Grace University has been awarded the Jonathan N. Thigpen Enrollment Growth Award from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). The award stems from Grace University experiencing a 29 percent growth rate in enrollment in the 2013-2014 school year. The award was presented to Dr. David Barnes, university president, at the 68th annual meeting of the ABHE in February.
For the 2013-2014 school year, Grace University welcomed 161 new students to its campus.
David Barnes attributes the growth to several factors, including:
- The addition of new undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as online courses;
- The introduction of several new athletic programs, including men’s baseball and women’s soccer;
- Enhanced communication efforts of Grace University’s educational offerings; and
- Focusing on efforts to diversify and expand Grace University’s student population.
“One of our messages to prospective students is that in addition to our commitment to God’s word, we also offer a myriad of programs that enable students to prepare for numerous career opportunities,” Barnes said.
Grace University now offers bachelor’s degrees in English, pre-law and communication studies, as well as a master of arts in teaching, master of science in education and a concentration in school counseling in the master’s program.
Grace University added women’s soccer and men’s baseball programs for the 2013-2014 season. The university has since moved to the NCCAA Division I level, and a women’s softball program will be launched for the 2015-2016 school year.
Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is an accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.
President David Barnes, PhD. and chief enrollment officer Bill Hammond discussed enrollment growth on KCRO-AM on May 5, 2015.