President’s Executive Summary
Message from the President
It’s an exciting time to be at San Diego Christian College (SDC) as we celebrate the accomplishments of this past year. When we reflect on the progress made, we are encouraged and motivated to persist in pursuing our vision for the college. This summary conveys the vitality that exists throughout our entire community as we work to achieve SDC’s strategic plan.
As we look toward the future, we will continue to adapt and innovate our resources while upholding the mission and values that have guided the institution since its founding in 1970.
Driven by our mission, our Executive Summary is comprised of three strategic initiatives and six priorities. The three strategic initiatives – academically equipped, biblical worldview and culturally involved – provide the framework that guides our efforts to deliver transformative Christian education with global opportunities while building lifelong relationships. The six priorities allow us to define how and what we will focus on in the years ahead.
On behalf of SDC, I am pleased to offer this summary and share the compelling stories that demonstrate SDC’s progress in year two of Vision 2019. Come alongside us to witness all that God has planned as we seek to accomplish Vision 2019 strategically, purposefully, and with servant leadership.
Serving Him by Serving You,
SDC is inspiring students through a dynamic Christian higher education experience that encourages rigor, competency, and commitment rooted in a biblical worldview that will lead to a lifetime of service and learning.
SDC affirms its commitment to God’s preeminent perspective on life and the realization that He created and enables each person to be a life-changing influence for Christ.
SDC is encouraging students, faculty, and staff to be responsible stewards while serving in local and global communities.
Serving past and present students
Impacting Santee and communities
The Western Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) recently reaffirmed SDC’s accreditation. This was a major accomplishment for the 2015-2016 SDC community. Many members in our community spent countless hours collecting the necessary evidence to create our Institutional Report that demonstrated SDC’s achievements over the past eight years. SDC received another 8-year WSCUC accreditation approval. The report affirmed SDC’s successful campus relocation, our strong presidential leadership, an engaged Board of Trustees, a meaningful strategic plan, and a campus community committed to the college’s mission, while embracing the desire for continuous institutional improvement. God was honored, glorified, magnified, and praised through this process.
We are SDC! A community of Truth, Purpose, and Impact.
First Graduate Degrees Awarded
The Master of Arts in Teaching graduate program, launched in the fall of 2015, conferred its first degrees in the spring commencement of 2016. This graduate program is the first to be offered at San Diego Christian College. The goal of this program is to help educators who desire to be strengthened academically, encouraged emotionally, and motivated spiritually as they pursue further training in their chosen educational field.
Academic Program Expansion
The SDC academic programs expanded in several areas this past year, providing new opportunities for future learners. Developed by forward-thinking experts in national security, law enforcement, intelligence and the military, the new online bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Justice launched in the fall of 2015. The Aviation Department is flourishing with new airline pipeline and cadet agreements, a revitalized missionary pilot forgiveness program, ties to multiple unmanned aerial system (UAS) industries, graduates into the United States Air Force and the United States Marine Corps pilot training, and flying predators for General Atomics. Aviation received over $100,000 gifts in-kind support to include three UASs, a simulator, and competition funds for the Hawks Flight Team.
Service Beyond Borders
Every month, students, staff and faculty travel to Mexico to help at the Tecate Bible Institute. This past year, the SDC community helped build a girls’ dormitory for the institute. During Spring Break, one of our Alternative Spring Break trips traveled to the San Francisco Bay area where they worked in soup kitchens and with organizations that help adults living with disabilities. Our summer trips included Thailand, Laos, and Israel, where our students were able to share the love of Christ.
SDC hosted a Day of Prayer with our intent to stay rooted in prayer and attentive to what God has for us. This day included chapel sessions and breakout prayer sessions both on-and-off campus. SDC also hosted a two-day Truth and Purpose Conference to remind students, staff and faculty what our mission statement really embodies. Keynote speaker, Brian Holland from Purpose Church, spoke about Isaiah 6. For All Seasons and Voices of Zambia led dynamic worship and the SDC faculty held a series of breakout sessions with topics such as “Truth and Purpose in the Midst of Pain” and “Coffee, Crash, Repeat – Learning to Rest in a Crazy World.”
IMPACTing our Community with 22,000 Service Hours
This year our SDC students had the incredible opportunity to pour into our San Diego and Mexico Community through the IMPACT 2015 Conference. This is our second year mobilizing our student body ministry sites throughout San Diego County and beyond. IMPACT 2015 exposes our students to the needs around them and provides an avenue to be missional and fulfill those needs. 276 students and 11 staff and faculty served in 16 different ministry sites: San Diego Rescue Mission, Young Life, Surf & Serve, Homeless Challenge, San Diego Interfaith Housing, Edgemoor Hospital, Santee Caring Neighbors, City of Santee, The Flood, Shadow Mountain, 7 SD, San Diego Food Bank, Tecate Bible Institute, Door of Faith Orphanage, Rancho Sordo Mudo, and Vision performances throughout Mexico.
We continue to participate in outreach programs in our Santee community. Some of these programs include Santee School Beautification Day – a day set aside annually to partner with schools in Santee to help fix it up for the new school year; the Homeless Census – to provide an accurate count of the homeless in Santee for potential funding and resources to aid these homeless individuals; and SDC Friends and Neighbors Day – a day designed to meet the needs of Santee families who may be struggling with financial hardship or mental or physical disabilities.
In our fifth year serving on MLK Day, SDC sent students to mobile home estates to work with the elderly through Santee Caring Neighbors, ministered to the hearts of residents at Edgemoor Hospital, landscaped a home for a single mom from East Africa, picked up trash from Ocean Beach, and gave out hygiene kits in Ocean Beach.
In their second year of competition, #9 nationally ranked Hawks Men’s Tennis team earns the Golden State Athletic Conference title.
SDC congratulated alumnus of the year Jeff Davis, Chief of Police for the El Cajon Police Department, for his continued servant leadership in the community.
Website Leaps Forward
SDC launched a brand new website redesign to integrate the latest technologies, increase attraction and improve public representation.
Santee’s Favorite 2015
Each year, the Santee Chamber of Commerce holds a competition for local organizations. SDC was voted Santee’s Favorite Large Nonprofit. This year, SDC was awarded Santee’s Favorite General Services organization.