Table of Contents Discover Letter from the President About Montrose About the University Our Mission Learning Outcomes
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Learn Liberal Arts Education UNIV 101 Senior Capstone First Year Experience Core Curriculum/Requirements Undergraduate Majors & Emphases Undergraduate Minors Graduate & Doctoral Programs
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Commune Residence Life Residence Halls Living-Learning Communities
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Experience Campus Ministry Worship & Prayer Groups & Classes Service & Ministry Campus Activities Campus Organizations Wilderness Pursuits
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Excel Student Services Office of Pre-Major Advising Career Development Center Shawberry Health & Wellness Center Multicultural Resource Center
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Letter from the President
Thank you so much for your interest in Black Canyon University. BCU truly is a special place that we hope you will come to call home. Our purpose is to provide quality education in a Christian context, allowing you to put your beliefs into action. Our community provides you plenty of opportunity to step outside of your box, challenge yourself, and grow in knowledge of self, Christ, and the world. At BCU it is our hope that we can intentionally integrate Christian values with best practices of higher education to prepare our students to lead successful and meaningful lives in modern society, serving as an example of Christ’s mission to love and serve the world. Should you choose BCU, we hope that at the end of your time here you have reached the following goals:
To develop a sense of personal foundation and beliefs, integrating those beliefs into everyday life and practice. To understand the interconnectedness of our global society and to understand the importance of living in communion with and service to the Body of Christ. To gain knowledge in and appreciation of one’s area of interest, integrated with a broad range of applicable knowledge in the liberal arts. To have a foundation of life skills. To develop a will and enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
While many private Christian universities may be compared to ―living in a bubble,‖ at BCU we strive to provide real-life experiences for our students as well as opportunities to live their Christian faith in a ―real world‖ context. At BCU, faculty, staff, and students strive to live out our core values of community, academic success, and service. With integrated living-learning communities, missions trips for academic credit, and small groups integrated in every department, our students are truly able to connect with and find meaning in our core values. In addition, our location just an hour east of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park provides students with the opportunity to explore Christ through nature and take advantage of the beautiful landscape that Colorado has to offer. If BCU sounds like the place for you, take the time to explore – flip through the pages of this book, visit our website, or schedule a campus visit. Please take the time to explore what BCU can offer you and learn how you can make a difference here! In Christ,
Ruth Gilmore Dr. Ruth Gilmore
Population: approximately 19,132 (2010) Elevation: 5,794 feet above sea level Location: Southwest Colorado, west of the Rockies; San Juan range to the south; Uncompahgre plateau to the west; 260 miles southwest of Denver Climate: Semi-arid, mild summers & winters; average 25.8 inches of snowfall per year Local Attractions: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Uncompahgre Peak, Montrose Farmerâ€™s Market, and more
About the University Founded in 1912, Black Canyon University first began as Black Canyon Bible Institute. The institute was founded on principles of grace and service to others and named after the nearby landmark, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The founding fathers of this institution wished to provide a place where all of Godâ€™s children are welcomed and offered a place of education to learn more about the Word of God. In 1943, Black Canyon Bible Institute was offered a charter from the state and became Black Canyon College. Over the years the school has expanded to offer a plethora of majors and minors under various colleges; graduate studies; and doctoral programs. In 1987, Black Canyon College became Black Canyon University. For more information about the history of BCU, please visit our website at www.bcu.edu.
Quick Facts Founded: 1912 Location: Montrose, CO, outside of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Religious Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)2 Student Population: 2,750 undergraduate students Student to faculty ratio: 12:1 Student racial and gender demographics: White: 50%, Black: 20%, Asian: 13%, Latino: 12%, other: 5% Female: 55%; Male 45% Financial Aid: 90% of students receive some form of financial aid School colors: Blue & White Mascot: Bear
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Living Our Mission
Understanding our institution’s mission and outcomes is the first step to helping our students succeed3. As a whole, we at BCU approach our outcomes with intentionality, hoping to help our students achieve our goals4. Our hope is not only for that, but that we will share in their goals and that we can collaborate with our students to help them succeed. On the next page is an overview of each of our outcomes and which areas of our university work to meet these outcomes. This is, of course, not an exhaustive list of how we address each of these goals. Our hope is that all areas of our university are integrated with these learning outcomes. This way, our students receive are not receiving mixed messages and all constituents are on the same page when it comes to our institution’s mission and goals5.
How We Do It
To develop a sense of personal foundation and beliefs, integrating those beliefs into everyday life and practice.
