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
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.
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.