SAGU listed as 'tamest party school' in Texas
Along with many other faith-based schools on the list, SAGU is not a party school at all. Vice President for Enrollment Eddie Davis explains, "The fallacy in listings like this is that they assume every university is a party school to some degree. They don't understand the uncommon environment that schools like SAGU provide."
A writer for TotalFratMove.com illustrates Davis's point: "While we’re all loading up on kegs for the return to the fraternity houses and our favorite bars, these kids are actually buying books and probably a ton of pocket protectors."
With academic excellence and Bible-based education chief among SAGU's core values, SAGU places a premium on crafting a strong spiritual environment and focused curriculum.
President Kermit Bridges explains, "The environment we provide our students is by design, not by accident. Biblical values guide all campus policies and activities."
SAGU nurtures a campus culture marked by all-night prayer meetings, daily chapel services, weekend outreach and the expectation that faculty will open classes with prayer and take time to individually pray with students as needed. SAGU is also the first university in the world to undertake a global outreach effort to every country in only ten years.
University leaders also point to the negative impacts of a pervasive party atmosphere on student success and experiences. National studies published in the Journal of College Student Development, the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs and the Journal of American College Health associate drinking and academic impairment. Drinking negatively impacts class attendance, reduces time spent studying and reduces overall GPA. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism details risks including damage to self, damage to others, damage to the institution, high-risk sexual behavior and physical and sexual aggression.
"In pop culture, the college experience has become a license to indulge in an irresponsible and immoral lifestyle," says President Bridges. "But, the priority of our college experience is to develop students academically and spiritually."
Alumnus Mario Vega said, "I'm happy to see that even 'party school connoisseurs' recognize that our school is not a place for partying. For me it was a place to learn and grow spiritually, professionally, socially and emotionally."
In reference to SAGU's inclusion on the list, Alumnus Robien Christie tweeted, "What a compliment! We are proud to be recognized for our values. You'd think people would be concerned if their choice of a Christian school was not on that list!"
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus oronline. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.