The Summit Oxford course runs concurrently and in tandem with Oxford tutorial studies already provided through the Oxford Study Abroad Program. The combination is a substantial 15-week semester. The beauty of the Summit Oxford approach is that, in coordination with home institutions, students may receive upwards of 18 credit hours for the term. In other words, they may take a semester to study in Oxford without falling behind at the American University from which they plan to graduate. It is quite appealing for students to have a semester of study abroad experience on their resume – from Oxford University, no less.
A recent attack piece appeared on the CNN website, which criticized Michele Bachman for serving on the Summit Ministries Board of Directors. Unfortunately, the writer of the piece did not check her facts sufficiently, if she checked them at all. Michele Bachmann sits on the board of a Minnesota Summit Project that is wholly unrelated to Summit Ministries in Colorado.
The author of the CNN attack piece is a twenty-something who has written a memoir explaining how she has matured and “escaped” from her parents conservative Christian beliefs. Predictably, she now claims to have attained a more enlightened liberal Christian worldview. Those who are enlightened enough to write memoirs while in their early twenties are probably convinced they have outgrown the requirement of checking facts thoroughly.
Rather than relying on CNN, I would urge readers to log on to the Summit website, www.Summit.org, and learn what the Colorado ministry is really all about. Or encourage your kids to submit an application to Summit Oxford, http://www.summit.org/institutes/oxford/, for a semester of intensive study abroad. It will be a worthwhile investment that your children may someday write about it in their own personal memoirs. God willing, they may declare that Summit Oxford is the place where they discovered that their parents - and their parents’ values - had been the right ones all long.