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2020 Feast & Fund set for March 20

2020 Feast & Fund set for March 20

CU alumna Moriah Roberts cheerfully bids on a choice item during the 2019 Feast & Fund.

The 2020 Feast & Fund Auction has been set for March 20, 2020. This event is a fun-filled evening for all, a delicious meal, as well as an important financial boost to the work of Calvary University.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20, to allow time to look over the numerous silent auction items before dinner at 6:30 pm. The evening will include an excellent dinner and a live auction of several items. You won’t want to miss out.

Click here for more information and a sign-up form.

Calvary University Gains Colorado Authorization

Calvary University Gains Colorado Authorization

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approves Calvary University to operate as a degree-granting institution in Colorado.

 

Kansas City, MO, December 9, 2019 — Calvary University continues to innovate in Christian higher education by gaining the unanimous consent of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) to offer a full range of degrees (Bible, Theology and Liberal Arts) through the Calvary University Innovation Center (CUIC) in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Dr. Christopher Cone, president of Calvary University (CU), announced on Thursday, December 5, that Vice President of Western Initiatives and Director of CUIC, William George, along with CU‘s Vice President of Student Development, Cory Trowbridge, met with CCHE Chair Tom McGimpsey, and the CCHE Board of Commissioners where CU received the official approval “to operate as an authorized private, degree-granting institution in Colorado pursuant to the Degree Authorization Act.” 

I want to thank the CCHE,” said Dr. Cone, “for the opportunity to serve the people of Colorado. We’re excited about being able to present these robust programs. This has been a very long and difficult journey, but this opens up horizons for CU in Colorado and beyond.” 

Calvary has offered all of its degrees worldwide for some time now through its “blended” model, which allows online students to take courses from anywhere via live stream or video recording, simultaneously with students in the classrooms on the main campus in Kansas City, Missouri. With this approval from the CCHE, CU will be able to offer all of its courses in and through the classrooms at the Fort Morgan site as well.

“Colorado is a big part of CU’s strategic direction,” Dr. Cone added, “so this opens up important doors for us. We’re currently assessing how to best utilize all of our locations.”

Dr. Teddy Bitner, Chief Academic Officer for CU, said, “We’re looking forward to expanding our programs in Colorado. We can now begin to pursue options like teacher education and business degrees that we could not offer before in Colorado.”

“We want to definitely thank Dr. Bitner and the Academic Department, as well as all those who made many and varied submittals,” said George. “Special thanks also to Heather DeLange, Director, Office of Private Postsecondary Education for bringing CU’s authorization to the CCHE. We are now free to offer our full-range of Calvary undergraduate and graduate programs (i.e., Education, Business, Music, Theater, etc.) out of our Colorado site.”

“I want to thank Jeff Campa and Bill George for their incredible labor and sacrifice,” Dr. Cone wrote in a congratulatory email to the CU staff and faculty on Friday. Campa served as Director of the CUIC beginning in December 2017, before being deployed to the Middle East by the U.S. Army as a chaplain in January of this year. At that time, George took the lead role in Fort Morgan. “This is an impossibility without them and their families,” said Dr. Cone. “I extend my congratulations to everyone there in Colorado.”

More information regarding specific degree offerings through the Colorado site is forthcoming. 

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Calvary University is an accredited, Bible-centered university that has been preparing Christians to live and serve in the church and in the world according to the Biblical worldview since 1932. CU offers more than 60 accredited undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees, fully online or through the main campus in Kansas City, Missouri, and teaching sites located in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and Warrenton, Missouri. CU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Commission on Accreditation of the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Visit calvary.edu for more information about financial aid, to view our catalog, request information or make a donation. 

Be our guest for Calvary Days: Experience Student Life at Calvary

Be our guest for Calvary Days: Experience Student Life at Calvary

See for yourself what life is like as a Calvary University Warrior!

Calvary Days provides high school juniors and seniors, and college freshman transfers a chance to meet current CU students and professors, stay in the dorms, eat in the Student Life Center, sit in on college classes, attend an assembly, enjoy a CU theatre production, and so much more.

Calvary Days 2020 is scheduled for March 12-14. Be our guest and let us introduce you to student life at Calvary University in Kansas City, MO. Click here for more information and a registration form.

Calvary Introduces 5-Year BA and MDiv Degree Program

Calvary Introduces 5-Year BA and MDiv Degree Program

New 5-year BA and MDiv gets students through faster with less debt

Calvary University is announcing the latest development in their academic program: A 5-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Divinity (MDiv). While traditionally, an MDiv takes three years of study after the completion of a four-year BA, this program compacts the seven years into five.

