I gave a final at Amberton last night. As many of you know, I have been teaching there since the fall of 1999. Amberton used to be ACU's Dallas campus, and in the late 70s changed over to a university geared to working adults. However, it maintains its private Christian university status. As a result, all undergraduates must take 3 hours of religion. Well, John Scott (preaching minister at Saturn Road Church of Christ) and Les Massey and I are the Bible department. John and I teach lecture classes, while Les teaches e-courses.
Well, with the changing trends in American colleges, I can pretty much see the handwriting on the wall. Fewer and fewer of Amberton's students are taking lecture classes. Enrollment is growing, but it is in the e-course classes. Les' classes fill up, while John's and mine struggle to even make. As an example, my summer class only has one student signed up so far. Of course, it still has three weeks to make -- so we will see.
I have really enjoyed teaching these classes, and hope to be able to do so for a long time. But if I can't, it will be one more evening freed up in my schedule. And that wouldn't be all bad.