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3.4.9 Academic Support Services

The institution provides appropriate academic support services.  

 

_X_  Compliance           ___  Partial Compliance          ___  Non-Compliance

 

Narrative

 

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) offers academic support services for faculty and students based upon its mission. The institution ensures these programs and services are adequate and appropriate, including residential and distance learning.

 

Academic Support Programs for Students

 

The seminary’s academic support services for students include, but are not limited to, libraries, advising, labs/learning centers, and information technology. MABTS serves different types of learners including students who receive instruction traditionally, non-traditionally, online, part-time, and full-time. Instruction is given to international students and students at all levels of instruction (associate, bachelor, master, doctoral). The 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book provides an overview of the school’s diverse student body.

 

Libraries. The two libraries which provide service for student and faculty support are the Ora Byram Allison Library (Library) located on the main campus and the library of the Northeast Campus (NCL).

 

The Library carefully structures its holdings and services to maximize usage of items for the seminary community. Library hours accommodate research and reading needs for users, and during the academic year, the Library is open 76 hours per week. During the summer break, the Library is open 42.5 hours per week, unless a summer teacher requests an extension for a class. These hours are displayed on the Library’s website [1] and on OPAC [2]. Full-time Library staff are available for primary study time from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During evening hours, student employees, who are fully trained and conversant with computer programs, printing processes, circulation procedures, and basic research, serve as demonstrated in the Annual Reports for 2013-14 [3] and 2014-15 [4].

 

For all faculty and students, both residential and distance learning [5], the Library’s online resources and Internet access are convenient (see table 3 below). For anyone off campus and without immediate access to a Library staff member, the Library urges users to view the instructional videos for brief introductions and guides to the Library’s materials [6]. The Library promotes various Internet websites, including Tennessee Electric Library (TEL) which provides 68 databases of full text journal and bibliographic content [7].

 

The Library uses a collection development policy [8] as both blueprint and guide, lending support to the educational, research, and services needs of the seminary. At the conclusion of the 2014-2015 academic year, the Library’s holdings included:
 

  • Materials (monographs, including E copy, microforms, CDs, and DVDs) owned in 2013-14: 166.4 and in 2014-15: 173.9 [9]
  • Journals (current subscriptions): In 2013-14 and 2014-15, we subscribed to 4,300 journals [10]
  • Materials circulated: 2013-14: 52,376 and in 2014-15: 45,520 [11]
  • Journals circulated: 2013-14: 36,795 and in 2014-15: 42,819 [12]
  • Interlibrary Loans: 2013-14: Outgoing – 135, Incoming – 5 and in 2014-15: Outgoing 120, Incoming 4 [13]

 

The seminary possesses a substantial collection of materials, both in monographic and periodical forms, and its constituents use those materials, as evidenced by circulation measurements, noted above. Statistics indicate that Library users, both residential and distance learners, find the tools of study in the Library.

 

Following the guidelines of the Library’s Collection Development Policy, the Library has purchased relevant titles that faculty and students have requested (see table 1), adding to the depth and extent of the Library’s collections. These relevant titles are also evidenced in the Library’s Annual Reports, 2013-14 [14] and 2014-15 [15]. 

 

Requestor

Added 2013-2014

Added 2014-2015

Library overall

1,704

7,595

Faculty

211

96

Student

33

83

Table 1. Materials Requested and Added

 

The Library provides appropriate services through staffing, reference assistance work with users, hours of operation, purchases, additions, maintenance, and various duties and operations. This is also evidenced through annual faculty and student surveys (see table 2), the Library Exit Survey (LES) for May and December each year, which reflect widespread satisfaction with the Library’s holdings and its expansion of materials via acquisitions. Faculty and students vlaue the Library’s collections and procurement of traditional print and E-copies to support all educational programs in 1) books, 2) journals, and 3) databases, as indicated in the annual surveys for 2013-14 [16] and 2014-15 [17] and LES for 2013-14 [18] and 2014-15 [19]. 

