Vol. 3, Issue 2 March-April 2003

Master of Arts in Counseling

Several new and exciting things have been happening in the Master of Arts in Counseling program. Dr. Mary Becerril and Dr. Keith Cobern attended the annual conference for the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists this past January. Mr. Ken Sharp and Mrs. Cherry Moore-Hogan presented on the validation theory as applied to geriatric clients.

The Institute for Personal Growth and Achievement Incorporated review for the Licensed Professional Counseling exam will be held on Friday, April 4, 2003, from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 at the Colonial Village Apartment Clubhouse on the campus of Dallas Baptist University. Mr. Daryl Green, LMFT LPC, will be speaking. The cost is $374, and the deadline to register is Friday, March 28, 2003. Contact Dr. Mary Becerril in the College of Humanities for more information at (214) 333-5265.

An open house for all prospective Master of Arts in Counseling students will be held on Friday, April 11, 2003, in the Linam Room of the Collins Learning Center from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. There is no cost, and lunch will be provided!  For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Becerril at (214) 333-5265, or Maria Coffman at (214) 333-5273 no later than Friday, April 4, 2003.

College of Education

The College of Education is offering their first Master of Education in Higher Education course online! The History and Philosophy of Higher Education, HIED 6340, will be taught by Dr. William Edmonson. Do not forget to register!

The Higher Education program is also offering a May Mini-term! Enrollment Management, HIED 5391, will be taught by Dr. Blair Blackburn, Executive Vice President at Dallas Baptist University. The class will be offered beginning May 19 until May 30, 2003, from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Dr. Bill Gilbert, Director of the M.Ed. in Higher Education program, by phone at (214) 333-5217, or via e-mail at billg@dbu.edu.

Hybrid Courses

The Best of Both Worlds…
A combination of online and traditional courses

Hybrid courses combine the flexibility of online instruction with the benefit of face-to-face instruction in the classroom. You attend part of the usual class time in the classroom while participating in the online environment during alternate weeks, saving you travel time.

In the first class session, the instructor will distribute your course login and password, and further information will be provided on how to access your online course content. The tuition cost for hybrid courses is $397 per graduate credit hour. Hybrid courses are comparable to those taught only in the traditional classroom, but will afford you the luxury of increased time flexibility.

College of Business

Outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Business will be honored and recognized at the annual College of Business Honors Banquet on Saturday, April 12, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. At the undergraduate level, awards will be given to students in each of the undergraduate majors (accounting, finance, management, management information systems, and marketing). Recognition will also be given to an overall, outstanding Bachelor of Business Administration student, as well as to a student that best represents a true servant leader. At the graduate level, the College of Business will honor the most outstanding student in the Master of Arts in Organizational Management program as well as the Master of Business Administration program. An award for servant leadership will also be given at the graduate level. Also recognized will be the most outstanding full-time and adjunct faculty for the year, as well as the new Delta Mu Delta candidates. For more information, please contact the College of Business at (214) 333-5244.

Health Care Management Concentration Offered in the MBA and MAOM Program

Register for Spring 2003 Courses on Monday, April 7, 2003!

The Health Care Management Concentration is designed to equip students with state-of-the-art technologies in the health care industry. Emphasis is given to strategic health care planning, marketing, health care policy, managed care, and long-term care. A capstone initiative provides students with "hands-on" experiences in an area of interest to the student, such as administration, clinical practice, or education/consultation.

If this interests you, please call Connie Throne, MAOM Program Director, at (214) 333-5568.

Advance Registration: Spring Intramesters, May Miniterms, and Summer Classes

May Minimesters
April 7-12
Monday and Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Long Summer
Extended Long Summer
Summer I
Summer II
Extended Summer II

Jeremy Dutschke   News You Can Use: Elements of a Philosophy of Christian Higher Education at Dallas Baptist University
By Dr. David K. Naugle
Forward by Dr. Jeremy Dutschke

This is the third and final installment from remarks made by Dr. David Naugle, Professor of Philosophy at Dallas Baptist University and author of Worldview: The History of a Concept, regarding the philosophy of Christian higher education.

Part III

At the heart, then, of a Christian worldview are these three themes of creation, fall, and redemption which, in turn, provide a foundation for the Christian educational enterprise. In this framework, the remaining elements in our philosophy of education take their place.

