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PIU Student Handbook

Vision Statement

Pacific Islands University aspires to be a leader in providing accessible, transformational, excellent Christian higher education to people of Micronesia, to the Pacific Islands, and to the ends of the earth.

Purpose and Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare men and women with a biblical worldview for leadership and service in life, work, and ministry in the global community and the church.

PIU seeks to accomplish this mission by fulfilling the following institutional objectives arranged in eight major areas of development and growth:

Relationship with God

Through a relationship with faculty, staff, and fellow students as well as through interaction with the curriculum, we nurture the spiritual life of our students. We do this through the times of spiritual emphasis and retreat, discipleship, the emphasis on personal application that is a part of all classes, classes that are devoted especially to spiritual formation, and by providing mentors whose primary responsibility is spiritual formation:

  • That the student will grow in a loving relationship with God that overflows into Christ-like concern for people and the local and global communities around them.
  • That the student will be exposed to and develop positive habits in the practices of the Christian disciplines including worship, prayer, personal devotions, and giving.
  • That the student will be encouraged to live as a part of the gathered body of Christ by affiliation with a local congregation during and after his or her college experience.

Christian Character

Through a relationship with the faculty, staff and fellow students as well as through interaction with the curriculum, we challenge our students to embrace responsible and accountable lifestyles that reflect a passion for the kingdom of God. We emphasize not only personal character development but also a commitment to issues surrounding justice, righteousness, mercy, and grace in culture and society. Toward this end our students are involved in community service activities and class work which emphasize ethics and corporate responsibility:

  • That the student will cultivate a lifestyle that honors Christ and is based on the message of scripture.
  • That the student will internalize a biblical value system that produces Christ-like character, decisions, and actions.
  • That the student will be prepared for life as an individual capable of making well-reasoned and informed choices about values, goals, and careers.
  • That the student will demonstrate responsible service and leadership within the context of family and culture.

Working Knowledge of the Scriptures

Because the Bible is the final authority in all realms of life, we are working to help students develop knowledge and understanding of scripture. We do this by  modeling the use of scripture in teaching:

  • That the student will understand and biblically defend the basics of evangelical theology.
  • That the student will study and understand the Bible for him or herself and accurately evaluate diverse interpretations of it.

Biblical Worldview

We want to develop Christian thinkers, people who understand the world from a biblical point of view. It is not enough to simply understand the Bible; we want our students and graduates to integrate this transformational understanding into all areas of life as members of the global society, families, and as individual followers of Christ Jesus. We do this with our emphasis on integration in the classroom and curriculum and by modeling it through the lives and interests of the staff and faculty:

  • That the student will develop a biblical worldview that integrates biblical truth with all areas of the curriculum.
  • That the student will demonstrate the ability to apply biblical knowledge to the practical problems of life in his or her own culture and as a basis for understanding others, their institutions, and cultures.

Cross-Cultural Skills

As the world grows smaller and as a globalized culture emerges, it is not enough for students to simply be aware of or appreciate other cultures. They need to become culturally fluid so that they can relate to, learn from, and serve in several cultures. We seek to foster a culturally fluid environment by recruiting students and faculty from a wide variety of backgrounds, challenging students to develop relationships with people from other cultures, integrating cross-cultural emphases in all our classes, by teaching classes that are particularly focused on cross-cultural communication, through our community English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) classes, and the teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL):

  • That the student will be exposed to staff, faculty and fellow students from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and understand and appreciate the many worldviews that they represent.
  • That the student will grasp the urgency of and participate in the biblical mandate to make disciples of all nations.
  • That the student will learn to appreciate art, music, literature, science, and other cultural expressions from around the world.

Competency in Ministry Skills

We aim to develop leaders who can serve in the church, community, and around the world; some will exercise their leadership in secular realms and family, others will minister within the church and mission structures; most will become family leaders. We aim to provide skills which will help our graduates serve in many capacities. For those who will be pastors and church leaders, we provide classes in pastoral leadership, teaching, preaching, and counseling. We do this on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Likewise, for those who will serve as missionaries, we provide training in Cross-cultural service. For those who will serve in secular professions, we teach ethics and skills in communication, business, education, art, and leadership geared toward their needs. We require supervised and reflective field education of all of our students:

  • That the student will show competence and have experience in biblical and culturally relevant ministry inside and outside the institutional church.
  • That the student will possess the skills necessary to lead professionally in areas of community service.

