Highlands College is designed to give students an experience that challenges them to grow in the same ways Jesus grew as a young man; in wisdom, stature, favor with God, and favor with man (Luke 2:52). Being accepted for admission to Highlands College is an honor reserved for students who are ready for the challenge to commit at least two years of their life to prepare for their future in ministry.
Highlands College is a rigorous and intense college experience that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled. The objective of Highlands College is to prepare Traditional and Core-Plus graduates launch into ministry. Highlands College has identified the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this college to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an individual moving into ministry position. These qualities form the basis of the Technical Standards for admission to Highlands College.
All students admitted to Highlands College must meet the following abilities and expectations. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the college. Compliance with the College’s Technical Standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for Highlands College.
Candidates for selection to Highlands College will be required to verify they understand and meet these Technical Standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the Standards. The Admissions Committee will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the college’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies under applicable laws as a disability eligible for reasonable accommodations.
If a student states he/she can meet the Technical Standards with reasonable accommodation, the College will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the Technical Standards with reasonable accommodation. Determination includes a review whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, ministry training, student life requirements and internships is deemed essential for graduation. These abilities and skills, as determined by Highlands College, are as follows.
OBSERVATION SKILLS: Students must be able to demonstrate sufficient attention and proficiency in observation skills in the classroom and ministry training setting. Observation necessitates the function use of the sense of vision and other sensory modalities.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Students must be able to speak intelligibly and to hear sufficiently to affect an adequate exchange of information with team members, congregation, and others. A student must be able to speak, read, and write English effectively in order to fulfill academic requirements and to maintain accurate records as needed for ministry.
The student must be able to assimilate information from written sources in academic and ministry training. The student must demonstrate effective communication in oral presentations, written assignments, small group settings, and through electronic means (i.e., e-mail and the internet). The student must be able to perceive nonverbal communication. The student must be able to exhibit behaviors (actions and language) that would serve as a model for team members, church members, and others.
JUDGMENT: The student must demonstrate judgment in the classroom and/or ministry setting and show the ability to make mature, sensitive, and effective decisions pertaining to (1) professionalism, (2) relationships with team members, church members, and others (3) the effectiveness of ministry strategies. The student must demonstrate an understanding of the rationale and justification for her/his performance.
PSYCHOMOTOR SKILLS: A student must possess the physical skills, talents, and abilities to perform the essential physical tasks of academics and ministry training.
Student must have own transportation to all College events, different campuses, off-site meetings as academics or ministry training require. These events may not always be scheduled far enough in advance to arrange for another driver.
Students must display compassion, sensitivity, and concern for others, and maintain professional integrity at all times. Integrity, punctuality, time-on task, and interpersonal communication skills are all personal qualities that are assessed during the student’s education program.
COGNITIVE SKILLS: Students must possess an aptitude for rapid problem solving, the capability to independently access, interpret, and respond to academic and ministry information, and pastoral scenarios. They must have the ability to become proficient in, including but not limited to, Fellowship One and Microsoft Office.
CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the abilities specified above, students must be able to successfully complete, with or without reasonable accommodation, all required components of curriculum, including fulfilling the physical training requirements.