Archives Celebration: Whither Adventist Higher Education? | 8/9/2018 | Staff
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Editor's Note:

As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Adventist Forum that will take place September 14-16, 2018 at La Sierra University campus, we are sharing articles from the Spectrum archives. In the very first issue of the journal, there was discussion of the state of Adventist higher education. Charles Hirsch wrote an important piece on “Whither Adventist Higher Education?” that was influential in the creation of the Adventist Board of Higher Education.

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As the Adventist higher education community gathers this weekend in Chicago to ask a similar question, this article provides background on from whence Adventist higher education has come.

“Seventh-day Adventist higher education is in desperate need for a direction,” Hirsch wrote in 1969. “We may seek answers to the question ‘Where is Adventist education going?’ But it is more imperative that we find the answers to the question ‘Where SHOULD Adventist education go?’”

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Whither Adventist Higher Education?

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Since the end of World War Two, Seventh-day Adventist higher education has been moving in many directions. The war veteran with his GI education benefits gave the colleges a new lease on life. The ex-serviceman brought with him a mature outlook, an appreciation of his faith and belief in God, and a seriousness that was a welcome challenge to the teachers. Equally as important (if not more so to the administrator) were the financial benefits this student brought with him. The cash flow to Adventist colleges reached new proportions!

Most of the campuses greeted their returned war heroes with facilities that were outmoded, obsolete, and often condemned as firetraps. Oddly enough, although many of these buildings have suffered the blows of the wrecking ball and hammer since then and have served for the fire exercises of the local fire departments, some are still not only in existence but...
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