The Mission of New College Franklin

Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, New College Franklin DISCIPLES students through the liberal arts for WISDOM, VIRTUE and SERVICE.

We view education within a DISCIPLESHIP context, where our purpose is not primarily to dictate useful facts in lecture, but to walk daily and lovingly in truth as Jesus did with his disciples. In WISDOM and VIRTUE, we seek to encourage our students to expand their knowledge, to love that which is truly beautiful, and to use both to witness God’s work throughout history and in their lives. In SERVICE, we encourage our students to live in submission to the Lord and in service to mankind.

In short, we seek to help students fulfill the command of Deuteronomy 6, “love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.”

Wisdom

INSTITUTIONAL OBJECTIVES

  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To submit all of learning, knowledge, institutional practice and identity to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to model that to our students.
  • Promote a vibrant, intellectual life that cherishes the liberal arts and which exhibits intellectual rigor and practical relevance.
  • Honor God and our religious heritage by applying the subject of our teaching and integrating it into the lives of students.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the decrees of God as executed in the work of providence in the progression of ideas, literature, and works through major epochs and periods of history.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the decrees of God as executed in the works of creation as shown in the natural order expressed in the Quadrivium, art, music, and language.
  • Articulate the complex relationship between faith, learning, and practice.

Discipleship

INSTITUTIONAL OBJECTIVES

  • To use the liberal arts as a means to recover the “discarded image” of past eras in a manner that understands the connectedness of theology, learning, arts, and mission.
  • Mentor and walk with students to focus on their whole development—educating the heart, soul, and mind, for the growing and maturing of their faith and understanding.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Demonstrate academic expertise and proficiency in the liberal arts and engage in the process of academic discovery for the glory of God.
  • Recognize the connecting elements that unite all truth while respecting and exploring the diversity of application.
  • Develop and enact a compelling personal and professional vision that creates an environment for growth in virtue.

Mission

INSTITUTIONAL OBJECTIVES

  • To respect, encourage, and draw out the specific and individual calling that God has placed on each student’s life.
  • Recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff, and student body that reflect the diversity of the Body of Christ while staying rooted to our Reformed tradition.
  • To develop within students and the collegiate community the desire to missionally live out what they learn in the classroom in real-world application as fruitful members of a local Church.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Practically apply the Word of God to all areas of life and learning with theological integrity by using Scripture as the ultimate authority in the education process.
  • Think critically and creatively, communicate clearly, and act with integrity.
  • Respond to the call to serve others. Demonstrate commitment to service and civic engagement. (Loving God and loving your neighbor.)