We, the Students . . .

“We, the Students . . .” provides a platform for thoughtful reflections arising from the student body of Baylor University, and is addressed to our esteemed faculty, administrators, and regents. This blog conveys the sentiments of numerous current Baylor students and is not affiliated with nor approved by the University or any of its constituent parts.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Baylor’s Stunning Success Shows We Have Found A Unique Niche

We, the students, have been doing some number-crunching. And we found something so amazing that we just had to say something about it! Baylor's success over the past few years in attracting better and brighter students is nothing short of stunning. Just consider the following facts and statistics:

By 2004, Baylor’s ambitious Vision 2012 had become well-known across the state (not to mention the nation) and had begun to gain the notoriety it deserves. And this notoriety was reflected in the figures. In the fall of 2004, the University saw a dramatic and unprecendented 2,000+ jump in the number of freshman applications. That same year, Baylor’s acceptance rate, after hovering around 80% for the past three years, dropped an equally dramatic 9.5 percentage points to 72.4%. Baylor had become significantly more selective and thus able to accept better and brighter applicants.

But this was only a foretaste of things to come. Baylor’s reputation as a university where academic excellence is combined with a robust commitment to Christian faith continued to grow. And more and more students--more of us--decided Baylor was the ideal place to study, live, learn, and grow. By the spring of 2005, it had become apparent that Baylor was going to have yet another record-setting freshman class. But no one had any idea of what actually lay in store. By the time summer rolled around, Baylor officials had to cap enrollment when they realized that the number of entering freshman was rising well beyond the 2,800 they had initially planned for. Officials had to schedule many, many more orientation sessions and begin offering incentives to upperclassmen to move to off-campus housing to make room for the record freshman class.

As it turns out, the number of applications for fall 2005 saw a stunning 4,500+ jump over and above even the previous year's record! When it was all said and done, Baylor received a whopping 15,485 freshman applications for the fall semester--nearly double what it was only two years before! Again, equally dramatic, was the concomitant drop in Baylor's acceptance rate to 65.7%! This rate had dropped an astonishing 16.2% in only two years! Moreover, Baylor's entering classes of 2004 and 2005 have been both the best (with record-setting SAT scores of 1190 and 1196, respectively) and the most diverse (with minorities constituting 30.3% and 30.6%, respectively). Don't believe us? Check out Baylor's annual press release regarding these matters dated Semptember 8th, 2005.

We wonder why no one else is trumpeting these incredible statistics! (Come on, administration! This is something to be very, very proud of!) These are truly stunning numbers. Indeed, what can account for such mind-boggling improvement? We submit that the Vision of fostering academic excellence and serious Christian commitment was absolutely key. Indeed, we should know, for we are the very students whom these statistics describe!!! We were attracted here by Vision 2012; it is, without doubt, the most prominent reason why we all chose to call Baylor our "alma mater."

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

We Need Your Help

We, the students, need your help. We are soliciting suggestions for creative ways of communicating our message specifically to the portion of the Baylor faculty and administration who have not yet heard our plea. We especially would like to hear from Baylor faculty members in this regard. All input will be kept strictly confidential. E-mail us at nospam@yahoo.com (but be sure replace "nospam" with "wtsofbaylor" in your "To" e-mail address box--writing the instructions like this helps prevent our e-mail address from being picked up by automated "spamming" programs designed to collect e-mail addresses from webpages).

We appreciate all the encouraging e-mails we have already received from various faculty members (you know who you are). We also appreciate all our visitors, both first-timers and the faithful "followers" who visit each day. All we ask further is that if you truly love Baylor, help us get our message out to those who need to hear it. As we noted in our last post, there is apparently an element on our campus that is working to prevent our plea from reaching the ears of our faculty and administration. We are asking you to aid us in simply letting our voice be clearly heard.

Suppression of Free Speech Or Mere Uncollegial Behavior?

We, the students, are shocked--shocked!--at the behavior of our fellow students. We say "students" because we are convinced that no Baylor faculty member or administrator would perform such cowardly and malicious deeds...

