The Centre for Learning and Scholarship Skills (CLASS) is as a hub for scholarship and research in Christian higher education. In alignment with the vision, mission and values of Alphacrucis College (AC), the Centre’s mission is to equip educators and learners to excel in Christian higher education. CLASS features the three distinct functions of training, research, and development.
Prioritising Learning and Teaching is not new at
AC. From development of original curriculum with AC’s
inaugural Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry degree (commenced in 2008) to programs
such as junior faculty lunches, colloquia (commenced in 2009) and professional
development workshops for faculty, AC’s commitment to excellence in learning,
teaching, and scholarship has been an ongoing pursuit. In 2017, AC hosted the
inaugural conference of the Australian Christian Higher Education Alliance,
with a focus on envisioning best practices and innovative ideas in Christian
higher education. This, in addition to increased demand for a focused outlet
for faculty and student scholarship have been the catalysts for the
introduction of CLASS. While the centre in its current form was introduced in
2017, its activities have been ongoing for a number of years.