According to a recent publication from the College Board (www.collegeboard.com), tuition and fees at colleges and universities across the country have increased by 35 percent over the last five years, the largest such increase since the College Board began keeping data in the 1970s. In light of these facts and current economic issues, Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma has announced that undergraduate tuition and fee rates will not be increased for the upcoming 2010-2011 fiscal year. University president, Dr. Ed Huckeby, stated “we are taking a ‘leap of faith’ by not raising undergraduate tuition in the midst of this current economy. However, we feel it is important to give our current and incoming students, and their parents, a financial break.” As a ‘tuition-driven’ private university, SCU made the decision several months ago to focus on new student markets and improved recruiting techniques to increase enrollment rather than increase tuition costs.
According to Huckeby, who began his tenure at Southwestern in January after a 40-year career in public education, SCU enrollment for the upcoming fall semester is projected to increase by as much as 50% due to these new efforts. “It is our goal to provide SCU students every opportunity to graduate with as little student debt as possible,” Huckeby added. “We cannot control the economy, but we can control our reaction to it.”
Southwestern Christian University is currently one of the least expensive private Christian liberal-arts universities in the region. “It is very important for us to remain competitive in the higher education market. As a fully-accredited private Christian university, we provide a unique educational option for students who wish to learn, and exercise their faith, in a more intimate environment,” said Huckeby.
Tue, June 29, 2010
by Jonathan Chasteen