Faith Integration and Formation

Energizing and Equipping Faculty in the Areas of Faith Integration, Diversity, and Online Teaching

Thomas R. Wilson, Director of Online Learning, Azusa Pacific University
Michael Truong, Executive Director, Innovating Teaching & Technology, CTLA, Azusa Pacific University

Looking for ways to equip, motivate, and support your faculty? Come explore three distinct initiatives of Azusa Pacific University that have one common theme: quality student learning. First, gain practical tips for designing and launching an online course that helps faculty integrate their Christian faith into their classroom instruction. Second, research indicates that traditional diversity training doesn’t work. See how you can reimagine online diversity training for faculty in a way that resonates with skeptics, zealots, and all those in between. Finally, discover ways to go beyond technical training to include the pedagogical and spiritual essentials of online Christian education.

Evidenced-Based Approaches to Online Formation Through An Enhanced Community of Inquiry Framework

Scott E. Hamm, Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Online Education, Hardin-Simmons University

A longitudinal study of the impact of online pedagogy and social media integration was examined in a fully online course. Looking to add more to the end of course evaluation as the sole gauge of effectiveness, a pre and post administration of the Faith Maturity Scale and student focus groups were added to data collection. The data provides the background to recommendations for implementation of spiritually formative interventions in pedagogy and social media integration in an online course using an enhanced Community of Inquiry as the framework.

Explorations of College Campus Traditions

Skip Trudeau, Vice President for Student Development, Taylor University
Michael Hammond, Dean of Humanities and Biblical Studies, Taylor University
Drew Moser, Dean of Experiential Learning, Taylor University

This session will provide insights into the role campus traditions play at colleges and universities. From iconic events to a long history of academic excellence, the idea of tradition encompasses much of what takes place at a college or university. They significantly shape the student experience, the campus culture, heritage, and the legacy of an institution. This qualitative research was conducted at Taylor University to explore the role of traditions and their impact on students, faculty, staff, and the institution as a whole. This presentation will also include suggestions for fostering positive campus traditions.

Faith, Identity, and Sense of Belonging: Caring for the Souls of Diverse Millennial Students

Pete Menjares, Sr. Director, Institute for Faculty Development, Vanguard University
Elizabeth S. Powell, Undergraduate Chair of Psychology, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Faculty Development, Vanguard University
Lisa Ishihara, Director, Chapel Programs, Biola University

The integration of faith with learning through curricular and co-curricular programs and services is a hallmark of the CCCU. But what happens when the spiritual life programs we offer have little meaning or connection to the lives of our diverse millennial students? This presentation will address how to care for the souls of diverse millennials at two southern California universities with students from denominational, non-denominational, and Roman Catholic backgrounds. This presentation will give examples of new programs, classroom applications, and institution-wide initiatives to nurture the souls, strengthen the identity, and ensure a greater sense of belonging for all students.

Intercultural Development as Spiritual Formation: Lessons from ASC and MESP 

Kimberly Spragg, Director, Australia Studies Centre, CCCU
Doug Magnuson, Director, Middle East Studies Program, CCCU

Study abroad is a common experience for university students, with administrators and faculty emphasizing immersive, challenging, cross-cultural experiences. But are students learning what we think they are? Intercultural growth does not just happen organically – even on the best programs. Instead, a systematic focus on intercultural growth using a developmental framework is essential for students to effectively negotiate difference. The Middle East Studies Program and Australia Studies Centre both use the Intercultural Development Inventory as a key pedagogical tool with their student cohorts, yet they do so in two unique contexts.

The Intersection of Intellectual Giftedness and Faith Development

Amy M. Boone, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Abilene Christian University

A person who is intellectually gifted often experiences more doubts and questions about matters of faith than a person of average intelligence. The asynchrony gifted children frequently experience cognitively, emotionally, and physically also affects spiritual development. Current religious education models often exacerbate this issue. This presentation, based on a research study of college students who are intellectually gifted and enrolled in university honors programs, seeks to flesh out giftedness, cognitive development, moral development, faith development and how these various developmental pieces of an individual interact with each other.

Making Spaces Into Places: Faith Integration Through the Physical Environment

Michelle Samuels-Jones, Vice President for Student Success, Credo
Steve Morley, Director of Campus Planning, Credo

Research has long demonstrated the transformative impact of the physical environment on students’ learning, engagement, and retention. Using case studies, research, and learning drawn from campus master planning work at over 80 independent institutions, this session examines the role of space in enhancing spiritual integration throughout the student experience.

Preparing Faculty for Christian Formation & Faith Integration

Paul Kaak, Executive Director, Office of Faith Integration, CTLA, Azusa Pacific
Rod Reed, Dean of Christian Formation, John Brown University
Carla Swearingen, Dean of Faculty Development, John Brown University

CCCU schools not only prepare students in mind, but also in heart. Consequently, ongoing engagement and improvement in comprehensive Christian formation is central for educator-scholars at most CCCU schools. Contracts and promotion processes often require evidence that faculty members understand and practice discipline-focused faith integration even as they support a student's developing identity in Christ. However, many universities allocate few resources for equipping faculty in these vital roles. In this session, participants will explore two approaches to faculty development for academic faith integration and spiritual influence, including opportunities for low-cost programming that incorporates expertise from across the university.

The Sciences and Christian Formation: Helping Today’s Students Find Deeper Faith in a Science-Dominated World*

Deborah Haarsma, President, BioLogos
Brian Greuel, Professor of Biology and Chair of Natural Science Division, John Brown University
Raymond Lewis, Associate Professor of Biology, Wheaton College

Studies of young people today show that many who leave the church have significant concerns about the relevance of Christianity in a scientific world and the church’s response to science issues. What difference should biblical faith make in the science classroom? How can we disciple students to deeper faith in a science-dominated culture? How do we bring healthy conversations to campus on controversial topics such as evolution? Join us for a panel discussion with three veteran science faculty about helpful resources (from BioLogos and others) and effective approaches used at Calvin College, John Brown University, and Wheaton College.

*Off the record

The Theology of Justice: Navigating Reconciliation in Global Society

Ken J. Wytsma, President, Kilns College
Ben Leavitt, Masters/Ph.D. Candidate, Baylor University

A theology of justice means that our understanding of God should drive and compel our love of others.” Christian higher education professionals are increasingly challenged to address the historical, theological, and philosophical conceptualizations of justice on their campuses, in their ministry communities, and within contemporary culture. By examining the implications of these patterns, leaders can position themselves, as well as their faculty and staff, to participate accurately and thoughtfully in justice-focused conversation and debate. This session explores modern justice issues, addresses common fallacies, and discusses essential strategies for fostering meaningful and practical engagement within respective global, diverse academic communities.

The Wesleyan Holiness Campus Project: Student Faith Congruence and Perceived Relevance

Katy Tangenberg, School of Psychology, Family & Community, Seattle Pacific University

Based on 1,441 student survey responses from 16 campuses representing the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium, this presentation will discuss student congruence with Wesleyan-Holiness thought and related implications for CCCU institutions. Using a survey developed through consultation with seminary leaders, students indicated mostly strong agreement with and perceived relevance of statements reflecting multiple areas of Wesleyan Holiness thought. Ideological differences were most apparent on statements referring to sexuality and faith dimensions of social justice. Presentation will discuss survey results, emerging themes, political and cultural salience, and possible curricular and co-curricular opportunities to reinforce and sustain institutional faith identity.

Vocation to Virtue: Christian Growth at a Work College

Andrew T. Bolger, Director of Institutional Quality Initiative
Eric Bolger, Vice President of Academic Affairs, College of the Ozarks

In the last two years, College of the Ozarks (a work college) has furthered their Christian formation programming by developing a common language for understanding and observing character formation in the work, academic, and spiritual life programs on campus. The centerpiece of this initiative is an e-portfolio software that each student uses, which allows character growth observations to be inputted by faculty, other students, work supervisors, and administrators. Over the course of a four-year experience at the college, a student will gain a 360-degree perspective of their Christian growth with specific anecdotes, assessments, assignments, and artifacts that document their development.

Innovating for the Future

Building a Sustainable Model for Developing Digital Fluency in Higher Education Faculty (on a Shoestring Budget)
Debra Espinor, Associate Professor/Digital Fluency Co-Director, George Fox University
Linda Samek, Provost, George Fox University
Anna Berardi, Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, George Fox University
Gloria Doherty, Director of Hybrid Learning, George Fox University
Robin Ashford, Senior Librarian, George Fox University
Building on experience with a campus digital fluency initiative, a sustainable professional development model has been developed that is transferable to mentoring the next generation of leaders in many areas in higher education.  Data from four years of faculty development in digital fluency will be shared along with how to get buy-in from administration and motivation for faculty to change current teaching styles to incorporate more technology into existing pedagogy.
Christian Higher Education in the Digital Era
Rick Beyer, Chief Executive Officer, Lumerit Education
One-third of all college students have registered for a course using digital delivery format. Over the next five to seven years, this trend will move toward 50%. Success in the the digital era allows an institution multiple options to invest into their mission. Hundreds of colleges, including CCCU institutions, are now participating in the digital era, growing revenues while protecting and/or strengthening their mission. This presentation will address how institutions with or without digital delivery methods can migrate through the digital era in a prosperous manner, growing their revenues and improving their competitive position while strengthening their institutional mission.
CyberSecurity Best Practices and How to Protect Your Campus

Matthew P. Henry, Chief Information Officer, LeTourneau University
Donald Haingray, Director of IT, Houghton College
Bill Strausbaugh, Vice President for Information Technology/Associate Provost 

From Ransomware to Bitcoins to Wifi WPA2, what does it mean for our campuses? Come share with a panel of IT Directors and look at how CCCU campuses have dealt with attacks, are currently dealing with ongoing attacks and recommendations to protect our campuses.

Design Thinking: Purposeful Innovations for the Future of Christian Higher Education

Eileen Hulme, Department of Higher Education Faculty, Azusa Pacific University
Greg Bish, Director of Service Learning, Gordon College

Higher education professionals are being challenged to reimagine and redesign their programs and services. During this session, participants will explore the tools needed to move beyond traditional surface level changes through the Design Thinking process. This interactive presentation will provide hands-on activities to teach the fundamentals of the process including empathizing, defining, ideating, and prototyping. Participants will leave prepared to lead their departments in meaningful change processes.

“Discovering Your Calling” – A Career Advising Model

Aaron Swarts, Assistant Director, Houston Baptist University

At a faith-based university, the career services department incorporates “calling” into the appointment/advising model with students. Calling and purpose can be seen as similar, but at Houston Baptist University, “calling” is a God-inspired career advising model utilized by the office of career and calling. We have developed this advising model so that students realize the variety of services offered, and for on-boarding training for student workers, practicum students, and new staff. Moreover, by initiating a conversation with “calling” or purpose, we initiate a God-inspired conversation centered around career development and/or community involvement.

Exceptional Student Experience in Recruitment: Leveraging Technology to Increase Student Yield Rates

Brian Kerr, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Trinity Western University
Jon Hazelgren, Director of Sales & Marketing, EnrollmentRx

For schools looking to modernize recruitment, the use of technology in the admission process can greatly influence your ability to connect with students, thus impacting your campus yield rates. Today’s students expect to connect with their college/university using technology they use every day. We will share first-hand experiences of how Trinity Western University is using technology to boost enrollments and better engage students to increase student yield.

