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Our Future

By G. Robert Cook Jr.
Sept. 12, 2010

Serving with the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education, I’m often asked, “How are our schools doing?” Sometimes people ask the question based on something they have heard about an AG school or about AG higher education in general. I’m concerned whenever it proves to be misinformation.

In reality, the “facts and figures” about our 19 endorsed colleges, universities, institutes and seminary include some challenges, but they also point toward a great future for the Assemblies of God. And these numbers and words on a page only tell a small part of the story. When you visit an AG campus, you will see firsthand the excellent academics, spiritual passion and lifelong relationships nurtured there. If you can’t go to a campus, you can visit

I encourage you to prayerfully support our schools, our students and our vision for the future.

Our schools

• There are currently 19 endorsed colleges, universities, institutes and seminary.

• Of these schools, 10 of them focus solely on training vocational ministers and missionaries.

• More than 150 academic programs/majors are offered.

• Two additional schools have achieved “candidate status” for endorsement.

• Nine schools offer graduate programs.

• Thirteen schools are regionally accredited.

Our enrollment

• The fall 2009 total enrollment decreased by only 46 students, or 0.3 percent, from the previous year to 16,278. The good news is that the FTE numbers (full time equivalency) increased by 45.

• Since 1999, total enrollment has increased 2,451 students, or 18 percent.

• There were 3,277 graduates in the spring of 2009.

• Student bodies range in size from 33 students (Caribbean Theological College, Puerto Rico) to 2,950 students (Southeastern University, Lakeland, Fla.).

Our students

• Church affiliation — 55 percent Assemblies of God

• Students in graduate programs — 12 percent

• Ethnic minorities — 28 percent

• Gender — 55 percent female

• Majors — 34 percent vocational ministry studies (The number of ministry graduates has increased from 854 in 1996 to 1,086 in 2009, an increase of 27 percent.)

Our finances

• AG schools are “tuition-driven,” meaning between 80 and 95 percent of total budgets is derived from tuition rather than donations, endowments or tax dollars.

• Average yearly education cost for regionally accredited schools is $21,042 (tuition: $14,865; room/board: $6,177).

• Average total donations to operational funds, per school, from districts, churches and individuals are approximately $750 per student.

• In 2009, 85 percent of all U.S. AG churches did not contribue financially to AG higher education.

Our challenges

• Increased financial support is needed to help control educational costs. Even a small donation from all of our churches would combine to create a solid foundation.

• Currently less than 5 percent of AG high school graduates attend our colleges. If just 10 percent of our students attended an AG college, our enrollment would increase by 3,000.

• The key to that increased enrollment is personal contacts. No coordinated system of obtaining names and addresses of AG high school students for AG college recruitment purposes is in place. Our pastors and youth pastors can play a vital supportive role in this task.

AG College Guides will be mailed soon to each pastor with a request for names and addresses of students in the congregation. It’s easy to respond. Help us to help AG students with one of the greatest decisions they will ever make.

G. ROBERT COOK JR. is executive vice president of the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education.

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