Dr. Hank Kelly
A college or university education is more than just learning information. There is no neutral, nonformative education (i.e., there is no such thing as a “secular” education). Colleges and universities are forming students into something. The question is: what?
Education is formative in that not only does it impact the mind but also the heart. All the practices of a college or university form the imagination and hearts of its students—whether designed or not. If drinking and partying are accepted and even expected to “fit in,” then many students will succumb to their callings. It may be true that some students can withstand these temptations—but why risk it? Why subject yourself to this testing during the most formative years of your life?
A Christian college or university forms people who desire the kingdom of God and thus undertake their vocation as an expression of that desire. At Ohio Christian University, this is accomplished with faculty who are all strong and committed Christians, the Christian worldview is integrated in every course, and each student learns Bible and theology. This formation is also accomplished through non-academic means such as attending chapel including revival weeks; being involved in small group ministries; interacting with Christian faculty and staff outside of class; complying with standards consistent with Christian behavior; and participating in Community Action Day, Church Service Day, and Christian Service where students use their hands in the world to improve it.
Universities and colleges are forming their students into something. If you want to be formed into a Christian, attend a Christian university or college.