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2009 Conversations


Sara Groves
12.21.08

Keith and Kristyn Getty
12.14.08

Jesse Miranda
11.30.08

Heather Bland
11.23.08

Cathleen Lewis
11.16.08

Robert Leathers
11.9.08

Ravi Zacharias
10.26.08

Scotty Gibbons
10.19.08

George O. Wood
9.28.08

George O. Wood
9.21.08

G. Robert Cook Jr.
9.14.08

Michelle LaRowe Conover
8.31.08

Janet Boynes
8.24.08

Kirk Cameron
8.17.08

Laura Wilkinson
8.10.08

Melody Rossi
7.27.08

Randy Travis
7.20.08

Maylo Upton-Aames
7.13.08

Chuck Norris
6.29.08

Francis Xavier 'Chip' Flaherty Jr.
6.22.08

Ben Carson
6.15.08

Robert H. Spence
6.8.08

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser
5.25.08

R. Albert Mohler Jr.
5.18.08

James K. Bridges
5.11.08

Manny Mill
4.27.08

Brock Gill
4.20.08

Robert Burt
4.13.08

Gerry Hindy
3.30.08

J.I. Packer
3.23.08

Stanley Horton
3.16.08

Linda Mintle
3.9.08

Joanna Weaver
2.24.08

Buck Taylor
2.17.08

Debra Risner
2.10.08

Bill Glass
1.27.08

Edward Gilbreath
1.20.08

Rob Seagears and Andy Casper
1.13.08


2007 Conversations


2006 Conversations


Conversation: G. Robert Cook Jr.

The foundation of a lifetime

G. Robert Cook Jr., 57, is the executive vice president of the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education, which serves as a resource to each of the AG’s 19 institutions of higher education. Recently, Cook spoke with Managing Editor Kirk Noonan.

tpe: A lot of parents get sticker shock when they learn how much a private college education costs. What advice would you give parents?

COOK: We discourage parents from simply looking at the costs of attending an AG college or university without first checking what kind of financial aid is available. There are many scholarships, loans and grants available for qualifying families. But families have to be aggressive when it comes to finding ways to reduce the cost of college.

tpe: Can students still go it alone and work their way through college without any debt?

COOK: Anything is possible, but for most students those days are gone. Twenty-five years ago students who worked a full-time job during the school year and worked a summer job could almost pay completely for their college education if they scrimped and saved. But today, most students need at least a small scholarship or loan to earn their college degrees.

tpe: This special edition is about myths surrounding the AG’s institutions of higher education. What’s a myth you think high school seniors may hold regarding AG colleges?

COOK: That our AG colleges and universities don’t have the majors or academic standards and rigors one would need to thrive in the marketplace. If students give our schools a good look, they’ll see that at least one of our 19 institutions will have a major or area of study they are interested in. Plus, we have excellent and well-qualified faculties at each of our campuses.

tpe: Historically, AG colleges have had a very good student-to-professor ratio. Is that still the case?

COOK: Absolutely! We have smaller class sizes, and most classes are taught by actual professors instead of graduate assistants. That’s not always the case at larger universities. But even more important is the fact our professors care deeply about each student’s studies, spiritual growth and life. Countless students have found that their professors quickly become spiritual mentors and examples.

tpe: What are some ways students are spiritually mentored on AG campuses?

COOK: Chapel is a required part of every AG school. It’s a great time for students to worship together and be exposed to Christian leaders who will challenge them to new levels of spirituality.

Students can also be involved in ministries where they can reach out to their communities with compassion and love. Our schools encourage our students to embrace education inside and outside the classroom.

tpe: What should parents do if their children are considering an AG college?

COOK: Go visit the school’s campus as soon as possible. Go to a chapel, walk through the dorms, and talk to the faculty and students. AG colleges and universities are located throughout the United States. Visit one and you’ll be impressed.

tpe: If you had a minute with a student who was thinking about attending an AG college, what would you say?

COOK: Regardless of what gifts you have, we believe there is a place for you at one of our AG colleges or universities. If you have a call on your life to pastoral or missionary ministry, our colleges are the perfect place to get prepared for that. They’re also the perfect place if you plan to work in the marketplace. Other schools can teach you how to make a living, but we can show you how to do that and live a godly life. Every one of our schools offers an unparalleled foundation for your life and career.

For more information visit www.colleges.ag.org.

TPExtra: Podcast with Robert Cook

E-mail your comments to tpe@ag.org.

 

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