For Christian education, a mix of ups, downs
At least three universities associated with Churches of Christ welcomed record numbers of students this fall: Abilene Christian University in Texas, Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.
Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City has its second-largest student body ever. Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., had its all-time best recruiting year, enrolling a record number of freshmen and transfers.
But flat enrollment and funding woes have prompted the planned closing of Magnolia Bible College in Kosciusko, Miss.
Similar problems caused at least five K-12 Christian schools — one in Michigan, one in Florida and three in Ohio — to shut their doors this school year.