Christian colleges and universities face many challenges today. Some experience legal battles as they seek to maintain their faith identity in an increasingly secular society. Others must address the competing interests of various constituencies, such as students, donors, faculty and alumni. They all need to make exemplary education affordable and accessible.

In Today’s Conversation podcast, Leith Anderson talks with Shirley Hoogstra about the challenges and opportunities of Christian colleges, including:

  • Recent case studies challenging the religious freedom of Christian colleges, particularly as it relates to biblical marriage and LGBT rights;
  • Innovative approaches providing more opportunities for Christian college students;
  • Advice for college presidents in their unique place of ministry; and
  • Reasons to be encouraged about the future of Christian higher education.

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Leith: Peter Drucker once said that among the most difficult jobs in the United States, being the president of a university is one of the top three. And he explained that that’s because there are multiple constituencies. So there are donors and students and faculty and alumni. There’s the community and accreditation, there’s finance, there’s so many different constituencies for a college or university. You probably know Christian college presidents more and better than anybody and must give them advice. So, what advice do you give to these college and university presidents in negotiating all of these competing interests in their constituencies?

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