 

The LES captures positive comments from graduating students, regardless of year or class. See, for example, the 2013-14 comments, [20] as well as the 2014-15 [21]. 

 

Students have access to all of the Library’s holdings via OPAC, as well as the listing of journal items on the Library’s website. These titles are readily available for residential students and the Library makes all such titles accessible to distance learning students upon their request. The Library has aggressively sought to identify and purchase a greater number of E-copy/materials, which are of particular interest to distance learning students. The Library has collected both monographs and serials in E-format and has subscribed to over 800 serial titles in print in both 2013-14 [22] and 2014-15 [23], along with holding many out-of-print journals for research [24].

 


Table 2. Survey Instruments and Results concerning the Library’s Collections

 

Table 3 below outlines acquisitions, such as book materials [25], journal resources [26], and online aids [27] that SACSCOC has reviewed recently for the online program [28].

 

In examining holdings and ownership beyond the seminary, the Library continues formal agreements with other agencies. The Library has been a member of Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) for over three decades and interacts with international support in its use of interlibrary loans (ILL) [29]. Also, the Library acquires the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Indexes through Elton B. Stephens Company (EBSCOHOST) and the electronic version of The Southern Baptist Periodical Index as a direct online subscription. These vital tools are available to all students and alumni [30]. MABTS is an institutional member of ATLA and the journal department of the Library augments its collection by retrieving periodicals through ATLA’s Serial Exchange (ASE) resource (see the Library’s acquisitions of such periodical issues from 2013-14 [31] and 2014-15 [32]).

 

For distance learning students, the Library enrolled in ATLA’s pilot program in November 2014 [33] for distance borrowing—ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program. Joining another thirty plus institutions around the United States, the Library adopted the Guidelines and Agreement Draft of October 30, 2014, permitting visiting distance students to use the Library while MABTS students received the same privileges to the other reciprocal schools [34]. All Library users within proximity to the Cordova Campus have reciprocal borrowing/user privileges with local institutions enrolled in the Memphis Area Library Council (MALC) cooperative agreement [35].
 

The Library staff meets the needs of users throughout the academic year, as planned in their annual Administrative Unit Goals (AUGs) for 2013-14 [36] and 2014-15 [37]. Moreover, the Director of Library Services directs all activities in the Library and reports regularly to the administration and faculty [38]. The Library maintained the copying of materials, usually periodicals, for all faculty upon request and carefully purchased their book/journal requests in the academic years of 2013-14 [39] and 2014-15 [40]. Students, faculty, and staff gave the Library staff affirmation through annual survey responses for 2013-14 [41] and 2014-15 [42]. They also demonstrated respect, confidence, and gratitude in the LES surveys for 2013-14 [43] and 2014-15 [44] (see Comprehensive Standard 3.8.3, document regarding the Library staff).
 

Online Product

Description

# of Titles

Historical Monograph Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Historical Monographs Collection consists of two Series focused on religion and theology. The collection represents a core collection for colleges and universities with programs in history, theology, religion, sociology, political science and other disciplines.

29,000 +

Over 10 million pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

eBook Religion Collection*

(begins 7/1/14)

EBSCO’s new and expanding database of religious monographs

5,600+ from over 150 religious publishing houses

ATLAS

 

 

 

 

 

American Theological Library Association Serials - Index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals. (ATLA Index plus on-line articles with full text).

300+ full text

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Search Elite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBSCO’s Index of scholarly journals in the social sciences, humanities, general science, education and multicultural studies. PDF content dating back as far as 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13,600 indexed and abstracted journals

2,300 full text journals

12,000 peer-reviewed, indexed and abstracted journals

1,800 peer-reviewed, full-text journals

SBPI

 

 

 

 

 

The SBPI is a cumulative cover-to-cover index to periodicals issued each year by historically Southern Baptist Convention-related agencies, institutions, and associations at the national level of organization.

30-50 journals

 

 

 

 

 

Online Resources Menu Tab

 

 

Provides for online links to various websites, E Journals, news, videos, and missions.