Campus Ministry offerings; UNIV 101; intentional integration of academics and spiritual life; Chapel
To understand the interconnectedness of our global society and to understand the importance of living in communion with and service to the Body of Christ.
Core curriculum religion & cultural understanding courses; international missions and semester abroad opportunities; service learning & local missions; campus ministry offerings
To gain knowledge in and appreciation of oneâ€™s area of interest, integrated with a broad range of applicable knowledge in the liberal arts.
Liberal arts core curriculum combined with academic major; living-learning communities; firstyear experience & senior capstone; UNIV 101
To have a foundation of life skills.
Variety of living options ranging from residence halls to house & apartment style living; core curriculum with courses geared specifically toward career preparation and applicable life skills
To develop a will and enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
Core curriculum; senior capstone designed by the student; faculty who engage academic material and assist students in relating material to the real world
BCU is committed to excellence in achieving these learning outcomes. Our Outcome Assessment Committee works very hard to create ways of assessing our studentsâ€™ learning, development, and growth. This committee is made up of collaborative faculty, staff, alumni, and students who have launched initiatives like our Senior Capstone course and created various assessment materials and tools for individual courses, programs, and offices on campus.
Liberal Arts Education
General education is the portion of our curriculum that is required of all graduates. This gives our students a common education and connection and helps to implement our university mission and core values. We believe that a liberal education is essential for success in our society and economy6. Although all students must fulfill the general education requirements, there are general education courses linked to each academic major. We encourage students to decide whether or not they would like to take general education courses within their major or to step outside of their area of study. Either way, each course contains a unit, assignment, or project where students are intentionally encouraged to link their major course of study to the course material.
In addition to these requirements, all students also enroll in a First-Year Experience (FYE) course and a Senior Capstone course. Students also participate in UNIV 101 each semester. This course serves as a debriefing for all students on their classes and helps link students outside of their major and class level. These three core aspects are explained in greater detail below. Each student participates in UNIV 101 each semester that they are enrolled here at BCU. This is a one credit hour course in which students are placed in a cohort of 10 peers of different ages, class standings, and majors. Students remain with the same group of students throughout their time at BCU. Each year, as students in each group graduate, new students are brought in from incoming first-year classes. Faculty and staff lead this course, which is less of a course and more a small group communal experience. Students gather bi-weekly with their UNIV 101 sections and engage in small group discussion on various topics related to their academics. This provides students with the opportunity to debrief their studies, discuss what they are learning, and talk about how to apply that knowledge in their fields and integrate it with their faith. The purpose of the UNIV 101 class is for students to encourage each other in their faith and build each other up in their coursework. The older students in the group are able to provide wisdom and guidance to the younger students. In the same way, new students often provide a fresh perspective that older students may never have considered. Faculty and staff members facilitate discussion and serve as mentors for the individual students.
â€œAs iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.â€? â€“ Proverbs 27:17
Senior Capstone The culminating experience of the BCU curriculum is the senior capstone project. Students work with their academic advisor to create a project that encompasses the knowledge and skills they have gained while at BCU and demonstrates that knowledge. Students can choose the type and forum of this project. Past projects have included thesis papers, events, films, recitals, and more. The sky is the limit!
First Year Experience The First Year Experience (FYE) course exists to help new students acclimate to college life and life at BCU. FYE exists to help students foster academic success, get connected to the university in a meaningful way, and provide opportunity to learn how to live responsibly while in college. FYE programs have been shown to increase retention and student success and the FYE program at BCU has been very successful since its inception7, 8. FYE is based on five basic principles9: Community should be established early in order to promote a sense of belonging and to create a safe and welcoming learning environment. Course content should be tailored to the needs of the students in each section. FYE should be an active, engaging, and enjoyable learning experience. Course content, methods, instructional strategies, and assignments should be purposeful and firmly aligned with the common learning outcomes. Each student should receive an appropriate balance of challenge and support. The course includes required readings and attendances at various types of campus events including community service, residence hall programming, a campus organization, lectures, Wilderness Pursuits experiences, and more. Instructors tailor pieces of each FYE course to the students in that section. Through participation in these various experiences, it is our hope that students will find their niche at BCU and begin to build connections that will enhance their collegiate experience. The course also introduces students to our learning outcomes at BCU and helps to link those outcomes directly to their core curriculum and major field of study10. In addition to their coursework, there is also a residential portion of the FYE program. All students are housed in either Pinnacle Hall (all female) or Centennial Hall (all male) for their first year. Courses are often taught in the residence hall, allowing students to link their residential and academic experiences. Although the course itself only lasts through the fall semester, programming continues through the spring allowing students to continue making connections among their fellow students. Each FYE course also has an upper class student who serves as a Peer Advisor (PA) and also lives in the FYE residence hall. These PAs serve as educators and encouragers, promoting academic excellence and being available to assist first-year students with all of the various aspects of adjusting to life at BCU. Through a mixture of assignments and project, students will be able to demonstrate growth in each of the learning outcomes. Assignments will include written reflection, a formal paper and presentation, and a final project or exam.
