Grace College Reimagine Campaign Experiences Continued Success
Grace College continues to enjoy success from its recently-implemented “reimagine” campaign. Recent markers of success for the school include its unparalleled increase in enrollment for this year’s incoming class, Grace College President Dr. Ronald Manahan’s invitation to testify before a Congressional committee concerning educational advances, and being featured in an article on the U.S. News and World Report website and the Chicago Tribune website entitled “New Three-Year Degree Programs Trim College Costs.”
Grace’s introduction of the three-year degree completion option was largely to thank for the record-breaking 17% increase in incoming freshman enrollment for the Fall 2011 semester. Incoming students were eager to take advantage of the money and time-saving options the three-year program offers. Grace was one of the first private Christian college to offer the three-year option for each of its 50-plus majors.
The success didn’t go unnoticed, as Dr. Manahan was invited to testify before the Congressional Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training on Nov. 30 at a hearing entitled, “Keeping College within Reach: Discussing Ways Institutions Can Streamline Costs and Reduce Tuition” at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
In his testimony, Manahan explained how in an effort to reduce cost, Grace has systematically evaluated every academic program, reviewed institutional operations, explored innovations, and created collaborations and partnerships with other institutions. Manahan communicated Grace’s philosophy that, “…higher education must be vigilant in controlling cost, ensuring access, and increasing employability.”
In February 2012, Grace College was featured in an online U.S. News and World Report article that pinpointed colleges offering the three-year degree option. The article quoted Grace College Provost Bill Katip, who explained how the three-year degree program can translate into 50% savings for students. In March, that same article was featured on the Chicago Tribune’s website.
Despite the sustained success, Grace isn’t content to remain static. The newly-opened Weber schools in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, as well as the newly-implemented Applied Learning Program showcase Grace’s commitment to continual innovation in higher education.
Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education, which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. Grace College also offers a new highly affordable and accessible two-year degree program in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis through The Weber School. Grace College has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”