel ready for the next level in school leadership. Teachers are leaders, but the next level of leadership is a challenge...
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Never Stop Learning

As a professor of English, I’m often asked what I’m reading outside of my teaching and research duties: i.e. what I read for pleasure. In my case, like others in the professorate that I know, we can have trouble answering this question to the satisfaction of our questioners because they might not believe us if...
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What is Institutional Research Anyway?

When I meet someone new, their first question is usually, “What do you do?” And when I tell them I work in Institutional Research at a university, their second question is, “Yeah, but what do you do?” Sometimes I say, “I make numbers into pictures.” But it might be more accurate to say, “I find answers.”...
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Don’t Follow Your Passion

Do I have your attention? This advice is just the opposite of accepted wisdom. It’s curmudgeon stuff, but read on and you’ll understand. Talent is a Curse My lifelong observation confirms that natural-born talent increases your life’s struggles as often as not. Natural talent can be a curse that deludes you into believing your innate...
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Search Tips for Students & Educators

Google processes an average of 40,000 search queries every second. This equates to 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Do we utilize Google and other search engines correctly? Have you thought about ways to improve your Internet searches? In general, web literacy refers to the knowledge and use of specific skills needed to locate, evaluate,...
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Top 10 Apps for College Students

Most people use their phones and tablets for everyday tasks like scheduling and communicating.  Have you thought about using your device to enhance study skills or to improve classroom productivity? Read about mobile applications that support college students in daily academic tasks. These apps will make you extremely “appy!” Wolfram Alpha ($2.99) Wolfram Alpha includes...
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