Complexity and Simplicity

Today was a full day for me: in a cabinet meeting we planned for the WASC accreditation visit next week, discussed the agenda of the university diversity committee, made some plans for summer and reviewed fundraising, marketing and communications, and the seminary; at lunch an alumnus talked about life after university and how his FPU […]

Fresno Pacific – A Regional University

Fresno Pacific University is a distinctly regional university. The Valley has unique needs and FPU has learned both to adapt to and serve these needs. Our education credentials and master’s degrees address the requirements of local schools. Our seminary graduates serve in local and regional churches from many denominations, as well as in MB churches […]

Building Creatively on our Resources

We have begun the strategic planning process. I use the word “process” loosely. Strategic planning is creative. It is iterative or reiterative. We start, we develop and new insights inspire revision of what we thought we had firmly established. We need the insights and experience of many, of everyone. Each of us brings a slightly […]

Strategic Planning

We are moving into a new phase of strategic planning at FPU. In reality we are always thinking strategically. We must. Higher education has changed dramatically and continues to change. We are advised constantly that the change will continue until (and if) the educational environment enters a new phase of stability. That phase seems to […]

The Role of Professors Today

Today’s academic world calls on professors at a university like Fresno Pacific to fill new roles, and to approach teaching and education differently than we have in the past. Liberal arts institutions had at their center the development of students as they matured into adults, guiding in moral and spiritual development, exploring giftedness and educating […]

A Community of Communities

Universities are complex places—the largest can be like cities, with multiple communities and agendas, some of which have no contact with those outside of their own area of teaching or study. Smaller and mid-sized universities like FPU have the benefit of being one community, with a common mission, ideals and understandings. Our stated ideal and […]

Educational Effectiveness

What have we been up to the last couple of years, along with our regular cycle of classes, scholarship, performances and business? We have been involved in one of the most important exercises an institution like ours engages in—reaccreditation. Let me outline what we do, and why we do it. You will see why we […]

We’re working toward it

Two weeks ago in this newsletter I outlined some of the immediate issues facing FPU. Today I’d like to get beyond what we’re working on and take a look at what we’re working toward. Integration of Faith and Learning. The work of a university is scholarship, teaching and learning.  We form a community of scholars […]