Washington Adventist University is not only the fastest growing institution among the United States North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists institutions; it is also the fastest growing among the Maryland Independent Colleges and University Association (MICUA).
The Association recorded just over 16 percent growth rate in undergraduate full time equivalents (FTEs) from fall 2010 to fall 2011 for WAU.
The Washington Adventist University Honors Program and the English Department will this month host a series of events dedicated to the study of the British modernist poet and artist, David Jones (1895-1974). Events include an exhibition, a conference, a film screening and poetry reading, beginning March 14 and ending April 20.
Washington Adventist University (WAU), located in Takoma Park, Md., is the fastest growing United States institution of higher education among those in the North American Division.
Data from WAU’s Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness shows that the six-year growth rate in headcount, from 2007-2011, is 38 percent while the one-year rate, from 2010-2011, is 17 percent. Both figures are higher than that of all other American institutions in the division. Last fall WAU set a new record for highest official headcount in its 107 years with 1,493 students.
Washington Adventist University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter has been awarded four mini-grants totaling $6,000 this year, signaling a strong comeback for an organization that was on a five- year hiatus up to a few months ago.
“We wrote five mini grant proposals and thought that we would be awarded one, but we were awarded four”, said Kimberly Pichot, faculty sponsor of WAU’s SIFE chapter,” It’s nice because we are making $6,000 in grant money, which allows the students to do a lot.”
Washington Adventist University President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. , joined presidents of other Maryland private colleges and Universities in Annapolis on Feb. 9 to press the state government for continued funding of these institutions. Administrators and students were in the state capital in observation of Maryland Independent Higher Education Day declared by Governor Martin O’Malley in recognition of the vital independent colleges and universities play in the State, which boasts one of the best educated workforces in the nation.
WAU Students to Participate in Annapolis Celebrations
Governor Martin O’Malley (pictured) has declared Feb. 9 “Maryland Independent Higher Education Day” in recognition of the vital role Maryland’s independent colleges and universities serve in the State, which boasts one of the best educated workforces in the nation.
The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) will bring 200 college students and administrators from across the State to Annapolis on Feb. 9 for a day of special activities, including the MICUA Presidents’ Award ceremony. The Honorable Nancy Kopp, Maryland State Treasurer, will receive the 2012 MICUA Presidents’ Award for “outstanding leadership on behalf of higher education in Maryland.”
Hundreds of students from Maryland's institutions of higher education will join with college presidents in Annapolis to seek increased support for fiscal year 2013 operating and capital funds on February 9.
The rally, organized by the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), the Maryland Community College Association (MACC), and Morgan State University, will convene students from across the State for a day of visits with State legislators and special activities. The students-representing 14 private colleges, 16 community colleges, and one public university-will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the State House steps with a banner proclaiming "United for College Affordability."
Washington Adventist University will receive a team of peer evaluators from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, March 25-28, as part of a reaccreditation process carried out every 10 years.