Philosophy of Higher Education

“The Future of Education in America: the Conversation Continues”

Over the past month, I’ve attended the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) conference in Washington, D.C., participated in a conference on campus about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and the liberal arts, and engaged various colleagues and friends at the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) International Forum in Los Angeles. All three events focused on … [more]

Christian faith, global politics and world religions

A recent search for an old document took me into the file cabinets that hold class notes from all my years in higher education. I first found my undergraduate files, which include notes from my New Testament theology class with Dr. Gundry in the fall of 1980 at Westmont. I also thumbed through my notes from my Master of Divinity … [more]

Napoleon’s Tomb

In my continuing effort to understand why great civilizations rise and fall, I recently finished a wonderful biography about Napoleon by Paul Johnson, a columnist for Forbes magazine and a prolific writer on social, cultural and economic matters around the world. My interest in reading about Napoleon began three years ago during my first visit to Paris. I had traveled … [more]

Jeffrey J. Selingo’s Book, “College (Un)Bound: the Future of Higher Education and What it means for Students”

We returned from our alumni trip last Saturday night, and I spent the week settling back into our work at the college. We celebrated the Fourth of July in Santa Barbara, enjoying a wonderful barbecue in Montecito before descending on the harbor for the annual fireworks display. My reading this week has focused on a book by Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor … [more]


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