Headlines: U.S. News Ranks Andrews Second Highest in Ethnic Diversity

(Spectrumbot) #1

U. S. News Reports High Ethnic Diversity at Andrews University. Andrews University is listed as the second-most ethnically diversity institution of higher learning by U. S. News in its education rankings. Since Adventist students from around the world attend Andrews University, this may seem less surprising to Adventists than to the general public. From US News, "Campus Ethnic Diversity: National Universities."

Portland, Maine Residents Learn They Have Adventist Vegetarian Roots. A local Portland, Maine food writer features Adventist history through her interest in vegetarian cuisine. She notes the Lewiston, Maine vegan restaurant, an out reach ministry run by members of the Auburn Seventh-day Adventist Churchand their pastor Rick Kuntz. From Press Herald, "Maine woman founded church, converted followers to vegetarianism."

La Sierra University Social Work Students Create "Poverty Simulation." On Sunday, May 17, La Sierra University’s social work department and service-learning program partnered with Catholic Charities and the La Sierra University Church in a "poverty simulation," an exercise providing insight into the daily stresses facing families with little income. The simulation allowed participants to live a month in poverty in a few hours. They were given an identity and family profile along with age-appropriate tasks, with a set amount of time to complete their tasks. Marni Straine, assistant social work professor, and Daphne Thomas, associate social work professor, guided students in creating and executing the event. From La Sierra University, "La Sierra to host poverty simulation to build awareness, insight."

Canadian Adventists Prompt 12-year Community Home-Repair Project. "Extreme Home Repairs," a community service project that started with the Aldergrove Seventh-day Adventist Church in British Columbia, has become a community-wide effort. Worth up to $100,000 each in labour and materials, the project repairs homes for deserving families. Current Pastor Mike Dauncey with the church's Acts of Kindness volunteer team is shown revealing the improve home to one of the families. From Alder Grove Star, "Acts of Kindness grows in Aldergrove."

Pam Dietrich taught English at Loma Linda Academy for 26 years and served there eight more years as the 7-12 librarian. She lives in Redlands, CA.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6820


I never knew ethnic diversity was a huge credit, and we wanted to collapse regional conferences.

(k_Lutz) #3

I like apples. And oranges. With some grapes and bananas all chunked up, maybe even some mango and coconut, it makes a great fruit salad. But I’m not quite sure what that has to do with closing the spaghetti factory.

Trust The Process.

(Kim Green) #4

It seems to me, kenn, that it doesn’t.

(Elaine Nelson) #5

Where did the article mention Spaghetti Factory?

(k_Lutz) #6

I, too, was wondering where the article mentioned

Trust The Process.

(efcee) #7

Although it is not mentioned here (and the link to the referenced article contains a bug), the same US News report lists Union College (Lincoln, NE) as #1 for Regional Colleges - Midwest, Pacific Union College as #2 in diversity among Liberal Arts Colleges and La Sierra University is listed at #12 on the Regional Universities - West list.

Of note, as well, are Adventist colleges and universities that placed far down on the list or not at all. For instance, what would account for great diversity at Union College and not at Southern Adventist University or at Southwestern Adventist University? If diversity is an asset, are students at these non-ranking institutions shortchanged of any of these implied advantages?

Oh, if I were only a journalist…

(Kim Green) #8

No worries, efcee…I think that if you wanted to, you could :smile:

(Elaine Nelson) #9

The focus is on diversity of student body but not faculty. That makes all the difference. If the faculty were more diversified, the students would be the beneficiaries. Having all faculty of the same religious beliefs deprives the students of wide divergent philosophies and ideas to stretch their minds and force them to do more critical thinking about their own beliefs and philosophies.

But that is anathema to the church and parents.


Each reading gives a new outlook…right?

(Drhoads) #11

The link in the article to the rankings reported in US News & World Report does not work.

(Elaine Nelson) #12

U.S. NWR has been called on its college rankings as being quite biased.

(Garnett Weir) #13

I could not access the US News report, however this report http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/most-diverse-colleges/ ranks Andrews at No. 14, Southwestern at no. 24 and LaSierra at no. 27. Must be two different methods at arriving at their rankings. Diversity in my view is always a plus. There are some, however, who don’t want this diversity.

(le vieux) #14

Maybe I’m missing something, but at any Christian school, one would expect to have teachers who profess the same beliefs as the sponsoring church. Students have their entire lives to expose themselves to “divergent philosophies.” In fact, they will have a hard time avoiding them. It’s not the job of our schools to provide a smorgasbord filled with “divergent philosophies.” Their minds can be stretched quite nicely with the basic courses in Bible study, science, and history, along with practical courses such as agriculture and auto mechanics.

(Tim Teichman) #15

Where did Oakwood show up in the diversity scale?