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Measuring Change

Transformational Outcomes in Christian Education


Jeremy M. Wallace

Measuring Change provides voluminous data substantiating the claim that students can and do experience personal formation in the context of Christian higher education. This volume is a one-of-a-kind, mixed-methods analysis of Canby Bible College (CBC) alumnae. By means of a three-part research instrumentation, CBC graduates assess and articulate the transformational journey they gained as a Bible Collegian. Ultimately, Measuring Change contends that Christian education should be more about personal transformation than information acquisition, thus making a robust case for the wide-scale implementation of “transformational outcomes” in Christian higher education.

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Advance Praise for Measuring Change


“Jeremy M. Wallace has gifted us with a breakthrough study that boldly and courageously attempts to answer one of the most important questions facing leaders in Christian higher education: ‘Can spiritual transformation be measured?’ Inviting us to move beyond the necessary learning assessment measures that currently preoccupy higher education professionals, including accreditors, Wallace reveals convincingly that when we build our efforts upon a biblical foundation of transformation, informed by sound theological influences, there will be distinctive characteristics within graduates that reflect spiritual transformation. An engaging application of Victor Turner’s concepts of ‘liminality’ and ‘communitas’ to Wallace’s interpretation of the data is both informative and provocative. This is significant and seminal research that centers on spiritual formation and responsible accountability that moves us beyond the singular dimension of traditional assessment. I highly recommend Measuring Change to anyone in the field of Christian education that has always yearned for a measurable study of the spiritual change and difference the Christian faith makes in college students.”

Randall Y. Furushima, President Emeritus, Pacific Rim Christian University, Honolulu, Hawaii

“Jeremy M. Wallace addresses the chasm that exists in institutions of higher education and in the church that centers on the need to quantify the ‘spiritual formation’ that occurs in our faith communities. Much is done to ensure competencies, skill development, and knowledge, but much more is needed to intentionally shape their character. Wallace strategically defines our reality and proposes solutions that advance the ‘Kingdom of God’.”

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