Calvary’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Teddy Bitner, explained that most MDiv programs assume the incoming student does not have a biblical background, so there is a lot of redundancy between a Bible college degree and an MDiv, especially for Pastoral Studies majors. The new program identifies the overlapping courses and eliminates the undergraduate equivalents so students, can, according to Bitner, “cut out hours and compress the timeline.”

The program requires 163 hours and has enough space for an undergraduate minor in Biblical Counseling or Business. Bitner said this is an innovation. None of the other 5-year programs he studied offered room for a minor. Students in the 5-year track work through their General Education courses the first two years before advancing to higher level courses.

The 5-year plan enables students to get through the program faster, get into ministry faster, and in doing so save money on tuition. Due to the intense nature of the program, applying students will be vetted by Bible and Theology and Ministry Studies faculty.

Five-year masters programs are not entirely new to academia. Bitner explained that Calvary did thorough checking with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) which confirmed that a large enough number of schools have incorporated the plan. It has become a broadly accepted practice.

Bitner pointed out that the new track would strengthen Calvary’s academic program and help students get into the field sooner to pursue ministry. “We want to reinforce the importance of a biblical foundation for ministry,” he said, “which is not always the case in other institutions anymore, especially in areas of languages. So we are becoming more and more unique.”

Calvary Announces Strategic New Partnership with Child Evangelism Fellowship

Calvary Announces Strategic New Partnership with Child Evangelism Fellowship

Dr. Christopher Cone (seated, left), President of Calvary University, and Reese Kauffman (seated, right), President of Child Evangelism Fellowship®, signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement this week giving CEF’s workers in the St. Louis area, and around the world, even greater opportunity to further their education through Calvary University. Dr. Allan Henderson (back row, center), Vice President of Eastern Initiatives, Eastern Missouri Site Director, and Professor of Education and Bible at CU, looks on with (from left to right) Ron York, CEF Executive Director of Support Services; Linda Pongracz, CEF Director of Education; Ron Tant, CEF Vice-President of USA Ministries; and Moises Esteves, CEF Vice-President of International Ministries. 

“We can accomplish great things because we join together.”

 

Warrenton MO, August 12, 2019 — Child Evangelism Fellowship® and Calvary University (CU) signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement at the International Headquarters for CEF® in Warrenton.

Students in the greater St. Louis area can now more easily attend CU by attending classes offered at convenient times at the International Headquarters facilities for CEF. Likewise, CU will make their facilities in Kansas City, MO, and Fort Morgan, CO, available for CEF ministry training. Credits for attending CEF Children’s Ministries Institute® will be awarded by CU and CMI students are encouraged to further their education through Calvary. Tuition discounts and financial cooperation are part of the agreement.

Dr. Christopher Cone, President of CU, said, “Over the years I’ve had a lot of opportunity to teach church history. I have assessed many different ministries, to see how God has worked. I’m so thankful for the ministry of CEF because it’s so impactful … around the world. I have seen no greater ministry in the history of the church, that has had the impact CEF has had.”

Child Evangelism Fellowship reached well over 25 million children with face-to-face teaching around the world in 2018. Ninety-six percent of its 3,500+ full-time workers are nationals, strategically equipped and supported by CEF to effectively reach boys and girls in their nations with the Gospel. More workers are needed for the great harvest, so CEF is pleased to partner with quality institutions to help students gain a vision for the world’s children.

CU continues to be recognized for excellence in Christian education. CU’s graduate Ministry and Pastoral Leadership programs were recognized among the nation’s best ministry degrees by BestSchools.org this year. In addition, CU was awarded the #2 ranking in the “Best Online Christian College” category by BestSchools.org.

Reese Kauffman, President of CEF, said regarding the partnership with CU, “A partnership matters when both sides can accomplish something they cannot do separately. We can train children’s workers, but we need to attract them to this ministry. Calvary University can further educate and attract students. We spent much time together and have a kindred spirit. We both realize that without God and His Word and His Spirit working in our midst and in our lives, nothing can be accomplished. In that spirit we can accomplish great things because we join together.”

Dr. Allan Henderson of CU will be the new site director. He said, “Ministries overall need to come together instead of being isolated. I see this partnership as giving Calvary more global impact through CEF, learning how to be more equipped in teaching children, and giving our students ministry opportunities.”

Child Evangelism Fellowship is an international, nonprofit, Christian ministry that has been teaching the Bible to children since 1937. CEF has 400 offices in the USA and is organized in most nations of the world, with over 3,500 paid staff and hundreds of thousands of volunteers. In its last ministry year, CEF ministered to over 25 million children in its face-to-face teaching ministries.

Special thanks to Lydia Kaiser of CEF for writing this press release.

Dr. Christopher Cone (right) and Dr. Allan Henderson (center) of Calvary met with Reese Kauffman, President of Child Evangelism Fellowship® this week in Warrenton, Missouri, at the International Headquarters for CEF®, to sign a Strategic Partnership Agreement. 

