Goshen College ends Mennonite faculty quotaBy Sheldon C. Good Mennonite Weekly Review
The Goshen College board of directors has changed a religious requirement in the school’s faculty hiring policy, joining the majority of U.S. Mennonite colleges that do not set a Mennonite or Anabaptist quota.
Faculty must support the college’s five longstanding core values: Christ-centered, passionate learners, servant leaders, compassionate peacemakers and global citizens.
Previously, 80 percent of the faculty had to identify as Mennonite.
The Goshen College board made its decision during a gathering Oct. 14-15.
“I am putting heavy weight on the core values and that they were made based on a deeply Mennonite ethos and carry out what the Mennonite church is about,” President James E. Brenneman told the Goshen College Record.
The policy change, he said, is mostly about “wording things differently.”
All faculty need to be Christian, support the college’s mission and commit to a “community standards” document.
Likewise, the other six Mennonite colleges require faculty to support the school’s mission and to express their Christian faith.
Two schools — Eastern Mennonite University and Hesston College — continue to set a percentage of faculty who must be Mennonite or other Anabaptist.
Each college’s hiring policies have unique qualities:
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