Faith-Informed Approaches to Vocation: Four Institutional Strategies

Benjamin Norquist, Assistant Director, Opus: The Art of Work, Wheaton College
Kim Pool, Director of VOCA, Houghton College
Troy Dean, Campus Pastor and Assistant Professor, Northwestern Christian University
Maria Zack, Chair, Department of Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences and Chair, Department of Physics and Engineering, Professor of Mathematics, Point Loma Nazarene University
Christopher Armstrong, Director, Opus: The Art of Work, Wheaton College

CCCU colleges have a unique opportunity to help their students see vocation as not just career, but calling – providing that “meaning dimension” that millennials crave in their work. This session will explore a variety of fruitful programmatic paths to this desired student outcome from a diverse sample of four CCCU institutions (Houghton College, Northwest Christian University, Point Loma Nazarene University, and Wheaton College). Discussions will include strategic planning and branding, metrics, measurement instruments, curricular models, faculty and staff development, co-curricular strategies, and freshman-to-senior sequencing of programs. This session will offer value to a broad range of higher education professionals.

How I Made Half a Million Dollars by Supporting Students

Rhoda S. Wolle, Dean of Student Success, Wisconsin Lutheran College
Stacey Martin, Dean for Student Engagement, Hardin Simmons University
Cynthia Tweedell, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Ohio Christian University
Joseph Wuest, Jr., Director of Student Life, Ohio Christian University

Approximately 75% of students who leave college early do so in their first two years. This interactive workshop will discuss why the first years of college are a crucial time for risk of departure and more importantly, as faculty at Christian institutions, what can we do to encourage persistence to graduation. Two campuses will share case studies to increase understanding of what it takes to keep students on our campuses. Data and strategies are presented from the traditional residential campus as well as the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Institutional Partnerships - What Works, What Doesn’t

Jim Martin, Professor of English and former Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, Mount Ida College
James Samels, Founder/CEO, The Education Alliance and the Samels Group

Martin and Samels are co-authors of the recent book, Consolidating Colleges and Merging Universities:  New Strategies for Higher Education Leaders, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017.  Drawing on their research, interviews, and case studies, they will provide session participants with both an overview of and specific action steps to accomplish non-merger strategic partnerships, co-ventures, and collaborations.   They will present and explain best practices involving academic, administrative, advancement, student, and facilities partnerships and resource-sharing arrangements.  Additionally, Martin and Samels will offer benchmarking metrics to measure successful partnerships.   Attendees will be encouraged to share successes, challenges, and questions at multiple points in the session.


Joint Session: Technological Options for Transformative Campus Change

Part 1: Renovated Learning: Digital tools and strategies to create transformative learning 

Dean Goon, Assistant Vice President of Innovative Education, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Renovated Learning will assist novice and experienced instructors to create engaging and interactive blended, online, or face-to-face learning environments. This hands-on workshop will equip participants with a toolbox of resources to design authentic and transformative learning experiences for students on any level. 

Part 2: How an Infrastructure Upgrade Led to a More Connected Faculty and Staff

Valerie Sessions, Professor and Chair, Charleston Southern University
Shannon M. Phillips, Chief Information Officer, Charleston Southern University

This case study presents a repaired working relationship between the academic computer science department and the IT administrative services staff. This has led to an upgraded computing environment with little additional cost. We give lessons learned and ways that administrators can lead similar efforts to connect faculty and staff in their daily work. 

Leveraging Business Programs at Christian Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities

Andrew Babyak, Chair, Department of Business, Assistant Professor of Management, Messiah College

This highly interactive session will focus on how Christian liberal arts colleges and universities can leverage their business programs for the overall good of the institution. While students used to attend college for the noble purpose of an education, many are now attending college to prepare for a successful career. Two initiatives that are taking place at Messiah College that support both business students and students from other majors across campus will be presented in detail: Entrepreneurship- Impact Venture Challenge and a 34-hour, ACBSP accredited, business administration major that can easily pair with other majors from across campus.

Positioning Career Services in the Admissions Process

Carol Brown, Associate Dean of Life Calling and Career Development, Indiana Wesleyan University
Michael P. Egenreider, Vice President of Enrollment Management & Marketing, Indiana Wesleyan University

Learn how parents and students today value career services. Career has become a major player in attracting students to college campuses. This session will focus on the need for integration of career services into the admissions marketing process. It will also identify marketing techniques, faculty alignments, and alumni relations contacts to build a robust career program. 

Reflections on a Merger in Process

Dan Boone, Trevecca Nazarene University/Eastern Nazarene College
avid Caldwell, CFO, Trevecca Nazarene University/Eastern Nazarene College
Tim Wooster, Provost, Eastern Nazarene College
Steve Pusey, Provost, Trevecca Nazarene University
Bill Crothers, Interim President, Eastern Nazarene College

Merger is simple. You need one plan that two Boards of Trustees, two state education authorities, two accrediting bodies, two banks, two cabinets, and two alumni associations will support. Join Bill Crothers (PLA Consultant) and Dan Boone (joint President of the two merging institutions) and cabinet leaders for a discussion from the middle of a merger currently underway.


Sustainability Issues in Christian Higher Education: Mission, Finances and Funding in Today’s Uncertain Environment

Nick Wallace, Trustee, Taylor University
Lowell Haines, President, Taylor University
Denise Eder, Thrivent

Christian higher education is being attacked on many fronts, including socially and financially. We will explore the complex presidential decision-making process and what Dr. Lowell Haines found in his groundbreaking research on presidential decision making when facing mission sustainability challenges in a post-Christian environment. We will also explore work being done to understand and visualize academic program margin issues and the long-term impact of rising tuition discounts. Finally, we will review the landscape of federal loan programs, find out the suitability of private loan replacement, and explore the possibilities of a financial existence independent of government funding.

Thoughtful Innovation and Deliberate Change in Turbulent Times

Robin Baker, President, George Fox University
Rob Westervelt, Vice President for Innovation and Empowerment, George Fox University
Bob Sevier, Senior VP, Strategy, Stamats, and Executive Director, Center for Strategic Change, George Fox University

George Fox University is enjoying a season of unparalleled growth and success. This session will look at the six drivers of that success, including the identification of the mission-critical decisions that will propel growth, the use of research to guide decision-making, the importance of leadership in transformational change, building the senior team, a commitment to execution, and the importance of institutional focus. As part of the presentation, President Baker will explore what he has learned (and had to unlearn) as he evolves in his role as leader.

Faculty Excellence and Scholarship

Advances in Faculty Development: An Innovative and Integrative Approach to Helping Faculty Thrive

Stephanie Fenwick, Director of Faculty Support, Azusa Pacific University
Stephanie Juillerat, Associate Provost, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Azusa Pacific University
Michael Truong, Executive Director, Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology, Azusa Pacific University
Paul Kaak, Executive Director, Office of Faith Integration, Azusa Pacific University

Whether you’ve been tasked as a “one-person shop” or are part of a larger faculty support unit, this practical workshop engages the expertise of a dynamic leadership team from the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at Azusa Pacific University. Representing five integrated offices designed to help faculty thrive, this session is designed for anyone who wishes to learn more about integrative and strategic approaches to faculty development. Engage with them as they transparently share their experiences fostering a culture of excellence in a quickly changing Christian higher education landscape while maintaining a missional stance and the need for adaptive mindsets.

Advancing the Academy: System Changes to Increase Underrepresented and Ethnic/Racially Diverse Faculty

Laura Hartley, Associate Provost, Liberal Arts & Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, George Fox University
Rebecca Hernandez, Associate VP of Intercultural Engagement and Faculty Development, George Fox University
Linda Samek, Provost, George Fox University

"Like many institutions, George Fox University (GFU) sought to hire diverse faculty members. Research shows that faculty who represent different viewpoints that reflect the student body is a benefit to all students. GFU engaged changes toward increased recruitment and hiring of diverse candidates. Work included training; promotion by leadership; process changes (i.e., HR job template revisions, search committee training, recruitment changes); and interviewing and hosting in targeted ways based on the needs and desires of the candidates. In this session, we will share those strategies and how this has increased GFU’s diverse recruitment pool of candidates and hires."

Faculty Development: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities for Collaboration

Feng-Ling Margaret Johnson, Sr. Dean of Academic Administration, University of Northwestern - St. Paul
Stephanie Juillerat, Associate Provost, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Azusa Pacific University
Dawn Ellen Jacobs, Associate Provost – Faculty Development, California Baptist University
Sunshine Sullivan, Associate Professor and Chair of Education, Houghton College

This session is designed for faculty development directors, chief academic officers, or provosts to connect and exchange ideas regarding faculty professional development programs. The presenters will share how they select workshop topics for the year, their cycle of planning, promotion, implementation, data collection, and evaluation, and lessons learned from their experience in the field. These brief presentations will serve as a springboard for interactive discussion and exchange of ideas about challenges, successful strategies, and collaboration. Additional topics related to faculty development may also be addressed based on participants’ interests and questions.

Fostering Collaboration: Practices that Promote the Integration of Academic and Student Affairs

Amy VanDerWerf Carroll, Dean of Student Engagement, University of Northwestern - St. Paul
Kris Hansen-Kieffer, Vice Provost, Dean of Students, Messiah College
Randall Basinger, Provost, Messiah College

In a time when colleges and universities face intense and dynamic pressures, educators and leaders need to find ways to foster alignment toward institutional mission. Collaboration between academic affairs and student affairs creates synergistic effects on holistic student learning. However, institutional structures and practices often hinder these collaborative efforts. This session will include a of review current research on collaboration between academic and student affairs, including common challenges and best practices to create successful curricular and co-curricular partnerships, as well as an overview of an integrative academic-student affairs model at a CCCU institution.

From Good Intentions to Responsive Pedagogy: Operationalizing Practices Commended by Latin@ Undergraduates

Tim Baldwin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Martin Avila, Program Coordinator, Multicultural Student Development Office, Calvin College

What teaching practices do CCCU Latin@ undergraduates find most fruitful in promoting their learning? Why do many Latin@ students place so much value on what takes place on the first day of class? How do their cultural values shape their expectations regarding office hours? To what extent do Latin@ students equate group activities with collaborative learning? In this session, the presenters will draw upon their research among Latin@ undergraduates to address these questions. Their primary hope is that every participant will identify several pedagogical practices to help them better operationalize culturally responsive pedagogy in their own teaching and learning contexts.

Implementing a Learning Covenant Teaching Academy

Lynn Eaton, Professor and Director of Faculty Development, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor
Steve Oldham, Professor of Christian Studies, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor

This session will highlight the implementation of a semester-long Learning Covenant Teaching Academy (LCTA). The purpose of the LCTA is to expand the pedagogical knowledge of faculty in order to increase their ability to design and teach learning-centered courses so that all students can learn course content, concepts, skills, and dispositions within a faith-informed learning environment.

Joint Session: Promoting Institutional Diversity and Development Through Academic and Experiential Learning

Part 1: Study Abroad Benefits the Home Campus: Evidence from Oxford

Elizabeth Baigent, Senior Tutor and Academic Director, SCIO, CCCU

Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) offers CCCU high-achieving students the opportunity to study for a semester at the University of Oxford. The study abroad experience not only benefits the student but also the home campus in many ways.  This presentation will present empirical data demonstrating the impact of study abroad on recruiting and retaining excellent students, improving those students’ intercultural competencies, and strengthening the overall academic quality of the institution.