Of special note is TEL—Tennessee Electronic Library

62

 

68

 

Table 3. Online Resources Available for Traditional and Distance Learning Students
 

Access to the Library’s collections is a critical component in the successful navigation of study and research. The Library makes available its resources in a timely method and its webpage lists times of operations and closings [45]. Furthermore, The Student’s Guide to the Ora Byram Allison Memorial Library communicates to all new students in each degree program facets of its operations, services, assistance, physical layout, scope of collections, area-library names and telephone numbers, and other information, including hours of operation and/or special closings [46].

 

The Library’s structure of operations and responsibilities meets the educational, research, and public service needs of its users, including use of the Internet and the seminary’s website. The Library operates and maintains 24 OPAC computers (see Comprehensive Standard 3.8.1), and provides interlibrary loan service for students, faculty, and staff through the OCLC. This service meets faculty and student needs for general studies and doctoral research, as documented in the Library’s Annual Reports for 2013-14 [47] and 2014-15 [48] and is made accessible to users on the Library’s website [49], also explained in the Library instructional videos [50].

 

Table 4.1-4.3 below demonstrates the Library’s current holdings for materials and circulation in comparison with three different groups:

 

·      GROUP 1—Other  theological libraries in the immediate area—Memphis: Harding Graduate School of Religion (Harding) and Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS)

 

·      GROUP 2—Other  theological libraries in an extended area—Tennessee: Emmanuel School of Religion (Emmanuel) and Vanderbilt Divinity School (Vanderbilt)

 

·      GROUP 3—Other theological libraries in the denomination—the Southern Baptist Convention: Golden Gate Baptist Theological (Golden Gate) and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Midwestern).

           

Note: the data from MABTS is from the Library’s 2013-14 and 2014-15 Annual Reports and the data from other schools may be found in the Summary of Proceedings: Sixty-Seventh Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association, edited by Tawny Burgess, ATLA, Chicago: Illinois, 2013, pp. 451-54, Appendix VII, Library Statistics (2012-2013). More statistical information is at http://www.atla.com/Members/benefits/statistics/Pages/default.aspx.

 

These statistics reveal several insights concerning the strengths of the Library. First, it is apparent that the Library compares favorably with similar institutions. Second, the Library leads in certain categories such as subscriptions for periodical literature and the ratio of items sent and borrowed on inter-library loan. Third, the Library compiles a very brisk circulation pace, meeting the needs of both faculty and students. Tables 4.1-4.3 (below) illustrate various areas of comparison between MABTS and other institutions.

School

Students

Faculty

Library Staff FTE

Total Library Staff

Distance Learning

Circulation

PhD. Program

Volumes

Journals

eBooks

Items Added

ILL Sent

ILL Rec.

MABTS  13-14

302

17

2

8

Yes

52,376

Yes

166,383

818

29,000

1,704

135

5

MABTS  14-15

289

17

2

7

Yes

NA

Yes

173,978

709

5,523

(Jan)

7,595

120

4

Harding

13-14

138

10

4

5

No

7,425

No

117,653

446

19,444

1,482

890

92

MTS 13-14

293

12.8

3

4

Yes

4,923

No

68,324

336

16,347

264

245

103

Table 4.1 Other Theological Libraries in the Immediate Area – Memphis

School

Students

Faculty

Library Staff FTE

Total Library Staff

Distance Learning

Circulation

PhD. Program

Volumes

Journals

eBooks

Items Added

ILL Sent

ILL Rec.

MABTS  13-14

302

17

2

8

Yes

52,376

Yes

166,383

818

29,000

1,704

135

5

MABTS  14-15

289

17

2

8

Yes

NA

Yes

173,978

709

5,523 (Jan)

7,595

120

4

Emmanuel

13-14

124

10.4

2

4

Yes

13,538

Yes

123,151

183

14,104

0

229

229

Vanderbilt

13-14

242

44

7

12

No

23,016

No

228,423

277

128,765

3,584

2,650

2,650

Table 4.2 Other Theological Libraries in the State

School

Students

Faculty

Library Staff FTE

Total Library Staff

Distance Learning

Circulation

PhD. Program

Volumes

Journals

eBooks

Items Added

ILL Sent

ILL Rec.