Calvary University Retooling Colorado Operations

Calvary University Retooling Colorado Operations

In order to be faithful stewards CU is forced to reevaluate

In 2017, the Lord, through the wonderful people of Fort Morgan, Colorado, gifted Calvary University with a magnificent 130,000 sq ft facility which was renamed the Calvary University Innovation Center (CUIC). This gift was accompanied by a tremendous outpouring of public support, which CU leaders at the time knew would have to translate into significant student enrollment if the effort there was to be sustainable.

The initial plan was to transform the facility into a unique, innovative space where Christian educators, ministries, and the public at large could co-locate, collaborate and hold events.

Unfortunately, a year and a half later, the university still can’t get off the starting blocks.

As CU quickly pursued and invested in this vision, and despite its unflagging efforts, to include faculty and staff relocation, one key obstacle has stalled sustainable progress: the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CODHE) has still inexplicably delayed in granting CU permission to offer anything but “religious” programs in CO.

More than a year ago, CU submitted application to operate in CO as a University. The CODHE only granted approval as a religious entity, meaning that CU could offer its “religious” based programs, but couldn’t operate as a university offering more in-demand degree programs like business and education. Knowing that those two programs in particular were the greatest need and opportunity for student enrollment in the area, CU continued working with the CODHE, rapidly submitting all requested information.

Each dutiful submission resulted in requests for more information and, at times, revelation of new submission requirements inexplicably neglected earlier in the process.

To CU leaders it has seemed like more than a year of runaround, as the school has not been able to get the simple approval it needs and has easily acquired in other states. “We would have never dreamed we would still be at this stage after a year and a half. It is crippling – we have high quality, in-demand programs, and have had no problem receiving accreditation and reaccreditation with national and regional accreditors.”

The process Dr. Bitner, CU’s Chief Academic Officer, referred to is the CODHE’s referral of all submitted materials to a pair of private consultants who review, comment, and recommend. The school is essentially at the mercy of these consultants and their limitations. “It seems clear that the consultants the CODHE outsources are very comfortable with traditional models of education, but seem unfamiliar with multisite and online programs. Perhaps because the latter is the model we are bringing to the table, we have been placed into back and forth process. I am sure these are good folks, but the processes don’t seem to serve the people of Colorado very well.”

After almost two years of substantial planning, preparation, and CU investment, university leadership finds themselves at a point where, in order to be faithful stewards of what God has entrusted to them and not hamstring other university operations, they are forced to reevaluate how to proceed in Colorado.

Tania Edwards, VP of enrollment management, explained that because of the continued delays and sea of red tape, CU is now two major recruiting cycles behind. This, coupled with the university’s over $2 million investment in the past year and a half demands an urgent change to its model. “Because we have not been able to recruit based on the in-demand programs we offer, we have seen only marginal growth in Colorado-based enrollment—an unsustainable situation. Unfortunately, the CODHE’s disappointing delays deny us the ability to recruit for the very programs that could sustain us,” Edwards went on to say. “It has been very disappointing that with this high level of personal investment in the state and in Fort Morgan, the state’s agency hasn’t been helpful. It is a remarkably frustrating place to be.”

In today’s uncertain and turbulent times, extended delay and indecisiveness in the higher education realm often equates to institutional suicide. Still profoundly grateful for the gift of the property in Fort Morgan, as well as the opportunity to come alongside and ensure the sustainability of Riverview Christian Academy (soon to relaunch as Calvary University Academy), CU is reevaluating how to best steward the property.

Accordingly, Dr. Cone is leading a comprehensive reevaluation of the university’s operation in Fort Morgan. “We are completely committed to the people of Fort Morgan and of Colorado. Because to this point, we have not been granted the ability to offer our full catalog of programs, we are reevaluating and retooling for long term sustainable efforts in Colorado. This will probably mean shifting our operations into more economical facilities, as we will never come close to covering the cost of operation in the Innovation Center without the state approval to operate as a university.”

Cone expects CU to move quickly so as to still be able to serve Coloradans in the long-term. Calvary leaders will be pleading Calvary’s case before the CODHE commission at the next opportunity. “We are looking at ways to have less of a footprint as we move forward, and the partnerships we have formed will be important in that process. We may even be looking at selling the building that houses the Innovation Center. In the short term, we have been forced to consider some uncomfortable decisions.”

Nevertheless, while Calvary University has encountered obstacles in Colorado, efforts in the state have still contributed to CU’s award-winning global enrollment growth. Several degree programs can be taken locally at the Innovation Center, including Bible and Theology, Biblical Counseling, Ministry Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, Intercultural Studies, and Worship Arts. Most other degrees can be taken online or through CU’s main campus in Kansas City.