College of Arts & Sciences Guiding Principles & Values

Academic excellence –

  • Expecting high standards of behavior for students and for ourselves
  • Requiring demanding academic work of students
  • Using current academic texts and assignments that foster learning
  • Working toward program certification/accreditation with national agencies
  • Confronting behaviors and attitudes that interfere with excellence
  • Reinforcing excellence as it occurs

Continuous quality improvement –

  • Learning about and implementing best practices in higher education in our academic areas
  • Regularly gathering feedback (from students, alumni, external constituencies) to improve programs
  • Participating in formal and informal assessments of programs and courses
  • Participating in faculty development opportunities
  • Providing and receiving feedback to improve processes
  • Approaching tasks with creativity and open-mindedness, paying attention to outcomes and effectiveness of new approaches

    Prepare students for leadership in the marketplace –

    • Being aware of employment and graduate education trends and needs in our academic areas
    • Modifying programs and practices based on internship supervisors’, employers’ and alumni feedback
    • Deliberately developing the skills and attitudes and knowledge that students will need in the next steps beyond graduation
    • Assisting students out of the major or department or college if it is clear that they are likely to be unsuccessful

    Love students and foster their development/growth –

    • Recognizing that a Christian college context is beneficial for some individuals as students and as faculty
    • Fostering and modeling a love of learning
    • Discipling and caring about students as developing persons
    • Celebrating student growth in a variety of areas
    • Intervening with those rare characteristics in students that may disqualify them from being successful in the field to which they are called

    Doing our best work in what we have been called to do, for God’s glory, and to advance His kingdom –

    • Acting in accordance with Christian and professional ethics
    • Pursuing truth even at great cost
    • Recognizing that working at NCU is a sacred calling,
    • Realizing that this work is time-limited, and that it is easy to be disqualified from this call
    • Shaping lives with eternity in mind
    • Shaping the future of our denomination
    • Working within the institutional mission, college mission, and department mission
    • Cooperating and collaborating with colleagues in Christian love and respect
    • Sacrificing personal time, energy, resources, etc. for the purpose of advancing God's kingdom