MABTS 

13-14

302

17

2

8

Yes

52,376

Yes

166,383

818

29,000

1,704

135

5

MABTS 

14-15

289

17

2

8

Yes

NA

Yes

173,978

709

5,523 (Jan)

7,595

120

4

Golden Gate 13-14

242

34.66

8

11

Yes

23,483

Yes

166,828

325

80,994

1,878

1,343

645

Mid-Western 13-14

672

25.95

4

8

Yes

11,408

Yes

125,543

371

60,202

11,010

1,022

1,675

Table 4.3 Other Theological Libraries in the Denomination – SBC

 

The Northeast Campus Library (NCL) provides a circulation area with access to the shared online catalog of the Ora Byram Allison Memorial Library; study areas; displays of newly acquired books and audio-visual resources; a computer lab; and a small lounge area. 

 

The NCL operates and maintains five computers with OPAC access and provides wireless Internet access for students, staff, faculty, and visiting library patrons. All computers in the computer lab include Bible Soft’s PC Study Bible and the NCL provides interlibrary loan services both through the Main Campus Library and through the Capital District Library Council (CDLC). On the rare occasions when a resource is not available from these sources, the CDLC provides assistance in attaining it through other library systems. 

 

Incoming students receive a printed guide (updated yearly) to the NCL, as well as a tour of the library that includes information about library policies, the components of the library’s collection, and instruction for accessing resources. A guide to online resources, including journal articles, is also available to library users. 

 

Students may use the NCL during the seminary’s regular hours of operation, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Arrangements may also be made with the Library Director or the library clerk if additional access times are needed. Key cards allowing additional access to the building are provided to pastors, PhD students, and alumni on a case-by-case basis. A book return box outside the seminary building is available for use when the building is closed. The Library Director is available to provide assistance to library patrons during the seminary’s regular hours, and the library clerk is available Monday through Friday from 9:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Students, faculty, staff, and visiting library patrons may also contact the library clerk by e-mail outside of these times.

           

The Library Collection Development Policy provides direction concerning the acquisition of new resources. The Library Director and the library clerk regularly seek input from faculty and students concerning desired materials. Resources pertinent to classes offered are routinely added to the NCL collection. Additionally, the library regularly receives donations of books, including large collections from retiring pastors. The Collection Development Policy guides the staff as these donations are sorted for possible Library use.

           

Students, regardless of location, have access to all of the Library’s holdings via OPAC, as well as the listing of journal items on the Library’s website. These titles are readily available for residential students and the Library makes all such titles accessible to distance learning students upon their request. The Library has aggressively sought to identify and purchase a greater number of E-copy/materials, which are of particular interest to distance learning students. The Library has collected both monographs and serials in E-format and has subscribed to over 800 serial titles in print in both 2013-14 [22] and 2014-15 [23], along with holding many out-of-print journals for research [24]. Table 4 above outlines acquisitions, such as book materials [25], journal resources [26], and online aids [27] that SACSCOC has reviewed recently for the online program [28].

 

For distance learning students, the Library enrolled in ATLA’s pilot program in November 2014 [33] for distance borrowing—ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program. Joining another thirty plus institutions around the United States, the Library adopted the Guidelines and Agreement Draft of October 30, 2014, permitting visiting distance students to use the Library while MABTS students received the same privileges to the other reciprocal schools [34]. All Library users within proximity to the Cordova Campus have reciprocal borrowing/user privileges with local institutions enrolled in the MALC cooperative agreement [35].

 

The NCL is a member of the CDLC, a consortium which includes over twenty academic libraries in addition to public and special libraries. The library faculty and staff may obtain interlibrary loan materials from participating CDLC libraries. Also available to faculty and staff are Direct Access Cards, which may be used to borrow materials directly from over sixty libraries with combined resources of over 7,000,000 books.