General Education Requirements
University Courses UNIV 100 – First-Year Experience (3) UNIV 101 – Small Group (1) – 8 required hours UNIV 400 – Senior Capstone (3) Religious Studies (15 hours) REL 101 – Biblical Foundations (3) REL 201 – Christian Foundations (3) REL 301 – Christian Ethics (3) REL 401 – Global Christianity & Missions (3) Choose one course denoted for the Religion requirement from any department. Basic Proficiencies (12 hours) COM 301 – Professional Communication (3) CS 101 – Computer Solutions (3) FIN 101 – Personal Finances (3) GOV 101 – Civic Engagement (3) Communication (6 hours) COM 101 – College Writing & Basic Communication (3) Choose one course denoted for the Communication requirement from any department. Health & Wellness (4 hours) SUS 101 – Sustainability & Environmental Awareness (3) One credit may be completed one of the following ways: Participation in an intercollegiate athletic team. Military service may waive one hour. Full participation in any intramural team, group fitness class (one full semester), or Wilderness Pursuits excursion that is created to meet the Health & Wellness requirement.
Humanities (12 hours) Choose a minimum of twelve (12) hours, taking four courses from any department that fulfill a Fine Arts, History, and Literature requirement, with one additional course denoted for the Humanities requirement. Sciences (12 hours) Choose a minimum of twelve (12) hours, taking one course from any department that fulfills the Math requirement, two courses for the Social Science requirement, and one course for the Natural Science requirement Community & Cultural Understanding (9 hours) SERV 101 – Service-Learning (3) Choose one course from any department that meets both National and International requirement. Creative Arts (3 hours) Choose one course from any department that meets the Creative Arts requirement.
Core Curriculum = 87 credit hours
Undergraduate Majors & Minors Accounting Biblical Studies – Old Testament, New Testament, Gospels Camp Management Church History Church Planting Communication Disaster Management English Family Ministry Finance Foreign Language – Spanish, Chinese Global Missions Global Studies History Intercultural Ministry International Business Interpersonal Communication Journalism
Leadership Studies Management Marketing Music Non-Profit Administration Organizational Communication Outdoor Education Philosophy Political Science Psychology Public Speaking Sustainability Theatre Theology World Religions Youth Ministry
Rinehart Seminary Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Master of Arts in Practical Ministry Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation Master of Arts in Youth and Young Adult Ministry Master of Divinity Doctor of Ministry School of Education Master of Arts in Teaching Master of Education in College Student Personnel Doctor of Education School of Business Master of Arts in Non-Profit Administration Master of Business Administration Master of Education in Leadership Graduate Department of Counseling Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Master of Arts in School Counseling
Graduate Studies15, 18-21
Accounting – Finance, International Business Anthropology Archaeology Biblical Studies – Pre-Seminary Biology Business Administration – Marketing, International Business Communication – Journalism/Mass Media, Organizational Communication Criminal Justice Disaster Management Education – Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, Music, Intervention Specialist English – Creative Writing, Literary Studies Environmental Studies Foreign Language – Spanish, Chinese Global Studies – International Business, Global Missions History Leadership & Christian Ethics Ministry – Youth Ministry, Family Ministry, Pre-Seminary, Global Missions, Church Planting Music – Performance, Education (Choral, Instrumental, General Music), Music Ministry & Worship Arts Non-Profit Administration Peace and Conflict Studies Political Science Psychology Science – Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Med Social Work Sociology – Pre-Counseling, Child & Family Studies Sustainability Studies Theatre Theology
Residence Life at BCU Welcome to Residence Life at Black Canyon University! Living on campus helps BCU students make connections between their faith, academic learning, and living experience. We strive to provide quality residential facilities, programs that link faith, academics, and real world living, and opportunities to engage in community with students, staff, and faculty. We provide the support of our full time Resident Directors, our student Resident Assistant staff, as well as our in-hall student Chaplains. BCU has a 4-year residency requirement for all undergraduate students, unless a student meets the requirement for commuter or off-campus living. This is because we believe that residential living enhances a student’s experiences by providing intentional opportunities to connect academic and social circles. Living on campus helps students stay connected to each other and to BCU.
