What has been called the “impending tidal wave of students” has now reached the college level. The statistics which formerly were presented to predict this flood have now been corroborated, in many instances, by record-breaking enrollments in institutions of higher education. Total registrations in the nation’s colleges and universities, affected by heavy increases in the birthrate and by a growing demand for educational services, rose from 2,650,000 in 1950 to 3,750,000 in 1960.
In view of the pressing need for a well educated leadership and for an informed membership in the church, it is depressing that a corresponding increase in enrollments has not been reported by those colleges which are Christian in the evangelical sense. Some of these institutions have had a modest growth and others are filled to capacity. But there are also a number of Christian schools which find it necessary to spend large sums of money to recruit students—and despite this expenditure they still have space in dormitories and classrooms for additional students.
This inability to expand has serious financial implications for certain Christian colleges. Moreover, it may indicate a waning strength on the part of these institutions and point to increasing difficulties in the future. Interested and competent observers have predicted that some of the weaker four-year Christian colleges may pass from the scene during the next decade or two. It would seem reasonable to assume that the craft which will not float during the flood will be stranded at the first diminution of the tide.
One of the chief contributing causes to the low rate of growth in some Christian colleges is the growing preference of the American college student for training in a public institution ...1
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