 

The NCL’s participation in the CDLC provides links to fellow academic libraries and enables Northeast faculty and staff to take advantage of resources held by those institutions. The library also makes its resources available to the patrons of participating CDLC libraries. The CDLC has guidelines in place to assure accountability concerning the lending and borrowing of materials. 

 

The Northeast Campus Library Staff follows:

 

·      Dr. T Van McClain, Director of Library Services, holds an M.L.S. degree from the University at Albany.

·      Holly Kimble, Library Clerk, holds a B.S. from Roberts Wesleyan College and an M.S. from the University at Albany. 

 

Advising. MABTS provides academic counseling to all students to assist them in scheduling classes, to aid in selecting courses for effective training, and to ensure timely completion of their course of study. Students are responsible for initiating contact with their assigned academic counselor. Academic counselors are available to meet with assigned students during early registration and registration of each term.
 

  • Cordova Students—The Dean of the Masters and Undergraduate Programs is responsible for the academic counseling of all students enrolled at the Cordova campus. He assigns faculty members to assist as needed. 
     
  • Northeast Branch—The Director of the Northeast Branch is responsible for the academic counseling of all students enrolled at the Branch campus. He assigns faculty members to assist as needed.
     
  • DMin Students—The Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program is responsible for the academic counseling of all DMin students. He assigns faculty members to assist as needed.
     
  • PhD Students—The Director of the Doctor of Philosophy Program is responsible for the academic counseling of all PhD students. He assigns faculty members to assist as needed [51].
     
  • Career Counseling—The Director of Church Relations counsels students regarding career planning. Within the context of God’s calling, students receive counsel concerning ministry opportunities as pastors, associate pastors, ministers of education, age graded ministers, church planters, and missionaries. Before graduating, each student is encouraged to schedule a personal interview for assistance [52].

 

Students may make inquiry regarding any specific question or need at the appropriate administrative, academic, or faculty office(s). MABTS has an “open-door” policy in which faculty and administrative staff are available to provide personal counseling, advisement, prayer, and encouragement for students. As a courtesy, however, students should schedule appointment times through the Faculty Secretary [53].

 

Labs/Learning Centers. A computer lab is available for use in writing papers. Library computers allow students to access Religion Indexes, interlibrary loans, ATLA Indexes, etc. to assist in research and writing. It is also used in understanding current trends in missiology. Missions lab computers allow students to access information toward this end [54].

 

Information Technology. The seminary maintains a complete web presence, including a website, a student database system (SonisWeb), a customized Content Management System site (Mid-America On-Demand), student e-mail, technology support, practical missions, and PaperCut (a system to purchase paper for printing in the library).
 

·      MABTS Website. The Mid-America website (www.mabts.edu) serves as a main portal for the institution, directing all constituents to areas of academics, admissions, campus life and news, resources, library, etc.

 

·      SonisWeb. SonisWeb (www.mabtssonisweb.com) provides all students access to registration for courses, attendance, grades, degree plans, and current progress to degree audits.

 

·      Mid-America On-Demand. Mid-America On-Demand (http://midamericaondemand.org) utilizes the Moodle Management System and provides faculty and students a platform to offer online classes. Faculty members are required to undergo Moodle training before being allowed to teach online. Faculty tutorials for using enhanced features in Moodle are available through scheduled sessions led by the Dean of Online Learning.

 

·      MABTS E-mail. Each student is provided with a MABTS E-mail account (http://mail.mabts.edu) which allows students to communicate freely with instructors and other seminary personnel to support learning as well as administrative and social needs. Regardless of location, all students may log on and access their academic records or communicate via MABTS E-mail to seminary faculty and staff.

 

·      Technology Support. Technology support is also provided around the clock via a helpdesk (https://helpdesk.mabts.edu/portal) so students may be guided through the corrective process. Students and faculty always have someone to communicate with regarding technology problems or concerns.