Commitment to Sustainability To care for God’s creation and in keeping with the ELCA’s statement on Environment23, BCU is committed to sustainability on campus. Every new building (Elk Creek Apartments and Fellows Hall) is LEED Certified. Each building has in-hall recycling that is serviced by our campus Sustainability Team. We purchase replacement furniture that is made from recycled materials whenever possible. Each hall participates in our annual Compete to Reduce22 competition to see which hall can conserve the most energy by switching off lights, unplugging appliances, and conserving water.
Resident Assistants Each floor has a Resident Assistant (RA) who serves as a mentor, friend, programmer, and community builder in the residence halls. RAs are more than just the person who gives you your room key. They provide programming to help build community on the floor and they are available to chat with residents about school, work, faith, or personal issues. They are Residence Life’s ―frontline‖ workers, making sure that their residents are having a positive residential and collegiate experience.
Our Residence Halls... Your Home Away From Home
Pinnacle Hall Women’s First-Year Hall; FYE Named for the Dillon Pinnacles, located an hour east of campus Centennial Hall Men’s First-Year Hall; FYE Named for Centennial Peak in Durango, CO
Windom Hall Upperclassmen; Co-ed by floor LLCs – Green Village, Health & Wellness Village Named for Windom Peak, one of Colorado’s 14,000-ft. peaks Pomona Hall Upperclassmen; Co-ed by floor LLCs – Global Village, Alabaster Village Named after one of the original names of the City of Montrose Torrence Hall Upperclassmen; Co-ed by floor LLCs – Pre-Seminary Village, Spectrum Village Named for William Torrence, one of the first explorers to successfully navigate the Black Canyon of the Gunnison
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Keep reading for more about our Living-Learning Communities!
Living-Learning Communities BCU offers many living-learning community options. Living-learning communities (LLCs) provide opportunities for students to integrate their social and academic lives, increasing their development and persistence24. Participation in an LLC is only required for first-year students who participate in the First Year Experience LLC as a part of their UNIV 100 course. This allows students to learn how to more actively engage in their course material48. After this first year, students may elect to participate in a number of living-learning communities, Cooperative Learning Communities, or students with Junior or Senior status may live in our apartment-style living options. Each LLC completes a project for the year for academic credit. Each LLC is run cooperatively by the students and another entity on campus. LLCs integrate community living with academic experiences, addressing all types and styles of learning25. It also provides increased interaction with faculty outside of the classroom, which promotes stronger engagement with faculty and connection to the university26, 27. Read on for descriptions of each of our LLCs. Additionally, students are always invited to submit proposals for new LLCs. The department of Residence Life considers every proposal that is brought forth by a student or a member of the BCU community.
The Alabaster Village works with Campus Ministry and the Arts department to explore how various forms of the arts are used in worship. They plan the monthly Alabaster night events and other special worship events on campus. They often also travel to area churches to host services that help those churches learn about explore worship in the arts.
Cooperative Learning Communities28 (CLCs) are groups of students who partner with a community service agency in Montrose, such as the YMCA, soup kitchen, Humane Society, or United Way. Each member of the group completes 25 hours of community service per semester with their partner organization. Upon application, students work with an agency representative to create a plan for completion.
The Education Village is made up of education majors and partners with the Department of Education and local schools. This LLC serves as a support system for education majors and allows them to work collaboratively on projects. They also create projects that provide support for our local schools.
See page 7 for more information on FYE.
The Global Village partners with International Studies and Campus Ministry to focus on global issues. This LLC is particularly interested in diverse cultures and international travel. Previous projects completed by this LLC have included the International Dinner, International Fashion Show, and more.
The Green Village partners with BCUâ€™s Sustainability Team to learn more about sustainability and green initiatives. This LLC runs our annual Compete to Reduce22 competition along with another project of their choice.
The Health & Wellness Village partners with the Health & Counseling center and Recreational Services to create a project centered on topics of health and wellness. Past projects have included an Alcohol Awareness Week, HIV Awareness Week, research studies, and more.
The Pre-Seminary Village is made up of students who are interested in pursuing a calling to ministry by attending seminary after their time at BCU. They work with the Rinehart Seminary here at BCU and local churches to learn more about this calling. Projects are often completed at area churches and students are often involved at these churches with leading worship, teaching Sunday School, working with youth groups, and more.
