Mark Tew is president of Judson College in Marion.
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Christ-focused education more necessary than ever

By Mark Tew
President, Judson College

As the fall semester approaches, Judson is busy preparing to welcome students back to campus. Since March, Judson students have been studying remotely, and Judson has been working proactively to adapt during the current public health crisis. Personnel have continued to monitor the latest recommendations from health and governmental authorities, and the college will comply with all applicable requirements.

When students return to campus in early August, they will notice a few changes. Dining facilities and classrooms will be rearranged to accommodate physical distancing. Food service will no longer be self-serve. And sanitation stations will abound. Other precautions, including isolation as necessary, have been developed in consultation with local medical professionals.

While the college cannot eliminate the threat of coronavirus, Judson has implemented measures to mitigate its spread on campus.

Facilitating our students’ return to campus for classroom instruction is crucial because distinctive, Christ-focused education is more necessary today than ever before. Society reveals daily that far too few in our nation and world know the forgiveness of Jesus that brings reconciliation with God.

It is vital that institutions like Judson College, University of Mobile and Samford University achieve their God-ordained purpose to educate future citizens from a biblically informed, Christian worldview. The apostle said in 2 Peter 1:5 we are to add to [our] faith virtue and to virtue, knowledge. Scripture does not command us to augment knowledge with faith. To the contrary, faith must be the basis and bedrock foundation upon which everything in life is built.

At Judson, we begin instruction from the assertion that “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Ps. 24:1). Education that is anything less is simply less education.

As a result, we at Judson educate our students’ faith primarily so that we can educate their minds extraordinarily.

2020–21 highlights

  • Fall classes will begin Aug. 13.
  • Final exams are now scheduled to occur before Thanksgiving break.
  • Commencement will be held April 30, 2021.
  • Beginning in May 2021, Judson will offer a May-Mester and a June-July term.
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