Significant Accomplishments Of Sloan Administration, 1995-2005

Jan. 21, 2005


Significant Accomplishments of Sloan Administration


1995 - 2005


STUDENTS

• Enrollment has grown from 12,202 in Fall 1995 to 13,799 in Fall 2004, an increase of 14 percent.

• The average SAT score of entering freshmen has improved from 1160 in 1995 to 1190 in 2004.

• Minority enrollment as a percentage of the overall undergraduate student population has increased from 20.8 percent in 1995 to 25.2 percent in 2004. Baylor's Fall 2004 freshman class is the most diverse in the University's history with a minority enrollment of 30.3 percent.

• For an unprecedented three consecutive years (2002-2004), a Baylor student has been awarded a prestigious Truman Scholarship.

• Graduate student enrollment on the Waco campus reached an all-time high of 1,297 in Fall 2004, and mean GRE scores for entering and returning graduate students also reached a record level, improving from a mean of 1060 in 1995 to 1120 in 2004.


ACADEMICS

• In Fall 2001, Baylor Regents endorsed Baylor 2012, the University's 10-year vision that calls for Baylor to become a nationally prominent research institution while simultaneously strengthening its Christian mission.

• Almost half of Baylor's 780 full-time faculty have been hired under the Sloan administration, including 13 University and Distinguished Professors. Overall faculty has grown from 644 in 1995 to 780 in 2004. Faculty additions have brought credentials from some of the world's great universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and MIT.

• Baylor has added 19 new study-aboard programs and 22 exchange agreements with international institutions since 1995. Today, Baylor has 59 programs in 26 countries. The number of students participating in international programs has increased over the same time period from 298 - or 2.4 percent of the student body - in 1995-96 to 880 - or 6.3 percent of all students - in 2003-04.

• Annual expenditures for research and other sponsored activity have more than tripled over the past decade, growing from $2.6 million to $8.9 million. The number of grant proposals submitted by faculty has increased from 58 in 1995 to 136 in 2003.

• New doctoral programs in mathematics, philosophy, physical therapy, exercise nutrition and preventive health, and ministry have been established.

• Three Schools -- Engineering and Computer Science (1995), Honors College (2002) and Social Work (2004) -- have been established. Two accreditations were received, one for the College of Arts and Sciences from the American Academy of Liberal Education (1997) and for Truett Seminary from the Association of Theological Schools (2002).

• Opening of the Bullock Collection in July 2004, housing the former Texas Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock's extensive collection of political and personal papers.

• In Fall 2004, Baylor received the only 'A' rating among 50 national schools in a study conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni on the strength of colleges' core curricula.

Prominent Speakers on Campus

National and International:

• Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Former First Lady Barbara Bush and Former Presidential candidate

Steve Forbes

• In August 2002, Baylor hosted President George W. Bush's Economic Forum, which brought to campus members of the President's Cabinet,

Vice President Dick Cheney and more than 200 business, labor and

education leaders from around the country.

Arts and Humanities:

• Horton Foote with the inaugural Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival; U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz; NPR journalist Bill Moyers; historians Shelby Foote and

David McCullough; best-selling authors Kathleen Norris, John Grisham

and Anne Lamott; and theologians N.T. Wright, John Polkinghorne,

James A. Forbes Jr. and Walter Brueggemann.


FINANCES/OPERATIONS

• Annual gifts to the University have grown from $18.5 million in 1995 to more than $45 million in 2003 -- the University's fourth-best giving year, with more than 3,500 first-time donors. Gifts to the University during the Sloan administration total almost $400 million. Endowment has almost doubled, from $341 million in 1996 to $722 million in 2004. Investment returns among all universities ranged between 12 percent and 22 percent in 2004, and Baylor's was expected to top that group with a 25.3 percent return for the 2003-04 fiscal year.

• The five-year, $500 million Campaign for Greatness begun in November 1999 finished successfully one year ahead of schedule and exceeded its goal by $27 million. More than 35,000 individuals, foundations, companies and organizations committed their support during the endowment campaign.

• The University's operating budget has more than doubled, from $145 million in 1995-96 to more than $340 million in 2004-05.

• A flat-rate tuition structure was adopted in fall 2001.

• In February 2002, the regents approved $247 million of debt issuance at a decades-low interest rate of 3.8 percent to construct a new sciences building, residential village, parking garages and improve technology infrastructure.


CAMPUS FACILITIES

• The campus dramatically increased in size, from 450 acres to almost 750 acres.

• Almost $400 million in new facilities have been constructed, including the:

    McLane Student Life Center

    Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center

    Baugh-Reynolds Campus for George W. Truett Theological Seminary

    Baylor Ballpark

    Getterman Stadium

    Baylor Tennis Center

    Floyd Casey Stadium skyboxes

    Stacy Riddle Forum

    The Baylor Golf Team's Practice Facility and Clubhouse at Bear Ridge Golf Course

    Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center

    Baylor Sciences Building

    North Village Residential Community

    Intramural complex

    Three parking garages/office buildings

• Several campus beautification projects were completed, including water features, prayer and memorial gardens and interior street closings.

• Baylor announced its intention to pursue the George W. Bush Presidential Library, to be built along the Brazos River and adjacent to I-35; a national steering committee is appointed.


ATHLETICS

• Baylor has won two NCAA team championships (men's tennis, 2004, and women's basketball, 2005), 11 Big 12 Conference regular season championships - women's soccer (1998), baseball (2000), men's golf (2001), men's tennis (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005), women's tennis (2003, 2005) and women's basketball (2005) - and five Big 12 tournament titles (men's tennis, 2002-2005; and women's basketball, 2005). Baylor won 81 All-Big 12 awards and 21 All-America citations for the 2003-04 year. Baylor is one of only seven Big 12 schools to have won at least 11 championships. The University finished the 2003-04 academic year ranked among the nation's top 50 athletic programs in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup competition.

• Baylor student-athletes brought home three gold medals in track and field from the 2004 Summer Olympics.

• Baylor student-athletes led the Big 12/NCAA graduation rates in 2004 with 78 percent overall and 88 percent for football student-athletes. It was the fifth time in the Conference's nine-year history that Baylor posted the highest student-athlete graduation rate among member schools.

• A women's equestrian program is added for fall 2005.

• Ian McCaw named new athletic director Sept. 8, 2003.

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