October 20, 2014 : By Ben Walker - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
Liberty University faculty gathered in the new LaHaye Event Space on Monday and hundreds more watched a live stream broadcast for the semi-annual All-Faculty Meeting, where university leaders shared exciting updates about Liberty’s growth and progress.
Faculty members heard from a handful of administrators and some of their peers, including a video update from Dr. Michael S. Jones, who is currently in Romania on a nine-month senior Fulbright scholarship.
An update was given on Liberty’s $500 million campus rebuilding, which is drastically updating university facilities. Ground was recently broken on Residential Commons II, across from its predecessor, which opened this fall.
As Liberty prepares for its 10 year Compliance Certification Report in 2015, Provost Ron Godwin explained that the university is working tirelessly to ensure that it is completed with excellence. He reminded the faculty that Liberty’s Fifth-Year Interim Report was fully accepted in 2012 with “no additional reporting requested,” a substantial feat. Godwin said Liberty hopes to continue this trend with future reports.
Enrollment at the university is at all-time highs, including a record 13,862 residential students. This semester Liberty also reached its historical high for new student GPAs, as well as honors program participation, and matched its record highs for incoming SAT and ACT scores.
It was also shared that Liberty’s online students ranked their experiences with the school at or above the national average in a recent survey.
President Jerry Falwell made some major announcements regarding university leadership. He honored Godwin, who is transitioning into a consultant role after more than 20 years of service (read the full story), and Liberty University School of Law Dean Mat Staver, who is resigning after more than eight years of leading a world-class law school (read the full story).
With all of the progress currently taking place at Liberty, faculty were reminded that the university is constantly striving to fulfill its mission of Training Champions for Christ, and that the blessings Liberty is experiencing now are the result of decades of hard work, perseverance, and prayer.