 

·      Practical Missions. The practical missions website (http://75.144.58.23/mission/default.asp) allows students to report their witnessing and ministry activity required for all degree programs.

 

·      PaperCut. PaperCut (http://print1:9191/app) is a system used by students to purchase paper for printing in the library.

 

Academic Support Programs for Faculty

 

The seminary’s academic support programs for faculty include, but are not limited to, libraries (previously discussed), online training, faculty in-service training, faculty meetings, faculty prayer meetings, and publishing.

 

Online Training. Faculty who teach online must complete training for teaching online offered by the Dean of Online Learning [55]. Issues of course set up, embedding video, grading, test and quiz production, etc. are discussed.

 

Faculty In-service. In August of each academic year, faculty are required to attend in-service training focusing on current trends and topics related to teaching in higher education and issues related specifically to theological education [56].

           

Faculty Meetings. The first Friday of each month during the academic year, faculty gather after faculty prayer meeting for the monthly faculty meeting. Each vice-president, dean, and director submit written office reports to the entire faculty and faculty vote on matters pertaining to the institution (Catalog changes, motions from committees, etc.) [57].

 

Faculty Prayer Meeting. Each school day of the academic year, the faculty meet at 7:40 a.m. to pray for the needs of the school, alumni, and missionaries around the world. Each vice president and dean communicate to the entire faculty any meetings or special events of the day.

 

Publishing. The Faculty Publishing Fund Committee of the school awards faculty who publish books, journal articles, trade articles, and curriculum based upon the following scale [58]:

 

·      Research-based article in a scholarly journal ($250)

·      Book Chapter(s) in an academic book ($250)

·      Dictionary Article(s) (up to $250, @ .07 per word)

·      Edited academic book ($250)

·      Academic book ($750)

 

Adequacy of Academic Support Services

 

To ensure that the academic support programs and services are adequate and appropriate to the needs of its students and faculty, MABTS utilizes various processes to evaluate their worth. Among the means are faculty and student surveys [59].

 

The institution offers academic support services sufficient to fulfill the needs of the students and faculty of the school, as evidenced by the following questions [60] answered by students (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral) and faculty on the annual student and faculty surveys administered during the spring semester. Of note, the following 58 questions answered by undergraduate and graduate students pertain to their perception of the sufficiency of academic support services. Over half of all students and faculty agreed or strongly agreed with the questions listed below (table 5).

Question #

Question

% – Strongly Agree or Agree

Academic Support Service

Undergraduate and Graduate

26

 

The registration process each term is satisfactory for my needs.

90.00

 

IT

 

69

 

I have had satisfactory guidance concerning courses I should take.

71.25

 

Advising

 

70

 

 

I found the staff and library personnel to be helpful in assistance and instruction.

91.25

 

 

Library

 

 

71

 

 

Student suggestions are welcomed and taken seriously by the library staff.

81.25

 

 

Library

 

 

72

 

Library hours are sufficient for my needs.

86.25

 

Library

 

73

 

Library circulation procedures are satisfactory and fair.

91.25

 

Library

 

74

 

The policies on reserving books are satisfactory.

88.75

 

Library

 

75

 

The library has adequate study space for my needs.

92.50

 

Library

 

76

 

The copy facilities in the library are adequate and helpful.

73.75

 

IT

 

77

 

The library’s book collection meets my study needs.

83.75

 

Library

 

78

 

The libraries periodical collection meets my study needs.

82.50

 

Library

 

79

 

 

I found the databases to be a valuable source of current information to my studies.

83.75

Library

80

 

The seminary website is updated in a timely manner.

77.50

 

IT

 

81

 

The seminary website helps me keep informed of events in seminary life.

71.50

 

IT

 

82

 

The seminary website is convenient and useful.

78.75

 

IT

 

103

 

 

Equipment and software in the computer lab are adequate and helpful.

55.00

 

 

Labs/Learning Centers

 

 

125

 

I am satisfied with the vocational counseling available at the seminary.

