Number 8 (2009)
We are pleased to present the eighth issue of Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. In this, our largest issue ever, you will find five feature articles, a response letter, a review essay and ten reviews. We are convinced that the contents will be helpful to you in your own professional development as well as in the work that you do with your students and staff. As always, our purpose is to promote scholarship and support best practice among Christians serving in student development.
Needless to say, this “new and improved” product is the result of a great deal of work by a number of people. Of course we want to thank each of the authors for their hard work and willingness to share their knowledge with us. Additionally, we want to thank Steve Christensen for his continued good work as Layout and Design Editor. We also want to introduce you to a new member of the Growth team. Deb Austin, a graduate student in higher education and student development, has worked tirelessly to edit and attend to the numerous details necessary to produce the journal. It is not an exaggeration to say that we could not have done this without her.
As you will recall, the organizational structure has changed and the editorial staff has expanded considerably. We feel strongly that these changes have had a very positive impact on the final product. As a reminder, the following persons will be serving as content area editors:
- Foundations, Jason Morris, Abilene Christian University
- Leadership and Professional Development, Tim Herrmann, Taylor University
- Student Culture, Don Opitz, Geneva College
- Student Learning and Assessment, Anita Henck, Azusa Pacific University
- Spiritual Formation, Steve Beers, John Brown University
- Diversity and Globalization, Brad Lau, George Fox University
Please know that we hope to promote and facilitate scholarship by assisting you in your research and writing. We especially want to encourage you to consider submitting manuscripts for inclusion for the next issue of Growth. Publication guidelines are included in this issue near the end of the journal. We are particularly interested in manuscripts presenting original or basic research and encourage anyone who has recently completed a graduate thesis or dissertation to submit a manuscript based on your work.
We thank you for your support for Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. We trust that you will be challenged by what you read.
Skip Trudeau, Co-Editor
Tim Herrmann, Co-Editor
Contributing Factors to Persistence among African-American and Hispanic Students in Higher Education: A Phenomenological Qualitative Study at a Diverse Small Institution on the East Coast
W. Bernt King
Assessment of Living Learning Communities: Models for Campus Collaboration
Anita Henck and Jeffrey Jones
Response to Article
Student Affairs Reconsidered: A Look Back, a response to Barry Loy
David M. Johnstone
The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education
D. Andrew Parker and Kimberly S. Parker