The Spectrum Village partners with BCUâ€™s LGBT resource center to explore issues related to the LBGT community. This LLC is made up of students who identify as LGBT or support this community. They explore issues of sexuality and Christianity and create projects that raise awareness and advocacy on campus and in the Montrose community.
Campus Ministry Campus Ministry at Black Canyon University seeks to assist students in integrating their spiritual life into all other areas of their life through the various programs, groups, and experiences we offer. Although none of our services or experiences is mandatory, most BCU students choose to participate in at least one Campus Ministry offering. The mission of Campus Ministry is to help you in your journey toward spiritual maturity and prepare you to step out into a bigger world. BCU’s Campus Ministry emphasizes three areas: worship & prayer; groups & classes; and service & ministry.
Worship & Prayer Alabaster29 Monthly – Mondays @ 9pm – Ward Chapel Upper Room Worship through the creative arts – painting, dance, music, spoken word, journaling, etc.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Chapel30 Weekly – Tuesdays @ 10:30am – Ward Chapel
Lightroom Daily at 9am – Ward Chapel Prayer Room Each day, the leadership of Campus Ministry, students, and anyone who wishes to come join in prayer for our campus, community, and world.
Through chapel, we not only explore faith and spirituality, but look at academic topics and current events through a Christian lens. Faculty, staff, students and special guests speak at chapel on a regular basis. Special guest speakers have included worship artists, authors, international social justice leaders, faculty from other institutions, and world missionaries. Chapel is open to the public and many local Montrose residents join us on a weekly basis, offering yet another opportunity for students to connect to the local community.
The Well29 Thursdays at 7:30pm â€“ Ward Chapel Basement The Well is an opportunity for BCU students to encounter, experience, and respond to God through worship. The Well is named for the story of the woman at the well, found in John 4. Grace Community Church Sundays at 10:30am This local church meets in Ward Chapel each week. All students are welcome! This is just one of many churches that welcome students in the Montrose community.
Groups & Classes FLOORmation31 Ask your RA about residential small groups located right in your residence halls! These small groups are led by the buildingâ€™s student chaplains. Small Groups Students are invited to join or lead a small group through the Campus Ministry office. Past groups have focused on specific texts of the Bible, literature, topics, or have been focused on a specific student group (freshman women, athletes, etc.).
Service & Ministry In Acts 1:8, Jesus tells us, ―you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.‖ We strive to live out this mission through service in our community, nation, and world. Campus Ministry provides many opportunities to fulfill Christ’s mission to love and serve the world. At the end of each service opportunity, staff takes the time to debrief with any students participating in the experience. This provides staff the opportunity to help students make connections between their experience and what they are learning in the classroom. These service opportunities and reflection times allow students to link service with BCU’s learning outcomes and their academics32.
Local On-Campus Service We provide various opportunities to serve in areas on campus through service, prayer, and community building. Students can volunteer in an office on campus, with the facilities department or Sustainability Team, or help lead a chapel or other worship service. Cooperative Learning Communities (CLCs)28 See Residence Life’s page for more info on this residential servicelearning opportunity. Montrose Connection Students are invited on a regular basis to partner with local community organizations such as local soup kitchens, retirement facilities, the humane society, and more. Urban Plunge33 One weekend a month, students are invited to spend the weekend in Denver serving the homeless population—serving food, praying, and spending time with the homeless.
Alternative Spring Break Each year we send 2-3 trips over spring break to a different area of the U.S. Previous groups have worked with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance34 in New Orleans, local churches and soup kitchens in New York City, and with City Impact35 in San Francisco. Summer Missions One of our summer trips is always within the United States, partnering with organizations like Habitat for Humanity36 and YouthWorks37.
International Global Missions Each year we offer several international missions trips that focus on prayer, service, and faith formation. Past trips have traveled to the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Amsterdam, and Chile. Semester Abroad We match students with missionaries located in areas with study abroad institutions. While students continue their studies in another country, they have the opportunity to live with a host family and experience global missions firsthand.
Campus Activities Here at BCU, we want you to find your niche, making our campus feel like home. With over 40 campus clubs and organizations, students are almost guaranteed to find something that interests them. If not, students are always encouraged to create their own club that explores their area of interest. Each fall, the Office of Campus Activities (OCA) holds an involvement fair where new students can meet representatives of all of our student organizations. This encourages our students to get involved from the beginning. OCA supports student organizations with budget management, leadership training and seminars, and new organization proposals. We also host all-campus events like Welcome Week, Homecoming, and Parent & Family Weekend, along with weekly events including speakers, musicians, comedians, and other activities. You’ll never lack something to do at BCU!
