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.”