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3.4.5 Academic Policies

 

The institution publishes academic policies that adhere to principles of good educational practice.  These policies are disseminated to students, faculty, and other interested parties through publications that accurately represent the programs and services of the institution.

 

_X_  Compliance           ___  Partial Compliance          ___  Non-Compliance

 

Narrative

 

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) publishes academic policies that adhere to principles of good educational practice. These policies are disseminated in printed and electronic form, and are available to students, faculty, staff, and other interested parties. Depending on the document, various offices (listed below) within the institution take responsibility for the production, adequacy, and accuracy of content of the published material.

 

Academic Policy Development
 

The faculty is directly involved in all decisions relating to the development of academic policies through academic committees, faculty committees, and faculty meetings. All academic policies are presented to the faculty for final approval. The Academic Vice President (AVP) directs the academic affairs of the seminary under the final authority of the President and the Board of Trustees. He is assisted by two academic directors, three academic deans and their respective academic committees. Any actions requiring changes or modification of seminary policies are referred by the Northeast campus faculty to the AVP for further appropriate action [1].

 

The faculty populate all academic committees which produce policies relevant to academic matters. These committees provide governance to academic programs (doctoral, masters, undergraduate) and are represented on the academic council.

 

Doctoral Committees. There are two doctoral committees: the doctor of ministry committee [2] and the doctor of philosophy committee [3].

 

  • Doctor of Ministry Committee. The DMin Committee formulates plans for courses and seminars to be offered and sets standards for examination and ministry projects. It serves as the Admissions Committee to the DMin Program, oversees the operation of the program, and evaluates the instruction, the performance of the students, the ministry projects, and the oral examination.

 

            The Dean of the DMin Program is Chairman of the DMin Committee. Recommendations for major policy changes in the DMin Program are made to the faculty for consideration and approval.

 

            The 2014-2015 DMin Committee members are:

           

            Dr. Matt Akers, Chairman

            Dr. Jere Phillips

            Dr. Timothy Seal (ex-officio)

            Dr. John Mark Terry

            Dr. Bradley Thompson

            Dr. Steve Wilkes
 

  • Doctor of Philosophy Committee. The Doctor of Philosophy Committee is comprised of faculty members offering PhD seminars, the President, the Executive Vice President, the Academic Vice President, and the Chairman of the PhD Program. The Committee formulates the plans for PhD seminars and sets standards for dissertations and examinations. It is responsible for the organization of the PhD program and fields of specialization and guides the seminars and dissertation writing within these fields. The Committee makes the final decision of PhD examinations and dissertations; however, the full faculty is invited to attend examinations. The Committee serves as the Admissions Committee to the PhD Program. The Chairman of the Committee brings to the faculty recommendations from the PhD Committee and reports on the program.

 

            The 2014-2015 PhD Committee is somprised of the following members:

           

            Dr. Steve Miller, Chairman

            Dr. Kirk Kilpatrick

            Dr. Jimmy Millikin

            Dr. Timothy Seal

            Dr. David Shackelford

            Dr. Michael Spradlin

            Dr. John Mark Terry

            Dr. Bradley Thompson

 

Masters/Undergraduate Committee. The Masters and Undergraduate Committee is chaired by the Dean of the Masters and Undergraduate Program [4]. The Committee, comprised of the Dean of the Masters and Undergraduate Programs and the Chairman of each Department of the seminary, advises on all matters concerning the academic programs of the seminary. The Committee serves as the curriculum committee for the Masters and Undergraduate programs, making a continuous study of the academic offerings as listed in the Catalog and reviewing recommendations for the quality of instruction. The Committee also recommends policies for student class loads, conferring of degrees, residence requirements, and other matters relating to the Masters and Undergraduate instructional programs. The Committee serves as the Admissions Committee to the Masters and Undergraduate Program.

