We will make our University a destination of first choice for
an increasing number of students from around the state, from across the region,
The School of Divinity will launch Doctor of Intercultural Studies
(DIS / PhD) degrees.
Begin the process with anticipated launch following or prior to
the 2024 Self-Study. Welcome doctoral cohort of 10 students (DIS and
PhD is a two-tiered approach) for those with practitioner/ministerial and
academic interests respectively.
The School of Divinity will launch a Master of Biblical and
Theological Studies degree (36 hours, non-thesis degree, for those without
a baccalaureate degree in religious studies).
Fall 2022 welcome MBTS with 10 new students (for an annual
group of 10).
The School of Divinity will create, fill, and supervise an additional
and separate position of admission recruiter for the SOD focused on visits to
local churches and church-based colleges and universities.
Increased enrollment from 91 (fall 2020) to 110 (fall 2021).
Increased enrollment from 110 (fall 2021) to 130 (fall 2022).
Increased enrollment from 130 (fall 2022) to 150 (fall 2023)
The School of Divinity will offer non-traditional course delivery
methods to growing non-traditional student base.
Deliver 25% of classes via non-traditional means. By Fall 2021 deliver 25% of courses through combination of online, Zoom, hybrid, and weekend face-to-face methods.
The School of Divinity will provide a $100 Campus Book Store gift
card to current students who recruit new students.
Create new student recruiting pool utilizing current SOD
students to provide 10 new students to each fall and spring entering
We will increase and diversify the sources of revenue needed to sustain the growth and strengthening of our vibrant, comprehensive University.
The School of Divinity will provide additional courses in nontraditional means (use Thursday evenings for hybrid courses with face-to-face
courses being offered on alternative Thursdays—see above I.2.4.).
Retain student enrollment with increase in hours from 891
(fall 2020) to 980 (fall 2021).
The School of Divinity will strengthen student connection to the
SOD community for retention purposes.
School of Divinity Student Association (SDSA) will host special
events for non-traditional students (evening and hybrid classes at the
Charlotte campus) and track the correlation between student participation
in those events with each student’s eventual graduation or attrition.
The School of Divinity will invite to campus speakers/lecturers who
spotlight GWU positively.
Receive evaluations of speakers from participants and
faculty that reflect positive assessment of the events (no more than 10%
The School of Divinity will evaluate curricular offerings (including
class sizes and reduction of adjuncts) based on the new 78 hour MDiv.
Increase of 10 students each of next two years.
Reduce adjuncts to 1 per semester.
Gardner-Webb University is a private university with a very public
mission. We will increase our positive impact in the broader community and in the
region by partnering with those who share our interest in improving the quality of life
in Cleveland County and beyond.
The School of Divinity will build a labyrinth located strategically
on campus (behind Dover Chapel on front lawn near Noel Hall) where persons
come to practice personal and corporate prayer experiences led by students in
SOD Spiritual Formation classes. SOD spiritual formation classes will use the
labyrinth each semester with 40-45 students using it each semester.
Track number of visits to labyrinth including students sharing
the experience with fellow church members/friends/ministers (expect 100
additional, non-student visitors per year).
The School of Divinity will create/collaborate in Dover Library
a “Ministers Corner” for reading spiritual classics that would be appealing to
students and community people.
Track number of visits to library by issuing visitor’s (VIP?) ID’s with a 5% use increase each year with end goal of 100 visitors.
The School of Divinity will expand the Pittman Center for
Congregational Enrichment Certificate Program to include ministerial preparation
for underserved and underrepresented demographic groups.
Increase enrollment in certificate program of Latino and other underserved groups from 15 to 25 (with an annual enrollment of 25).
The School of Divinity will collaborate with area African American
pastors for the potential launch of the “Center for Black Church Life” securing an
African American faculty member/administrator to launch the center who will
serve in a liaison role with students and churches.
Increase the MDiv enrollment of African American students
from 48 (fall 2020) to 58 (by fall 2023).
Increase the enrollment of Pittman Center for
Congregational Enrichment (for non-degree seeking students) classes
to 25 (for an ongoing annual enrollment of 25).
We will achieve and sustain a reputation as North Carolina’s leader in
Christian higher education.
The School of Divinity will collaborate with university
administration to have intentional racial reconciliation events utilizing the
Washburn Lectures (fall) and Greene Lectures (spring) that feature high profile
speakers with broader university and community participation.
. Increase Washburn Lecture enrollment from 120 (Zoom
attendees fall 2020) to 140 (face-to-face and zoom attendees combined).
Increase Greene Lecture enrollment from 78 (spring 2020) to
100 (spring 2021) with a goal of 5% increase year-to-year until arriving at
ticketed event status.