survey of Shorter faculty by a group called the Committee for Integrity:
“Recently, a survey of Shorter University faculty was commissioned by a group
of individuals objecting to efforts by Shorter University’s board to strengthen the
university’s Christian identity. The survey was not an official university research
project and we are not aware of the specifics of how it was conducted or how
results were analyzed. However, we have long known that some faculty and staff
do not agree with the steps Shorter is taking to bring the University back to its
Shorter was founded in 1873 as a distinctively Christian institution of higher
education and it remains committed to that identity. Therefore, we want to
employ faculty and staff that represent the Biblical values at the core of Shorter
University and that can serve as positive role models for our students.
We know, and research supports, that for any organization to be successful, it
must clearly define its core values and articulate them internally and externally.
That is what is now taking place at Shorter.
Change is hard and while some disagree with the University’s direction, we’ve
also experienced an influx of renewed support from students, faculty, staff, and
alumni alike. Our faculty and staff are important members of this community, but,
ultimately, we're here to serve our students first. We believe we are taking the
appropriate and necessary steps to do this well.”