HPU Begins Year with Growth in Academic Initiatives, Faculty and Facilities

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 19, 2015 – High Point University has undergone 10 years of transformation, but more phenomenal growth is ahead on the horizon. That’s evidenced by the growth in academic initiatives and facilities as the 2015-16 academic year begins.

Welcome Week for new students begins Aug. 22 with the annual Move-In Day, and classes begin Aug. 26. A total of 41 new faculty join HPU this year, 21 of which are brand new positions. Their areas of expertise include pharmacy, biology, chemistry, physician assistant studies, athletic training, religion, graphic design, education and more. HPU now has 282 full-time faculty, up from 108 in 2005. In total, HPU employs 1,433 people, up from 430 in 2005.

“With continued support of parents, students, alumni and philanthropic supporters, High Point University is thriving after 10 years of growth,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “The best is still yet to come as we continue our mission to prepare students for the world as it’s going to be.”

New facilities:

    • Cottrell Hall, home to the Flanagan Center for Student Success – This $22 million, 43,000-square-foot facility is funded entirely by parents and will open when students return. TheCentennial Square IIfacility is designed to serve as a hub of professional development and activity for students. It houses all aspects of experiential learning – Career and Professional Development, Internship Services, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, Sales Education Center, Entrepreneurship Center and more – in one unique location that reflects today’s collaborative workforce and helps students interpret the value of the experiences they amass during their time at HPU.
    • Centennial Square II – This townhome-style community will house 369 students in nine buildings, including a meeting house with study space, a business center and recreation center.
    • A new amphitheater that will seat 1,000 people is nearly complete. It serves as a connecting point between the new Cottrell Hall and the new Centennial Square II complex.
    • A new welcome center is being constructed at the corner of Centennial Street and Montlieu Avenue that will lead campus guests by the future School of Health Sciences and School of Pharmacy facility.
    • Kester International Promenade renovation – The Gene and Jane Kester International Promenade received renovations this summer with brick walkways that are more pedestrian friendly than before and expanded green space.

New academic initiatives:Career and Professional Development

  • New master’s degree program in athletic training
  • New Phillips School of Business programs:
    • Sales major and minor
    • Sales concentration in the furniture industry
    • Entrepreneurship major
    • Marketing major
  • New Qubein School of Communication programs:
    • Sport event and management concentration and minor
    • Sport communication concentration
    • Documentary media concentration and minor
  • New Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences programs:
    • Organismal and evolutionary biology concentration
    • Molecular/cell and biotechnology concentration
    • Health science concentration in biology
  • New School of Art and Design programs:
    • Minor in visual merchandising and design
  • Common Experience – HPU will encourage students and faculty to engage in discussion, intellectual inquiry and experiential learning activities through the Common Experience. The theme for this academic year is “Just Communities.” Planned events and programs include a shared reading assignment – “The Work” by Wes Moore – for freshmen and a variety of speakers who will encourage deep, collective thought on the topic. This includes an upcoming visit and presentation from Moore. The goal is to continue students’ intellectual growth outside the classroom.

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