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FROM THE COLLEGES: Pro-life advocate speaks at Union University; Enrollment grows at Ouachita Baptist University, University of Mobile

Pro-life advocate and author Abby Johnson addressed the Union University Auxiliary on Sept. 1, 2020. Photo by Kristi Woody


Pro-life advocate Abby Johnson urges believers to ‘work to save each and every one’ in talk at Union University

By Sarah Goff

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) — The Union University Auxiliary hosted “An Evening with Abby Johnson,” in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel Tuesday (Sept. 1). Johnson is a pro-life advocate and author of the award-winning book, “Unplanned,” which has been adapted into a movie of the same title.

“Unplanned” chronicles both Johnson’s experiences during her eight-year career at a Planned Parenthood clinic and her dramatic exit in 2009 after assisting with an ultrasound-guided abortion and witnessing a 13-week-old baby fight for, and eventually lose, its life.

Johnson recounted the story of how she got involved in Planned Parenthood during college because she believed the lie told to her by a woman with the organization that Planned Parenthood was the only place where low-income women could go to receive health care. The woman told Johnson that without access to safe and legal abortion, women would be forced to get “back alley abortions” and would die from these unsafe procedures.

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Ouachita’s fall 2020 enrollment highest since 2000

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (BP) — Even amid the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ouachita Baptist University’s fall 2020 enrollment grew to 1,704, a 4 percent increase from fall 2019 and the highest headcount the university has seen since 2000.

Newly released data also reflected a strong academic profile for incoming Ouachita freshmen as well as standout retention and graduation rates.

“As a Christian university, we genuinely believe every good gift comes from the Lord,” Ouachita President Ben Sells said. “We’re thankful for our students and for the support of their families. In the midst of a pandemic, our already incredibly committed faculty and staff redoubled their efforts. Finally, we’re grateful to alumni, friends and Arkansas Baptists who provide difference-making support.”

The academic profile of this year’s freshman cohort was reportedly one of the strongest in Ouachita history. Among incoming freshmen, the average ACT score was 24.8, the highest on record, matched by only one previous freshman class.

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University of Mobile records highest enrollment in 5 years

MOBILE, Ala. (BP) — The University of Mobile recorded its highest enrollment in five years for Fall 2020, bucking a nationwide trend of declining college enrollments during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The Christian university reported a total enrollment of 2,016 for Fall 2020, in contrast to 1,989 in 2019. The increase includes the largest class of graduate students in the school’s history, along with a significant jump in transfer students.

School officials said new academic programs, plus a reputation for personal attention that becomes even more attractive to students and parents during a pandemic, helped spur the growth.

“When you consider that many experts were predicting up to 20 percent declines nationwide in fall enrollments, our increase reflects a great amount of hard work and God’s faithfulness,” said UM President Lonnie Burnett.

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