The Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education has announced that the accreditation of Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham has been reaffirmed for 10 years, through 2024. According to Southeastern President Dr. Don Hawkins, the decision by the commission to reaffirm accreditation is the culmination of two years’ worth of intense work by the college faculty and staff.
“We began to collect and process data in the spring of 2012 in order to write a self-study for submission to the Commission on Accreditation. The self-study was submitted last July, and set the stage for the accreditation team site visit in late September. The site visit team then reported to the Commission on Accreditation, which also reviewed the self-study documents. “
The Association for Biblical Higher Education is one of 12 institutional accrediting agencies, including the regionals and other specialized accrediting organizations, which function under the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the US Department of Education. Southeastern has held accreditation with ABHE since 1962.
According to Southeastern Provost Dr. Vicki Wolfe, accreditation benefits the college and its students in several ways. “For one thing, accreditation demonstrates the college’s ability to fulfill our mission, which is to produce graduates who are Biblically grounded, spiritually mature and culturally relevant. Accreditation also affirms our compliance with rigorous academic and financial standards, fulfillment of stated student learning outcomes and continuous improvement. For our students, accreditation provides public accountability and makes it possible for students to secure Title IV funds, including PellGrants and student loans.”
According to Dr. Hawkins the reaffirmation process confirmed several of the college’s strengths. “We have an outstanding faculty, with each full-time member holding a terminal degree in his or her field. Student surveys underscore the engagement of our faculty with students in the mentoring process, and the site visit team noted the outstanding quality of our 22 acre campus on Valleydale Road.”
Dr. Hawkins further noted that Southeastern’s focus is on training and equipping individuals who will engage in some kind of ministry. “For almost 80 years, our aim has been to equip men and women to serve as pastors, missionaries, Christian educators, counselors and other vocational ministry fields as well as to prepare students for graduate school and to train lay leaders for local churches.”
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Alyssa Lehr Evans was granted the Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellowship for 2013-2015. This Fellowship is a two-year award focused on first and second year Ph.D. students who are considering theological education as their vocation. The program is designed to support the formation of ecclesially engaged academics. Ten students are selected for this opportunity, and the cohort will meet in Louisville three times during each fellowship year. The Louisville Institute is a Lilly-Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary.
Using the funds from this award, Alyssa was able to spend the month of July in Göttingen, Germany, and take a course at the Goethe Institute. In addition to connecting with Reformation scholars at Göttingen University, she was privileged to travel to Lutherstadt Wittenberg.
On May 10th, SEBC celebrated the graduating class of 2013. In the commencement ceremony, Dr. Hawkins charged the graduates to avoid the hazard of comparison and trust God to fulfill his unique purpose for each of them. Our guest speaker was Jeff Jones, an SEBC alumnus, who is the senior pastor of Chase Oaks Church in Plano Texas. He spoke from 2 Timothy 2:1-9, explaining to the students that they were responsible for influencing their generation for the cause of Christ and for passing the gospel to the next generation. He gave each gradate a baton to remind them of the task that is now theirs. Ferrell Lucas Gossett was the class valedictorian and Kellie April Curb the salutatorian. Congratulations to the 2013 graduates!
Photo by Appear Photography, http://appearphotography.com/.
The Southeastern Bible College Fall 2012 Newsletter is now available. To view the newsletter and catch up on the exciting things happening at SEBC click here.
SEBC has been selected to be a recipient of the International Society for Science and Religion library award. The award is a 224 volume set of books on the subject of science and religion, spanning all areas of the interface between science and spirituality. The books were selected by the ISSR Editorial Board, ISSR members, and experts from many academic disciplines, faith traditions, and geographical regions. The collection ranges from information on science and spirituality to 11 other subject areas such as social sciences, history, philosophy, et. al.
The books have been integrated into our library collection and it is hoped that they will have a significant impact on professors, students and researchers.
SEBC’s Student Senate and Student Organizations have opened a new on campus coffee shop for students and guests. The coffee shop features coffee from a partner organization, UglyMug Coffee, and offers a variety of products from freshly pressed coffee to flavored espresso drinks. The money raised goes to support the student organizations of SEBC.
To find out more about UglyMug Coffee visit www.uglymugcoffee.com
To support SEBC’s student organizations through UglyMug, use the coupon code “southeasternbiblecollege” at checkout.
The Southeastern Bible College Spring 2012 Newsletter is now available. To view the newsletter and catch up on the exciting things happening at SEBC click here.
The Department of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the launching of a new academic major at Southeastern Bible College in the Fall of 2012.
The Arts and Sciences Program is intended for men and women who desire to deepen their ability to engage in informed Christian reflection about God’s creation and human life within it. Graduates of the program will now receive a double major, one in Bible and Theology and the other in Christian Thought and History. The first major provides students with a biblical point of reference for cultural engagement. The second major enhances critical thinking skills and furnishes knowledge of the philosophical and historical contexts that shape the world we inhabit; the world within which we seek to love God and incarnate the Christian faith. The Christian Thought and History major requires thirty-three hours of course work divided between philosophy, apologetics, and the history of Christianity.
The SEBC Alumni Association along with the Development Office want to connect with you. If you are an SEBC alumnus then we would love for your car to have an SEBC Alumni decal.
There is one of two ways that you can get the decal. The first is to donate online by following this link: http://www.sebc.edu/alumni/donations-to-sebc/. In the special instructions box type: Please send auto decal to [your address]. We are requesting a minimum gift of $10.
The second way is to partner with us to build our scholarship fund through Alabama Gives. Here too you will register as a donor and designate your gift through the special instructions box as :auto decal. By registering through this page we will automatically have your contact info and send the decal to you.
Thank you for your partnership with SEBC as we continue to produce quality graduates such as yourself.