More USDOE Statistics: On-Campus Crime and Further Enrollment Declines

Last week we reported on the US Department of Education’s data regarding BJU’s sports program. Here’s some further information culled from the USDOE’s data dump, featuring two areas: BJU’s on-campus crime statistics and more evidence of its dropping enrollment.

Last year’s crime statistics were grim; BJU had a “significantly higher” rate of on-campus sexual assault than any other school in the area, according to WSPA. The new data from the USDOE is for 2012, in which BJU had:

-1 forcible sex offense in student housing

-23 incidents of burglary

[Click here to see a graphic showing the USDOE’s total report on BJU on-campus crime from 2010-2012.]

The second area we’re highlighting is BJU’s enrollment, with more numbers showing how the school’s enrollment has fallen off in the last few years.

-BJU lost several hundred students between the 2011 and 2012 school years; the school’s full-time undergraduate enrollment as of fall 2012 was 2,802.

-BJU has lost 11.5% of its undergrad enrollment since 2002. Local schools North Greenville University and Anderson College are up 63% and 65%, respectively, over the same time frame.

[Scroll to page 18 of this .pdf to see enrollment numbers from over a dozen SC universities and colleges over the last ten years.]

The enrollment numbers in particular could be seen as strong clues as to why the University is gambling big money on its sports program (even compromising on some standards in the process), possibly hoping that it, along with other “appropriate changes,” could return BJU to its former size. However, Bob Jones III has long claimed that the school will continue to decrease in size and importance.


7 thoughts on “More USDOE Statistics: On-Campus Crime and Further Enrollment Declines

  1. Bob

    Among “Independent Senior Institutions,” BJU was one of nine schools who saw declining enrollment from 2002 to 2011. And of those nine, all but two lost a greater percentage than BJU did. Of course, there were also thirteen schools who experienced enrollment growth.

    I also noticed that the two schools you mentioned that had significant growth (North Greenville University and Anderson College) had growth rates of almost three times the average. You weren’t implying that those were representative samples, were you?

  2. A James

    In case anyone has not taken the time to read the February 2013 Faculty/Staff Q & A Meeting under Leaked Files, the following excerpt is too pertinent to miss in light of recent discussions.
    Advertising and Marketing spend for intercollegiate athletics: Why are we investing in student entertainment rather than in other priorities? We watch very carefully the amount we spend on intercollegiate athletics. Every one of our four head coaches carries significant responsibilities in addition to coaching (i.e., Neil Ring is our athletic director, and our men’s basketball coach and he also teaches; and that is true of all of these coaches. They carry additional significant responsibilities besides coaching their respective sports.) In addition to watching the costs, we watch the revenue very carefully as well–everything from donations that are specifically connected to athletics to merchandise sales (don’t forget your red t-shirt tonight for Red Out–that’s a part of it) to event ticket sales to advertising. We believe that our intercollegiate athletic program is highly missional. We understand the thought behind the question, but this is not simply student entertainment. We’re doing this because we believe it will create great unity among our students, it enables us to reconnect with our alumni, it gives us outreach into the community, it enables more discipleship opportunities for student athletes, and it is a key opportunity–a platform for ministry. We are going to invest in programs that are going to enable us to carry our mission forward with integrity that also help us to attract right-fit students to BJU. Just this year alone we have 10 students who wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have intercollegiate athletics, and they are a good fit for BJU. Next year we are looking to have 30-40 because of intercollegiate athletics–that’s not the main reason they are coming, but they would not come to BJU if we didn’t have them. They want the education we are providing here, they want the atmosphere that we have here, they want to be a part of what our mission is. The reality is that we are tuition-revenue dependent. We have to attract students here to operate financially. Just a few years ago the operational budget was supported 100 percent through what came in through room, board, and tuition. With the enrollment decline in recent years, that has dipped to 85 percent, but that is still a significant percentage.
    I especially love the “that’s not the main reason they are coming, but they would not come to BJU if we didn’t have them.” And after all the noble spiritual reasons, “the reality is that we are tuition-revenue dependent.”

  3. puzzlephile

    Christopher, citing enrollment for “local schools” implies that geography brings a measure of parity to the statistics. The implication is that if other schools in the same geographic region can gain enrollment, why can’t BJU? But this is misleading since it ignores other factors that are significantly more relevant than location. I can only suspect that those values were used due to the effect that the contrasting figures would provide. I find this misleading at best and disingenuous at worst.

      1. puzzlephile

        MSK, surely you don’t believe that location is the most important factor when comparing enrollment statistics. Christopher’s comment was, “Bob, the key word is ‘local'”.

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