Education that Lasts a Lifetime
By Troy B. Nelson
Vice President of Enrollment Management
It is often said, "the purpose of education is to land a good job." Bible Colleges believe that education is about more than a job; it is about training students to be lifelong learners. Lifelong learning requires a person to be: self-disciplined in continuing their personal and spiritual growth beyond the college years, confident in thinking both Biblically and practically about all of life, independent in thinking while maintaining a spirit of love and service toward others. This is the strength of a Bible College education: Students receive training to be lifelong learners, or what Scripture calls disciples of Christ.
Here are some values that show lifelong learning to be a part of the educational DNA of Ozark Christian College:
Students are expected to excel.
Jesus calls his disciples to become like him (Lk. 6:40). Such a transformation does not happen simply by trying, but through strict training (I Cor. 9:25, I Tim. 4:7). That is why the academic standards and expectations of Ozark often cause students to break an "academic sweat." This is intentional because, as research shows, the higher the expectations of a college on students, the higher the students' level of learning and maturity beyond the college years.
Collaborative learning is valued.
Students are a reservoir of knowledge, so peer tutoring, study groups and project teams are opportunities for students to teach one another. Such educational experiences not only improve students' problem solving and communication skills, they also give them practical experience in team-based leadership. Collaborative learning is more than just homework; it is real life experience.
Faculty feedback to students is a priority.
Jesus regularly assessed the disciples' comprehension of his teaching (Mt. 16:5-12, 17:19-20). In Bible College, exams, comments on papers, and grades are not a means of ranking students, but of communicating with students to support them in becoming better learners and thinkers for Christ.
That is the difference. While colleges train students to love learning, classic Bible Colleges train students to love learning about Jesus for a lifetime.
I would like to personally invite you to experience the academic life of Ozark Christian College. Arrange a visit to our campus today by calling 1.800.299.4622!