After a solid fall semester and a remarkably strong spring term, Taylor’s final numbers have come in with the strongest seminary enrolment in years. Our final numbers are 25% higher than our goal, which we thought might be optimistic. Taylor Seminary ended the academic year with a total annual FTE (full time equivalent) of 147.89 students; one year ago, that number was 109.
There are several reasons for the increase, including the strong interest in Taylor’s re-designed 77-hour MDiv degree as well as other programs.
Another reason for growth in our courses this year has been the continued emphasis on streamlining our course delivery. More attention has been given to accommodating mature students, who often attend seminary on a part-time basis while continuing to work or serve in ministry. Weekend, modular and intensive courses, as well as online courses, have all made theological education more accessible.
In 2011-12, students did not simply register at the beginning of a semester. Instead, because of the way courses are offered, we enrolled students throughout the year. Enrolment Services was busy in May as new program students were accepted and registered for Spring Session courses(May 2-25).
Another important change in serving students well has been the change to offer regular semester courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and to arrange the course schedule in a way that makes it easy for students to move through their program.
The increased attendance brings with it increased tuition revenue. We thank God for this strong growth and look forward seeing it continue.