Siloam Springs, Ark (October 11, 2001) - Christian colleges all over the world are celebrating October 2001 as the third annual Christian Higher Education Month. John Brown University, one of two Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) members in Arkansas, contributes to higher education by actively integrating faith, learning, and living.
The University offers over 50 degree programs one would find at any university - business, English, mathematics, teacher education, biology, and engineering. There are also specialized degrees for those students desiring to become youth ministers, camp directors, or church education leaders. The university's mission is to educate students who will live their lives in service to God and others, in whatever profession they choose.
The University's division of business has the largest enrollment. “In my experience among Christian schools, JBU truly is a leader in this field,” said Dr. Joe Walenciak, chair of the JBU division of business. “Sending forth Christian professionals who reflect the heart of Christ is culture-transforming.” Its more-recently added graduate programs are equally as successful. Dr. Edward Klotz, associate professor of Intercultural Studies at JBU, said that the Masters of Science degree in Leadership and Ethics is a prime example of JBU’s contribution to higher education in Arkansas. “The goal of the program is to promote ethical excellence in lives of human resource officers, managers, CEOs, and other leaders,” Klotz said. “Businesses realize that morals and ethics do matter.”
Students are also aware of the benefits Christian higher education has for them. JBU's enrollment hit a record high again in the 2001-02 academic year. Graduate programs and programs for working adults are also growing. “Christian higher education gives me a chance to grow and learn in an environment familiar to me,” said Laura Barret, a sophomore at John Brown University whose parents are missionaries in Russia. “JBU provides me with a quality education and faculty who involve and integrate Christian faith in their teaching.”
Christian Higher Education month is sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, an association of 101 member institutions with comprehensive curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. The month was first designated in 1999 to raise awareness and increase understanding of Christian colleges and their role in shaping culture.
John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,600 students from 50 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.