Growing, Changing, Spreading

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Dear WCIU Colleagues and Friends,

Blessings to you as I prepare to fly to Thailand and Malaysia. 

One of our core strategies this year is to strengthen our relationships with agencies and other schools, and I will visit multiple examples of both on this trip. 

In Thailand I will help facilitate a training event for Asian pioneer workers from various agencies, and explore ways our WCIU programs might be of help for some of their leaders. In Malaysia, in a similar vein, I will meet with multiple agencies, with one university which uses our curriculum and has been translating it into Mandarin, and visit a number of leaders of movements within several different Muslim countries and contexts.

As you know, this last year has seen number of changes in WCIU: primarily the sale of a portion of the property we have held in Pasadena. We are in the process now of moving our offices and academics team and library across the street into the building owned by Frontier Ventures, called Hudson Taylor Hall.  

At the same time, WCIU has welcomed new students, is developing a new Institute for South Asia Studies, launched the China Studies Institute, made significant progress in our accreditation pursuit, and improved our outreach to agencies.

I am grateful for the progress even in the midst of challenge, and sense a rising level of joy and confidence among our staff.

I pray daily for our alumni and students....and look forward to connecting with you in future travels if we can.

Blessings

Kevin Higgins

An Integrative Approach to Learning

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Dear Colleagues and Friends of WCIU,

I recently came across the results of a study conducted by the AACU (American Association of Colleges and Universities). The study asked 500 business leaders about their opinions of recent graduates, related to how prepared the graduates were to be hired for jobs.

The great majority indicated that students were not ready, in particular:

"A relatively small shares of executives (15%) and hiring managers (13%) are "very satisfied" with graduates' abilities.... to apply what they learned in college to problems in the workplace."

And one of the major conclusions drawn from this was:

"We have to offer our students an integrative approach to learning so disciplines aren't viewed as siloed but instead as perspectives to the same end. The more practice we can give students working in teams on real-world problems, the more likely we think they are to succeed in the workplace."


As we continue to improve everything we do within WCIU (curriculum, faculty, systems, student services) I am also encouraged by what we currently do well.

Every course and assignment focuses our MA students on the application of what they are learning to what they are doing in their context: working on real world problems.

And our approach to learning has always been an integrated approach to the various disciplines, as anyone knows who has taken our foundational courses.

I believe the next season here will see us becoming even better at what we do well, so that we can see in practice more and more transformative solutions to the roots of human problems...

For a flourishing world...

Kevin Higgins