Commitment to Improvement

Highlands College is committed to educating, empowering, and equipping students for eternal impact. Our hope is that every student is called, transformed, and sent to lead. To accomplish this mission, our students are immersed in an exceptional education, intentional experiences, and a community of experts dedicated to equipping them for a lifetime of ministry leadership.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO

Institutional Effectiveness

Highlands College continues to grow. In response, our institution is committed to achieving operational excellence, finding the optimal balance between quality outcomes and low cost, and responsibly stewarding God’s gifts.

Institutional Success

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment and Highlands College stakeholders provide and develop strategic metrics for each objective and goal. We regularly collect feedback and data and assess our progress against our strategic targets and performance benchmarks.

Student Learning Objectives

The graduates of Highlands College will be known for their commitment to:

The Authority of Scripture

The Authority of Scripture, as evidenced by the knowledge, interpretation, and integration of the Scripture, and the possession of a biblical worldview.

For the past 4 years a survey correlating results from graduating students, faculty/staff, and employers shows that all groups agree that students graduate committed to the “Authority of Scripture.”

[Survey Respondents:  432 graduating students, 176 faculty/staff, & 144 employers]

The Pursuit of a Christ-Centered Life

The Pursuit of a Christ-Centered Life, as evidenced by a personal devotional life with God, godly character, a healthy, active lifestyle, and an investment in life-giving relationships.

For the past 4 years, the national Student Satisfaction Inventory indicates students consistently rate as the #1 or #2 strength that Highlands College helps them develop godly character.  Students also rate as a top 5 strength that HC Chapels contribute to their spiritual growth.

[SSI administered yearly to 2nd-semester students, with 474/555 participants over the 4 years.]

Over the past 4 years, students averaged a 68% improvement in physical fitness testing.

The Passion for Lifelong Learning

The Passion of Life-Long Learning, as evidenced by the intentional pursuit of truth, and creative problem solving.

For the past 4 years, the intentional pursuit of truth and creative problem solving consistently rate as strengths in the evaluation of this Student Learning Objective.

The Calling of Ministry Leadership

The Calling of Ministry Leadership, as evidenced by the discovery of and devotion to personal calling, and the development of leadership and vocational skills.

Graduating students report that leadership opportunities in the hands-on, living laboratory of Church of the Highlands helped them develop their leadership and vocational skills, rating this as one of the top 3 experiences each of past 4 years.

[Survey Respondents: 444 graduating students participated over the 4 years]

The Advancement of the Kingdom

The Advancement of the Kingdom, as evidenced by service to the local and the global church, stewardship of time and resources, and commitment to finishing well.

For the past 4 years a survey correlating results from graduating students, faculty/staff, and employers shows that all groups agree that students graduate committed to serving the local and the global church.

[Survey Respondents:  432 graduating students, 176 faculty/staff, & 144 employers]

For the 2021 and 2022 years that HC has administered the Spirit Pulse survey, graduating students demonstrate as strengths to celebrate:

  • Serving within the local church
  • Being moved to action when I see a need
  • Noticing opportunities to help others
  • Serving within my community
  • Sharing my faith

[Survey Respondents: 182, 87% of the 2021 and 2022 graduating students]

Institutional Success

74%

Graduation Rate

2020 Cohort, 1st time freshmen

85%

Retention Rate

Fall 2022 to Fall 2023

89%

Recent Graduates Employed in Ministry, Pursuing Further Education, or Serving in Ministry

Survey response of 633 respondents

WE ASK STUDENTS

Overall Satisfaction

Highlands College

ABHE Schools

4-Year Private Schools

81% of our Spring 2023 Freshman are satisfied to very satisfied with their Highlands College experience.

51% Very Satisfied! (ABHE – 33%, 4-year Private – 22% Very Satisfied)

All Survey results are averaged over the past 3 years.

WE ASK STUDENTS

Would You Enroll Again?

Highlands College

ABHE Schools

4-Year Universities

82% of our Spring 2023 Freshman would probably/definitely enroll again.

72% Definitely! (ABHE – 51%, 4-Year – 36% Definitely)

All Survey results are averaged over the past 3 years.

WE ASK STUDENTS

Has Your College Experience Met Your Expectations?

Highlands College

ABHE Schools

4-Year Private Schools

80% of our Spring 2023 Freshman said their experience has been Better to Much better than expected.

39% Much better! (ABHE – 22%, 4-year Private – 14% Much better)

All Survey results are averaged over the past 3 years.

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“Our dream is not only that you would come but that you would be sent.”

— Chancellor Chris Hodges

Over 1,200 students trained by HC have been launched into 343 churches and ministries across 34 states, the District of Columbia, 1 US territory, and 18 countries.

Teaching

The Highlands College Strategic Plan follows the instruction of God in Habakkuk 2 to clarify our vision for all by writing it and making it plain. The College followed a rigorous, inclusive, consultant-led process to develop its Strategic Plan.

The Strategic Plan is a formalized public commitment. Highlands College’s mission, vision, goals, and themes provide the framework that the Highlands College team, our partners, and supporters are actively working to accomplish.

Strategic Plan Initiatives

  1. Strengthen the Four Pillars of Ministry Leadership
  2. Transition to Academy Leadership Development
  3. Develop Student Services that propel success
  4. Expand Educational Platforms
  5. Enhance the implementation-driven operating model
  6. Build a world-class training ground for world-changing leaders
  7. Fund the Future

ABHE Accreditation Statement

The Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation (5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207.0808) accredits Highlands College to grant certificates and degrees at the Associate and Baccalaureate levels.