65.00

 

Advising

 

126

 

 

I have received adequate assistance from the seminary in obtaining church employment.

58.75

 

 

Advising

 

 

Doctor of Ministry Students

23

 

 

Procedures for advancement to candidacy status are fair and reasonable.

87.50

 

 

Advising

 

 

34

 

The seminary’s website is updated in a timely manner.

50.00

 

IT

 

36

 

The seminary’s website is convenient and useful.

50.00

 

IT

 

40

 

Library circulation procedures are satisfactory and fair.

87.50

 

Library

 

41

 

The copy facilities in the library are adequate and helpful.

75.00

 

IT

 

42

 

The library’s book collection meets my study needs.

62.50

 

Library

 

43

 

The library’s periodical collection meets my study needs.

87.50

 

Library

 

44

 

The library staff takes seriously my requests for material purchases.

50.00

 

Library

 

45

 

The library staff takes seriously my interlibrary loan requests.

50.00

 

Library

 

46

 

I receive book and journal requests in a timely manner.

50.00

 

Library

 

47

 

 

I found the databases to be a valuable source of current information to my studies.

62.50

 

 

Library

 

 

48

 

Library circulation procedures are satisfactory and fair.

87.50

 

Library

 

Doctor of Philosophy

22

 

The seminary website is updated in a timely manner.

76.19

 

IT

 

23

The seminary website helps keep me informed of events in seminary life.

76.20

 

IT

 

24

 

The seminary website is convenient and useful.

90.48

 

IT

 

38

 

 

Procedures for advancement to candidacy status are fair and reasonable.

75.72

 

 

Advising

 

 

60

 

I am satisfied with the seminary’s registration process.

85.71

 

IT

 

63

 

Library hours are sufficient for my needs.

90.47

 

Library

 

64

 

Library circulation procedures are satisfactory and fair.

100.00

 

Library

 

65

 

The copy facilities in the library adequate and helpful.

76.19

 

IT

 

66

 

The library book collection meets my study needs.

90.47

 

Library

 

67

 

The library’s periodical collection meets my study needs.

90.47

 

Library

 

68

 

The library staff takes seriously my requests for material purchases.

75.72

 

Library

 

69

 

The library staff takes seriously my interlibrary loan requests.

80.96

 

Library

 

70

 

 

I found the databases to be a valuable source of current information to my studies.

100.00

 

 

Library

 

 

Faculty

14

 

The seminary encourages and assists professional development.

94.74

 

Faculty In-Service

 

24

 

 

 

I believe the seminary properly rewards the faculty’s scholarly activities, such as research and publication.

94.74

 

 

 

Publishing

 

 

 

29

 

 

 

The seminary provides adequate opportunity for professors to pursue serious scholarly studies and to write for publication.

78.94

 

 

 

Publishing

 

 

 

42

 

 

 

 

Regular monthly faculty meetings provide adequate opportunity for faculty members to participate effectively in the administration of the seminary.

94.73

 

 

 

 

Faculty Meetings

 

 

 

 

45

 

 

 

The amount of time faculty members are expected to spend at special activities beyond normal school hours in generally fair and reasonable.

100.00

 

 

 

Faculty In-Service

 

 

 

51

 

 

The library periodical collection is sufficient to support student research that I direct.

94.73

 

 

Library

 

 

52

 

 

The general book collection is sufficient for my teaching and resource needs.

100.00

 

 

Library

 

 

53

 

Interlibrary loan services are satisfactory.

100.00

 

Library

 

54

 

The library staff is available, courteous, and helpful.

100.00

 

Library

 

55

 

 

I am satisfied with the library’s acquisition procedures, especially with items I recommend.

94.74

 

 

Library

 

 

57

 

 

I found the databases to be a valuable source of current information to my studies.

89.47

 

 

Library

 

 

59

 

The computer lab is adequate and available.

84.21

 

Online Training

 

60

 

The seminary website is updated in a timely manner.

