Unification News for March 2005
UTS Board of Trustees Make Landmark Decisions
The UTS Board took major steps in guiding the school toward a major capital campaign, the Doctor of Ministry program, and establishing a 4-year religious college.
The winter meeting of the UTS Board of Trustees, one of its three annual regular meetings, was held March 1st at the Seminary's Extension Center in New York City. Gratitude is due to Dr. Chang Shik Yang for providing an exquisite conference room. The Board covered important areas of school life and made landmark decisions over its future.
Mr. Henry Christopher, UTS' new Director of Recruitment and Admissions, reported on his efforts to eliminate the barriers to enrollment to UTS. These barriers are lack of time, lack of money, and the uncertainty over career placement. To alleviate the time barrier, UTS is offering more intensive courses and distance learning. To alleviate the money barrier, UTS is working with benefactors who believe in UTS to provide scholarship support. As a recent example, Dr. Yang, Continental Director of the Family Federation in North America and UTS Trustee, offered 50% tuition scholarships to church leaders. To alleviate the career placement barrier, UTS is developing internship and job placement initiatives.
The Board also increased institutional investment in the physical plant to meet the standards of our target student market and our expanding conferencing activities.
Mr. Robin Graham, Director of Alumni Relations and Development, presented the outline of a $1.6 million dollar capital campaign, targeted toward major renovations of the main building, strenthening the faculty and teaching/learning experience, new program development and scholarships. The Board approved the campaign, which will get underway formally at the 25th Reunion of the Class of 1980 this June.
Dr. Kathy Winings reported on the progress of the Doctor of Ministry program, as UTS is preparing for a site team visit soon. The Trustees were very encouraged, in particular Trustee Emeritus Dr. David S.C. Kim, who has long been praying for this new level of educational offerings.
Finally,Dr. Hendricks presented the results of the Barrytown College Survey and the outlines of the business plan. The survey indicates a high degree of interest in a religious college that provides a moral environment, access to financial aid, academic prowess, service learning components, professorial mentoring and vocational counseling. Among all factors, the moral environment was considered the most important.
The Board voted to take steps toward implementing the 4-year program, which will have a distinct identity and broad market appeal to Unificationist families. Several Trustees noted that the greatest parental concern for the moral environment pertains to their offspring who are just entering college. This concern transcends the Unificationist community, and the school is seen as providing value to the society in general.
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