Academic Organizations Alpha Lambda Delta – National Freshman Honorary Alpha Psi Omega – Theatre Art Club Black Canyon Gazette English Club Kappa Kappa Psi – Band Phi Alpha – Social Work Sigma Tau Delta – English & Creative Writing Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Religious Organizations Campus Ministry Leadership Team Cultural & Spiritual Club Fellowship of Christian Athletes Lutheran Student Movement Worship Teams Special Interest Groups Alpha Phi Omega – Service Organization Asian Pacific Islander Club Black Student Union Climbing Club Community Garden Club
Dance Club Habitat for Humanity Mountain Rescue Team Omicron Delta Kappa – Leadership Honorary Photography Club Residence Hall Association Snowboarding & Ski Club Spanish Club Spectrum – LGBT Alliance Student Senate Sustainability Club TOMS Campus Club White Water Club Women in Business Yearbook Intramural Sports Basketball Flag Football Field Hockey Ice Hockey Racquetball Rugby Snowboarding Volleyball Water Polo
Each year, Wilderness Pursuits (WP) hosts dozens of trips into the beautiful nature that Colorado has to offer. Whitewater rafting, hiking, camping, skiingâ€Ś we offer it all! We offer day trips and weekend trips to explore the local wonder that is Colorado. With our convenient location right outside of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, itâ€™s easy to find excursions that will interest our students. And, after completing proper training, students can rent their own equipment from WP to have their own excursions. We have everything from kayaks to camping grills, skis to hiking boots, and everywhere in between. Some trips and excursions are offered for course credit to fulfill 3 hours of the Health & Wellness requirement. For more information about available trips, check out our website!
Student Services Here at BCU we believe in supporting all of our students and meeting their individual and specific needs. Whether this is supporting specific populations of our students, supporting them academically, or helping them live healthier and safer lifestyles, we believe in advocating for our students and their needs. We know that investing in student services helps with graduation and persistence rates42.
Office of Pre-Major Advising Many students are unsure of their desired area of study when they enter college. Thatâ€™s why the Office of Pre-Major Advising exists. Our advisors meet with undecided students on a regular basis to help them explore the many options that BCU offers. Through career exploration, skills assessments, and learning the interests of the student, our advisors can help students choose the right path for them. If students remain undecided after their first semester, advisors can help them create a spring schedule that will help complete our core curriculum while still exploring different majors in which the students are interested. Once students choose a major, they also select an academic advisor within their department who can best help them navigate various course offerings while completing the core curriculum.
Career Development Center
The Career Development Center (CDC) exists to promotes BCUâ€™s commitment to helping students find their career calling in life. Whether the next step is a full-time position, graduate school, or another path, the staff of the CDC is here to help you light your next step. Career counselors hold office hours to meet with students about career and future academic planning. The CDC hosts workshops and events that help students prepare to job search, apply for graduate programs, and build skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and networking.
Shawberry Health & Wellness Center The Shawberry Health & Wellness Center (HWC) is located in the Student Recreation Center and provides comprehensive services that foster student health and wellness. Services include scheduled appointments with our physicians and licensed counselors and educational opportunities and initiatives. The HWC puts on programs to help students eliminate stress in their lives, learn how to live a healthy and safe lifestyle, and keep their physical health at its optimum state. The HWC works hard to make its services known to all students in the hope that they will be more aware and comfortable seeking our services43. Check out our website for more info!
Helping Our Students Strive for the Highest
Multicultural Resource Center The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) exists to support our students of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and low-income students44. As a university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), we take a stand against forms of injustice based on a personâ€™s identity45, 46. The MRC hopes to show the love and service of Christ by supporting our students and advocating for them. We want our students to feel comfortable and at home at BCU no matter how they identify themselves. The MRC hosts several workshops and programs that build awareness about global ideas, cultures, and various multicultural identities and issues. The MRC works closely with faculty and staff to develop programs and initiatives to help make our students greater advocates for their diverse population of peers. The office works with senior level administrators to ensure that policies and practices are inclusive of all students and in developing policies against hate crimes and intolerance. Additionally, the office advocates for our students with disabilities by serving as a liaison to maintenance and facility departments to make sure that all physical accommodations are met in academic and residential buildings. This sector of the MRC also works with academic affairs to make sure that students have any accommodations they need in order to succeed in the classroom47.
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