International Board of Education releases global statistics
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Global Ministry Center
Official enrollment figures are in for the Church of the Nazarene's 53 colleges, universities, and seminaries around the world. These institutions reported a total of 50,390 degree-seeking students for the 2013 school year.

While this all-inclusive number represents a slight decline from last year, most of the individual institutions continue a pattern of growth through the past decade. In 2013, International Board of Education schools educated 18,153 more degree-seeking students than a decade ago.

These are challenging times for higher education in general, and Christian higher education is not exempt from the challenges presented by economic trends, new technologies, shifting politics, and competition created by institutions and organizations providing free content. However, IBOE school leaders and governing boards are working together with their regional education coordinators to create creative responses, which include diversified delivery systems, consortium agreements, and collaborating on projects that result in shared resources.

Choosing where to engage in education for life and service continues to be one of the most important discipleship decisions a person will make. Regardless of the level of the degree, from diploma to PhD, or the field of study, it is a significant season in the development and spiritual formation of the student. Nazarene higher education provides opportunities for students to be formed and trained as followers of Jesus and leaders who live and serve from a Christian worldview.

Education has been a core commitment of the Church of the Nazarene since the denomination's inception, and the International Board of Education schools remain one of the great treasures God has given the church in advancement of His mission in the world.

"Our Nazarene college, university, and seminary leaders need the prayers of the people of God," said Dan Copp, education commissioner for the denomination. "We want to encourage you to regularly lift our school leaders to the Lord in your daily prayer. These Godly leaders faithfully serve their schools and the church, and your prayer support will help them lead wisely in times when changes create tremendous opportunities."

To learn more and for guides on offering prayers of support for these leaders, visit the IBOE website. A full list of schools is also available.

"If you are a potential student considering where you might attend school, take a close look at our Nazarene schools as a valuable choice for your education and continued discipleship," Copp said. "If you are a parent, pastor, teacher, or friend offering counsel to a student considering where to go to school, consider our Nazarene schools where students are intentionally nurtured as disciples of Jesus to engage in the mission to make Christlike disciples in the nations."

For the 2013 higher education global statistics report, click here.
--International Board of Education
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