Is a Liberal Arts Education a Valued Investment?

April 2013

There is continuing debate regarding the value of a liberal arts education. In today’s economic climate, political leaders are making the argument that there must be a direct link to spending money for an education that leads to a specific job. Even within the higher education community, there is a view that students who earn Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in liberal arts fields are less likely to be sought after by employers.

It is important to know that the use of the word liberal in this context refers to a broad education that is intellectually liberating, one that teaches analytical thinking from multiple perspectives, and creativity in problem-solving. At Washington Adventist University, our vision is to produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities. We prepare students to be responsible citizens and individuals who will contribute to the improvement of their communities. What is very clear, if we examine the data, is that a college degree is indeed a financially sound investment. In 2011, a report issued by the Center for Education and the Workforce stated that those holding Bachelor’s degrees earn nearly a million dollars more over a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.

For our graduates, a college degree is a tremendous investment that will continue to return personal reward in spiritual development, in income, in intellectual development, and in professional flexibility. In today’s economy, a college education gives a great return!

WGTS-Gateway to Service 91.9FM

February 2013

John Konrad transformed WGTS into a media power house that now provides a daily source of hope and inspiration to local, national and international listeners. His philosophy was to use media to reach out to people who are searching for comfort, hope, joy, peace and love. His commitment was not to get listeners attracted to a religion, but to get them connected to Jesus Christ the dependable and everlasting source of joy, hope, peace and love.

John has left us with a well rated 91.9FM Christian radio station that is “Family Safe and Kid Friendly.” On any given day or night, while at home, work or play over 600,000 individuals are hearing that Jesus is our creator, redeemer and friend. What a legacy!

On behalf of the Washington Adventist University Board of Trustees and the entire University community, may the grace and comfort of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Larnelle Harris, in August 1994, released an album called, I Choose Joy. The chorus of one of my favorite songs on the album states: “The best is yet to come, nothing compares to the promise we share, that the best is yet to come.”

Focus on the words of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

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Reflection

December 2012

Someone recently asked me, what was the single most important action you took to change the direction of the then Columbia Union College? My quick response was pray, asking God for divine guidance alone with a special request for patience, determination and to do and say the right things at the right times.  To a certain extent, he was satisfied with that answer, but persisted in asking, so then what did you do?  In further reflection on the question, my answer today would be that I established a partnership with God to identify who were my customers and then create a culture of excellence to provide a service or product that exceeded the expectations of the customers.  In an organization with multiple customers such as trustees, faculty, staff, students, constituents, parents and even government and accrediting agencies, how does one exceed multiple customer expectations?   The very first and most important step in transforming an organization is identifying and understanding its core values and vision.  Once established they can be used to determine operational issues such as goal setting, decision making, criteria for effective hiring, and identifying appropriate behaviors.   At Washington Adventist University our core values and vision have helped us to declare the institution’s higher purpose, create an internal and external image of the organization, communicate a message and priority internally and to make sure that our pillars of excellence – quality, people, finance, growth, service, community - are continually aligned with our operational values.

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