Part 2: A Multi-Pronged Approach to Diversity in Honors Programs and Beyond

Trisha Posey, Director, Honors Scholars Program, John Brown University
Marquita Smith, Associate Professor of Journalism and Coordinator for Diversity Relations, John Brown University
Aminta Arrington, Department Chair, Intercultural Studies, John Brown University
Dalia Gonzales, Hispanic Community Recruiter, John Brown University

This panel presentation will offer an example of a multi-pronged approach to diversifying a hybrid curricular/co-curricular honors program. Honors faculty and admissions staff will present on recent initiatives they undertook to strengthen the diversity of the honors student population and to develop a curriculum, including study abroad, that better meets the goal of developing these students’ cultural competencies.


Moments that Matter: The Role of “Microaffirmations” in the Ability of Students of Color to Thrive in College

Laurie Schreiner, Professor and Chair of Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University
Michelle Louis, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University
Ian Slater, Associate Dean for Student Engagement, Indiana Wesleyan University
Christine Guzman, Title IX Coordinator, Azusa Pacific University
Reid Vance, Instructor of Communications, Mississippi College

Based on national research with students of color who are intellectually, socially, psychologically, and spiritually engaged in their college experiences, this session highlights the impact that even seemingly small positive interactions and comments have on students of color, particularly when faculty and staff are the source. These “microaffirmations” stand in stark contrast to the microaggressions that students of color too often experience. Practical examples and recommendations for creating a thriving environment for students of color on CCCU campuses will ground the session.

One for All and All for One: The Musketeers, Switzerland, a 90s R&B Band and Assessment Systems for Multi-College Institutions

Pete Muir, Dean of Accreditation and Curriculum, Cornerstone University
Emily Gratson, Associate Dean of Assessment and Student Success, Cornerstone University
Shawn Newhouse, Vice President of Traditional Undergraduate Education, Cornerstone University

Creating a sustainable system for meaningful assessment of student learning is no easy task – especially if your accreditors are asking for a system that covers associates to doctoral degrees across multiple semi-autonomous colleges. Using Cornerstone University (CU) as a case study, participants will collaboratively explore CU’s methods of creating a “one size fits all” assessment structure for its four undergraduate and postgraduate colleges using the DQP as the starting point. Presenters will give specific examples of systematic interventions and discuss techniques to gain faculty support that helped to facilitate this change.

Supporting Faculty Scholarship and Teaching

Kerry Fulcher, Provost & Chief Academic Officer, Point Loma Nazarene University
Leah Zuidema, Associate Provost, Dordt College
G. James Daichendt, Dean of the Colleges, Point Loma Nazarene University

Professors at CCCU schools are increasingly expected to conduct research and publish scholarly work alongside teaching expectations. From the arts and humanities to the natural and social sciences, the opportunities and strategies vary according to the scope and type of research/teaching in each of the disciplines. Advancing scholarship and teaching, however, does not always require a huge budget. This session highlights practices from two institutions as well as findings from a survey of CCCU provosts and faculty development officers and offers a series of tested strategies to encourage academic leaders.

Diversity and Inclusion

Act Six: An Institutional Strategy for Diversity

Jessica Daniels, Program Director/Associate Professor, Bethel University
Ben Thomas, Assistant Provost, Northwest University
Desiree Libengood, Assistant Professor, North Central University

This presentation explores Act Six as one institutional response to the challenges of increasing diversity and improving retention and graduation rates of underrepresented and under-served students within Christian higher education. Act Six connects students from diverse backgrounds with training, a full-need full-tuition scholarship, campus support, and institutional leadership opportunities. The research project comprised three distinct studies with interconnected objectives: an initial exploration of the Act Six model, inquiry into Act Six scholar experiences, and examination of institutional decisions in creating and implications in sustaining an Act Six partnership. The presentation will highlight the most significant findings from these studies. 

The Art of Tough Talks

Michelle Lang, Associate Director of Campus Ministries, Warner Pacific College 
Kyler Vogt, student, Warner Pacific College

Forrest Nameniuk, student, Warner Pacific College
David Uribe-Ponce, student, Warner Pacific College
Monivoi Vataiki, student, Warner Pacific College
Nicholle Ortiz, student, Warner Pacific College
Nadia Nelson, student, Warner Pacific College

A highly interactive multimedia project that utilizes the performing and creative arts to foster conversation, reflection, and education on tough topics like justice, equity, and racism.

Best Practices for Integrating First-Generation Latino Students: Theoretical Framework, Lessons Learned, and Theological Foundations
Kelly Bow Tsin Chang, Associate Professor, George Fox University
Linda Breslin, Professor of Composition and Rhetoric, Southeast University
Melanie A. Howard, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Fresno Pacific University
Aminta Arrington, Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, John Brown University
Rikki Heldt, Instructor of Spanish, Dordt College
First-generation Latino students are a growing student population, and one that CCCU institutions are actively embracing. Yet recruiting these students is only the first step; they must be supported once they arrive. Participants of the 2017 CCCU Best Practices for Teaching First-Generation Latino Students workshop in Costa Rica will provide theoretical and practical advice about teaching and retaining this student population, including theological foundations, a theoretical framework, lessons learned, and current efforts on CCCU campuses.
Engaging International Students: Lessons from 13 years in China

Corrie Zacharia, Program Director of International Student Engagement, Pepperdine University 

In this interactive, discussion-based presentation, participants will learn five key practices to build effective programs for engaging and retaining international students. These practices will help universities increase their international students’ satisfaction in their educational experience, as well as foster an integrated university culture that develops cultural intelligence in all students. Participants will have opportunities to share best practices and will create a plan to increase international student engagement and cultural integration on their own campuses.

Future Directions in Supporting Underrepresented Faculty: Examining the Role of a Faculty of Color Mentorship Program

Yune Tran, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, George Fox University
Rebecca Hernandez, Associate Vice President for Intercultural Engagement and Faculty Development, George Fox University

Quality mentoring programs in academic circles have the potential to increase job satisfaction, improve faculty development, and support retention efforts. George Fox University’s Faculty of Color (FOC) Mentorship Program utilizes a strengths based model to endorse the talents that new FOC bring to the community. A formal program was developed and piloted in fall 2017 to provide new FOC support as they navigate institutional expectations, integrate faith, thrive in teaching, and advance scholarly pursuits. Moreover, the program engages FOC and their white counterparts in a discourse community regarding the experiences and voices of underrepresented faculty in higher education.

Hated on Both Sides of the Aisle: Overcoming the Tension Between Christian Foundation and Present-Day Social Advocacy

Gillian Stewart-Wells, Chair, Graduate Programs in Education, Judson University

Heeding the charge of recent social movements calling for justice, educators face the challenge of developing curriculum that eliminates cultural stereotypes and mobilizes students toward social action. There is an imperative (Smith, 2015) to increase Anti-Racist Pedagogy (Ladson-Billings, 2005) and refine Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (Gay, 2000) in academia, leaving faculty with the daunting task of designing courses that reflect both an understanding of and respect for all identities. The presenter will share how she blends her social justice research, her classroom practice, and her faith in order to forego her passive nature for the greater urgency of eradicating prejudices rampant in our society.

Improving Communication with Asian American Families Regarding Christian Higher Education

Ted Song, Assistant Professor, John Brown University
Steve Beers, Vice President for Student Development, Athletics and Facilities, John Brown University

The number of white students (currently 69.1% of the CCCU student body) in high schools is projected to decrease continually. Increasing the number of students from the rapidly growing non-white population will be critical. At John Brown University, presenters Ted Song, who grew up both in the U.S. and Korea, and Steve Beers have worked to increase the Asian student population on their campus. Presenters will discuss the perceptions that hinder Asian American families from sending their children to Christian colleges and the institutional actions that improved communication with these families.

Institutional Advancement of Diversity: Moving from Passive to Intentional Diversity Efforts

Gregg Chenoweth, President, Bethel College
Redgina Hill, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Bethel College

The purpose of the presentation is to understand the process of implementing a strategic diversity initiative at a Christian college in the Midwest from a president's perspective. We'll discuss the process from its inception to implementation and review some of the results after two years.


Latino Streams and the Future of Christian Higher Education

Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Pastor, Calvario City Church

This workshop focuses on unpacking the multilayered realities of Latinos/as in the United States. Instead of viewing Hispanics as a monolithic group, the session will examine how a heterogeneous understanding of Hispanics can lead to a more fruitful connection between Christian colleges and universities and current U.S.-Latino Christian realities. The presenters will focus on multigenerational conversations, Millennials, and how immigrants and post-first-generation Latinos respond to secularization and post-Christian movements in the United States. Understanding these trends can contribute to productive strategies for engaging, equipping, and retaining Latinos in our Christian higher education institutions.


One Size Does Not Fit All: Shared Stories of Managing a Multicultural Leadership Scholarship Program 

Jenny Elsey, Associate Dean of Intercultural Life, George Fox University
Shawn Washington, Director of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Whitworth University
Nina Kim Hanson, Director of Multicultural Life, Northwest University

This session will provide tools, strategies, highlights, and challenges for student success in implementing a multicultural leadership scholarship program. The development of students’ intercultural leadership relies on a process of internal and external transformation, framed by a commitment to cultural diversity and to affect positive social change (Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity and Social Change Model). This session is designed for individuals and their respective institutions interested in adapting this unique multicultural leadership scholarship program. The presenters have a long history of working with the Act Six Scholarship Program and will be weaving their lived experiences throughout the workshop.


Preaching God’s Heart for Immigrants: Loving and Advocating for “The Stranger” in Our Schools

Adam Estle, Field Director, Evangelical Immigration Table
Rupen Das, Research Professor, Tyndale University College and Seminar, National Director, Canadian Bible Society, and author, Strangers in the Kingdom: Ministering to Refugees, Migrants, and the Stateless
Matthew Soerens, National Coordinator, Evangelical Immigration Table
Marlene Wall, President, LCC International University

The Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), of which CCCU is a member, is a broad coalition of evangelical organizations and leaders advocating for immigration reform and immigrants consistent with biblical values. Since the EIT launched in 2012, more than 2,000 cross-denominational evangelical leaders have signed our statement of principles. We will share the most relevant facts and context around immigration in the United States in 2017, discuss how evangelical institutions can “welcome the stranger,” and share examples of how CCCU members and their organizations can engage this contentious issue with an approach rooted in biblical values.

Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education: The Voices of Diversity Matters Authors

Karen Longman, Professor and Higher Education Ph.D. Program Director, Azusa Pacific University
Allison Ash, Dean of Student Care and Graduate Student Life, Wheaton College
Pete Menjares, CCCU Senior Fellow & Senior Director, Institute for Faculty Development, Vanguard University
Rukshan Fernando, Associate Dean, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, Azusa Pacific University
Yvonne RB-Banks, Professor/Education Consultant, University of Northwestern
Glen Kinoshita, Director, Imago Dei Initiatives, Biola University
Lisa Ishihara, Director, Chapel Programs, Biola University 

Today, no institution can ignore the need for deep conversations about race and ethnicity. Yet Christ-centered colleges and universities have historically not led the way, despite theological mandates that include believers being committed to justice, peace, healing, and the full inclusion of the marginalized. This session, which is designed for both institutional leaders and practitioners, features personal narratives and practical advice based on the lived experiences of 20+ chapter authors who participated in a year-long collaborative effort to produce Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education (Abilene Christian University Press, 2017).

