Freedom of Faith

Planning the future of Fresno Pacific University is a continuous process. Currently our planning has been framed by the presentation of an initial draft of proposed major desired conditions, with an invitation to contribute changes and additions. We collaborate in the ongoing search for the consensus we need to wisely prioritize and organize our work […]

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 […]

Planning and Diversity

The purpose of planning is to make selected future conditions more likely than they would be without intentional effort. Some good things usually happen just by God’s gracious kindness. But thousands of years of human history consistently confirm that purposeful and well-coordinated efforts are more likely to produce the desired conditions than hopeful and prayerful […]

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 […]

Learning love and discipline

We are dedicated to learning. Our student learning outcomes (SLOs) are one of the chief ways we evaluate how well we are doing at our mission and core purposes and values. Learning means two related but separate things: gaining knowledge and gaining skill. Knowing something and knowing how to do something. Understanding and behaving. In […]

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 […]

Learning to Follow

When the concept of the learning organization emerged with the publication of The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge (1990), a learning organization was distinguished from a traditional authoritarian organization. A traditional organization relies on a hierarchical structure of power and control to achieve desired results. People in positions with more organizational power over people make […]

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 […]

Learning to Learn

I recently spent a noon hour with six young Fresno Pacific students and their teacher. The teacher was a staff member, Lisa Alvey, who is not formally a professor, and that was a powerful example of why every FPU employee must be a skillful, dedicated and thoughtful follower of Jesus, whose thoughts, language and behavior […]