Symposia are held periodically as proposed by member institutions and as associational schedule allows.
ARCU Spring Meeting -- 2014
Century 21 Roundtable
Critical Challenges and Responses for Reformed Christian Higher Education
Westin Bonaventure and Providence Christian College
11 – 12 February 2014
Tuesday – 11 February
6:00 PM. Open Buffet and Plenary Roundtable
1) Welcome and Preview by ARCU Chair Hubert Krygsman
2) Summary of Top Challenges Facing Reformed Higher Ed as submitted in
advance by Roundtable participants
3) Presidential Panel Responses to Top Challenges of the Day
9:00 PM Adjournment
Wednesday – 12 February
7:30 AM Breakfast and Devotions
8:00 AM Affinity Group Responses to the 21st Century Challenges
1) Governance Strategies for Meeting the Challenges (Presidents and Trustees)
2) The Role of CAO in Meeting in Meeting the Challenges (Chief Academic Officers)
3) Equipping Campus Teams to Meet the Challenges (All Others)
NB: There could well be additional affinity groups added once CCCU programming becomes clearer.
11:00 AM Concluding Plenary Roundtable
1) What collaborations are possible among ARCU members to meet the challenges, (including an update on the Curricular Collaboration initiative launched in March 2013)?
2) What initiatives can ARCU undertake to equip Reformed Higher Education for an appropriate role in strengthening the Christian higher education movement in North America and Globally?
1:00 PM Concluding Luncheon Including Sharing of Member Updates
2:00 PM Adjourn
2:30 PM Convening of CCCU Forum
Thursday 13 February
Providence Christian College is scheduling an ARCU Reception on their campus to following an evening public lecture by Richard Mouw, President Emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary.
Why Is ARCU Calling This Roundtable?
Now that the 21st century is well underway, it is becoming increasingly clear that cultural milieu in which most ARCU members were founded and prospered during the 20th century has changed radically. The challenges facing Reformed Christian higher education in the 21st century call for the wisdom of all our members to support each other in realizing the opportunities that lie ahead.
Accordingly we will convene as a Roundtable to gain the wisdom and support of colleagues throughout Reformed higher education movement with the confidence that this intensive and structured interchange will:
1) Provide insight into the critical challenges facing Reformed higher education in the 21st century
2) Sharpen understanding of the philosophical/theological/organizational principles that can sustain Reformed higher education in the current context
3) Offer a confidential critical issues exchange for affinity groups of leaders within Reformed higher education
4) Energize the ARCU network for supporting leaders of Reformed higher educational institutions in the stresses of the contemporary setting.
5) Incubate programmatic collaborations among ARCU members that can enhance mission effectiveness within the respective members.
6) Explore ways in which ARCU can play an expanding role in both the North American and global Christian higher education movement.
Who should attend?
1) Presidents and CAO’s of member institutions
2) Trustees of ARCU institutions
3) Other campus leaders such as deans, campus pastors, faculty chairs, business officers, chief enrollment officers, advancement officers, particularly those who will be joining similar affinity groups at the CCCU Forum that follows the Roundtable.
Is the Schedule Finalized?
Yes, indeed. The session will begin with an open buffet and plenary roundtable at 6:00 PM on Tuesday 11 February, and conclude at 2:00 PM on Wednesday 12 February.
Please note that Providence Christian College also will be hosting an evening lecture by Dr. Richard Mouw followed by an ARCU reception on Thursday 13 February.
What is the cost?
In keeping with ARCU’s recent decision to cover the costs of meeting through a registration fee, the cost for this gathering will be $175 per attendee. This fee will include all meals.
How do I register?
Please notify the Executive Director of the attendance roster for your institution as soon as possible: Zylstra@reformedcolleges.org
The CCCU is providing the opportunity for all ARCU members to reserve rooms at the Westin Bonaventure at their conference rate: [Click Here]
2011 Symposium - A Pedagogy for Royalty
September 15-17, New Saint Andrews College
"A Pedagogy for Royalty: Educating the Next Generation in the Paideia of the King of Kings"
This Symposium focused on appropriate pedagogy for whole person education in Reformed higher education. The Symposium began with presentations by Dr Peter Leithart and Dr Roy Atwood of New Saint Andrews. This was followed by a series of panels and workshops which explored specific issues of pedagogy as there relate to the different areas of the curriculum. The goal of the Symposium was to challenge us to consider fresh approaches to teaching and intellectual formation.
The Symposium was attended by over twenty people from nine of the ten member campuses, including: presidents, provosts, VPAs, deans and faculty members.
2010 Symposium - Spiritual Formation in the Trenches
November 5-6, 2010, Redeemer University College
The first ARCU Symposium focused on various issues related to spiritual formation in Reformed higher education. The first half of the symposium, led by Dr. James K. A. Smith (philosophy, Calvin College), discussed foundational themes from his Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview and Cultural Formation (Baker, 2009) for the purpose of concretely embodying these themes on the Reformed Christian campus. The second half of the symposium explored more specific issues related to spiritual formation on our campuses. The goal of this symposium was to correlate the daily “in the trenches” work of spiritual formation on our campuses with foundational themes in Reformed philosophy and theology.
The Symposium was attended by over seventy people from the ten member campuses, including: presidents, provosts, VPAs, VP Student Services, campus pastors/chaplains, deans of students, student life staff, professors, student leaders and others who have an interest in holistic spiritual formation on the Reformed university campus.
Themes or topics are proposed by the host institution at least one year in advance for discussion and approval by the membership. The following topics have been suggested but is not meant to be exhaustive of possible themes.
- Reformed insights on curricular structure and/or administrative structure.
- Issues related to the person (e.g. attitudes, knowledge, faith)
- Worldview or perspectival matters
- Topics dealing with community practices
- Issues related to pedagogy
- Topics with a disciplinary focus
- Matters related to research and scholarship
- An international or global focus