Why Christ Centered Higher Education? Category Archives

How Important Is a University's Doctrinal Statement?

November 13, 2018

Bible text close upLike your local church, Christian colleges all have a statement of beliefs. As you research and visit different institutions with your student, how important is it to consider each college's doctrinal statement?

First, know that a doctrinal statement provides the general framework within which the university will be offering its education. It is a good idea to review the statements (most are posted online) to assure you are comfortable with the direction. If you have questions about what you read, this is a great opportunity to involve your pastor to provide insights.

Second, ask Christian universities if their faculty sign the doctrinal statement as a condition of employment. Not all do. Knowing that faculty will be teaching in line with the institution's stated beliefs provides a point of accountability to you as a parent. Are you comfortable that the faculty at the university will uphold the beliefs that are most important to your family?

Several years ago, we conducted a study related to parents' use of the Cedarville University website. We made an interesting — and candidly, unexpected —finding. Parents were more likely to search terms related to the University's doctrinal commitments and focus on spiritual growth than any other topics.

In today's post, Dr. Jason Lee, Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, provides insight about the importance of Cedarville's Doctrinal Statement and how it informs Cedarville's approach to Christ-centered higher education.

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Wall Street Journal Recognizes Cedarville for Student Engagement

November 8, 2018

Students working on assignmentsA recent Wall Street Journal ranking confirmed what we already knew — Cedarville University does an outstanding job of helping students engage with their education. The Journal listed Cedarville as No. 3 out of all U.S. colleges and universities for making students feel engaged, or involved, with the education process.

According to the report, colleges that rank high in engagement offer an education that can have more depth and meaning. The level of engagement students feel determines how actively they are grappling with concepts and trying to apply them to the real world. If the curriculum is too challenging, or the community too distant, students may disengage. If classes are too easy or life a little too comfortable, they may float passively through school, absorbing little. It’s a difficult balance, and Cedarville is getting it right!

At Cedarville, our students engage with each other through chapel and ministries, our faculty members bring an eternal perspective to their lectures, and our student life programs are intentionally educating the whole person. Cedarville’s life-transforming educational approach can place a small Christian college in Ohio above all the Ivy League institutions because we are engaging students with a Gospel purpose.

We are grateful both for this opportunity to be a Light for the Gospel and for the affirmation of the quality experience Cedarville provides. This is the kind of education your student can expect on our campus as well. If your son or daughter hasn't yet applied, encouragement them to apply today!


P.S. As a reminder, the FAFSA opened October 1. Be sure to complete this important form to ensure that your student receives the most financial aid possible.

Posted in Academics Spiritual Growth Why Christ Centered Higher Education?

A Bold, Biblical Approach to Geology

November 5, 2018

Rock formationsAt Cedarville, we approach the study of geology differently from most universities – even ones that call themselves "Christian." As with every program we offer, our geology program boldly acknowledges the Bible as the ultimate framework for research and study, without sacrificing academic excellence. We are unashamed to adhere to a literal, six-day account of creation and recognize God as the Creator of all life. We are honored to be included in Answers in Genesis’ select list of Creation Colleges.

Each year, Dr. John Whitmore, Professor of Geology, leads a group of students on a trip to the Grand Canyon, where they examine geological evidence that supports the biblical account of Creation and Noah's Flood. Read today's post to watch a video to get a taste of this incredible trip.

This bold, biblically integrated education is exactly what your student will experience at Cedarville University.

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Student Leadership Conference Coming in January

November 2, 2018

CU LEAD graphicCedarville University offers an exceptional opportunity for high school students who want to develop their servant-leadership skills.

For more than 20 years, Cedarville's high school leadership conference has been equipping excellent Christian students with the knowledge and skills to implement positive change through effective stewardship, influence, and service. Beginning with the biblical definition of leadership, students spend a packed day on our campus growing their leadership skills through practical advice, spiritual challenge, and memorable activities!

Please encourage your student and friends to register for the CU LEAD Conference on January 19. (A pre-conference option is also available on Friday, January 18.) At this dynamic event, students will engage with other high school and college student-leaders, grow their leadership skills, and hear from top faculty speakers. The sessions will be practical, biblical, and fun!

Visit the CU LEAD Conference website for more information. Then, encourage your student to register for this life-changing event!

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