Foundational Framework
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     Liberal Arts education does have its origin in the Ancient Greek's education and is an education for freemen in the sense of non-slaves. The Greek philosophers used a technical term "eleutheros paedea" (liberal education) to designate this system of education. The freemen are the legal citizen of the Greek city-state or polis who have rights to freely exercise their freedom to be a total and genuine human being and to freely use their leisure time to exercise political leadership. The purpose of this education, therefore, is to acquire and to exercise virtue (arete) as an overall excellence, morally and intellectually, through a total actualization of human potentials, to be a person with abilities to think rationally, critically, and wide-minded, to socialize humanly, and to make a just decision, fit for the exercise of political leadership in the city-state. Thus, the improvement of the soul for a wisely contribution toward the well-being of the city-state are the substance of this education.
     Foundational Framework This vision of historic Christian Liberal Arts will serve as the foundational framework upon which to establish the Christian understanding of Liberal Arts Education that will give meaning to all the courses subdivided upon it. Four key components in establishing the Christian Liberal Arts foundational framework are:
1. Statement of Faith
2. Biblical foundation
3. Key diagnostic questions
4. Key Principle
5. Mission Statement
6. Graduate profile
UPH Faculty of Liberal Arts will strive to achieve and to fulfill all elements of these Foundational Frameworks. The words of Arthur F. Holmes in commenting the uniqueness of Christian higher education will serve as the conclusion for this Foundational Frameworks:”What then do these historical emphases of Christian higher education say about building the Christian academy today? They warn us about premature specialization and the increasingly utilitarian view of education. They tell us to reemphasize the liberal arts, their formative role, their transferable skills, the critical thinking they teach, their storehouse of wisdom, the substance they give to worldview thinking, the basis and the broad context they provide for the professions and other specialized occupations, the questions they ask about the meaning and the purpose of life and about truth and beauty and goodness... In short, we must return to Liberal Arts. We must build community and reintroduce the paidagogus. Christian scholarship must be cultivated, and we must focus on the theological foundations of learning.”
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