Beyond the Numbers
There are far more important things in life than one’s G.P.A.
It might sound strange for a professor to admit, but it is true. Other than graduate school admission counselors, I can’t think of a single person who has ever asked what my GPA was.
Most students will find their first job because they made a positive first impression on someone. Either an individual who becomes a reference and helps connect the student to a job, or an interviewer himself. Continued professional success is largely due to their commitment to continually learning and assimilating new information and ideas and being able to communicate with and add value to all those they come in contact with.
When Jesus sent His followers out to proclaim “the Kingdom of heaven is at hand” throughout the land He instructed them to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). The passion that has kept me teaching business at KCU for over 25 years is the desire to send out followers of Christ who will able to speak the language of business and help lead and work with others to make lives better both personally and professionally. Men and women who are full of integrity, yet never naive. Men and women who have strong character and an equally strong ability to communicate with others. Men and women who are quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…but when they do speak, they speak powerful words of wisdom.
During my 25+ years teaching at KCU I have had the opportunity to see a lot of GPAs. Far more important than any GPA are the relationships that are built both in and out of the classroom. Dean, Diane and I don’t think of our former students as “alumni”. We think of them as friends. It is extremely gratifying to hear from students who find success professionally. (Over 80% of business graduates who have been out of school for at least 5 years indicated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their current professional position and income). It is even more gratifying to hear them talk about how God continues to work in and through their lives.
Can’t wait to call you friend!