2024 BPCHE Conference “Expanding Minds and Hearts Through Global Learning and Study Abroad”
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September 29 – October 1, 2024
Registration information will be coming later this year.
**As details are set for our 2024 Conference, these pages will be updated. In the meantime, we invite you to see what was offered at the 2022 conference**
About the Conference
Join faculty and staff from Christian colleges and universities as we examine the intersection of high-impact practices and Christian higher learning. The conference will provide attendees the opportunity to network, share insights and research, reflect on the distinctiveness of Christian education, and join together in worship.
The theme for the 2024 conference is “Expanding Minds and Hearts Through Global Learning and Study Abroad,” and keynote addresses and presentations will focus on this theme. Other presentations will spotlight various high-impact practices in the context of Christian higher education.
High-impact practices include:
Common Intellectual Experiences
Collaborative Assignments and Projects
Service Learning/Community-Based Learning
Capstone Courses and Projects
Meet the 2022 Conference Keynote Speakers
Keup is executive director of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and the co-author of Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs: A Guide for Practitioners. She has published numerous journal articles and frequently speaks about high-impact practices in higher education.
Beck is a professor of psychology at ACU and a sought-after speaker. He is the author of many books, including Authenticity of Faith, Unclean, and, most recently, Hunting Magic Eels: Recovering an Enchanted Faith in a Skeptical Age.
Participants have the opportunity to join multiple sessions on various topics related to best practices in Christian higher education. Each session examines one or more high-impact practices in relation to the following aspects of Christian higher education: teaching and learning, diversity, equity and inclusion, Christian spiritual formation, vocational and leadership development, and retention and outcomes.
Time for fellowship
The conference opened with an evening mixer where Attendees enjoyed conversation while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres on the patio of ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center. Following the mixer, attendees gathered together for a time of worship led by ACU students, staff, and alumni.
A Night of Fun Beyond the Conference
On Monday evening of the 2022 conference, attendees had the opportunity to join a night of fun and fellowship in the SoDA (South of Downtown Abilene) district. Participants displayed their axe-throwing skills at the Abilene Axe Company and enjoyed a delicious meal from a local food truck. There was live music on an outdoor stage, and participants listened while enjoying dessert and a cup of coffee from Moose Mountain Coffee Bar & Roastery or walked to any of the other local establishments in the area. Stay tuned for similar opportunities for fun and fellowship at the 2024 conference. This event has an additional fee.
Other Special Activities
At multiple times during the conference, attendees had the opportunity to participate in two unique experiences at ACU.
Get Creative at ACU’s Maker Lab The Maker Lab is a 7,000 square foot design and fabrication space open to all ACU students, faculty and staff, as well as our neighbors in Abilene and surrounding communities. Participants will be led by the director of the Maker Lab in a creative design project and get a tour of this state-of-the-art experiential learning facility.
Tour ACU’s Campus
Jump on a golf cart and tour the distinctive facilities and landmarks on our Abilene campus. A featured stop along the tour will be a look at ACU’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory. NEXT Lab is experimenting with using molten salts, rather than water, as a coolant for nuclear reactors with the goal of designing and building the first university-based molten salt research reactor. Other sites on the tour include Jacob’s Dream, the newly renovated Moody Coliseum, the Williams Performing Arts Center and more.
These two activities have no additional cost for attendees, but please mark on the registration form that you would like to participate so we can reserve your spot.
Coming to Abilene
The Abilene Christian University campus is located just 5 miles from the Abilene airport and only 175 miles from the DFW airport. Numerous rental car agencies operate out of the Abilene airport for your convenience.
When you arrive on campus, you will head straight to the Hunter Welcome Center. While at the conference, we hope you will explore the many distinguishing features of our campus and historic Abilene.
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