Evangelical Cooperation

As a Christian educational institution for members of many different churches and cultures we seek to model the unity of mind, heart, and activity which must characterize the people of God. We do this by including a diversity of evangelical perspectives of the faculty and staff. We strive to be multi-cultural in faculty, staff, and student recruiting:

  • That the student will be mentored and taught by faculty from a wide variety of evangelical perspectives and denominations.
  • That the student will be exposed to a wide variety of ministry and worship styles.
  • That the student will gain an understanding and appreciation for the diversity of theological viewpoints and practices within the evangelical church.

Intellectual Capability

A developed mind is a critical part of the disciplined life. Recognizing that many of our students come from academically deficient settings we take seriously the challenge of helping them become critical thinkers who have a general understanding of the world, can process information, and solve problems. It is our desire:

  • That the student will develop the joy of learning and discovery in all areas of life.
  • That the student will gain the background and skills to understand written and oral communication from a wide range of sources and to communicate in the global culture.
  • That the student will acquire the broad-based higher-order critical thinking, problem-solving, research, organization and communication skills necessary to function in a wide range of careers in a changing world.
  • That the student will communicate effectively in speaking, hearing, reading and writing the English language.

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Philosophy on Education

PIU is an evangelical institution committed to a biblical philosophy of education, centered on the revelation of the God, which culminates in Jesus Christ, and has its full understanding only through the Scriptures. PIU is committed to the Bible as God’s holy and inerrant Word, and to the integration of all knowledge under its authority. The process of equipping students with a working knowledge of God’s Word is based on the conviction that the foundational principles for every area of learning are in the Bible. PIU seeks to stimulate the spiritual development of its students according to the biblical mandate of discipleship and to provide academic, social, and spiritual resources so students can mature and develop their gifts to serve the Lord.

The study of God’s truth as revealed in Scripture and the search for academic truth at PIU are guided by experienced, spiritual, qualified faculty members, who understand that their responsibility as Christian leaders, under the ministry of the Holy Spirit, is to impart biblical truth and to train students to discern truth. Thus, they assist students in acquiring the information, skills, perspectives and commitment necessary for effective Christian service. Also, the faculty and staff provide an educational environment of Christian integrity and love that enhances and supports the learning experience.

The goal of PIU is to produce servant leaders whose lives are well integrated with a solid, biblical worldview and who accept their responsibilities to glorify God and serve their fellow man. Some students will enter Christian vocational service, while others will be a vital testimony in the community and the local church. All are taught to evaluate critically the issues of life against the standard of God’s inspired Word.

Statement of Faith

Standards of Behavior for PIU Students

Personal spiritual growth is a basic purpose of PIU. The faith, attitudes and behavior of all members of the PIU family need to grow more like Christ inside and outside the classroom. This means that each individual at PIU must submit to the Word of God as the authoritative standard by which all aspects of the University is to operate.

In addition, it is important to learn to live in a community. God calls staff and students from different cultural and church backgrounds. This complicates daily life, for Christians are not in agreement about some aspects of Christian life. The Board of PIU has carefully considered cultural and ecclesiastical concerns and agreed upon some standards of behavior for PIU students and staff members. For the sake of maintaining a healthy  community, PIU expects students to live lives that are consistent with biblical principles. We understand drunkenness, sexual immorality, gossip, slander, profanity, ethnic or cultural discrimination, dishonesty, stealing, plagiarism, etc. to be inconsistent with biblical living. We expect all PIU students to be active participants in the life of a local church and to strive for academic excellence. PIU will attempt to deal with these issues firmly and redemptive. These and other important standards are described further in the Student Handbook and must be followed by each student.

When necessary, there is a policy for rebuke and discipline, also described in the Student Handbook. Any discipline will be based on scriptural principles with the purpose of correcting the quality of our relationships with Christ and with one another. The key to all of this is Christian love, which compels us to submit to God and to one another.