Racial Battle Fatigue within Christian Colleges and Universities

Glen Kinoshita, Director of Imago Dei Initiatives, Biola University
Michelle Loyd-Paige, Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, Calvin College

Educators who seek to promote diversity in their institutions are often met with daily push back. As months and years go by, the accumulation of stress and emotional toll results in Racial Battle Fatigue, which is a common reality for many engaged in diversity work. Racial Battle Fatigue often affects the emotions, morale, energy, and overall job performance. In this session, we will seek to connect with the concept of Racial Battle Fatigue and the ways it is manifested in our work and life. We will discuss how Racial Battle Fatigue is manifested in Christian colleges and universities, and discuss aspects of how to cope and be proactive in self-care and solidarity.

Teaching to Transgress: The Christian University as Laboratory for Intersectional & Intergenerational Resistance to Oppressive Power
La Shonda Coleman, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Title IX Coordinator for Students, Pepperdine University
David L. Humphrey Jr., Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Diversity & Inclusion, Pepperdine University
Tabatha L. Jones Jolivet, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University
Roslyn M. Satchel, Associate Professor of Communication, Pepperdine University
Eric Wilson, Associate Chaplain, Pepperdine University
Christian colleges and universities carry conflicted legacies. As social institutions, their investments can reinforce Christian dominance and other forms of oppression. Intergenerational and intersectional activism—rooted in the belief that education is a practice of freedom—can become a laboratory for cultivating resistance and liberatory praxis, namely, teaching to transgress. Building a “pluralistic society that works” depends on it. This workshop will present how one institution’s cultural, historical, religious, and sociocultural context served as a backdrop for centering the voices of historical and contemporary activists working toward collectivist agendas of emancipatory change.
TRiO Programs and the Mission of CCCU Institutions*

Kim Rosfeld, McNair Scholars Director, Southern Nazarene University
Gwen Hackler, Academic Grants Office Director, Southern Nazarene University
Loral Henck, Student Support Services Director, Southern Nazarene University

This presentation will introduce participants to federal TRiO programs and explore how these programs can be implemented on CCCU campuses to increase student support for disadvantaged students and foster an environment of diversity and inclusion.

*Closed to media

White Out: Understanding White Dominance and Privilege*

Christopher Collins, Associate Professor, Azusa Pacific University
Alexander Jun, Professor of Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University

White Out is a strategy that covers systems, dispositions, and actions that cannot cover the full indentation or impact. However, the action of blotting, either intentional or unintentional, serves to obscure experiences of people of color in lieu of a competing definition of reality. The presenters will introduce the White Architecture of the Mind as a metaphor highlighting the mind as a collection of walls, doors, windows, and pathways that influence individuals to react based on a systemic logic that was socially constructed reason.

*Closed to media 

Who’s Your Neighbor: Cultivating Capacity for Inclusive Excellence Through an Active Bystander Strategy in Christian Higher Education

David L. Humphrey, Jr., Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Diversity & Inclusion, Pepperdine University
La Shonda Coleman, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Title IX Coordinator for Students, Pepperdine University

Christian higher education (CHE) is uniquely positioned to model biblical reconciliation and inclusive excellence. There is an urgent need to enhance responsiveness to those who are suffering on campus. Inactivity risks furthering the subjugation and “mutism” among constituents, especially those distinguished as “Other” within the walls of Christian institutions. Grounded in a theology of intervention and rooted in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, this presentation will equip leaders to build capacity for inclusive excellence through an active bystander intervention strategy.


Advancing Women into Leadership: The Motivators and Barriers That Shape Women's Aspirations and Experiences in the CCCU

Karen A. Longman, Professor and Ph.D. Program Director, Azusa Pacific University
Karen Lindsey, Office of Career Services, Texas Christian University
Debbie Lamm Bray, Director of Academic Services, Northwest University - Salem Campus
Sandy Hough, Associate Dean of Residence Life, Biola University

This session presents the research conducted by doctoral students over a five-year period with participants in the CCCU’s Women’s Leadership Development Institutes and Women’s Advanced Leadership Institutes. Specifically, the session will present a model that represents findings related to the motivators and barriers to women moving into leadership within the context of Christian higher education. Additionally, the discussion will focus on “what works” in the formation of women’s leadership identity, a topic that relates both to the motivation to lead and to efficacy in leadership.

Biblical Strategies for Higher Ed Challenges

Shelette StewartSenior Strategic Relationship Manager, Harvard Business School, Principal/Founder Stewart Consulting LLC

The Bible says that we are to do business until He comes (Luke 19:13) and to be about our Father's business (Luke 2:49). But, being about our Father's business in higher education is becoming increasing difficult given a myriad of issues in the workplace and marketplace. So, how do we lead well as believers? How do we effectively further the mission and vision of our organizations? What does the Word of God say about some of the industry challenges we face today? This interactive session offers Biblical insights, practical strategies, and real-world examples to help you address many modern-day industry challenges so that you maximize your personal fulfillment and professional success and significance.

Building a Flourishing Academic Community: Principles for Accountability, Responsibility, Health, and Growth

Donald L. Tucker, Vice President, Academic Affairs, North Central University

Community is messy! How do we manage the tensions between individual agendas, institutional goals, and shared mission? How do we balance the biblical principles of care, respect, and concern for individuals with the importance of a healthy and flourishing academic community? This session will share ideas for integrating biblical faith, administrative leadership, and institutional values.

Campus Life: In Search Of Community at Christian Colleges and Universities

Drew Moser, Dean of Experiential Learning, Taylor University
Edee Schulze, Vice President for Student Life, Westmont College
Mark Sargent, Provost, Westmont College
Paul Chelsen, Vice President for Student Development, Wheaton College
Margaret Diddams, Provost, Wheaton College
Steve Beers, Vice President for Student Development, John Brown University
Ed Ericson III, Vice President for Academic Affairs, John Brown University
Kris Hansen-Kieffer, Vice Provost/Dean of Students, Messiah College
Randall Basinger, Provost, Messiah College
Brad Lau, Vice President for Student Life, George Fox University
Linda Samek, Provost, George Fox University
Tim Young, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vanguard University
Doretha O’Quinn, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vanguard University

This session will introduce a reading, writing, and research project among Chief Student Development Officers and Chief Academic Officers, inspired by the original Campus Life: Creating Community 1990 report by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Contributors will present their insights and work on updating the report, which persists in relevance, within the context of Christian higher education. This session will facilitate a dialogue on key dimensions of Christian higher education community: purposeful, open, just, disciplined, caring, and celebrative.

Cybersecurity Questions Every Board Should Ask

Lisa Traina, Partner, Traina & Associates A CapinCrouse Company

Headlines about cyber attacks dominate the news, and higher education institutions are not immune. It’s vital for higher education board members to understand not only the scope of current cybersecurity risks, but whether and how the institution is addressing them. This session will examine the key issues and risks and how institutions can strengthen their cybersecurity defenses. We will provide the questions board members should be asking to ensure their institution is taking the appropriate steps to guard against a cyber attack and keep the cybersecurity discussion moving forward.

Equipping Women for Leadership: The Role of Mentors, Coaches, and Sponsors

Amanda Marble, Director of Career Center and Retention, Northwest Nazarene University
Julie Beam, Director of Student Life, Bethel College
Amy Drennan, Executive Director of Vocation and Formation, Fuller Seminary
Karen Longman, Professor and Ph.D. Program Director, Azusa Pacific University

In a rapidly changing and complex world, the need for gender-diversified leadership is critical, though women remain underrepresented in senior leadership roles. This presentation provides insights into the salient role of influential relationships (mentors, coaches, and sponsors) in the journeys of senior-level women leaders within Christian higher education.

Exploration of the Conceptual Model of Attractiveness as a Tool in Christian Higher Education

Sara L. Campbell, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Lee University

This presentation demonstrates how a Conceptual Model of Attractiveness that was originally developed for the health care environment can be applied to the Christian higher education environment. The model serves as a visual depiction of interrelated factors influencing presence of educational and social disparities, including access and subsequent student, faculty, and staff outcomes. Understanding personal interactions through a new and unique lens, will lead to improved understanding and outcomes for persons on college campuses. Particularly, application of the Conceptual Model of Attractiveness within a Christian worldview framework has unique implications that are discussed.

Exploring the Culture of Succession Planning and Leader Development in Christian Higher Education

Andrew Barton, Chief of Staff, Azusa Pacific University

In this session, participants will explore the role of succession planning in identifying and developing the future leaders in Christian higher education. Engaging in the theory, practice, barriers, and opportunities for intentional leader development efforts on college campuses, session participants will be asked to reflect on what it means to see their own leadership legacy as less about what they do but rather what their successor will achieve.

Good Board Governance: Navigating Dysfunction and Innovating for the Future

Bob Andringa, Managing Partner, The Andriga Group, and CCCU President Emeritus
David Alexander, President, Alexander Resource Strategies

Thriving institutions have effective boards that reflect a healthy chair/president partnership. Yet, too often university boards and campus leaders suffer from some form of board dysfunction in structure, process, policy, or leadership. Bob Andringa will draw from 30 years as a governance coach and identify both common governance dysfunctions and best practice solutions. One key dysfunction is thinking the institution’s future depends only on tweaking the present. David Alexander will introduce scenario planning, a process in which boards partner with the president, campus leaders, and key stakeholders to cast a clear vision that leads to successful plans and policies.

Key Priorities During Presidential Transitions

Bob Andringa, Past President, CCCU
Bill Robinson, Retired Interim President, CCCU and President Emeritus, Whitworth University
Paul Corts, Retired President, CCCU and Palm Beach Atlantic University
Bill Crothers, Retired President, Roberts Wesleyan University

Presidential transitions are key junctures in the life of a college or university, where forward momentum can be accelerated, maintained or slowed. The session will focus on the role of the incumbent president, cabinet and board in reviewing and making sometimes difficult decisions regarding institutional procedures, personnel, and campus structures to aid in the success of the transition.

The Keys to Effective Emergency Management Systems

John Ojeisekhoba, Chief of Campus Safety, Biola University

Major emergencies, such as an act of violence or natural disasters, can happen on campus with little or no warning. The mismanagement of any major event can be devastating for any campus community. Drawing from real experience and lessons learned, the presenter will walk participants through a model/considerations that could enable campus leadership to put in place a preparedness plan, response plan, campus response team, and post-incident course of action.

Leading for Change That Lasts

Ronald Mahurin, Vice President, Strategy and Planning, Stamats
Deana Porterfield, President, Roberts Wesleyan College
Pete Menjares, Director, Institute for Faculty Development, Vanguard University
Doretha O'Quinn, Provost, Vanguard University
Michael Moffitt, Special Assisant to the President, Indiana Wesleyan University

Many CCCU institutions wrestle with how best to create and sustain learning environments that develop all students for intercultural living and learning and that reflect and celebrate diversity throughout the institution. Much work remains, from the classroom to the faculty lounge to the board room, to embody a truly diverse learning community. This panel brings together senior leaders from diverse backgrounds who are providing leadership to their campuses and who will share insights and best practices to assist those who are wrestling with the questions for both themselves and their institutions.

