To add to the issue, some of the traditional assumptions concerning the
demographics of higher education are changing. According to The Chicago
Tribune and Wall Street Journal, as quoted in The Ivy Jungle Network's
Campus Ministry Update, August 2000 (IvyJungle@aol.com), "The coming decade
will see a significant increase in the number of high school graduates, as
well as a projected increase in 'nontraditional' students...(only 1/6 of
the nations 15 million college students fits the typical 18-22 year old
stereotype)." The Wall Street Journal excerpt continues, "With an
increasing amount of money flowing into online education, traditional
universities have gone on the offensive, hoping to protect their share in
the $250 billion market of higher education. With an increasing number of
online schools such as the University of Phoenix Online or notHarvard.com,
traditional universities have their work cut out for them. Last year
private industry invested nearly $3 billion in online education." As the
song goes, "The times, they are a-changing."
Much of our special focus speaks to traditional higher education models,
which a majority of students still choose. However, the worldview aspects
of our resources may become even more relevant in a connected,
virtual-education atmosphere. No matter what model is chosen, we hope it
helps you or someone you know.
—Byron Barlowe, Editor/Webmaster, Leadership University
Mind Games Seminar Manual
Over 50% of church youth today are dropping out of church when they go off
to college. Why is this? Most students are ill-prepared for the attacks
they will receive on their faith. They don't know how to interact with
students from other backgrounds and professors devoted to atheistic or "new
age" oriented scholarship. As one anti-Christian professor from Arkansas
recently remarked, "If students don't know what they believe and why they
do, I'll change them."
Mind Games is for high school and college students who want to approach
their entire college career from a Christian perspective. It is also open
to young adults, youth leaders, and parents interested in understanding and
teaching the Christian faith in real world settings.
Advice for Parents: Choosing a College
Dr. Ron Nash
An excerpt from The Totally Useable Summit Ministries Guide to Choosing a
College by Dr. Ronald Nash on ground rules for the college selection
Are You Doing Four Years or Life?
An article about college and Christian involvement.
Real Life: What it is and Where to find it
Every Student's Choice
Three testimonies offering perspective on being a Christian at college.
So You Want to Go to College
Reviewed by Gilbert Meilaender
Meilander reviews Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth about Americašs Top 100
Schools, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's guide to the
campus culture and educational policy of America's most selective schools.
Winning Ideas (and a few flops too)
Choosing a College, Thomas Sowell
Help us post the most helpful ideas to make the college selection process
easier. Tell us what works and what doesn't.
Preparing Students for College
Parents are challenged to give attention to their children's intellectual
preparation. Too many Christian students enter the college environment only
to find their beliefs attacked. These students are in need of sound
teaching that will lead them to respond to this environment.
Dr. Ray Bohlin
A practical guide for the Christian student to prosper in the faith at
college with four principles to last a lifetime.
Learning to Love What God Loves
Steven Garber, Ph.D.
An eagerness for God is the foundation for success in college, says author
One of the best resources for college and soon-to-be college students we've
found on the Web, created by Focus on the Family. Boundless contains a
relevant features section, a Resource Center with tapes, books and other
resources, and regular columnists. We highly recommend Office Hours and Ask
Theophilus by Dr. J. Budziszewski, author of How to Stay Christian in
College. You'll find relationship and money management tips, etc.
Go here to see our past Special Focus features.