Spire 2022

D uring the Spring Board of Trustees meeting a Task Force was appointed to review the University’s programs and operations. Citing multi-year effects in both online and on-campus programs magnified during the pandemic, University officials called for the closure of low-enrolled, low-graduation programs to future students. Initial shortfalls were softened with the assistance of federal funds, such as the CARES Act and Employee Retention Credit. However, budget projections demonstrated the need to move forward with program closures. Impacted programs included the closure of the Art Major, the Art Business Major, the History Major, the Math Major, the Math Education Major, the Modern Languages Department, the General Music Major with a Concentration in Applied Voice, Theatre as a major, and the Health/Physical Education Endorsement. Current students in programs will be taught out through graduation by discipline-credentialed faculty. Theatre will continue to be offered as a co-curricular experience with annual productions, including Bluefield Youth Theatre, continuing to take place in Harman Chapel. President Olive communicated to members of the campus community following the meeting, “While these decisions have been difficult to make, let me be clear. The institution is in no jeopardy of closing as has been incorrectly rumored through this process. On the contrary, the institution is taking steps to adjust its operations and continue the development of highly sought-after, career-ready degree programs. With our collaborative partnerships with the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, we have a bright future as we enter the next 100 years of Christian higher education.” The Task Force, alongside academic committees, continues to meet to further evaluate program changes, new degree opportunities, and enrollment processes. Into the Next Century


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