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Title: The Role of Higher Education in the Formation of Emerging Hispanic Leadership: A Case Study of Baptist University of the Americas


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The Role of Higher Education in the Formation of
Emerging Hispanic Leadership A Case Study of
Baptist University of the Americas
  • Dissertation Topic
  • Albert L. Reyes, DMin
  • Andrews University
  • July 2004

2
Background of the Problem
  • BUA, founded in 1947, consistently provides 75
    of Hispanic pastoral leadership for the Baptist
    General Convention of Texas (Fellowship of 5,700
    churches).
  • Every other Texan will be Hispanic by 2010
    Hispanics are now the largest minority in the
    USA.
  • The current need among Texas Baptists for new
    ministers is 200 annually and the current need is
    500 nationally.
  • BUA has an enrollment of 650 students and
    graduates 35-40 per year.

3
Background of Problem (Contd)
  • Enrollment was 218 in 1999 and has grown to 650
    in 2004, a 300 increase.
  • Over the years, programs of study, have been
    changed without the benefit of research from
    2-year, 4-year, non-accredited diplomas,
    Associate of Arts degrees, and most recently a BA
    Degree in Biblical/Theological Studies.
  • BUA was granted a Certificate of Authority to
    grant degrees and was accredited by the
    Association of Biblical Higher Education in 2003
    for the first time in its history.

4
Background of Problem (Contd)
  • Hispanic HS drop out rate in Texas averages 50,
    33 nationally thereby limiting access to higher
    education for Hispanics.
  • BUA has pre-collegiate, ESL, and GED programs to
    build bridges to higher education.
  • BUA has no research-informed method of assessing
    the usefulness of its programs nor does it have a
    plan to assess future needs for new programs.
  • A study to explore the role of higher education
    for emerging Hispanic leadership has yet to be
    conducted.

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Problem Statement
  • This study will explore the role higher education
    has in the formation of emerging Hispanic
    leadership at Baptist University of the Americas.
    A research-based case study of Baptist
    University of the Americas, currently in its 58th
    year of operations, has yet to be conducted.
    Therefore, little is known of the impact and
    fundamental role BUA has even though its stated
    mission is the formation, from the Hispanic
    context, of cross-cultural Christian leaders.

6
Purpose of the Study
  • The intent of this case study will be to explore
    the role of higher education in the formation of
    ministry leaders who attend Baptist University of
    the Americas, by identifying incoming emerging
    ministry leaders, assessing their expectations
    and the expectations of the churches or
    ministries who hire them, and by establishing a
    contextually appropriate curriculum that will
    enhance transformational impact on the part of
    BUA alumni.

7
Research Methodology
  • The basic question of this study is What is the
    role of higher education in the formation of
    emerging Hispanic leadership at Baptist
    University of the Americas?

8
Additional Questions
  • What is the demographic description of the
    students enrolled at BUA from 1999 to 2004?
  • What were the expectations of alumni who studied
    at BUA in regard to the usefulness of the program
    of study to prepare them for ministry leadership?
  • What are the expectations of the churches and
    ministries who have hired BUA alumni from 1999 to
    2004?
  • What kind of curriculum or program of study would
    increase the likelihood of transformational
    impact of BUA alumni in their ministry setting at
    or above the expectations churches and ministries
    have of them?

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Contact Information
  • Albert Reyes
  • 800-721-1396
  • areyes_at_bua.edu
  • www.bua.edu
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