What are we talking about? Well, over the past week, hundreds of flyers which point folks to this very weblog have been distributed across the Baylor campus. Many of these flyers were placed on bulletin boards and other public spaces. As it happens, dozens of these flyers have suspiciously disappeared within hours of their posting. We--the students--suspect that foul play is involved.

What could possibly motivate someone to pass over so many other flyers, choosing to remove only ours? While we have yet to study psychoanalysis in any of our classes, we believe that we are equipped to make a relatively decent educated guess as to why that may be. It seems that someone on our campus does not wish for our voice--the voice of the students--to be heard. The cowards who are trying to keep us from expressing our plea to the rest of our Baylor family deserve nothing but our collective condemnation.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Letting The Good Times Roll At Baylor!!

We have something we have been needing to get off our chests for a very, very long time. Ready? Okay, at the risk of sounding way over-exuberant, here it is: Yeeeee-hawwww!!! We love Baylor!!! Yeahhhhh!!! We are sooooooo excited to be here!! -------Okay. There.

Now, we admit that seeing it typed like that makes us look oh-so-cheesy... Unfortunately, words typed on the screen just can't do justice to the collective excitement that we all feel at our being at such an incredible university as Baylor. To really understand, you’d have to see it on our faces as we go about our studies or our socializing with one another. Part of what excites us so much is that many of our professors are every bit as jazzed as we are at the freedom--nay, the expectation!--that we actually take our Christian faith seriously--and that both inside and outside the classroom. For many of us, there is absolutely no place on the face of the earth that we would rather be. There is certainly no other university that we would rather call “alma mater.”

We are here at Baylor at a moment when our cherished university is poised to realize its most ambitious Vision ever. We are simply incapable of imagining a more exiting time to be here--and what is more: we don’t think this incapacity is a result of a lack of imagination on our part! In, say, 2050, when our descendents look back at Baylor as it is at this very moment, we believe they will see this time as one of the pivotal moments in our institution's proud history. These years will be seen as the time when we fully embraced our calling to be the bold, academically rigorous, and unapologetically Christian university that Vision 2012 has said we will strive to be! We are so exited to be here. So forgive us if we indulge in a little more cheesy excitement. Yeeeee-hawwww!!!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Keeping Our Plea Front And Center

The purpose of this page is to articulate our heartfelt plea for sanity and healing to our faculty, administrators, and regents. As such, we want to be sure to keep our plea and our extension of that plea front and center.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Update

It was announced today that Bill Underwood had yesterday requested for his name to be withdrawn from consideration for the permanent presidency. After this late-breaking development, the search committee recommended that the search process be continued. No vote was taken by the full Board of Regents on any candidate. We--the students--applaud Mr. Underwood for his decision to direct his undivided attention to leading Baylor as Interim President. Continue to pray for Mr. Underwood as well as for the Regents as they continue the search process for the thirteenth president of Baylor University.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Pray For Our Regents

Tomorrow (Friday, September 9), the full Board of Regents is expected vote on who will be the next president of Baylor University. This vote is a momentous one, for it will necessarily shape the direction of our cherished university for literally decades to come. Therefore, we--the students--ask all members of the Baylor family to pray that God will grant the Regents wisdom in this final phase of the selection process. The individual chosen by the Regents to take the helm will be the thirteenth person to hold the permanent presidency of Baylor University; his or her name will be the next one placed on the list of distinguished individuals who have carried such great responsibility on their shoulders:

1. Henry Lee Graves (1846 - 1851)
2. Rufus C. Burleson (1851 - 1861)
3. George Washington Baines (1861 - 1863)
4. William Carey Crane (1864 - 1885)
5. Reddin Andrews (1885 - 1886)
(2.) Rufus C. Burleson (1886 - 1897)
6. Oscar Henry Cooper (1899 - 1902)
7. Samuel Palmer Brooks (1902 - 1931)
8. Pat Morris Neff (1932 - 1947)
9. William R. White (1948 - 1961)
10. Abner Vernon McCall (1961 - 1981)
11. Herbert H. Reynolds (1981 - 1995)
12. Robert B. Sloan, Jr. (1995 - 2005)
13. _________________ (2005 - )