57.90

 

Online Training

 

62

 

The seminary website is convenient and useful.

57.90

 

Online Training

 

91

 

The information services provided for faculty are adequate.

84.21

 

Online Training

 

Table 5. 2013-14 Student Survey Questions and Responses

 

The Relation of the Academic Support Services to the Mission

 

The primary purpose of MABTS is to provide undergraduate and graduate theological training for effective service in church-related and missions vocations through its main campus and designated branch campuses.

 

The seminary attempts to guide students into a thorough understanding of the Bible and its relevance for today, preparing those who have been called of God to preach and teach the Word of God. Further preparation is offered through instruction in preaching, counseling, education, and cross-cultural ministry. In addition, all students are required to participate in the practical missions program of the school and are encouraged to be involved in churches during their seminary days [61].

 

The library supports the mission of the seminary by offering faculty and staff access to theological works, journals, and all matter of reference material for the purpose of “undergraduate and graduate theological training.” This is true also of labs and learning centers and information technology offered by the school. Students have access to advising, both academic and career, which prepares them for “effective service in church-related and missions vocations.”

 

The faculty use the library to enhance their theological training of students for effective service. With the recent addition of the online degree, faculty have received training to improve their online teaching skills. Each year, faculty participate in in-service and regularly scheduled faculty meetings which address current trends and advances in theological training. They pray daily as a body for the needs and effectiveness of current students and alumni, and seek to publish articles, books, and other print material to enhance theological training.

 

Access to Academic Support Services

 

MABTS ensures that students have knowledge of and access to academic support services and programs through the seminary and library website (www.mabts.edu), the 2014-15 MABTS Catalog, the 2014-15 Student Supplement and Housing Handbook, the 2014-15 Doctor of Philosophy Handbook, the 2014-15 Doctor of Ministry Handbook, and the Student’s Guide to the Ora Byram Allison Library. Faculty also have knowledge of and access to academic support services through the seminary and library website, the 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, and the 2014-15 MABTS Catalog.

 

Documentation
 

1. MABTS Website – Library Hours

2. MABTS Website – OPAC

3. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 26

4. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 63

5. MABTS Website – Distance Learning Student’s Guidelines

6. MABTS Website – Library Instructional Video

7.  MABTS Website – Online Resources

8. MABTS Website – Collection Development Policy

9. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 72

10. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 69

11. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 73

12. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 69

13. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 74

14. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 30

15. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 68

16. 2013-14 Annual Student Survey

17. 2014-15 Annual Student Survey

18. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 48-56

19. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 86-94

20. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 48-56

21. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 86-94

22. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 31

23. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 69

24. MABTS Website – Journals Holdings

25. MABTS Website – Catalog

26. MABTS Website – Journals

27. MABTS Website – Online Resources

28. Online Degree Approval Letter from SACSCOC

29. MABTS Website – Interlibrary Loan

30. MABTS Website – Journal Holdings

31. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 31

32. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 69

33. ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Participation Guidelines and Agreement

34. ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Online Program

35. Memphis Area Library Council (MALC) Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement

36. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 22-25

37. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 59-63

38. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 57-58

39. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 37

40. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 76

41. 2013-14 Annual Student Survey

42. 2014-15 Annual Student Survey

43. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 48-57

44. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 86-94

45. MABTS Website – Library Hours

46. MABTS Website – Students Online Guide to the Library

47. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 30

48. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 68

49. MABTS Website – Interlibrary Loan

50. MABTS Website – Library Instructional Videos

51. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 42-43

52. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 30

53. 2014-15 MABTS Catalog, p. 64

54. 2014-15 Student Supplement and Housing Handbook, p. 27-28

55. Faculty Online Training

56. Faculty In-Service Schedule Fall 2015

57. Monthly Faculty Meeting Minutes

58. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 45

59. 2013-14 Faculty Staff Student Survey Results

60. 2013-14 Student Survey Results

61. 2014-15 MABTS Catalog, p. 8

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