Use quotes to find results containing your phrase, exactly, e. Moody Bible Institute to close Spokane campus The nonprofit also is cutting faculty and staff at its campus and seminary in Chicago. Monday, November 13, 6: The nonprofit also is cutting faculty and staff at its campus and seminary in Chicago, and closing its extension site in Pasadena, California, which offered a ministry leadership degree program. Moody opened its Spokane branch in , a few blocks north of Gonzaga University.
He said there was a time when the school received more than 1, applications a year for just spots in Chicago. The school saw significant growth beginning around , but in recent years it has received fewer and fewer applications, Spencer said. Enrollment in Spokane was steady from to , with about new, full-time freshmen each fall.
But saw a precipitous drop, with only 59 incoming freshmen. And this year, another drop: Enrollment has been steady at the seminary campus in Plymouth, Michigan.
He said the enrollment declines are the result of demographic shifts and declining interest in higher education. Theological schools in particular have struggled to keep their branch campuses open, according to Christianity Today. Spencer said the school will continue training missionary pilots and technicians, although it will be changing the first-year Bible studies curriculum. Spencer said many of those students go on to work for humanitarian groups in other countries.
Our students learn not only those kinds of piloting skills, but they also get the maintenance training to take care of their airplanes on the field. Moody; it was originally called the Chicago Evangelization Society. Christianity Today reported that Moody has about 45 faculty members in Spokane, about a third of whom are involved in the aviation program. Students in Spokane should have no problem transferring their credits to Chicago if they decide to do so, and Moody will work with those who want to finish their degrees online, Spencer said.
Zak Sommers, a Moody junior majoring in intercultural studies, applied to the Chicago campus two years ago but ended up moving to Spokane from his hometown of Orrville, Ohio.