 

The following faculty members compose the 2014-2015 Masters and Undergraduate Programs

Committee:

 

Dr. Kirk Kilpatrick, Chairman

Dr. Steve Miller

Dr. Jimmy Millikin

Dr. Timothy Seal

Dr. David Shackelford

Dr. Michael Spradlin

Dr. John Mark Terry

Dr. Bradley Thompson

 

Academic Council. The Academic Council is comprised of the Academic Vice President (chairman), the Executive Vice President, the Dean of the Doctor of Philosophy Program, the Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program, and the Dean of the Masters and the Undergraduate Program, and the Director of Institutional Assessment [5]. The Council meets regularly to assist and advise the Academic Vice President in the supervision of the seminary’s academic programming and development. The Council recommends to the President and to the faculty through the Academic Vice President on academic matters and curriculum development.

 

The faculty give leadership to all academic programs, which produce policies relevant to academic matters. These programs provide governance in academic matters and their deans are represented on the academic council.

 

Academic Policy Publication and Dissemination

 

Academic policies may be found in numerous print and online publications. Each week, administrative and academic directors meet to discuss publication needs of the institution with the Vice President for Finance and Operations, who is ultimately responsible for all print and online publications. Issues of accuracy and proofing are discussed and assignments are made to ensure consistency.

 

The 2014-15 Employee Handbook. Detailed and comprehensive duties and responsibilities of faculty are published annually in the 2014-15 Employee Handbook, compiled and published by the Office of the Executive VP. Included in this document, which must be signed by all professors every year, is information on: seminary policies, executive administration, organizational structure, support staff, academic organization, responsibilities of directors and chairmen, rank, meetings, faculty committees, professional advancement, recruitment and selection of faculty, general guidelines, academic regulations, and services provided [6].

 

The 2014-15 MABTS Catalog. The Office of the Academic Vice President is responsible for the annual MABTS Catalog, the Faculty Handbook, the Adjunct Faculty Handbook, the Academic Calendar and the annual Course Schedule, which contain the academic policies of the school [7].

 

The Doctor of Ministry Handbook. The Office of the Academic Vice President is ultimately responsible for the annual MABTS Doctor of Ministry Handbook [8] that is produced in the Doctor of Ministry office.

 

The Doctor of Philosophy Handbook. The Office of the Academic Vice President is ultimately responsible for the annual MABTS Doctor of Philosophy Handbook [9] that is produced in the Doctor of Philosophy office.

  

Student Supplement and Housing Handbook. The Office of Campus Life is responsible for the annual Student Supplement and Housing Handbook, which contains information concerning academic policies [10]. 

 

Practical Missions Handbook. The Office of Practical Missions is responsible for the annual Practical Missions Handbook, which contains information concerning academic policies [11]. 

 

The Library Handbook and Instructional Videos. The Library is responsible for the annual Library Handbook and Instructional Videos, which contain information concerning academic policies [12]. 

 

The MABTS Website. The Vice President of Finance and Operations is responsible for the MABTS website and seminary-wide communications, which contain information concerning academic policies [13]. 

 

The Office of Admissions. The Office of Admissions is responsible for all recruitment material of the seminary in printed format and in electronic format. It is disseminated to inform students, faculty, and other interested parties about academic policies [14]. 

  

The Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations. All of the above offices are assisted by the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations in the printing and dissemination of these documents. The accuracy and appropriateness of Catalog content is evaluated annually by the respective departmental committees. Additions or corrections are forwarded to the Academic Vice President's Office. Course Schedules are generated by the respective departments and forwarded to the Academic Vice President's Office for approval. The Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations is responsible for all content published on the MABTS website [13].  

 

Documentation

 

1. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 23

2. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 42

3. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 43

4. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 43-44

5. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 39

6. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 40

7. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 40-41

8. 2014-15 Doctor of Ministry Handbook

9. 2014-15 Doctor of Philosophy Handbook

10. 2014-15 Student Supplement and Housing Handbook

11. 2014-15 Practical Missions Handbook

12. 2014-15 Library Handbook

13. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 24

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