Dear Friends and Colleagues:
We are pleased to share this exciting update from Campbellsville University. The opportunity to interact with our successful students and alumni has been very rewarding. During the current year, our momentum has continued in a number of areas in these challenging times for higher education institutions.
Highlights for the academic year 2013-2014 are summarized below:
Preparing Christian Servant Leaders. Vision 2025 is our long-range blueprint for the future that was put in place by the Board of Trustees in 2009. Primary goals of Vision 2025 include: increase total enrollment to 5,000 (enrollment for the last three years has been over 3,600 each fall); to prepare a generation of Christian servant leaders; to provide quality and excellence in Christian education for our students; and to help CU become one of America’s premier Christian universities. We are making significant progress realizing the goals of Vision 2025.
Several national organizations have recognized Campbellsville University. U.S. News & World Report ranked CU among the top 100 regional universities in the South at number 69 and rated our online business programs number 79 in the nation and our education online programs at number 70 in the nation. CU repeated as being among America’s Best Christian Colleges, named a military-friendly institution, named as one of the fastest growing institutions in the nation among private nonprofit institutions; recognized by the United States president as an honor roll institution in providing community service; our business programs were named among the best in the South by Forbes, and CU was once again recognized as a Five-Star Champions of Character Institution by the National Association of Intercollegiate Education. U.S. News & World Report also mentioned CU as being among institutions whose students graduate with the least amount of debt and as among the most diverse universities in the South.
CU’s tuition and fees remain in the median range among Kentucky’s private nonprofit colleges and universities and well below the national norm for comparable universities. CU’s tuition and fees will increase by only 2.69% for the 2014-2015 academic year – the lowest percentage increase during my tenure as president and below the state and national trends. More than 90% of CU’s students receive financial aid including more than $18 million in institutional aid provided in 2013-2014. Total financial aid awarded to CU students this year was around $47 million from all sources. One recent national study, released in early 2014, documented that CU graduates had the third lowest student debt among Kentucky’s public and private colleges and universities – the two lowest being the state’s two work colleges.
Preparing for the Future
CU’s Our Time-This Place capital campaign, with a goal of $61.1 million and a strategic part of our Vision 2025 plan, continues with total funds raised to date reaching $31.8 million. We are now engaged in the “Campaign for the Commonwealth” phase of the capital campaign in 2014 as we go to ten cities across Kentucky to bring the exciting news of CU’s momentum. Since the economic downturn in fall 2008, CU’s permanent endowment has grown by 13.4 percent per year, almost doubled in amount and reached an all-time high in 2014. During the year, the following facilities have been completed: Alumni & Friends Park; new Village housing complex for female students and beginning of construction on an additional Village complex for fall 2014; new Papa John’s and Tigerville Grille restaurants on the campus; new Larry and Beverly Noe Education Center in Somerset, KY; and renovation of two buildings for the new cosmetology program that is under the auspices of CU’s Technology Training Center. CU has regional centers in Louisville, Somerset, and Hodgenville and a site in Elizabethtown.
CU offers more than 90 academic options at the undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and pre-professional levels with fall 2013 total enrollment exceeding 3,600 for the third consecutive year – including a record number of undergraduate students living on campus in fall 2013. New academic programs that we are offering, or will be offering soon, include the master of arts in sport management, MBA emphasis in church management, master of management and leadership, area in environmental science and expanded master of social work. In addition to CU’s institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the following academic areas have national unit accreditation: social work, education, business, and music.
Athletics and Student Life
CU now has 26 intercollegiate teams participating in 16 sports including our nationally ranked first-year women’s wrestling program and a new co-ed bass fishing team to begin in the fall. Our student-athletes have been very successful not only in the arena of athletic competition but, even more importantly, in the arena of becoming Christian servant leaders and academic successes – as evidenced by CU being a Five-Star NAIA Champions of Character Institution, our men and women swimming teams both named as NAIA National Champions of Character team winners for their sport, and membership in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Student-athletes and coaches have been active in numerous mission trips, service projects, and ministries around the globe. CU students, faculty, and staff have been engaged in local, national, and international mission trips and ministries in New Orleans, Florida, Mexico, Haiti, Tanzania, Cuba, Israel, Jordan and others.
Commitment to Diversity
Vision 2025 is based on a commitment to building a global community of learners. CU’s international student population totaled over 300 this year from more than 40 countries. During fall 2013, nearly 25 percent of our full-time undergraduate students were classified as minority. Since 1999, we have sponsored an annual Dialogue on Race that involves CU faculty, staff, coaches, and students, with involvement by local community leaders, in an intentional month-long dialogue on issues of race, ethnicity, language, economic status, etc. This dialogue has been very successful and has been recognized by a number of outside organizations.
We are working very hard to be a beacon of light and hope with a commitment to high quality and affordable Christian higher education. Our goal remains to help our students to find their calling and to be Christian servant leaders who will serve around the world. Please feel free to contact me at 270-789-5001, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions. Visit our website at www.campbellsville.edu for further information. May God always bless you.
Michael V. Carter, President