Values. At the heart of our mission is love and respect for all persons, integrity and diligence in our words and deeds, and awe and rever­ ence for God's work. We seek His inspiration for creativity and excel­ lence in the fulfillment of our mission. Our vision is to be a distinctive Christian University of service to the global community of faith. Impact. We desire that our graduates demonstrate Christ-like char­ acter, competence, and commitment through servant leadership in their churches, communities, and professions. Being equipped for critical thinking and dialogue in respect to faith, our desire is that graduates respond with love to make a difference in society, govern­ ment, the marketplace, and higher education. Character-building Community. We aspire to mentor and serve our students in a manner that nurtures strength of character and Chris­ tian community. Evangelism. Biola stands as a beacon of faith, to equip men and women for Christ-centered public service and the ministry of"mak­ ing disciples" at home and around the world. The University Vision Biola's vision for the future provides a vivid mental image that has been developed by considering the University's rich heritage, its stated mission and the current cultural and internal landscape. From this vision, the specific plans and initiatives flow that will bring to life the purposes that God has set in the hearts of its leadership. When used to its fullest, a vision helps an organization to focus its engeries and resources on those endeavors that best support the goals, ideas or objectives that it hopes to accomplish. Vision Biola University's vision is to be an exemplary Christian university characterized as a community of grace that promotes and inspires personal life transformation in Christ, which illuminates the world with His light and truth. Further, as a global center for Christian thought and an influential evange lical voice that addresses crucial cultural issues, Biola University aspires to lead, with confidence and compassion, an intellectual and spiritual renewal that advances the purpose of Christ. The Goals of the University The University seeks to educate Christian men and women in un­ dergraduate and graduate programs to produce thinking Christians who: , . Are broadly educated with a biblical foundation and world­ view A. Appreciate with discernment the breadth of ideas and creative expressions that have shaped humanity. s. Apply critical thinking in order to: i . reason logically, ii. use a broad range of investigative approaches, and

iii . exercise faith appropriately in the process of critical thinking. c. Communicate and defend their ideas on the basis of evidence. o. Hold and apply a biblically-based system of values and beliefs. E. Develop a commitment to cross-cultural understand­ ing and engagement in order to function and serve in a diverse world. F. Seek to view themselves and others as God does. G. Participate in service and experiential learning opportuni­ ties. 2 . Demonstrate competence in the set of knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to their fields and levels of study. A. Demonstrate competence in written and oral expression, observing the conventions of their discipline. s. Integrate major fields of study with a biblical worldview. c. Apply ethical principles that are consistent with biblica l values 3 . Understand and apply biblical knowledge. A. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Bible. s. Understand the historical roots of the Christian faith and its relevance to contemporary civilization. c. Appropriate biblical knowledge as the foundation for continued character development and formation in the image of Christ. 4 . Articulate and live out a biblical worldview. A. Engage the world of ideas. s. Engage their vocations as faithful stewards of God's call- ing. c. Live with integrity. o. Serve the body of Christ and others as Christ served. E. Carry out Christ's commission to make disciples of all na­ tions. F. Live as responsible citizens. Accreditat ion & Affiliations Biola University holds institutional accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western As­ sociation of Schools and Colleges* (1961 ). In addition, the institution and certain of its programs are accredited by the American Psycho­ logical Association (1980), the Association ofTheological Schools (1977), the National Association of Schools of Music (1970), the State of California Board of Registered Nursing (1966), the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (1972), the California Commis­ sion for Teacher Preparation and Licensing (1960), the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (1997) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (1998)

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