Leading in the Crucible: Learning from Media Firestorms and Internal Dissent Around Human Sexuality*

Tom Lin, President, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Evangelicals in higher education who hold to a traditional sexual ethic encounter significant opposition – externally and internally. Externally, media, legislators, accreditors, and program administrators claim the historic Christian sexual ethic violates the values of inclusion, tolerance, and non-discrimination. Internally, our own students, staff, and faculty struggle with – or outright reject – the historic position. Caught in-between: queer/same-sex-attracted Christians who experience the conflict as a referendum on their identity and belonging. The presidents of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and Gordon College discuss what they have experienced and what they have learned – personally and institutionally – from their experiences.

*Off the record

“Sponsorship” Within Christian Higher Education: A Strategy for Advancing Emerging Leaders of Color?

Rukshan Fernando, Associate Dean, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, Azusa Pacific University
Lisa Ishihara, Director of Chapel Programs, Spiritual Development, Biola University
Karen Longman, Professor and Ph.D. Program Director, Azusa Pacific University
Aisha Lowe, Associate Dean, Office of Academic Research, Professor of Education, William Jessup University
Wanda Velez, Dean of Students, Nyack College

Although the contributions of mentoring to leadership development have been documented, recent literature has advocated for the more proactive strategy of “sponsorship.” Hewlett describes sponsorship as being transactional, with both parties fully invested in the professional success of the other. This session will feature emerging leaders of color, each of whom identified and worked with one or more sponsors over an academic year. Given the corporate roots of the sponsorship model, the challenges and opportunities of this approach for leadership development within higher education will be presented and discussed.

The Global View

Benefits, Challenges, and Disruptions of Study Abroad Programs: A Case Study at Tokyo Christian University

Randall Short, Director of Global Programs, Tokyo Christian University
Rebecca Babirye, Instructor/International Student Life Coordinator, Tokyo Christian University 

This study aims to inspire “sending partners” to consider the distinctive and particular needs of their international counterparts. Global educators will be better positioned to help international students immerse themselves into their host communities and, as they do so, grow in their love of God and neighbor through purposeful and informed participation in daily life. This study also aims to encourage “receiving partners” in other countries to identify and reflect publicly upon why and how they receive short-term international students, and how this tends to enrich and/or disrupt their community life.

The Challenge of a Rapid Urbanizing World for Christian Higher Education: Toward a Response*

Chris Elisara, Director, WEA Creation Care Task Force
Christopher Miller, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, Judson University

We are living in an era of rapid global urbanization. According to UN-Habitat, over the next 20 years the world’s population living in cities will grow to 75%. As this shift occurs, it has become increasingly clear that the physical form of cities is a critical condition for human thriving and ecological sustainability. This seminar will provide an overview of the Christian academy’s current capacity to respond to the challenges of rapid global urbanism; report on relevant international developments; and introduce the theory and design behind a new innovative School of Urbanism being collaboratively developed by several CCCU institutions.

*Off the record

Community Service and Global Engagement: Historic Foundations, Contemporary Applications

Jessica Daniels, Program Director/Associate Professor, Bethel University
Jacqueline Gustafson, Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Science, California Baptist University

CCCU institutions, driven by faith-informed missions and serving as practical applications of the sponsoring denomination's theological and cultural expectations and aspirations, are in a unique position to be particularly effective in seeking a global public good through service and engagement. In this presentation, this role, both historically and contemporarily, is explored. The opportunities and challenges for Christian colleges and universities, as missionally service-oriented entities, that emerge in the wake of social, economic, and cultural globalization are considered and evaluated. This session also considers an analysis of alternatives, best practices, and recommendations for policy in an era of rapid globalization.

Going Global: Understanding Why Undergraduates Participate in International Experiences

Jay Harley, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dallas Baptist University
Leah Mullen, Director of Enrollment & Campus Relations, CCCU

This session will provide college and university leaders insight into the internal and external motivations and barriers experienced by undergraduate students as they consider participation in study abroad. Motivations, barriers, and other factors impacting an undergraduate’s decision to study abroad will be explored with the aim of providing valuable information to leaders to implement practical strategies to increase participation in study abroad.

Innovative Opportunities to Expand Access to Christian Higher Education Globally

Chancey Bosch, Assistant Professor, Oral Roberts University
Andrew Sears, President, City Vision University
Michael Truong, Executive Director, Innovating Teaching & Technology, CTLA, Azusa Pacific University 
Matthew Henry, Chief Information Officer, LeTourneau University
David Shynn, Sr. Director, New Ventures & University Planning, Biola University

Christianity is growing more rapidly in the Global South than in any other region of the world, leading to an increased demand for Christian higher education.  We need fresh, collaborative approaches to global Christian tertiary education that will address existing barriers (e.g., no/limited internet, resources, personnel, etc.), while also building systems and capacities to strategically scale access (e.g., lean startups, accreditation, lowering costs, etc.).  Join us for an engaging panel discussion, where five individuals will share projects focused on expanding access to Christian higher education in the majority world.

A Pedagogy of the Parochial: From Globalizing Christian Higher Education to Mutual Accompaniment
Alexander H. Jones, Assistant Director, Human Needs and Global Resources, Wheaton College
Laura S. Meitzner Yoder, Director, Human Needs and Global Resources, Wheaton College
James Huff, Associate Director, Human Needs and Global Resources, Wheaton College
Christian higher education’s contemporary attempts to globalize reflect a misguided pedagogical vision. This presentation explores “mutual accompaniment” as an alternative paradigm that emerges from more than 200 interviews with Christian leaders in more than 40 countries in the Majority World. Responding to the question, “What would your church in the Majority World like to say to the church in the Minority World?” these leaders articulate a different way that Christians, including those at higher education institutions, in the Minority World can engage the Majority World.
Pentecostal Pedagogy in Australia: The “Athens” Paradigm in Practice

Denise A. Austin, Director of Accreditation and Standards, Alphacrucis College
David Perry, Chief Academic Officer, Alphacrucis College

The growing international influence of Australian Pentecostalism has led to increasing scholarly interest in its pedagogical frameworks for Christian higher education. Using the case study of Alphacrucis College (AC), the national training institute of Australian Christian Churches (formerly Assemblies of God in Australia), this research argues that the transformational approach of the “Athens” model of pedagogy is at the core of AC’s success across diverse disciplines, campuses, and delivery modes. Through emphasizing critical thinking, experiential spirituality, and personal character formation, AC exemplifies the “Athens” paradigm, demonstrating that scholarly acumen and Pentecostal spirituality are a potent combination.

Seeing as They See: A Strategy for Cultivating Students with Hermeneutical Empathy
Kent Eilers, Associate Professor of Theology, Huntington University 
Rachel Robinson, Uganda Studies Program Director, CCCU
This paper presents a pedagogical strategy for developing hermeneutical empathy: the capacity to receive “strange” texts in the classroom. “Strange” in this case means non-Western texts or texts composed by authors whose social or theological imaginations differ from ours. An author’s other-ness may be their geographical or cultural distance, but differences often lie closer to home. They may share our nationality but not our ideological or theological imagination; simply, they see the world and live in it differently. In today’s polarizing environment, how do we turn toward the “other,” receive them, and even see the world as they do?
To All the World: Leveraging Online Learning for International Students

Melinda Thompson, Associate Professor, Director of Distance Education, Abilene Christian University

International online programs can help schools achieve their mission of educating leaders for the global church. Cultural differences can create barriers to learning especially in an online environment. Learn how the Community of Inquiry instructional design model can help faculty develop and teach culturally sensitive online classes.

Navigating a Post-Christian Society

Building Bridges Across Faith Lines: Responsible Christian Education in a Post-Christian Society
Marion Larson, Professor of English, Bethel University
Sara Shady, Professor of Philosphy, Bethel University
Amy Poppinga, Assistant Professor of History, Bethel University
We live in a religiously diverse society, but most CCCU campuses lack this diversity. While we provide valuable space for personal faith development, many students graduate with little exposure to or knowledge of religious difference. To prepare students to love both God and neighbor, we must provide opportunities for healthy encounters with different religious voices (even when those voices do not reside on our campuses). In this interactive presentation, rooted in current research, we offer a rationale for interfaith work within Christian higher education and introduce practical strategies and pedagogical models for doing this work on our campuses.
Christian Higher Education and the Crisis of Evangelical Identity
Michael Hammond, Dean of Humanities, Arts, and Biblical Studies, Taylor University
The CCCU is the most successful higher education organization to emerge from the modern American evangelical movement. Higher education was a key element of neo-evangelicalism since the 1940s, established to enrich cultural engagement distinct from the social gospel. Evangelicalism has suffered a fracturing in the last decade or so, and the term now carries a negative connotation in some circles. Many colleges in the CCCU are searching for a new way to describe their evangelical identity. This session will present research on the American evangelical movement and look at its implications for questions of identity and governance at CCCU institutions.
Developing Kingdom Professionals through Faith-Integrated Curriculum and Global Engagement

Kristen K. White, Chair & Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, Belhaven University
DawnEllen Jacobs, Director of New Faculty Development, California Baptist University
Jerry Root, Professor, Director of Evangelicalism Initiative, Wheaton College
Robert Bishop, John and Madeleine McIntyre Endowed Professor of Philosophy and History of Science, Wheaton College

Faith integration is not new among CCCU schools, but do all the experiences we offer prepare graduates to impact the world for Christ? Wheaton College modified its general education curriculum by featuring a thread of evangelism woven throughout the fabric of each discipline. Another sister institution revamped its global engagement to cultivate a campus culture capable of producing Kingdom Professionals ready to enter the market place and share the gospel. This session will explore ways to integrate faith throughout our campuses that lead to life change with a kingdom impact not only for our students, but for our faculty and staff as well.


Faith After Christendom: Lessons from 2000 Years of Church History

Molly Worthen, Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and author, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism

What's the best way for a Christian to think about the challenges that 21st-century secular pluralism poses to the church? The best path forward may require looking backward, across a wide range of Christian thought from the mysticism of the Eastern Church Fathers to the communal practices of Reformation-era Anabaptists, to the insights of 19th-century Holiness missionaries and beyond. These Christians met the challenges of their own day with theological imagination and humility, and they have more to teach us than you might expect.


A Journalist's Perspective

Tom Gjelten, Religion Correspondent, NPR
Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
Kate Shellnutt, Associate Online Editor, Christianity Today
Irene Neller, Vice President, Enrollment, Marketing and College Communications, Westmont College
Greta Hays, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, CCCU 

How are faith and faith-based higher education portrayed in the media? Tom Gjelten, Religion Correspondent for National Public Radio, will discuss how evangelicals are perceived in the media and why, how media coverage of religion has changed, and how our institutions can help reporters effectively and accurately cover religious topics. Scott Jaschik, Editor of Inside Higher Ed, will discuss current trends in higher education, suggest story angles that education reporters want to cover, and share his perspective on how Christian colleges can effectively represent the faith-based characteristics of their institutions.

Meet Generation Z: Generational Shifts Impacting Christian Higher Education

Angie Richey, Vice President Enrollment, Communication Officer, Adjunct Faculty, Life Pacific College

Colleges and universities have spent a significant amount of time and money on marketing to the Millennial generation, but a new generation is now going to college. Meet Generation Z; a generation now as old as 23 and is large, diverse, and taking colleges and the workforce by surprise. With significant buying power, unique needs, and post-9/11 and post-Christian worldviews, this generation is reshaping not only culture but also higher education recruitment and retention practices. Understanding the shifting generational landscape will enable Christian educator and administrators to identify implications and consider possibilities for the future.


