"You [Christian colleges] have what everybody else is desperate to have: a way of talking about and educating the human person in a way that integrates faith, emotion and intellect. ...Almost no other set of institutions in American society has that, and everyone wants it."
— David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author of the best-selling book The Road to Character
UNIVERSITY CORE VALUES
Christ Centered: Purpose, Scholarship, Community, Transformation
- Purpose: A specific calling for a unique role in our world.
- Scholarship: Academic excellence in an innovative faith-centered environment.
- Community: Belonging to a connected and compassionate body of learners.
- Transformation: Christ’s redemptive work in individual and corporate life.
We believe that every individual has a God given purpose, brought to fruition by the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit and the challenge of scholarship. As we participate in a consecrated community of learners we are continuously transformed into the image of Christ both individually and corporately.
The learning community at Southern Wesleyan University fosters in participants
- biblically informed personal wholeness reflected in healthy, growth-enhancing relationships with God, themselves, and others;
- the ability to participate articulately in the significant conversations of the human race from a well-informed, reasonable, and distinctively Christian perspective; and
- the ability to effect positive change through skillful, values-driven engagement with their world.
Such that graduates...
- Bear witness to a deepening relationship with God through Christ reflected in integrity of thought, affection, and action.
- Have established lifestyle habits that facilitate ongoing growth intellectually, spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally.
- Approach issues of both a theoretical and practical nature from a consistently biblical perspective, tempered by awareness of personal biases and divergent views.
- Lead positive change by seeking justice for, reconciliation with, and service to others in a manner that reflects understanding of social dynamics.
- Recognize and value truth and beauty in themselves and their surroundings as reflections of the Creator.
- Critically and creatively construct their own well-reasoned perspectives in discussing current trends, ideas and events, drawing on understanding of the breadth of human knowledge.
- Demonstrate skill in listening, reading, scholarship, writing, public speaking and the use of technology.
- Solve problems effectively using scientific research, critical thinking, and creativity.
- Work collaboratively in diverse cultural groups to achieve positive results.
- Master professional or discipline-specific knowledge and skills sufficient to be productive in the field to which they are called.