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The "Biggest Blown Opportunity in Higher Ed History"

January 22, 2015

A recent online Gallup article lists a lack of mentoring as the “biggest blown opportunity in higher ed history.” Citing results from the largest representative study of U.S. college graduates, Gallup determined that where students go to college matters less to their work life and well-being after graduation than how they went to college. Feeling supported and having deep learning experiences during college mean everything when it comes to long-term outcomes after college. A key way that college students receive that support – mentoring – is, unfortunately, often lacking at institutions of higher education and thus, a “blown opportunity."

But Cedarville University is different. We take mentoring our students seriously and are intentional about incorporating it throughout campus. Today's Parent Prep post gives 5 examples of the many ways that Cedarville faculty and staff are actively mentoring students.

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Posted in Spiritual Growth Student Life Why Christ Centered Higher Education? Careers

Sexual Purity in College

January 16, 2015

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Please join us Monday, January 26, at 8 p.m. EST for what promises to be Cedarville University Parent Prep's best-attended parent webinar of the year! You will not want to miss Raising Kids to Be Sexually Pure in College, a 60-minute FREE, live online event led by Cedarville alumna Dannah Gresh of Pure Freedom Ministries!

For parents who want to raise their children to honor the biblical plan for sexuality, the statistics are alarming. Add college into the mix, and you have an even greater cause for concern. If your child then heads to a public university, they’ll be living in a “hook up culture” where roughly 81% of the students will be sexually active. This drops to roughly 65% at Catholic or private colleges. The best news yet is that on a Christian evangelical campus where even secular social scientists say “hook up culture” is replaced by “purity culture,” only 21% admit to full sexual intercourse. (And, this doesn't take into account all the sexual interaction that can take place between an innocent kiss and intercourse.) Those statistics can be alarming and overwhelming to many parents who are preparing to send their student to college.

So, what can Christian parents do to equip their college-bound high school student to live a sexually pure life away from the safeguards of home?

Photo of Dannah GreshDannah Gresh, a Christian sexuality expert who has been featured on Fox News and on and was honored to defend a conservative view of sexuality in a TED Talk, is a Cedarville University alumna, and she will provide parents with five critical tools to ensure that their children are able to live out the values they've been taught at home while they are in college. Combining Scripture with social science to help you and your student develop an intelligent, faith-based approach, Dannah will guide you through important decisions and the conversations you need to have with your son or daughter.

Join us on Monday, January 26, at 8 p.m. EST for this free webinar: Raising Kids to Be Sexually Pure in College. Click here to register!

Posted in Spiritual Growth Student Life Webinar

Growing Spiritually in College

January 15, 2015

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In today’s post, guest writer Aaron Cook, Director of Discipleship Ministries at Cedarville University, shares how his experience as a student at Cedarville changed his life, and how Cedarville is still intentionally changing students’ lives today.

"In the fall of 1995, I first laid eyes on the campus of Cedarville University. Little did I know what a profound impact the next four years would have on the trajectory of my life. As I transitioned from feeling like the “leader of the pack” as a senior in high school to a 'little fish in a big pond,' I was overwhelmed with a host of questions."

Read the rest of Aaron's story here!

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Posted in Spiritual Growth Student Life Why Christ Centered Higher Education?

How Knowing a University's Graduation Rate Can Save You Money

January 12, 2015

We all know students who started their four-year college journey … six years ago. Whether they are struggling to pass classes, basking in the learning experience, or simply switching their major too many times, their college education can quickly acquire an even larger price tag when eight semesters turns into twelve.

One of the best ways a university can save you money is to help your student graduate on time. Consider the additional costs if students take five or more years to finish. Consider the cost if they never complete their educational goals!

Today's post discusses this critical issue and offers advice for checking graduation rates and comparing total costs.

P.S. There is still time to register for tonight's FAFSA webinar. The online presentation begins at 8 p.m. EST. Register now.

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Posted in Academics Admissions Affordability Financial Aid Why Christ Centered Higher Education?

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