Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and dean of World Journalism Institute. He joined WORLD in 1992 and has also been a university professor and provost. He has written more than 20 books, including Reforming Journalism. Marvin resides with his wife, Susan, in Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

Exercise due diligence

| Questions to ask before selecting a Christian college
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/11/97, 12:00 am

As last week's mailbag showed, many people have fond memories of how they grew intellectually and spiritually at Christian colleges. Regent University's Terry Lindvall, for example, wrote that he "learned to swim in the deep rough waters of culture with Christian lifeguards around. The faculty of Southern California College in the wild late '60s not only gave my slippery feet a solid foundation, but remain my friends and colleagues today."

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Amazing grace

| Bulging mailbags bring some good news
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/04/97, 12:00 am

A month ago, when I asked readers to send in letters about college experiences, I expected we would get a couple of dozen.

Instead, we received a couple of hundred. Next week we'll look at some of the negative letters about Christian colleges, but our Mailbag page this week celebrates the positive, and we are glad to see many institutions praised.

On this page I will attempt to summarize the two main themes of the many letters about life in non-Christian academic settings: (1) it's tough, and (2) God's grace is alive.

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The Bad Deal

| Sending a bad message with education lies
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/27/97, 12:00 am

Good news from the New York Times! The newspaper of record noted earlier this month, "Students' Test Scores Show Slow but Steady Gains at Nation's Schools." It seems that 60 percent of American fourth-graders showed a minimal reading competence! If that's not cause for celebration, try this: 78 percent of 13-year-olds can add, subtract, multiply, and divide! That's up from 75 percent in 1990!

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