Preparing CCCU Graduates for the Pluralistic World of the 21st Century

John Inazu, Associate Professor, Washington University and Author, Confident Pluralism
Richard J. Mouw, Past President Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary
Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College
Eboo Patel, Founder, InterFaith Youth Core
Michael Wear, Founder, Public Square Strategies
Shapri D. LoMaglio, Vice President for Government and External Relations, CCCU


Today, we are in an unprecedented season of polarization, and we regrettably do not have in place the basic cultural tools required to mediate this polarization. Can we, as CCCU institutions, dare to take on the task of preparing the Daniels, the Esthers, the Josephs, the Pauls, of this generation – people who know who they are in God, who are at ease in cross-cultural and inter-faith settings, who are competent to lead, and motivated to serve the larger public good? This session will explore this question and provide practical advice for engaging the topic on our campuses.

Re-Imagining Information Literacy for a Post-Truth World

Matt Ostercamp, Library Director, North Park University
Marielle McNeal, Assistant Professor of Information Literacy – Head of Teaching and Learning Services, North Park University
Evan Kuehn, Theological Librarian, Trinity International University

How can we prepare students for success in a post-truth world? We believe librarians can play an important role in educating students for the challenges of our highly partisan age. This session will introduce the new Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education developed by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), and ague that it represents a significant, positive, development in the theory and practice of library instruction. The panel will discuss the Framework’s compatibility with Christian education and best practices for building an information literacy program at your school.

The Role of Christian Faculty in Faith Integration as Formation of Christian Character

Natalie Winter, Professor and Associate Dean, California Baptist University
Andrew Herrity, Professor, California Baptist University

Building upon Smith’s (2009) Desiring the Kingdom, we join the conversation re-examining a possibly taken-for-granted Descartian cognitive view of integration, addressing the role of instructional practices in developing Christian character. In order to help students build the requisite resilience to navigate an increasingly hostile culture, Christian educators can introduce trials within courses, help students learn to navigate them, and show the benefits that can occur when perseverance is developed (James 1). Based on Scripture, social science literature, and the presenters’ experience, this presentation will demonstrate the introduction of trials into academic activities and the resulting formation of Christian character.


Legal and Public Policy

Information for Earning CLE Credits

The following concurrent sessions ARE eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits:

  • Crisis on Campus: Integrating the Legal and the Practical for Effective Crisis Management (0.75 credit)
  • Laws Applicable to Accommodating the Rights of Disabled Students, Employees, and Others (0.75 credit)
  • Liberty’s Refuge- A Conversation with Professor John Inazu (0.75 credit)
  • Tax and Legal Update (0.75 credit)
  • Title IX Compliance: What Boards and Presidents Need to Know (1 credit)
  • Title IX Update: Maintaining Effective and Compliant Policies and Procedures (1.25 credits)

In order to receive CLE credits for a session, the attendee must sign-in upon arrival to that session with their name, email, and bar card #. Please note that this information is necessary in processing CLE credits for the attendee, so it is imperative that the attendee provides their information in order to be credited. If you do not wish to receive CLE credits, you are not required to sign-in for the session you wish to attend.

Christian Higher Education in the Face of African Laws and Policies
Samson Maliisa, Assistant Chaplain, Part-Time Law Lecturer, Uganda Christian University
Sam Afrane, Professor and President, Christian Service University College
A Christian liberal education approach is still the preferred education approach on the African continent. Its achievement is no doubt an upward task, owing to the strong presence of secularism characterizing higher education across the world. The African legal regimes are not yet hostile to the pursuance of a Christian liberal higher education, which creates a significant avenue for Christian liberal education in Africa. To take adventage of this avenue, it’s vital that African Christians carefully consider how best to explore this opportunity to deliver a sustainable and relevant Christian liberal higher education.
1. Trace the history of a Christian liberal education, its values in the west, and how it evolved, giving way to secular liberal education.
2. Underscore the nature of Christian higher education in Africa.
3. Analyze the opportunities and challenges presented by African laws/policies and how Christian universities can best respond.
Crisis on Campus: Integrating the Legal and the Practical for Effective Crisis Management
Joseph E. Miller, Jr., Partner/Attorney, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Daniel R. Roy, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Heather E. Moore, Counsel, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Nicholas J.J. Weber, Director, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting
Join a seasoned team of professionals from Faegre Baker Daniels, one of the nation’s largest law firms and longtime legal counsel to many CCCU institutions, as they discuss effective crisis management and communication for Christ-centered institutions of higher education by integrating legal counsel with a practical, sensitive approach to non-legal issues surrounding crisis situations. Panelists will include lawyers and a consultant with significant experience in strategic communications and reputation management.
1. Establish the centrality of maintaining organizational discipline before and during a crisis.
2. Develop preventive management and communication strategies and tactics for addressing a future crisis.
3. Identify and prioritize management and communication strategies and tactics during a crisis.
Faith in Action: Politics and Policy in Changing Times

Bob Brower, President, Point Loma Nazarene University
Jon Wallace, President, Azusa Pacific University
Barry Corey, Biola University
Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College
Deana Porterfield, President, Roberts Wesleyan College

Changes in social values, political priorities, and public perceptions about Christian higher education have real consequences for our capacity to fulfill our mission. Issues of campus safety, LGBTQ accommodation and inclusion, “free” college, limitations for financial aid, shame lists, legislative actions, regulations, and community action may influence all institutions more quickly than we are prepared for. This session focuses on practical ideas for engagement, collaboration, and participation in the public square.

1. Recognize the potential impact of changes in public policy and law on the ability to advance our mission and thrive.
2. Generate ideas for community and civic engagement that demonstrate the tangible value of Christian higher education on the common good.
3. Create strategies for political engagement, influence, and partnerships.


Laws Applicable to Accommodating the Rights of Disabled Students, Employees, and Others*

Mary Kay Klimesh, Partner, Seyfart Shaw LLP

This presentation will address an overview of a religiously affiliated college/university obligations to individuals with disabilities. An overview of applicable federal law will be discussed and reviewed as well as reference to state civil rights laws and legal obligations. A review of recent legal authority and regulatory guidance, as applicable, addressing the accommodation of students with disabilities will be presented as well as practice pointers and take aways from the case law review.

1. Understand the laws applicable to accommodating individuals with disabilities in the educational setting of a religiously affiliated college/university.
2. Be aware of recent case law and the issues recently litigated by colleges and universities related to accommodating students with disabilities and addressing employee issues under Title I of the ADA.
3. Take away practice pointers related to implementation of a college's/university's obligations to individuals with disabilities.

*Off the record

Liberty’s Refuge—A Conversation with Professor John Inazu

John Inazu, Associate Professor, Washington University, and Author, Liberty's Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly 
Matthew Nelson, Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd

The First Amendment provides that the right of the people to peaceably assemble shall not be abridged.  However, this right has not been significantly addressed by the Supreme Court in 35 years. Join us as we discuss with Professor Inazu what protections the assembly clause affords, how those protections fit with other First Amendment protections, and why the refuge provided by the freedom of assembly is essential for the future of faith-based higher education.

1.Understand what the right to peaceably assemble is, how it has been interpreted, and how it was eventually subrogated to the right of expressive association.
2.Understand the practical benefits and the limits of the assembly clause (commercial and non-discriminatory).
3.Understand how the assembly clause intersects with other constitutional rights and be prepared to advise institutions how to maximize their enjoyment of the panoply of these rights.

Tax and Legal Update

Dave Moja, Partner, Professional Practice Leader, Tax, CapinCrouse

The IRS continues to issue rules and clarify laws that have a direct bearing on Christian colleges and universities. From UBIT guidance to data-driven decision making to executive compensation to whatever form tax reform takes, this will affect how your institution does business. Add in the continuing additions and changes to rules for international students, tax-exempt bonds, and state charitable registrations, as well as navigating the ins and outs of how ASU 2016-14 will impact Form 990 and state filings. This session will present rules and regulations that keep us all up at night — along with practical recommendations and solutions.

1. Distinguish how tax reform will affect your school and how to plan for those changes.
2. Navigate the continually unfolding regulations states are imposing on institutions in charitable registrations, sales tax, and property tax issues.
3. List ways to “audit proof” your institution in the event the IRS shows up at your doorstep.

Title IX Compliance: What Boards and Presidents Need to Know

Stephen Eck, Vice President & General Counsel, Oklahoma Christian University
Leslie M. Gomez, Attorney and Vice Chair, Institutional Response Group, Cozen O'Connor
Christopher Holmes, General Counsel, Baylor University
Kathryn Nash, Attorney, Gray Plant Mooty
Gina Maisto Smith, Attorney and Chair, Institutional Response Group, Cozen O'Connor
Tamie Willis, Title IX Coordinator and Director of the Beam Library, Oklahoma Christian University

Title IX is a complex and ever-changing body of law. Institutions must stay up to date on developments or risk noncompliance consequences, including legal liability and negative public perception. Presenters will provide an update on key legal developments and the impact those developments have on campus policies and procedures. They will also discuss how boards and college presidents should be involved in overseeing Title IX compliance.

1. Learn about key legal developments in Title IX compliance, including 2017 guidance from OCR.
2. Consider what changes should be made to campus policies and procedures based on those recent developments.
3. Learn about best practices for boards and college presidents in overseeing their Title IX team.

Title IX Update: Maintaining Effective and Compliant Policies and Procedures

Stephen Eck, Vice President & General Counsel, Oklahoma Christian University
Kathryn Nash, Attorney, Gray Plant Mooty

Presenters will provide an update on key legal developments affecting sexual misconduct policies. They will also provide practical advice on whether and to what extent institutions should update their policies and procedures in light of the changing legal landscape, including a discussion of the challenges and benefits of implementing new or revised provisions. Finally, the presenters will discuss best practices for engaging key stakeholders on campus in an interactive policy-drafting process.

1. Attendees will develop an awareness of the most recent Title IX guidance/regulations.
2. Attendees will learn what, if any, impact recent Title IX guidance/regulations have on their institutions’ policies and procedures.
3. Attendees will develop strategies for engaging key stakeholders on campus in an interactive policy-drafting process.

Gender and Human Sexuality

Caring for LGBTQ students at CCCU Institutions*

Brad Harper, Professor of Theology and Church History, Multnomah University and Seminary
Rebecca Meyer, Ministry Associate for Care and Counseling, Wheaton College
Lena Crouso, Dean of Intercultural Learning and Engagement, Indiana Wesleyan University
Brandon Hill, Vice President, Life Calling & Integrative Learning, Indiana Wesleyan University

Several CCCU institutions have been carefully thinking through ways that they can care for and support their LGBTQ students in ways that still honor their institutional theological positions. The panelists represent three different schools that have developed positions and programs to engage LGBTQ students. We are prepared to discuss theological approaches, programmatic options, and methods of developing support for our LGBTQ populations. We encourage workshop participants to come prepared with questions.

