Recent developments and plans at Tiffin University include the following:
Fall 2014 Enrollment
Tiffin University has enrolled the largest freshman class and the highest number of undergraduates on the Tiffin campus in the University’s history. This fall’s enrollment of 1,577 undergraduates represents a 3% increase over the 1,531 enrolled in the 2013 fall semester, and the freshman class of 494 is 10% higher than the 450 enrolled last fall.
The undergraduate enrollment on the Tiffin campus has increased each year for the past twelve years, which reflects well on the academic quality and personal attention experienced by TU students. The increase is especially impressive in light of the fact that the number of high school graduates and the enrollments of many colleges and universities in Ohio and neighboring states has been decreasing during the past few years.
TU’s Financial Strength Continues to Improve
Tiffin University’s financial strength has continued to improve in recent years. Since the end of the 2004-05 fiscal year, the value of the University’s net assets has increased by 413% and the debt-to-equity ratio has improved from 3.40 to 1.01. According to TU President Paul Marion, “This has been achieved by significantly increasing revenues, primarily through enrollment growth, while carefully managing expenditures. The result is continued enhancement of the educational experience for our students.”
Recent Campus Improvements
The Murphy Academic Support Center was constructed and occupied; the two-story building on the former Pettibone property was renovated for use as offices for staff and faculty members of the School of Graduate and Distance Education; plans were developed in partnership with the City of Tiffin to extend the Miami Street beautification project; and plans were developed to expand and enhance the science laboratory building, to renovate one of the former Pettibone facilities to create a large multi-purpose room and café, and to create a landscaped courtyard behind the Main Classroom Building. Also, a campaign was initiated to raise approximately $3 million to create the new Music Center by renovating two of the facilities on the former Pettibone property.
New Academic Programs
New academic programs include the Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science, concentrations in Higher Education Administration and in Educational Technology Management within the Master of Education program, a major and a minor in Exercise Science within the Bachelor of Science degree, the Master of Science degree in Psychology, the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree in Digital Forensics, the Bachelor of Arts in Cyber Defense and Information Security, the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, and minors and certificate programs in Arabic Studies and Latin American Studies.
Academic Quality Praised
A team representing TU’s regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), visited TU in May to evaluate the quality of the University’s courses offered in both the online and seated formats, as well as the retention rates of students enrolled in these courses. The report prepared by the HLC team was extremely positive about the quality of TU’s courses and the University’s efforts to increase student retention rates.
TU Programs Ranked
Tiffin University’s online Master of Science in Homeland Security Administration degree ranked #15 in the U.S. according to TheBestSchools.org in the article titled “The 25 Best Online Master in Homeland Security Degree Programs.”
Tiffin University’s online Master of Education Degree in Higher Education Administration (M.Ed.) ranked #17 according to “The 25 Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Degree Programs” by TheBestSchools.org.
Tiffin University’s MBA in Sports Management was ranked #15 in the U.S. by TopManagementDegrees.com. The Sports Management MBA combines theoretical and practical sports-business based curriculum delivered primarily by industry-experienced faculty with terminal degrees.
Rankings are based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.