Bryan College’s absurd clarification is causing low morale, staff resignations

In an update to a story last month, Bryan College is having a bit of an issue with their ridiculously silly “statement of belief”. IT’S A COLLEGE, NOT A *#$*&!@+ CHURCH!

Bryan College faculty prepare to leave over evolution controversy

Faculty members say that a recent clarification to the school’s statement of belief that embraced a more narrow view of human creation was the last straw in their ongoing issues with administrators. That sentiment was solidified in February, when professors approved 30-2 a vote of no confidence in President Stephen Livesay (six abstained).

Now that the deadline for returning next year’s contracts — which include the clarification to the statement of belief — has expired, some instructors are finding other jobs. One has retired in protest. And others still don’t know whether they will be employed at the small Christian college in the fall, meaning the much-cherished faculty could look entirely different next year. The change is primed to especially hit the sciences.

Aside from the faculty’s vote, students and alumni have penned petitions, one trustee has resigned and the small college has attracted widespread media attention. Students and staff have reported low morale on campus and students recently organized a faculty appreciation day. Trustees plan to visit the campus next week.

Way to make your institute of higher learning totally irrelevant to modern times! Ironically, in the past, students here scored high in biology national tests. Those professors may not be around next year to teach evolution – a required part of biology (in fact, the core/foundation of biology). Why bother to send kids to college if you aren’t going to let them ACTUALLY LEARN HOW THE WORLD WORKS?

 

  6 comments for “Bryan College’s absurd clarification is causing low morale, staff resignations

  1. terry the censor
    April 6, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    > professors approved 30-2 a vote of no confidence in President Stephen Livesay

    That’s very Canadian of them.

  2. Lagaya1
    April 7, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    I can agree with him on one point, if you cant believe that Adam and Eve were historical figures, you can’t believe anything from the bible.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    April 7, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    This is not a rare position for a Christian college. I applaud the move as it clarifies the purpose of Christian colleges – churning out more Christian, educated or not.

  4. Terrence Lee
    April 7, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I’m not defending their position, and I think the faculty are free to do as they please, including a vote of no confidence and looking for other jobs. However, it is a private christian college, so it is largely an internal matter for them.

    I have to agree with One Eyed Jack on this one.

  5. Wang-Lo
    April 9, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Oath acceptable to the faculty: “the origin of man was by fiat of God in the act of creation as related in the Book of Genesis”

    Oath rejected by the faculty: “all humanity is descended from Adam and Eve. They are historical persons created by God in a special formative act”.

    I mourn the sanity of anyone educated by a faculty that can explain the difference between those two oaths.

    • Foble
      April 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      I’ll take a stab at answering your question, Wang-Lo.

      The first oath allows for personal interpretations of Genesis, i.e. taking it as a metaphor rather than literally. The second slams the door on that loophole.

      (What happens to a door slammed loophole? I only mix the metaphors, I don’t have to understand them.)

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