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.
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."
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.”
Washington Adventist University has been awarded a Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegiate Challenge Mini Grant for the maximum amount of $1,000 by the Michigan Campus Compact in partnership with Wisconsin Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Sophia Ward, Ph.D., Student Success and Engagement Specialist,
partnered with Dean Nemeka Mason, First Year Residence Life Coordinator, to apply for the grant in support of WAU’s efforts to engage students in service to honor King.
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.
The first new building in 40 years at Washington Adventist University is now completed. The building—the Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center—was declared finished on December 5 by Larry E. Walker, principal for the construction company, the Walker Group. Complete handover is scheduled for Dec. 16.
“It is with great pleasure that I confirm the completion of the music building. We sincerely hope that your administration, the Board of Trustees, alumni, students and the entire Washington Adventist University family are proud of the project,” Walker said in a letter to President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. “We are certainly proud of being a part of your team and providing you with this state of the art, sustainable project.”