Message from the Deans

Dear Parents,

We are so grateful for the opportunity to invest in your students’ lives. We take that responsibility very seriously. (Both Steven and Randy have had children attend Oak Hills, so this is personal for us.)

Many parents can be anxious when they send their loved ones off to college. Parents wonder what their students will experience and whether they will flourish. We’ve been there; we understand. That’s why we make these commitments to you and your students:

We promise to

  • treat your student with the dignity due them as children of God.
  • treat your student like an adult who is learning to make decisions consistent with God’s will and His Word.
  • assist your student in developing healthy relationships with faculty, staff and peers.
  • participate personally in the growth, transformation and maturation process of your student.
  • encourage and challenge your student, providing access to tutoring or counseling services as needed.
  • provide discipline as needed in order to develop godly character—not simply to punish poor choices.
  • make every effort to keep your student emotionally and physically safe.
  • equip your student for work and service, wherever God leads.

Students are indicating that we are making good one our promises, too. This is what current students have said about their Oak Hills experience:1

  • The staff is welcoming and caring.
  • I am discerning God’s will for my life.
  • The quality of the instruction in class is excellent.
  • I feel like I can talk to at least one faculty or staff member about personal life matters.
  • I feel safe on campus.
  • Tuition paid is a good value.

All of this is to say that we are honored to be able to serve you and your family as we work together in the process of developing God-loving adults who have the courage and skills to fulfil God’s call on their lives. That is our calling. Thank you for entrusting your student to us.

May God bless you richly.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Ware, Dean of the College
Randall McKain, Dean of Student Life

1Based on results from the Student Satisfaction Inventory (Noel-Levitz) conducted January 2013

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