Highlands College is set apart by our familial culture and approach to educating, empowering, and equipping students via an immersive practical application with cutting-edge academic learning environments in a world-class training facility.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO

Institutional Effectiveness

Highlands College is committed to achieving operational excellence, finding the optimal balance between quality outcomes and low cost, in order to steward God’s gifts responsibly. Operational excellence begins with setting meaningful objectives and measurable goals that are visible to the organization, regularly reported on, and tracked.

Institutional Success

Our team is committed to the mission and vision of Highlands College.

Working with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment and other Highlands College stakeholders, we develop measurements and metrics for each objective and goal. We then collect the relevant data, and regularly assess our progress as compared to our strategic targets and performance benchmarks.

Student Learning Objectives

The graduates of Highlands College will be known for their commitment to:

For the past 4 years a survey correlating results from graduating students, faculty/staff, and employers shows that all groups agree that students graduate committed to the “Authority of Scripture.”

[ Survey Respondents:  432 graduating students, 176 faculty/staff, & 144 employers ]

For the past 4 years, the national Student Satisfaction Inventory indicates students consistently rate as the #1 or #2 strength that Highlands College helps them develop godly character.  Students also rate as a top 5 strength that HC Chapels contribute to their spiritual growth.

[ SSI administered yearly to 2nd-semester students, with 474/555 participants over the 4 years. ]

Over the past 4 years, students averaged a 68% improvement in physical fitness testing.

For the past 4 years, the intentional pursuit of truth and creative problem solving consistently rate as strengths in the evaluation of this Student Learning Objective.

Graduating students report that leadership opportunities in the hands-on, living laboratory of Church of the Highlands helped them develop their leadership and vocational skills, rating this as one of the top 3 experiences each of past 4 years.

[ Survey Respondents: 444 graduating students participated over the 4 years ]

For the past 4 years a survey correlating results from graduating students, faculty/staff, and employers shows that all groups agree that students graduate committed to serving the local and the global church.

[ Survey Respondents:  432 graduating students, 176 faculty/staff, & 144 employers ]

For the 2021 and 2022 years that HC has administered the Spirit Pulse survey, graduating students demonstrate as strengths to celebrate:

  •  Serving within the local church
  •  Being moved to action when I see a need
  •  Noticing opportunities to help others
  •  Serving within my community
  •  Sharing my faith

[ Survey Respondents:  182, 87% of the 2021 and 2022 graduating students ]

INSTITUTIONAL SUCCESS

Graduation Rate
69%

2019 Cohort

Retention Rate
81%

Fall of 2021

Recent Graduates Employed in Ministry, Pursuing Further Education, or Serving in Ministry
89%

Survey response of 633 respondents

WE ASK STUDENTS

Overall Satisfaction

Highlands College

ABHE Schools

2-Year Junior Colleges

4-Year Universities

All surveys (Highlands College, ABHE schools, and 2-year Community Colleges) are averaged over the past 4 years.

80% of our students are satisfied or very satisfied with their Highlands College experience.

Would you enroll again?

Highlands College

ABHE Schools

2-Year Junior Colleges

4-Year Universities

All surveys (Highlands College, ABHE schools, and 2-year Community Colleges) are averaged over the past 4 years.

88% of our students say that if they had to do it over, they would probably or definitely re-enroll at Highlands College.

After Highlands

“The dream is not our dream that you would come,
but that you would be sent.”

-Chancellor Chris Hodges

1,000

NUMBER OF STUDENTS TRAINED AND PLACED IN MINISTRY
297

MINISTRIES
35

STATES
+ 1 U.S. Territory
9

COUNTRIES

At Highlands College, we cultivate holistically healthy leaders and steward finances to empower graduates for their future, in order to launch leaders who are committed to the mission of the Church.

Our relational, Holy Spirit-infused, holistic approach to ministry leadership education, training, and development is proving effective.

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The Strategic Plan is a formalized public commitment made with all of those in the Highlands College community. These four components–mission, vision, goals, and themes–provide the framework by which the Highlands College team, our partners, and supporters are actively working to accomplish. While our plan’s duration is five years, we pray that our plan’s impact is eternal. Our goal is to be great stewards of the vision the Lord has called us to – as we work to create a ministry leadership program that births leaders who will lead, amplify, and accelerate the Great Commission to spread the Gospel and make “disciples of all nations.”

Strategic Plan Initiatives

  1. Strengthen the Four Pillars of Ministry Leadership
  2. Transition to Academy Leadership Development
  3. Develop Student Services that propel success
  4. Expand Educational Platforms
  5. Enhance the implementation-driven operating model
  6. Build a world-class training ground for world-changing leaders
  7. Fund the Future
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ABHE Accreditation Statement

Highlands College currently holds candidate status with the Association for biblical higher education commission on Accreditation, 5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207.0808. Candidate status is a pre-accreditation status granted to those institutions that meet the ABHE Condition of Eligibility and that possess such qualities as may provide a basis for achieving accreditation status within five years.

Highlands College, Alabama, will be hosting a comprehensive accreditation visit by a team of evaluators from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) September 27-29, 2022, to determine its compliance with the standards for accreditation. During the visit, representatives of the ABHE team will entertain comments from the public. Any members of the public interested in making a presentation regarding the College to the team should contact the College at the following telephone number, 205-963-6900 or email address, info@highlandscollege.com, to determine a meeting time. Persons wishing to submit third party comments related to the institution may send them through the electronic form at https://abhe.formstack.com/forms/3rd_party_comment, or email coa@abhe.org, or mail ABHE Commission on Accreditation, 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Suite 130, Orlando, FL 32822. Persons interested in reviewing the standards for accreditation will find them on the ABHE website at abhe.org. They appear under Accreditation/Accreditation Documents/COA Manual. The institution is subject to the Institutional Accreditation Standards.