The Role of Faith Based Colleges in the World of Higher Education

Speaker: Categories: Mar 05, 2011


[52min, 9sec / 53min, 26sec]


Did you attend college and/or university at a secular institution or an institution linked to a religious organization? How do you rate that educational experience years or decades later? Do you cherish your education or do you wish (sometimes at least) that you had attended a school of the other type than you did—secular or faith based? Drs. Osborn and Winn will reflect on their own backgrounds in faith based higher education in light of their current work of accreditation with the 161 senior colleges/universities accredited by WASC. Many of those institutions are faith based including non-denominational Christian, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, and some that might not be considered faith  based but have a strong philosophical orientation. The United States is one of the few countries in the world with such a wide variety of faith based institutions.


Richard (Dick) Osborn, WASC Vice President, joined WASC in July 2009 after serving eight years as President of Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, California. In addition to working with 41 senior colleges/universities in WASC, he works in helping manage several functions including the substantive change process and information technology. Dick has enjoyed the experience of growing up in international locations as the child of missionary parents, including Lebanon and Uruguay. He has served at every level within Adventist education, including as teacher, principal, and superintendent at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. As a regional and national education vice president for the Columbia Union and North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, he served as board member/consultant for fifteen college/university boards conducting many training sessions and presenting strategic planning and other seminars. He also has served in various capacities on several hospital boards. Dick’s leadership capacity in several state and national associations includes recent service as Chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and past service as President of the Council for American Private Education, Co-Chair, Executives in Church-Related Higher Education, and a member of the Secretariat, National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities. Dick has an undergraduate degree from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland, and an MA and a PhD in History from the University of Maryland, specializing in colonial Virginia history.

Richard Winn, Vice President, was appointed to WASC in 2003. Following work as a pastor, secondary school teacher, and textbook author, he worked more than 15 years as a faculty member at several colleges including Pacific Union College and he served as Assistant Dean for Curriculum at Western University's College of Medicine. He recently concluded his third term as a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Baldrige Quality Award. He is also a public member of the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. In addition to supporting a portfolio of institutions, Richard oversees the eligibility process, as well as WASC relations with the U.S. Department of Education and with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Richard graduated from Pacific Union College and Andrews University and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Richard’s dissertation examined universities that employed the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria to achieve their reaffirmation of accreditation.

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