Recognizing the need to invest in the current and future leadership of Assemblies of God institutes, colleges and universities, The Alliance for AG Higher Education is announcing the launch of a Higher Education Administration emphasis as part of Evangel University's Master of Organizational Leadership program (MOL).
Currently, only two Christian colleges, neither of which is Pentecostal, offer graduate degrees in higher education. The Alliance sees this as the time to begin laying the groundwork toward developing a pipeline of leadership for AG schools.
According to Bob Cook, executive vice president of the Alliance, the program is designed to equip a rising generation of leaders with a broad and comprehensive set of understandings of higher education from a Pentecostal worldview. Four courses are being formed that can be completed either as an emphasis within the Evangel MOL program or alone as a 12-credit Certificate in Higher Education Administration.
The courses will allow students to acquire knowledge and proficiencies in each of the following areas of higher education administration: Organization and Planning, Finance, Student Development, Accreditation, Enrollment Management, History and Philosophy, and Spiritual Formation.
In addition, each course will require pre-class reading followed by four days of intensive classroom instruction on-site at Evangel and a post-class project relating to the student's area of service or interest. The Alliance staff and other leading scholars in their field will teach these courses.
"We are looking to the future," Cook says, "believing that these small steps can bring ‘leadership fruit' in years and decades to come."
For more information about the program, see http://evangel.edu/mol or contact Charity Fahlstrom at Evangel University Graduate Admissions at 417-865-2815 ext. 7227. Evangel is located in Springfield, Missouri, and is an accredited and endorsed Assemblies of God university.