As a professor at a Christian college, I was excited to see the cover package on "How to Save the Christian College" [March], particularly the questions around the "browning of campuses catering to a white elite." Unfortunately, the articles did little to address this challenge.
I consistently see conversations about diversity in the body of Christ getting bogged down in fears of "political correctness" and political liberalism. Asian, Hispanic, and African American communities all have vibrant and growing churches. At many Christian colleges tied to majority-white denominations or traditionally white constituencies, we have to press on toward understanding what it means to model and teach a well-lived Christian life in more than one color.
In Christianity Today's interview with Gordon's and Wheaton's presidents ["Sailing into the Storm," March], the first question regarding the future of Christian higher education includes the sentence, "Some argue it's simply too expensive." Neither president directly addresses that issue. Many parents would like to send their children to a Christian college but cannot afford it or do not want their children to have a huge loan debt. While most colleges award significant financial aid, they are limited in how much they can offer.
Many students are choosing instead to attend state schools (where they can participate in organizations such as InterVarsity and Campus Crusade) or community colleges (where they can continue at their home church). It is becoming more difficult to convince parents that the "Christian" benefits of attending a Christian college justify the high costs.
If the famous question, "If you were to die tonight, do you know for sure that you would ...1