President Ronald Ellis set a goal to “reinforce the decision to join Lancer Nation.”
In chapel services Sept. 26 and Sept. 28 Ellis gave his annual “State of the University” address.
This year’s address differed from years past as it was presented to the students in video format.
The video began with an introduction by Ellis in his office as he welcomed students, staff and faculty to the 2011-2012 school year.
“This video is a review of past major milestones and events and a look ahead to the next year,” Ellis said.
His address chronicled the history of California Baptist University from its roots in El Monte, Calif. through its plans for further expansion over the next year.
Ellis announced that CBU has once again achieved record enrollment numbers in 2011-2012 after setting a record of 4,715 last year.
He did not give the exact enrollment totals in his address, however later in the week the official number of 5,413 was announced.
To Ellis, the responsibility to follow the Great Commission and fulfill the mission and vision of the founding fathers of the institution is key.
“We are leaving a great and growing legacy,” Ellis said.
A large portion of the video focused on the four student outcomes of CBU: Biblically rooted education, academic preparedness, becoming globally minded and thus being equipped to serve.
In his quest to build a premier comprehensive Christian university Ellis takes steps to ensure the intertwining of faith and education.
Ellis also gave updates on the schools ongoing construction projects, including construction to the new school of business building and student recreation center.
As the school continues to expand Ellis gives credit to God.
“Our success is a testament of God’s blessings,” Ellis said.
Ellis announced another high honor that was achieved in the past year as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges awarded a 10-year accreditation of the academic programs and degrees offered atCBU.
CBU now offers over 100 undergraduate degrees and 30 graduate programs. The school of Online and Professional Studies is experiencing expansion as well as it enters its second year.
Along with the student and academic expansion comes the need for more professors. This fall, CBUwelcomed in 34 new professors and eight new undergrad majors.
With more students and more faculty the school also has a greater opportunity for expansion of the mission trip programs offered by the Office of Mobilization.
This year the International Service Project program celebrates its 15th anniversary on campus.
“I am proud of every CBU student, staff and faculty that follows the call of the Great Commission,” Ellis said.
Ellis also addressed the transition of CBU athletics into the National Collegiate Athletic Association. This year marks the first year for the school to participate as part of the Pacific West conference.
“We honor Christ through excellence in athletics,” Ellis said.