Christian Worldview - Faculty Perspective

Here, at Oak Valley, we highlight that students experience a Christian worldview. As a faculty member, what does that mean for you? First, we should highlight Oak Valley’s Statement of Faith (www.oakvalleycollege.org/statementoffaith). This defines what Oak Valley, as an organization, upholds to students, parents, faculty, staff, and stakeholders.

Beyond that there is the Honor Code , www.oakvalleycollege.org/honorcode, which articulates the behaviors we consider to be aligned with the mission, vision, and values of Oak Valley, primarily for students, but secondarily for staff, faculty, and stakeholders.

These two documents only go so far, however, to create a Christian worldview. Like so many things when you create definitions you hope to catch the “spirit” or intent of the culture and community, but putting things in words is somewhat limiting.

What is the spirit of Oak Valley when it comes to creating a Christian worldview? First, of course, is that it is centered on Christ as our redeemer and savior. Second, the Christian worldview is centered on our ability to act in and through the Love of Christ as exemplified and carried out through the Gospel message. This includes Christ’s teaching, but also the examples left by the Apostles and early Christians.

So as a faculty member, perhaps you think this is primarily the role and responsibility of “theology” courses, a prayer before class, or some kind of chapel service. Perhaps you attended a Christian school, and that is what you experienced.

The fact is a Christian worldview should be all encompassing…because it is how you view the world. It should frame our approach in how we teach each subject and engage with every student. A Christian worldview, should be the lens that colors our actions.

At Oak Valley, we aspire to build a community-centric embodiment of the Holy Spirit working in our lives and lives of those around us, creating a culture and experience where students, professors, and staff live, work, and engage in the struggles of life as a Christian community. How that is manifested is really up to us and the will of the Holy Spirit working through each one of us.

We hope to see you at next week’s faculty meeting - 6 pm, Monday, June 10, where Professor Morrow will help us review the Statement of Faith and facilitate a discussion about how that frames the Christian worldview we are attempting to create at Oak Valley.

WASC is Coming to Oak Valley

What an amazing time in the history of Oak Valley, and YOU PLAY A PIVOTAL ROLE in the process. We welcome your input and questions as we move forward in the push toward Initial Accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and College.

From time to time, we will provide updates on the process, and some attention will be given to accreditation at each Faculty Senate meting. Next meeting is 6 pm, June 10. The accreditation topic we will explore at that meeting will be Integrity and Transparency, which covers how we promote Oak Valley to the community and stakeholders (the Board, faculty, students, the general public, government, etc.) Future topics will cover Teaching and Learning, Scholarship and Creative Activities, Student Learning and Success, Organizational Structures and Decision Making, Quality Assurance, and Institutional Learning and Improvement.

This process culminates in our Site Visit, which is scheduled for September 18-20. You will receive an invitation to faculty forums held on one of those days. Please reserve the dates on your calendar.

WASC is coming!

Academic Honesty at Oak Valley College

Academic Honesty at Oak Valley College

Academic honesty and academic freedom are two of the most important elements of high-quality higher education. As the adage goes, “honesty is the best policy,” and it is reflective of a maturing mind. Students who fail to follow the policy are commonly lazy or stressed and make an expedient (poor) decision to lift thoughts, commentary, or facts from sources that are easily found in the Internet.