Census day is the day after the last day students have to add or drop a course. This is the day every semester that schools report headcount and credit hours. Census day for ILT in the Spring semester was Thursday February 8th. Spring semester 2018 is a record semester for ILT. There are 61 students taking 201 credit hours of graduate coursework and 78 hours of certificate coursework. There are also 4 auditors taking totals of 3 credit hours in the graduate school and 3 hours in the certificate school.
This is big new for ILT because typically in the Spring the number of students taking classes as well as the total number of hours goes down a little. The Fall semester is usually better attended by our students. Many students are working in congregations, and the Spring, with Lent and Easter, is a much busier time so, students take less coursework.
This is not only a record for the Spring semester, but it is all so a record for any semester in ILT’s history. The previous record for the best semester at ILT was from Fall 2016. Typically, ILT students do not take full-time course loads. However, with the Fellowship Program in 2016-2017, four students were able to move to Brookings and take full loads. That, of course, made Fall 2016 the previous record semester because it was the term with the most full-time students. Again this Spring, there is a larger number than usual of full-time students which has pushed this semester to a new record for ILT.
In part, there are more full-time students because these students have the commitment and freedom to focus on their studies in a way that student in the past have not been able to. Previous classes of students have managed coursework longside work and church obligations. More and more, however, ILT students are able to find internship opportunities which grant the freedom to study are ILT full-time while they serve in their congregations.
We give thanks to God for all the students who are studying with us, and we pray that they will gain the insight and skills needed not only to achieve their educational goals but to be talented, contributing members to the churches they serve. In this way, ILT accomplishes its mission and serves the congregations of God’s people.