Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary has received reaffirmation of its accreditation through 2026 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The announcement was made on December 6, during the Commission’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
The reaffirmation process is conducted every 10 years, and the Seminary’s reaffirmation comes after a series of vigorous reviews—both on-site and off-site—to ensure that it is continuing to provide the resources, programs, and services to accomplish its mission of excellence in teaching and learning.
MABTS received a commendation for excellence from the visiting on-site teams in 2006 and 2016. In late March, the school hosted a SACSCOC on-site reaffirmation committee in preparation for the December reaffirmation announcement. In the on-site committee’s final report, they included the following statement:
“The On-Site Reaffirmation Committee interacted with the MABTS community in a variety of ways during the on-site visit. A recurring theme was obvious to the entire committee during these interactions—the entire seminary community embraces a strong and unified commitment to the institution’s core values and mission. This sense of family provides encouragement and support that serves the seminary well and enhances not only the educational elements of the institution, but also its outreach and presence in the communities in which it resides.”
Mid-America’s most recent reaffirmation effort was led by Drs. Julia Bickley and Bradley Thompson. Dr. Bickley serves as the current Director of Institutional Assessment and took part in the reaffirmation effort a decade ago. Dr. Thompson, who led the reaffirmation process in 2006, currently serves as the Executive Vice President. When asked to comment about the school’s reaffirmation of accreditation, Dr. Bickley stated that “The reaffirmation team worked diligently throughout the process, and as a result of their hard work, produced an excellent report that reflects the quality experience at the Seminary.” Dr. Thompson commented, “The Mid-America experience has been described as ‘scholarship on fire,’ both elements of which are important to us. Accreditation serves as a frame from which to provide excellent scholarship for students called to Gospel ministry, and our Witness One:Seven program uniquely moves our students from ministerial theory to the practice of sharing the Gospel and discipling believers.”
Reaffirmation also signifies that MABTS meets or exceeds national standards and enables the Seminary to continue as a leader in theological education. It is an important element of recognition for students working toward undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees at Mid-America.
SACSCOC is the regional accrediting body for institutions awarding degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. It accredits higher education institutions in the Southern states and serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission.
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