1. better resources for our students
Our faculty will continue to build a program where all ministry students spend one or two years in residency off of our campus. Hope’s robust online presence makes this immediately possible. They are have invested hugely here for years and we get the payoff of their hard work.
2. a stronger college for our students
Hope is a school of approximately 2,000 with five colleges under its umbrella. Pacific Christian College, their ministry college in CA, is the largest with 700 students enrolled studying ministry. Our students get to become a part of this system. We will come under Hope’s umbrella of regional accreditation and allow them to lead the way for us. The department of Ed., accrediting bodies, and even regional accreditation are now much easier to navigate because of Hope’s leadership. This is a huge win for our students because it strengthens their college in the larger educational community.
3. higher level of stewardship for students & donors
We will find ways in which we are duplicating efforts, and work together to make the educational experience more affordable to students moving forward. We live on tuition and donations – we are committed to doing more with our dollars moving forward.
4. better tools for our faculty and staff
Hope has spent the last decade investing in infrastructure to make enrollment management, student management, and student life, a success. We benefit from their last 13 years of work.
5. a great president
It answers our Presidential Search question! Dr. Derry has spent the past thirty years reinventing Milligan College TN, Dallas Christian College, and the past 13 years at Hope. He has a track record of innovation, leadership, and turning schools around. To say he is head and shoulders above any other candidates we could attract would be an understatement. John would be the President of NC, just as he is the President of the Hope University system and all of the colleges there. He also spent a decade building college campus ministries in Illinois. He gets the Midwest, is from the Midwest, and is as much a ministry practitioner as he is an educator. Our team loves this about him and believes him to be a great fit for NC.
6. opportunities for our alumni
This move could enable us to offer graduate degrees in our market space such as a Master of Arts in Ministry, a Master of Divinity, Masters in Psychology or Counseling, and others. This could be an amazing opportunity for us. We can skip decades of research and development to be able to do this.
7. historic opportunity
This will be the first merger in Restoration Movement history that one of the 30 undergraduate schools will merge under a sense of mission vs. a sense of financial doom and obligation. We believe to walk by such an opportunity would be wrong. While we are broader than just the Restoration Movement, we believe this will ensure the legacy and work for the past seventy years will continue for the future.