BJU Faculty Numbers Analyzed; Down 10% from Last Year

A helpful tipster has emailed us an Excel spreadsheet comparing the makeup of BJU faculty over the past several years.

Immediately obvious is the impact of recent closings, selloffs and deletions of majors. The size of the faculty overall is down from 310 in 2009-2010 to 273 at the beginning of this school year.

These changes reflect the school’s declining enrollment and emphasis on cost-cutting, although the recent spending spree on advertising for the new intercollegiate sports program bucks that trend.


4 thoughts on “BJU Faculty Numbers Analyzed; Down 10% from Last Year

  1. Mark Smith

    The university I work at, which is a state school, hasn’t given a faculty raise in 4 years, there are less faculty than there was 4 years ago…AND ENROLLMENT’S UP!

    What’s your point again?

    1. Mark Fitzhenry

      Mark, The education bubble created by easy, low interest gov’t loans is bursting just like the housing bubble in 2008.

      Still, I suspect that your state school – if it is average – pays a bit more to comparably qualified faculty at BJU. I doubt your state school demands nearly as much of its faculty as does BJU. Those who teach at BJU do so under the premise that they do so as ministers of the Gospel of Christ. As such, they are expected to accept less than they would for teaching at a state- or non-religious school.

      Around 1978, Charles Underwood, BJU’s Church Planting head, warned the Joneses that if their authoritarian management-style, unchristian treatment of faculty, staff and supporters, and ecclesiastic duplicity didn’t change they would have to “hire a 5th Avenue PR firm” to keep from alienating the University’s supporters.

      Perhaps the point was lost on you. Those familiar with BJU, its history, the life cycles of organizations, its changing market position, the effects of declining enrollment on fixed costs, income and expense reports, etc., recognize an organization in decline.
      Mark Fitzhenry

  2. Anson Mills

    Thanks to whoever did the spread sheet. There’s a lot that’s of interest there.
    Four points:
    1. Quite a few of the faculty who are no longer teaching have died or retired.
    2. BJU faculty salaries and academic credentials have both increased as the number of faculty has declined.
    3. The world of higher ed has changed dramatically during the last decade, and BJU, like other liberal arts colleges, faces aggressive competition from community colleges and the for-profits.
    4. It’s not written in the skies that BJU has to have large enrollments or offer a lot of majors. Less can be more.

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