George Fox enrolled 3,210 students this fall, a six percent increase from last year and the university’s 19th consecutive year of growth. Enrollment has grown every year since 1986, when 549 students attended. The biggest gain came in the traditional undergraduate program where this year’s record freshman class (457) was 15 percent larger than last year’s record freshman class (396).
The largest freshman class in George Fox history sent campus staff scrambling to find housing this fall. With more than 450 freshmen arriving on campus, living quarters got tight. Student life staff said they reached 98 percent of capacity.
While most new students are from the Northwest, Executive Director of Admissions Dale Seipp said the university saw an increase in students from outside the region. This year’s freshmen come from 19 states and five countries. Sixteen percent are from non-Caucasian ethnic backgrounds. They come with an average high school grade point average of 3.6 and SAT score of 1,110. Seventy-five percent are from public high schools, 22 percent graduated from private high schools and 3 percent were home schooled. The majors most popular among freshmen are business, elementary education, biology, nursing, and engineering.
Relief is on the way for crowded students. Some will be able to move into a new residence hall (see story about construction) next fall.
Viki Defferding, assistant professor of Spanish, was named 2005 Ray Verzasconi Pacific Northwest Postsecondary Teacher of the Year by the Pacific Northwest Council of Foreign Language Teachers.
Defferding, a professor at George Fox since 1989, has led study abroad trips to eight countries in Central and South America. She has been an interpreter, teacher, and medical volunteer in Mexico with Mexican Medical Ministries and in Honduras, Costa Rica, and Portugal with local churches.
Going for the Green
The university named Carol Green the first dean of the School of Professional Studies. Green comes from Wayland Baptist University- Clovis Campus in New Mexico, where she was dean since 1997. Under her leadership, enrollment at the Clovis campus grew from 15 to 250.
The School of Professional Studies now has 300 students and offers five undergraduate degree-completion programs for adults at sites in Portland, Salem, and Boise, Idaho. A master’s-level program is offered in Boise. Night and weekend courses are designed to meet the needs and learning styles of working adults.
The doctorate is in
The School of Management this year added an executive MBA track and a doctoral program. The executive MBA program complements the school’s existing professional track, enabling senior-level managers to engage in applicable classroom discussion, travel abroad to gain real-world experience, and participate in community consulting projects that exemplify the program’s commitment to service.
Also new in May is George Fox’s Doctor of Management program, designed to prepare managers for service in business, nonprofit, and public-sector organizations. The curriculum is collaborative, faith-based, service-oriented, and internationally attuned. Candidates for the program include executives seeking continuing education, consultants and trainers, and those interested in serving as faculty members at colleges and universities.
Both new programs will help the School of Management better fulfill its mission “to develop promising leaders and managers to be servants for the world,” says Wes Balda, school dean. georgefox.edu/som