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3.13.4 Reaffirmation of Accreditation and Subsequent Reports


3.13.4.a. Applicable Policy Statement. An institution includes a review of its distance learning programs in the Compliance Certification.


_X_  Compliance           ___  Partial Compliance          ___  Non-Compliance




Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) offers classes at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, AR [1]. Classes generally occur on Mondays and on Thursdays (N.B. MABTS received approval from SACSCOC to offer 100% of course credit online for associate, bachelor, and master level degrees on February 9, 2015 [2]).


Per federal regulations and SACSCOC guidelines, distance courses allow students to earn up to and including 49% of courses through distance learning. This off-campus location operates under the same standards as the main campus [3]:


·      Professors hold an earned doctorate for Master level classes [4]. 

·      Distance education courses offered are consistent with those offered at the main campus [5] and provide a pathway to a degree through a combination of distance, online, and on-campus offerings.

·      Students taking classes at extension centers and through the online programs must meet the same academic requirements for admission as residential students [6].

·      Credit hour requirements are in accord with federal regulations [7]. Class syllabi demonstrate that (1) not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks or (2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required outlined in item 1 above for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours [8].

·      Students register by the same means and on the same dates as all other students through SonisWeb [9].

·      Students operate under the same grading scale and regulations [10].

·      Students receive their grades in the same way as all other students [11].


Comprehensive Standard 3.13.4.b. If an institution is part of a system or corporate structure, a description of the system operation (or corporate structure) is submitted as part of the Compliance Certification for the decennial review. The description should be designed to help members of the peer review committees understand the mission, governance, and operating procedures of the system and the individual institution’s role with in that system.


___  Compliance         ___  Non-Compliance            _X_  Not Applicable




Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary is not part of a system or corporate structure, and thus the standard is not applicable to the institution.




1. Extension Course Schedule

2. SACSCOC Online Degree Letter

3. 2014-15 MABTS Catalog, p. 157-158

4. 2014-15 Faculty Roster

5. Sample Extension Syllabus

6. MABTS Application for Admission

7. 2014-15 MABTS Catalog, p. 92

8. Sample Online Syllabus

9. Screenshot of Registration Site and Protocols for Registration at Distance Locations

10. 2014-15 MABTS Catalog, p. 70-71

11. 2014-15 MABTS Catalog, p. 72

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