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Challenges and Opportunities: Biblical Sexual Ethics on CCCU Campuses*

Wes Hill, Associate Professor of New Testament, Trinity School for Ministry, and author, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality
Mary Hulst, Chaplain, Calvin College
Mark Yarhouse, Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology at Regent University and author, Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture

Drs. Yarhouse, Hulst, and Hill will address the pressing questions for gay students on campus. Dr. Yarhouse will present on the most recent data from his new book on the climate on campuses for LGBT students. Drs. Hulst, Hill and Yarhouse will then discuss the real life challenges and opportunities presented to our gay and straight students around singleness, living out a Biblical sexual ethic, and flourishing in this culture context.

*Off the record

Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: Sexual Violence on Faith-Based Campuses

Neil Best, Director of Residence Life Geneva College
James R. Vanderwoerd, Professor of Social Work, Reedemer University College

Few studies on sexual violence have considered the unique context of faith-based institutions, particularly the risk and protective factors of Christian campuses. This session presents findings from two recent studies of more than 7,000 students at over 40 institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Approximately one-fifth of students in CCCU institutions report experiencing some form of sexual violence. However, the data also reveal that CCCU institutions have lower rates of sexual violence compared to secular campuses. The presenters will summarize the unique patterns and predictors of sexual violence on Christian campuses and explore how Christian colleges can respond.

Inclusive Intercollegiate Athletics in Christian Higher Education

Dan Wood, Executive Director, NCCAA
H. Skip Lord, Executive Director of Athletics, Houghton College
Gary Pine, Athletics Director, Azusa Pacific University

Can common ground be developed to better serve and impact all those involved within the intercollegiate athletics programs at Christian institutions? If so, what biblical directives can we learn from in creating common ground while still adhering to individual community standards?

Pornography and Gaming: The Moral Economies of the Digital World

Rob Rhea, Chaplain, Trinity Western University

The life experience of many adolescents and young adults includes the consumption of violent and sexual content through electronically mediated experiences, such as gaming and online pornographic content. This session will explore the formational and pastoral implications of this consumption, which limits or even inhibits the capacity of the consumer for perspective taking, emotional engagement, and exhibiting care. The session will specifically explore how the increasingly rich portrayal of the human image and likeness through new technologies such as CGI graphics, Oculus Rift, and others compound the effect of these materials on the user. 

The Prevalence of Pornography and Its Effects on the Mind

David Kinnaman, President, Barna Group
William Struthers, Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College

David Kinnaman (Barna) and William Struthers (Wheaton College) will co-lead this breakout session on pornography and Christian college students. Kinnaman will explore changing attitudes about the acceptability of porn as well as the prevalence of porn usage in society – including among young Christians – and the increasing degree of women’s use of pornography. Struthers will present research on how pornography changes the neurology of the students and what psychology and neuroscience shows about what really happens, why it matters, and what we can do to help. You can expect to ask questions, learn fresh insights, and consider new tools in your work with students.

The Rise and Impact of Premarital Cohabitation: Exploring Societal Trends Through a Christian Lens*

Heidi Morris, Associate Professor of Child and Family Services and Director of Family First, Abilene Christian University
Suzie Macaluso, Associate Professor of Sociology, Abilene Christian University

While premarital cohabitation may be on the rise, research reports that married couples who cohabitate before marriage have lower levels of satisfaction than married couples who do not cohabitate before marriage. Yet, larger society seems to tell students that living together before getting married is not only appealing, but beneficial. Faced with this societal trend and research that does not support its efficacy, Christian institutions of higher education have a unique opportunity to enter into dialogue with students about the impact of premarital cohabitation on marital satisfaction.

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Resource Development and Financial Health

Information for Earning CPE Credits

Each concurrent session in the “Resource Development and Financial Health” theme is eligible for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. In order to receive CPE credits, the attendee must fill out the handout that will be provided and return to the CCCU staff member that will be present during that session. Please note that this information is necessary in processing CPE credits for the attendee, so it is imperative that the attendee provides their information in order to be credited. If you do not wish to receive CPE credits, you are not required to sign-in for the session you wish to attend.

(Fields of Study subject to change)
Program Level: Basic
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None Required
Program Type: Group-Live

Who Should Attend: Board and Audit Committee Members, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Executive Officers, Business Administrators

Sponsored by CapinCrouse LLP, this seminar will allow you to qualify for up to 8 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE sponsors, CPE credits will be granted based on a 50-minute hour. The NASBA sponsor number is 103366. For questions or more information concerning the seminar and CPE credit, please contact us at Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received by January 15, 2018. For questions or information regarding administrative policies, such as concerns and refunds, please contact Terra Aguirre at or call 317.885.2620, ext. 1420.

CapinCrouse LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Concerns regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

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Academic Prioritization: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly*

Lari Mobley, Chair, MBA Program/Associate Professor of Marketing, Biola University
Leanne Dzubinski, Chair, Intercultural Studies Graduate Department, Associate Professor of Intercultural Education and Studies, Biola University
Andrew C. Yee, Administrator, Digital Lifelong Learning Programs,Biola University
Juliana Morley, MA, Head of Public Services, Library, Biola University

This session will present lessons learned from a high-functioning prioritization team. We will share the “good” about our process, including best practices we believe other universities should follow and a software tool we developed that greatly enhanced our collaboration. We will also discuss what was “bad” about our process – things that hindered us or that we wish we’d done differently. Finally, we will candidly share some “ugly” takeaways, including what practices had negative or unintended consequences that other universities should avoid. Our goal is to help other universities engaging in prioritization maximize their own processes and avoid mistakes. {Management Services}

1.Learn best practices for maximizing the academic prioritization process from the perspective of the task force members.
2.Understand how to use software to enhance a prioritization team’s collaboration and effectiveness.
3.Avoid costly mistakes that impede implementing a successful prioritization plan university-wide.

*Off the record

CCCU Financial Ratios Report for a Sustainable Future

Mike Williams, Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Chip Pollard, John Brown University

Private higher education has hit hard times before and always found a way to bounce back. Why should today be any different? With changing demographics and increased price sensitivity, our institutions face challenges. This session will move the discussion from these environmental factors to their impact on CCCU institutions as revealed in the CCCU Financial Ratios Report and the Composite Financial Index. Two respondents will also offer their views of the data and possible projections based upon experience at their institutions. Everyone in a senior leadership position at a CCCU institution is invited to attend. {Finance}

1.Understanding how to use the Composite Financial Index (CFI), developed by KPMG and Prager, Sealy & Co, as a measurement of institutional financial strength.
2.Exploring the trend lines for the CFI over the past six years for private higher education.
3.Looking at an understanding the CFI trends for CCCU institutions.

The Discounting Dilemma

P. Jesse Rine, Assistant Provost, Grove City College
William J. Katip, President, Grace College and Seminary

Tuition discounting has become a standard enrollment management strategy among evangelical Christian colleges. However, recent concerns regarding sticker shock and the sustainability of ever-increasing discount rates have sparked a reassessment of the practice. Is the so-called “high-price/high-aid” retail model the best approach to Christian college tuition pricing and financial aid? Is it the right approach? This session will provide a basic overview of the economics and rationale behind tuition discounting, including the benefits it affords as well as its unintended consequences. Panelists will also present two alternatives to the dominant model: the “low-price/funded-aid” approach and the “tuition reset.” {Specialized Knowledge}

1. Understand the economics and rationale behind tuition discounting.
2. Analyze the hidden implications of the “high-price/high-aid” model.
3. Explore alternative approaches to tuition pricing and financial aid.

How Do You Know? CCCU Recruitment Benchmarking

Tim Fuller, Senior Vice President/Owner, Credo

Since 1993, the cost to recruit a student, the performance of the admission funnel, and budget/staffing data has been gathered for the CCCU. This session builds on this research to help campuses determine best practices in budget and staffing as presented by the study’s author and several power-users of the data. {Management Services}

1. Build understanding of the concept and value of admission benchmarking.
2. Provide CCCU leaders with relevant context for their own recruitment investments in budget and staffing.

Inspiring Transformational Donors

Joe Watkins, Executive Vice President, Point Loma Nazarene University
Bob Westfall, CEO of Westfall Gold
Lisa Wolf, Vice President of Consulting, Westfall Gold

How do you create a community of major donors who are on fire for your college’s or university’s mission?  It’s easy to ask donors for support for the newest project, but how do you inspire them to fund your vision as a whole, instead of project-by-project?  Learn how to move your highest capacity partners from transactional giving to transformational giving.  During this session, we will provide a deep understanding of the behaviors and mindset of major donors, based on the latest research. {Specialized Knowledge}

1. Provide the latest information from the US Trust Study of High Net Worth Individuals and how their mindset impacts giving.
2. Understand how to build a case for support utilizing data from the study and the three main components necessary for the case.
3. Learn from one CCCU member's success implementing the major donor event strategy as part of its major donor fundraising efforts.

Investment Committee Boot Camp: Safeguarding Your School's Endowment

John Regan, Chief Investment Officer, Permanens Capital

Investment committees face significant challenges including expectations for high returns, escalating institutional needs, and public scrutiny of investment management costs. In such a climate, timely decision making, a focus on policy and strategy, and engaged and effective leadership are vital. {Management Services}

1. Define roles and responsibilities between the investment committee, CFO, board, and outsourced provider.
2. Discuss how to structure an effective investment committee: choosing members and chairpersons, term limits, required skill set, eliminating high turnover, nominations, etc.
3. Gain understanding of investing for perpetuity: structuring endowment buckets, establishing draw rates, sourcing appropriate investments, determining asset allocation, and eliminating conflicts of interest.

Is Government Funding Replaceable?*

Dale Kemp, Vice President for Finance & Operations, Treasurer, Wheaton College

Here is an under-the-cover look at the federal and state government fundings of our CCCU academic endeavors. These governmental resources are typically given to our students as loans and grants; they are hidden from general view in our financial reports as they are simply labeled “tuition.” This presentation will reveal the significant extent of these subsidies labeled “tuition” and will examine the risks, rewards, and options our boards and administrations may wish to consider. {Management Services}

1. Gain understanding of programs open to CCCU schools.
2. Understand the risks of government funding.
3. Explore possible options to government funding.
4. Discuss lessons learned from this study.

*Off the record

Level Up: How To Use Small To Your Advantage

Suzanne Davis, Vice President for University Relations, Greenville University (Moderator)
Ivan Filby, President, Greenville University
Jerry Hood, Board Chair, Greenville University
Ed McMillan, Board of Trustees, University of Illinois
Danara Moore, Professor, Briner School of Business, Greenville University
Bob Fry, Non-Profit Investment Advisor and Author
Linda Myette, Vice President for Development, Greenville University

Greenville University, a small institution in a small town, has felt the impact of higher education’s shifting landscape.  In response, its leaders harnessed both its location and size to create a differentiator for both the university and the community. The Greenville SMART initiative unifies the resources and connections of the university with the entrepreneurial spirit of the local community and the global business opportunities made possible by technology. This panel will present and discuss the SMART initiative and the ways your university can partner and collaborate and is recommended for institutions located in areas with a populace of 30,000 or less. {Management Services} 

Learning Objectives

  1. To discuss the impact of higher education's shifting landscape, and discuss how one institution used it's perceived challenges to create a differentiator for itself in the marketplace.
  2. To share how institutions located in areas with a populace of 30,000 or less can partner with their city to provide economic benefit to both the city and the institution.
More Than Money: Involving Alumni in Institutional Advancement

Brian Gardner, President, BG&C
Keith Hinkle, Senior Vice President for Advancement and Public Affairs, Pepperdine University
Jeff Rickey, Vice President and Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid (Retired), St. Lawrence University

Alumni giving represents graduates’ belief in their alma mater and, correspondingly, the cornerstone of an institution’s philanthropic support base. Unfortunately, the portion of alumni who financially give back to U.S. colleges and universities has been steadily shrinking over more than a decade. Nevertheless, opportunities abound for giving and non-giving alumni alike to advance their alma mater, opportunities that will also encourage them to complement their involvement with philanthropy. This presentation exhibits the goals and practices that two universities employ to involve their alumni in advancing the institution and makes recommendations for navigating organizational barriers to implementing campus-wide initiatives. {Specialized Knowledge}

1. Participants will learn the goals and practices two universities employ to involve their alumni in advancing the institution.
2. Participants will receive recommendations for navigating organizational barriers to implementing campus-wide initiatives.

