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Save the dates for IAPCHE’s 8th International Conference

Save the dates for IAPCHE’s 8th International Conference


8/12/15
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Baekseok University will be hosting the 8th international conference on behalf of IAPCHE on its campus (pictured above) in Cheonan City in the northern south Cheongchung province. The dates for the conference are May 30 through June 3, 2016. PLEASE NOTE that this date has changed from early communications. The opening of the conference will be dinner followed by a plenary on the evening of Monday, May 30. Participants should plan to arrive midday or earlier on Monday, May 30. The conference will close with a tour and lunch on Friday, after which participants may leave at their convenience.

THEME

"Strengthening Christian Higher Education in an Era of Global Transformation"

In 2006 IAPCHE’s 7th International Conference, held in Granada, Nicaragua, explored the rapidly changing global context of Christian higher education and its implications for curriculum, pedagogy and administration. Since then, the world has witnessed ongoing seismic shifts in higher education. IAPCHE’s 8th International Conference, to be held at Baekseok University in Korea from May 30 to June 3, 2016, will explore how Christian higher education (CHE) can address the challenges and opportunities of shifting global realities with integrity and conviction.

The editors of Christian Higher Education: A Global Reconnaissance (Eerdmans, 2014) identify several crucial global trends in higher education:

  • Massification: “The world is going to university,” proclaimed a special report in the Economist (March 2015). Mass education has taken off all over the world. In many nations demand for university and college education is growing much faster than governments’ ability to provide it. In Sub-Saharan Africa, where mass education lags behind other regions, Christian higher education is developing faster than anywhere else. Meanwhile, in some ‘developed’ regions (traditional areas of strength for CHE) college/university populations are declining.
     
  • Technological Revolution: The past decade has witnessed an accelerating profusion of new information technology tools and techniques influencing access, demand, and practice in higher education. The internet and social media provide fertile ground for experiments in achieving a global reach in information exchange and learning. This globalization brings new challenges with expanded access to differing values, beliefs, or worldviews. Technological innovation also carries inherent assumptions about what constitutes good education.
     
  • Instrumentalization: All over the world higher education is under increasing pressure to focus less on the holistic formation of persons and to concentrate more narrowly on preparation for jobs that contribute to national economies. Institutions of CHE, too, are increasingly concentrating on the professional and skills development programs, often at the cost of programs in the humanities.
     
  • Secularization: As national governments encounter both religious diversity and burgeoning demand for higher education, often their strategy is to insist on ‘secular’ standards for program and institutional accreditation.

The conference will explore how CHE can and should respond to these global forces while remaining faithful to our shared commitment of practicing citizenship in the kingdom of God. More and more students are studying across national boundaries, faculty members are collaborating with international colleagues, and institutions are scrambling to provide a curriculum aligned with the changing global educational trends. How might Christian institutions remain faithful to their mission within a context of student demand for an education that guarantees them employment upon graduation? How have administrators and educators responded to these changes?

 

Join us in this exciting conference as we share experiences, research outcomes, and current thinking on Christian higher education in this global context. 

 

 The following sub-themes will help shape the thinking and discussions around the larger theme:

1. Pedagogy

We invite presentations that broadly address the art and science of teaching. Our calling as Christians is to ensure continued effectiveness of instruction and relevant deep learning for our students. How do we foster student learning in and outside the classroom in the contemporary context? How has the presence of international students in our classrooms and on our campuses shaped the way we teach? How has the technological revolution shaped pedagogy, for good or for ill? How do we balance traditional and innovative modes of teaching?  How has research on how people learn shaped our teaching? What are our experiences in bringing Christian faith into all aspects of teaching, learning, and service?

2. Curriculum

Here the focus is on the subject matter of education. How do global changes shape what we teach? How do we balance the goal of transmitting knowledge with the goal of the personal/spiritual/vocational development of students? How do we balance interdisciplinarity and broad curricular themes with the need for disciplinary depth? What role does our Christian identity play in determining learning goals? What content ought to be in all our courses and how do we ensure effective implementation and desired outcomes?

3. Administration/Leadership

Higher education administrative leaders deal with everything from enrollment to budgets, physical plant to fundraising, and student life to accreditation. What are the qualities of excellence in administrative leadership? What challenges do current trends in higher education bring for Christian administrative leaders? How have government regulations and competition from public/private institutions shaped the administrative aspects of Christian institutions? What relationships have emerged between your institution and your local and regional communities?

4. Research

Under this sub-theme we invite presentations on aspects of research in Christian higher education that address the new global realities and resulting trends and forces in contemporary higher education. 

Invitation and Offer

Baekseok University has graciously offered to cover the cost of accommodation, food, and airport transfers for the first 200 participants at the conference. Priority for those 200 registrants will be given to active IAPCHE members (individuals and those from institutional members).

TO DO

  • Save the dates May 30 – June 3, 2016. Plan to arrive midday or earlier on Monday, May 30.
     
  • Consider presenting at the conference. Read the CALL FOR PAPERS here.
     
  • Check if your membership dues are paid to date. You may email Laura if unsure.
     
  • Renew your dues, join IAPCHE as an individual member, and encourage your colleagues and host institution to join IAPCHE for priority at this conference.
     
  • Register for the Conference HERE.
     
  • For more information contact Laura at iapche@calvin.edu.

 

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