Our breakouts will engage our theme, Faithful Student Formation: Shaping a New Generation, and will focus on student formation in all of its varying dimensions--intellectual, spiritual, social and emotional--as we seek to challenge Christian educators to be faithful in carrying out this crucial task.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

11:15 am

Reasoning and the Holy Spirit: Christian Higher Education as a Lecture Hall of Tyrannus for the 21st Century - - A Continuation of the Conversation
Gary Stratton, Bethel University

“You’ve heard it now”: Native Stories and Loving the Other

Johannah Bird, Briercrest College and Seminary

In our Canadian context where we are seeking to recognize and be attentive to Aboriginal voice, storytelling and the reading of Native literature can play key roles in our students’ learning, particularly where Aboriginal people are not widely represented. By attending to Native stories, students are often able to connect history more closely with its direct impact on the lives of Native people. This presentation will explore the ethics of reading Native literature, how Indigenous critics have advocated the reading of Native stories, and the implications of reading Indigenous literature in our confessional institutions.

Sexual Assault & Violence on Campus: What Do We Know and What Do We Need To Know?

Jim Vanderwoerd, Redeemer University College

This session will provide an overview of the similarities and differences between secular and Christian campuses regarding the incidence of and factors related to sexual assault and violence. Further, the session will review best practices and current responses and policies in higher education in Canada (and the US). Finally, participants will be invited to critically engage with others to will consider how these can be adapted in Christian higher education.

2:15 pm

Presidents and Chief Student Affair Officers
Shirley Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

A joint breakout for CHEC presidents and Chief Student Affairs Officers focused on key issues facing our students.

Integrating Enrolment to shape a New Generation

Sheldon Mac Leod, Crandall University

Understanding the holistic nature of enrolment is becoming increasingly important to Canadian institutions.  National enrolment and population trends are in decline.  Our institutions face the additional challenge of attracting and retaining missionally appropriate students from that declining marketplace. Student numbers are understood as essential to survival.  However, the actual philosophy and practice of enrolment often remains misunderstood and marginalized, particularity within institutions with limited resources.  This session will question the way in which enrolment is understood, present industry leading practices, review an institutional case study, and encourage the mission-centric nature of enrolment as critical to shaping the next generation.

Building Biblical/theological competency into the core curriculum of the university college
Barry Smith, Tyndale University College

Tyndale University College recently and successfully submitted a proposal to the Association for Biblical Higher Education outlining a substantive change in the delivery of a comprehensive core curriculum both to maintain accreditation and meet the expectations required of a Canadian University in serving its students.    This session will share our early steps of implementing curricular and learning outcomes to the core courses in our non-Bible and Christian Ministries majors.  Our vision is to provide a distinctive educational offering to all students looking to the university colleges for a comprehensive degree with a sound biblical/theological grounded context.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

11:15 am 

Toward Effectivenes in Student Spiritual Formation
Glenn Loewen, Prairie College

A presentation of a doctoral project on student spiritual formation on the Prairie campus. It will especially focus on findings that have potential application in other post-secondary contexts. As well, we will present a model purposed toward spiritual formation being used on the Prairie campus.

When Health Care Institutions and Post Secondary Collaborate to change the Landscape for Student Mental Health: The Case of the Mobile Mental Health Team

Karen Cornies, Redeemer University College

Recognizing the critical mental health needs of students, colleges and universities are looking for fast effective referrals.  Partnerships with local health care agencies can be of tremendous benefit in providing such services.  Hear how the three post-secondary institutions in Hamilton (Redeemer University College, Mohawk College and McMaster University) worked with St. Joseph’s Hamilton Healthcare staff and community services to launch a collaborative initiative called the Youth Wellness Centre and the Mobile Mental Health Team.  Be inspired to launch your own initiative!

So What? Helping students Reflect on Experience: A Key to Formation
Lee Beach, McMaster Divinity College

For many students their experience of doing a degree can be a blur of activity. Writing papers and exams, completing projects, having a job and family commitments make for a busy life for today’s students. What can schools do to intentionally help students reflect on their learning and what it means in their own personal, vocational and spiritual formation? This session will focus on practices that can contribute to helping students intentionally engage in personal reflection as part of their development. In particular it will focus on the role of a graduating student retreat as a key part of a school’s degree program.

2:00 pm

Conduct, Covenant and Community
Earl Phillips, Trinty Western University

This presentation will consider the purpose of conduct policies in Christian higher education communities, the legal context and requirements, and best practices for framing, implementation and administration. We will draw on the experience of Trinity Western University over the past 15 years, including the current challenges it is facing. Attendees should become better equipped to consider, develop or revise conduct policies for their unique communities and particular legal jurisdictions.

Spiritual Formation & Vocational Discernment
Gareth Brandt, Columbia Bible College

This session is a presentation of a new course at our college entitled "Spiritual Formation & Discernment." Course content and activities involve the pursuit of a healthy self-awareness, learning strategies to nurture a vital and growing life-long faith, and vocational discernment. The major assignment involves completing a "discernment questionnaire" and participating in a "discernment session" where the student's character and gifts are affirmed and input given into vocational discernment for the future.

Career Development, Aspiration, and Vocation: the next generation of leaders

Richard Wikkerink, Redeemer University College

Who aspires to senior leadership roles in higher education? How can colleges and universities contribute to the career development of the next generation of leaders?  This session will present the findings of a recent qualitative study of midlevel Student Affairs professionals and engage a discussion of the findings, the theoretical model, and open a conversation about career development, aspirations, and vocation.

4:00 pm

"Facilitative" Leadership in Changing Environments

Aileen Van Ginkel, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Changing environments require forms of leadership that facilitate learning and formation. As leaders interact with people of other faiths or ideologies, they will benefit from proactive facilitation of "deep dialogue" - conversation that fosters disclosure of that which has deep meaning for each participant and cultivates the desire to deal with diversity on the basis of broader understanding and respect. Going beyond mere "tolerance" of diversity will model to students and faculty the importance of discerning how God's Word in Creation is active beyond institutional walls, and will in turn nurture cultures of dialogue and discernment within.

Using Portfolios to Assess & Present Comprehensive Student Formation

Jeff Wheeldon, Providence University College & Theological Seminary

Assessing course outcomes can be difficult enough, but most student formation happens outside the formal learning environment. Portfolios enable students to present themselves and their learning in a more personalized way than a mere transcript, and enable schools to assess and highlight student formation more comprehensively. This presentation is structured around a sample portfolio, highlighting the necessary components, assessment strategies, ways to incorporate portfolios into a larger assessment/advising strategy, and benefits to both students and institutions.