Pursuing Federal Funding for Student and Faculty Initiatives for Minority-Serving Institutions

Tara Sirvent, Associate Dean of STEM and Director of Research,Vanguard University
Karen M. Cianci, Dean, School of Natural Sciences and Undergraduate Dean, Fresno Pacific University

Both Fresno Pacific University and Vanguard University are Hispanic-Serving Institutions that have received Title V grants. This workshop will provide an overview of practical issues in pursuing federal grants as a source of funding to support broadening-participation programs within the CCCU. The presentation focus is building grant capacity, readiness, planning, and management. The presentation will be informative for both student service practitioners and faculty interested in soliciting federal funding to support curricular and co-curricular programs and to those looking to diversify revenue sources. A concrete take-away for participants will be a comprehensive and strategic action plan. {Management Services}


1. Learn how to identify the campus needs which require external funding on campus and describe trends in pursuing federal grants.
2. Hear about strategies to develop university-wide collaboration to build the necessary infrastructure to support extramural funding.
3. Learn how to foster engagement and buy-in from faculty to develop and write proposals supporting key programatic and research needs on campus.
4. Apply a logical and systematic approach in assessing grant capacity and grant readiness.
5. Discuss a wide range of grant planning and grant management issues that impact pursuit of funding.


Reducing Your Total Cost of Risk Through Collaboration

Keith Dobrolinsky, Principle and Senior Vice President, Assurance Agency, Ltd
George Latter, Point Loma University
David Caldwell, Trevecca Nazarene

Managing the risks of higher education is more important than ever before, but many CCCU schools do not have the luxury of having their own risk management department and/or risk manager. Presenters will share how they collaborated to create a Trust to build upon the risk management best practices of member schools, found creative ways to cover their risks, built long-term carrier and vendor partnerships, and, ultimately, found ways to not only reduce premiums but explore ways to be rewarded for having good loss experience by managing their risk. {Management Services}

1. Learn how you can reduce your cost of risk.
2. Understand the importance of eliminating gaps and overlaps in coverage while enhancing coverage design.
3. Develop strategic partnerships through the development of risk management programs.
4. Learn how to participate in an alternative risk financing program that will reduce insurance costs.

Reevaluating Program Cost and Value: Analyzing Institutional Resources to Make Wise Investments

Robert Tucker, Dean College of Fine Arts, Hardin-Simmons University
Thomas R. Webster, Dean, School of Communication and Performing Arts, East Texas Baptist University

This presentation explores the complex issues related to program cost analysis in light of revenue/expenses, retention value, usage of special services, administrative structures, and various intangibles. The information will be directed towards academic program costs and relevancy of application towards co-curricular and extra-curricular programs will be demonstrated. This presentation will be most useful for budget managers, deans, chairs, and other academic leadership as they consider future funding and program development. {Finance}

1. Gain insight related to program costs for budget managers, deans, chairs, and other academic leadership.
2. Discover multiple strategies for conducting a thorough cost/benefit analysis for academic programs, co-curricular programs, and extra-curricular programs.
3. Explore ways to use these techniques to consider future funding and program expansion.

Results From CCCU National Economic Impact Study

Lee Huang, Senior Vice President, Principal, Econsult Solutions, Inc. 

CCCU institutions epitomize the role of faith-infused and values-led entities in economy, society, and community. They produce local, regional, and national economic impact through their annual operations and capital investments, through additional spending drawn into their communities by students and visitors, and through the enhanced earning potential their alumni enjoy. Their contributions are global and local, as they invest resources, time, and care in their host communities and make academic and programmatic contributions for broader societal gain.  Learn about CCCU institutions’ contribution to the national economy and why that contribution matters beyond jobs and tax revenues. These findings are based on a recently completed economic impact study of CCCU institutions in the U.S., conducted by Econsult Solutions. {Specialized Knowledge}

1.Gain language for talking about CCCU institutions as economic engines.
2.Understand the connection between values-led action and economic impact.
3.Frame aggregate economic impacts within the broader discussion about the role of higher education to healthy economies and communities.

Retention Is Everyone’s Business... That Is Much Easier Said Than Done (We Did It!)

Carrie Stockton, Dean of Student Success, Biola University

Retention and student support should be a whole campus initiative, but it can be difficult to integrate the myriad aspects of a student’s life to formulate a successful and comprehensive support plan. By identifying the key touch points for a Biola student, and working to combine and share data that was previously siloed in either academics or student life, we were able to create a more connected campus and provide better support to our students. This session will include practical suggestions for any practitioner who is interested in creating a more holistic support system for their students. {Specialized Knowledge}

1. Identify valuable campus partners and create strong mutually beneficial relationships key partners who will be vital to a student’s success.
2. Use Early Alert as a galvanizing program that will help you identify your most at-risk students, organize your student support services, and facilitate campus collaboration and partnerships.
3. Explore strategies for coaxing buy-in from even the most resistant campus partners by providing them with practical and useful information, tools, and processes.

Sharing Resources for Revenue Health

Matthew P. Henry, Chief Information Officer, LeTourneau University
Donald Haingray, Director of IT, Houghton College

Can we grow God's Kingdom together? Could we combine our talents? Is your school looking for great information technology or other areas of talent but unable to find it? Several models have been considered to create a shared service model between CCCU schools. Come explore together and give your feedback into staffing and services we could come together to provide. We have great talent in our CCCU departments. Can we work together? {Management Services}

1. Receive current update from CCCU Council on Technology resource sharing progress.
2. Gather input on additional areas of resource sharing.
3. Detail next action steps as takeaway to continue sharing process for CCCU schools.

Strategic Allocation-Endowment Allocation Considerations

Bryan Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Management Inc.

The years following the Great Recession have witnessed a significant rally in U.S. equities, leaving many to wonder about the efficiency of their endowment’s strategic allocation. Do alternative strategies make sense? How much international equity exposure should we utilize? What is the appropriate duration of our fixed income portfolio in a rising rate environment? Do we have enough emerging markets exposure? Questions like these have challenged many investment committees and left some wondering if they have properly structured their portfolio. In this session, we will review portfolio efficiency and consider the implications of the post-recession rally on traditional diversification techniques. {Finance}

1. Review asset allocation strategies and concepts related to efficient portfolio design.
2. Consider the pros and cons of including alternative strategies in your endowment portfolios.
3. Gain an understanding of the various schools of thought related to the proper amount of international and emerging market equity to include in a globally diversified portfolio.
4. Learn how changing implementation techniques impact asset allocation decisions, affect portfolio cost, and ultimately impact endowment return.

Strategies for Implementing Enterprise Risk Management

Kathy Hargis, Associate Vice President, Risk Management & Compliance
Vince Morris, Vice President for Finance, Houghton College
Janice Abraham, President & CEO, United Educators

Enterprise risk management (ERM) is a process to identify risks and opportunities so institutions can better prepare for and respond to an uncertain future. This session will highlight best practices and case studies from several Christian institutions who have successfully adopted ERM. Attendees will gain a better understanding of ERM and its role, identify the strategic risks senior administration and the board owns, and explore practical ways ERM can support the institution's strategic plan and mission. {Management Services}

1. Understand the importance of adopting an ERM program and how it can help your university achieve a competitive advantage.
2. Learn how your institution can implement an ERM program or improve on an existing one.
3. Learn best practices from several Christian institutions who have adopted an ERM program.

Textbook Affordability and the Future of the Campus Store

Darren Campbell, CEO/Founder, Tree of Life Bookstores

In this session we will explore new strategies to reduce the cost of course materials, increase sell through, and improve retention. We will also discuss the advancement of rental, digital, and open source materials. Other topics will be faculty engagement, POS advances, trends in store build-outs, and adequate footprint size for the future campus store. {Management Services}

1. Discuss and analyze future challenges and opportunities for the campus store.

Thrive: Breaking the Box on Campaign Design

Will Blanchard, Director of Advancement, Operations, Oklahoma Christian University

From 2014 to 2017, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) set out on a risky experiment in campaign design. Contrary to traditional models, Thrive was fully public from start to finish and gave donors a daily insider’s perspective on project development. Donors could track project-by-project progress online and a university blog pulled back the curtain on everything from the emotions of fundraising to the academic budgeting process. The result: record participation (19.7% alumni rate; 9,307 donors) and record giving ($33.9M in three years). Hear from the campaign’s manager, Will Blanchard, about Thrive’s unconventional strategies and how they appeal to a changing donor-base. {Specialized Knowledge}

1. Learn to build a high-touch fundraising program that gets students, alumni, and donors talking.
2. Get tips for managing a painfully honest communication strategy.
3. Learn how to leverage crowd-funding ideas in a comprehensive campaign context."

THRIVE for Mental Wellness: Pushing Back Against Anxiety and Depression Through Campus Dining

Susan Gurley, Executive Director, Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA)
Karen Cassiday, President, ADAA
Howard Curtis, Vice President of Marketing, Pedestal Foods
Joe Scherer, Sr. Director Sales & Operations, Pedestal Food

Anxiety and depression affect millions of students. Alarmingly, 80% of students with an anxiety disorder and 60% with depression are not able to access traditional mental health treatment. The need is great for innovative delivery of mental wellness programs. THRIVE for mental wellness was developed by the ADAA, in collaboration with Pedestal Foods, to shine the light on challenges that cause anxiety and depression. THRIVE uses social interaction and unique rewards to positively support and impact student behavior through campus dining. {Specialized Knowledge}

1. Recognize the impact of anxiety and depression in today’s college students.
2. Identify small, easy and effective ways to enhance or support a positive culture.
3. Understand that positive behavior change can happen through intentional design, in non-traditional ways.

Trends in Affordability and Institutional Financial Health at CCCU Schools*

Dan Nelson, Chief Institutional Data & Research Officer, Bethel University

How have CCCU institutions weathered the storms of economic recession, increased competition, a declining pool of high school graduates, and changing family attitudes about paying for college? Using data from IPEDS and nearly two decades of CCCU surveys, examine trends in enrollment, college costs, financial aid, discount rates, student debt, and family wealth. The session will reveal patterns of institutional financial health (net revenues) and student and family affordability (net price compared with family wealth) since the onset of the recession, concluding with signs of healthy institutions and win-win scenarios. {Management Services}

1. Increase your understanding of the issues of affordability and financial health at CCCU institutions.
2. Discover how your institution compares with other CCCU institutions.
3. Identify those characteristics associated with the more successful institutions.

*Closed to media