Liberal arts education is grounded on a high view of human persons as God’s image. It focuses on the tools of learning to sharpen the mind, the subjects of learning for basic knowledge, and the exercise of the body to produce good health. All this contributes to an important goal: human excellence under God for His glory. Christian education aspires to producing students with sound minds and bodies who serve well in the world.

Moral education is grounded in the existence and character of God. His very being and nature establish the moral order of the universe that specifies what we ought to do and not do, and what we ought to be and not be. Moral education challenges believers to practice an array of spiritual and moral disciplines in order to develop good habits and solid character.

Professional education is why most people go to college. They want the marketable knowledge and skills that will land them a good job and big bucks. College is their passport to privilege. But DBU believes that this aspect of their college careers ought to be undertaken in the context supplied by the three previous components to Christian education. That is, preparation for a career (or better, for a calling) ought to be pursued in the larger framework of a Christian view of life, and in the context of a grand vision for both liberal arts and moral education. How much deeper, richer, and fuller professional studies become when pursued upon this kind of foundation. How needed this kind of professional education is in today’s unsavory corporate and professional worlds.

In DBU’s estimation, an overall end, aim or goal or telos that drives the entire educational process. It is based on the first and second greatest commandments to love God with all of one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. We believe that education ought to be directed toward the fulfillment of these two requirements. This means that through education, we should become better lovers of God and better lovers of our neighbors.

Mystic Bernard of Clairvaux believed the same. In analyzing the motives of learning communities, he noted over seven hundred years ago that some are inspired by curiosity, others by fame, still others by profit. Best of all are those who are motivated by love: “There are many,” he writes, “who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge: that is curiosity. There are others who desire to know in order that they may themselves be known: that is vanity. Others seek knowledge in order to sell it: that is dishonorable. But there are some who seek knowledge in order to edify others: that is love.”

Finally, we think that Christian higher education needs to be reinforced by relationships. First of all, by relationships between students and faculty mentors. How critical is the influence of a teacher on a student, especially one-on-one. Second, it ought to be supported by student involvement in spiritual and learning communities where books are read, ideas discussed, conversation shared, minds and hearts stretched and stimulated, love pursued, encouragement offered, and service rendered. Such mentoring and learning communities are non-negotiable elements in the educational process.

V. Conclusion

So there you have it! This is DBU’s philosophy of education in a nutshell:

  • It consists of a foundational Christian worldview, focusing on creation, fall, and redemption.

  • It follows with a big vision for liberal arts and moral education aimed at human excellence under God.

  • It pursues professional education in the framework of a Christian worldview as well as liberal and moral education.

  • It aims at an ultimate goal: love for God and love for neighbors.

  • Its stresses the importance of educational relationships: influential mentors and involvement in learning and spiritual communities.

We want our students to at least get the equivalent of an 8th grade education like they had back in 1895. In fact, we really want them to get much, much more!


i Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education in America Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987), p. 26.

ii T. S. Eliot, “Modern Education and the Classics,” in Selected Essays, new ed. (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950), p. 452.

iii The points made about education on the basis of creation, fall, and redemption are taken primarily from Brad Green, “Theological and Philosophical Foundations,” in Shaping a Christian Worldview: The Foundations of Christian Higher Education, eds. David S. Dockery and Gregory Alan Thornbury (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2002), 62-72.

iv Quoted in Mark Schwehn, Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993), 60.

Online Registration

To register online for Summer or Fall 2003 classes, please follow the instructions below:

  • Contact your Advisor who will inform you if you are eligible for Web Registration.

  • Complete and submit all Financial Aid information to the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Access the DBU WebAdvisor system at webreg.dbu.edu.

  • If you do not have a username and password, click the “What’s My User ID?” link and follow the directions. Your initial password will be the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  • Once you are logged on, click on “WebAdvisor For Students” from the main menu.
  • Click on “Register for Classes” to begin the Web Registration Process.

For assistance, please contact your Advisor or the DBU Information Technology Support Center at (214) 333-5500 during regular operating hours or via e-mail at webadvisor@dbu.edu.

View the Summer 2003 Schedule at http://www.dbu.edu/schedule/

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