2020 spring enrollment down 3% but transfers and graduate students reach record highs

2020 spring enrollment down 3% but transfers and graduate students reach record highs

Enrollment at Lipscomb was down about 3% in traditional undergraduate students for the fall, though Lipscomb had a record number of graduate students and transfer students. “The decline can be attributed to the growing competition in Nashville (more than 70 colleges currently recruit here), a larger than normal graduating class in the spring and frankly, our need to have more competitive housing for freshmen women,” President Randy Lowry in an email to faculty. “The traditional undergraduate demographic is the demographic that will be most challenging in the future and apparently, the future is now.”  While there are few things changing, the university still must compensate for a loss in tuition money.  “Since we are a school that is largely tuition-dependent, this year’s enrollment will necessitate some deliberate budget management in order for us to strategically and efficiently steward our resources,” Lowry wrote. Lipscomb will not provide a mid-year compensation increase this year as it has done the past two years, and there will be some adjustments to this year’s operating budget. “At the same time, as I announced, this is a manageable circumstance and it will ultimately make us a stronger institution by preparing early for additional challenges that will come our way,” Lowry wrote. “In this note, I want to clearly communicate the plan we are calling, ‘Lipscomb Forward.’” The plan proposes that discretionary expenditures will be eliminated as well as a contingency fund be allocated to create additional revenue.  “In order to balance the budget at the end of the fiscal year (May 31), we will manage expenditures to spend less than we had planned,” Lowry said. “That will...
129th Commencement Ceremony held in Allen Arena

129th Commencement Ceremony held in Allen Arena

Lipscomb held its 129th commencement session in Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon. There were doctorates, masters and bachelor’s degrees presented at the ceremony. “This is undoubtedly the most exciting day on campus,” said President Lowry. Nancy Magnusson Durham gave the Faculty charges. Durham offered 4 charges to the students as they enter the workforce. Durham’s charges were originally from Carol Dweck in a concept she calls midset. “Carol Dweck who is a social psychologist captures these charges in a concept she calls mindset. She’s demonstrated that those who stretch and take risks will accomplish more in the long run than those who are careful to do well,” said Durham. “Success is not what ultimately will define and shape you,” said Durham. Durham wished the graduates “all the happiness life has to offer.” There was also graduation for the Life Students at the Tennessee Prison for Women on Thursday.  “The students who were there to receive the degrees that some of you have received today worked longer at it had less opportunity to complete it, and yet were exceptional in their commitment and their tenacity.” “It takes them 7 years to own an associate’s degree, and another 6 years to earn a bachelor’s degree.”  “We see the same educational process taking place [both on campus and at the prison] with the same kind of passion where lives are...
Lipscomb Men’s Basketball finishes out 2019 home games with 78-60 win over TTU

Lipscomb Men’s Basketball finishes out 2019 home games with 78-60 win over TTU

The Bisons played their final home game of the year Tuesday night and pulled out a 78-60 win over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles.  The Bisons were down by 14 points midway through the first quarter, but began to cut into the Golden Eagles lead and entered the second half down by only four. “They came out and got off to a good start, but we held our composure,” said Head Coach Lennie Acuff.  Tech really had the Bisons on the edge of their seats in the first half.  “I thought we were a little rusty, we’ve only played one game in two weeks,” said Coach Acuff. The second half was a completely different story. After gaining that rhythm, there was no stopping the Bisons. “I thought we got a good lift off the bench from several guys and played really well in the second half,” said Coach Acuff. Asadullah hit seven points in a 14-0 run for the Bisons early in the second half putting the Bisons ahead with a 53-46 lead. The Bisons shot 51% from the field and scored 30 points from the paint.  Coach Acuff’s hopes for the rest of the season remain high for the Bisons. “I think we’re getting better, I think when we play smart, play through Ahsan, good things happen. It’s good to have Buck back and get him in rhythm,” said Coach Acuff. “We’ve just gotta keep moving the needle everyday and keep getting better.”  “We’ve gotta get to where we don’t lose at home, we’ve just gotta keep getting better, home games have gotta be wins.” The Bisons play...
Lady Bisons fall to UT Martin Skyhawks 67-83

Lady Bisons fall to UT Martin Skyhawks 67-83

The Lady Bisons fought hard against the Skyhawks, but fell, losing 67-83 at the UT Martin Elam Center. The Lady Bisons shot well, 20-42, but just couldn’t seem to get into a rhythm during the game. The Skyhawk defense was tough and started pressing the second the Bisons got the ball.  The game went back and forth at the beginning, with the Bisons gaining a lead over the Skyhawks with a second-quarter 11-2 run.  But the Skyhawks quickly retook the lead 36-29.  Lipscomb cut UT Martin’s lead  to seven with five minutes to go, due to them shooting 71.4% in the fourth quarter. But the Skyhawks ended the game on a 15-6 run and walked away with a 83-67 win. Despite the loss, the Bisons shot 47.6% from the field overall, largely in part to the standout freshmen. The freshman trio of guards, Blythe Pearson, Jalyn Holcomb and Casey Collier, were responsible for almost 70% of the  team’s points.  Pearson dropped a career-high 20 points off the bench in her 24:51 minutes. Holcomb scored 16 points in her 38:31 minutes of playing time. Collier scored 9 points in her 34:29 minutes.   However, even these standout performances were not enough to give the Bisons the win, due in part to the crowd of over 4,000 students from area schools that packed into the arena providing a unique energy that seemed to keep Martin fueled throughout the game. This crowd was in attendance because of UT Martin’s “Kids Day” game where schools allowed kids to attend the game instead of class. Lipscomb is closing out 2019 with a trip to Tennessee Tech on...
Bisons Basketball enter finals with 96-72 win over Trececca Trojans

Bisons Basketball enter finals with 96-72 win over Trececca Trojans

After a rocky first half, the Bisons turned things around in the second half — taking a solid win over the Trevecca Trojans 96-72.  This is the team’s first home win since the home opener against Rhodes on November 5th.  Last week after the Bisons’ loss, Coach Acuff said, “I promise you, we get to January, we’re gonna be a tough battle.”  This win is just one step to that “tough-battle” team coming in January.  Ahsan Asadullah was a star player in tonight’s game. With 21 points, a career-high 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Asadullah shot 11-15 from the field.  KJ Johnson also scored 21 points, 17 of which were in the second half.  Michael Buckland and Greg Jones each shot 15 points as well. The Bisons only shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, allowing the Trojans to gain a 46-44 lead going into the second half.  The Bisons came back ready for battle and shot 68.8 percent from the field. This win improves the Bisons record to 4-6 on the year.  Despite the rough start and a small crowd, due to finals and Christmas break, the Bisons still pulled out a win before they enter their longest stretch of the season without a game. After what is hopefully a confidence-boosting win, the Bisons will return to Allen Arena Dec. 17 against Tennessee Tech at 6:30...