Another one bites the dust

October 14, 2008

This is one of those stories that I can’t consider the larger implications of until I learn how it affects my selfish interests:

Taylor University officials announced Monday that the Fort Wayne campus will stop offering its traditional undergraduate program effective this spring.

[. . .]

Garringer said currently 299 full-time 38 part-time students attend Taylor Fort Wayne, with 213 of those living in on-campus housing. The Fort Wayne campus also employs 18 fulltime and 24 part-time faculty members.

“Some of the ramifications of the (board’s) decision are still being discussed,” Garringer said, but officials said it does not affect Taylor’s growing online learning program, which numbers nearly 600 students. Neither does it impact Taylor’s Fort Wayne-based MBA program, or the WBCL Radio Network.

Taylor has always been an anchor of my neighborhood, even closer than the old Lutheran Hospital campus. If 213 of the students live on on-campus housing, that would seem to be an empty building or two in the future. How many more will there be? What is Taylor going to do about using those buildings or working with someone who will make use of them? The university apparently owns the buildings, and they are all paid for.

Here’s a personal reaction from Andrew J. Booth

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