Thinking Theologically About Student Success: Higher Education with a Higher Calling

Cockle, T. F., Vanderpool, S. K., & Hao, D. Q. (2022). Thinking theologically about student success: Higher education with a higher calling. International Journal of Christianity & Education, 1–24.

Scholarly definitions of student success have become increasingly transactional and thereby reflect a specific form of modern utilitarianism. In this paper, we use a theological map to explore the terrain of contemporary student success scholarship and practice in an effort to re-imagine how the Christian faith might animate a vision of student success for scholar-practitioners. First, we review the current scholarly landscape, second, we show where it falls short. Third, we use the practical theological method to outline a theological vision of student success. Finally, we propose ways to bridge the gap between current practice and theological vision.