President Hudson T. Armerding of Wheaton (Illinois) College is proposing “a national university composed of cooperating regionally accredited Christian liberal arts colleges.” He unveiled his idea before fellow Christian educators last month in meetings in Denver concurrent with the annual national convention of the National Association of Evangelicals.
The Armerding plan is based on the need for a graduate program “of breadth and depth not now available at any one of the potential participating colleges.” He envisions it as functioning within the framework of presently qualified colleges whose facilities would be combined to implement the program. Said a Wheaton spokesman:
“Leased lines, coaxial cables, and other communications devices could expedite cooperative instruction. Library resources might be shared through the use of new data retrieval systems. Key faculty could, if necessary, commute by air from one campus to another.”
“The integration of the various campuses organizationally could be provided by a board of control responsible for policies affecting the national university as a whole. It would be expected that each campus would still retain its own board policies peculiar to that particular institution.”
Under the leadership of towering General Director Clyde Taylor, nearly 1,000 Denver delegates passed ten major resolutions on current affairs of interest to evangelicals at the main NAE sessions.
On world ecumenism, NAE reaffirmed “its conviction that Christian unity is primarily a spiritual relationship” and recognized “helpful diversity in structural relationship.” It said unity, “given by God and made real in us by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, is manifested in love-inspired fellowship that promotes cooperative ...1
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