University Profile Cornerstone University is an independent, non-denominational Christian liberal arts and professional studies institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The university's mission is "to enable individuals to apply unchanging biblical principles in a rapidly changing world," and the university emphasizes a "Christian worldview" in all programming. Cornerstone University represents a traditional age undergraduate, adult, and graduate program, two seminaries (Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Asia Baptist Theological Seminary based in Chiang Mai, Thailand) and a radio division called Cornerstone University Radio (WCSG, WAYG, WAYK, HisKids.net, Mission Network News).
Cornerstone University offers programs in the humanities, sciences, business, religion, education, and fine arts, and includes a seminary. The university is situated on 119 acres (0.48 km2) of beautifully landscaped grounds including a 9-acre (36,000 m2) pond encircled by a walking path, The Margaret Mollema Walkway. The school colors are navy and "old gold." The mascot is The Golden Eagles.
All subjects are taught with the trinitarian belief in the triune God and the literal interpretation of the Bible. Students are required to abide by a "Lifestyle Statement" intended to reflect those beliefs and encourage spiritual discernment in students' lives. The university offers students 60 academic program choices, including programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, Bible, teacher education, computers and business and journalism. The journalism major, starting Fall 2008, offers three emphases from which to choose: journalism, photojournalism and public relations.
Cornerstone University is nationally accredited by both the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the National Association of Schools of Music. In sports, it is a member of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and the NAIA. Cornerstone's social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
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University HistoryCornerstone was founded in 1941 as the Baptist Bible Institute. It was accredited in 1972 as a degree-granting college. It merged with the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music in 1993.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Cornerstone University experienced significant transformational growth, moving to a broader evangelical base, changing its name, becoming a university, increasing enrollment, adding facilities and improving the campus, introducing an adult program including the MBA and a leadership development experience, increasing academic and athletic quality, adding an Honors Program and "Civitas" Core Curriculum, reworking its mascot, colors, and logo, winning a men's national basketball championship, and reaching into the community in a new and effective way. In 2008, the Board of Trustees made the decision to no longer offer tenured positions for future faculty hires in the university program. Faculty members with tenure will maintain it and those who are appointed under the new policy will receive up to a five year contract.
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