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3.5.3 Undergraduate Program Requirements

 

The institution publishes requirements for its undergraduate programs, including its general education components. These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs.

 

_X_  Compliance           ___  Partial Compliance          ___  Non-Compliance

 

Narrative

 

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) publishes the requirements for its undergraduate programs. The process for determining coursework conformity, according to commonly accepted standards and practices, is demonstrated as well as what coursework is included for the major program requirements. The institution gives evidence of providing clear, complete, and consistent information regarding each program.  

 

Published Requirements for the Undergraduate Programs

 

The seminary defines and publishes general education and major program requirements for all of its programs in the 2014-15 MABTS Catalog. The Catalog constitutes the official announcement of programs, requirements, and regulations of the institution and is available in print and online [1].
 

Process for Determining Coursework

 

Any recommendations for changes to the coursework or proposals for additional coursework originate from the faculty and come to the academic departments and, then, to the Academic Vice President and/or from the Deans of the Masters and Undergraduate Committee. From there, proposed changes to the program go before the Academic Council, then to the Faculty, and, ultimately, to the Board of Trustees for final approval as set forth in the 2014-15 Employee Handbook [2]. All undergraduate degrees are consistent with commonly accepted practices and standards as evidenced by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBOR) minimum standard of 41 credit hours (associates) or 120 credit hours (bachelor) [3].

 

Accepted Standards and Practices for Undergraduate Programs

 

MABTS publishes requirements and courses for general education (core curriculum) that include Humanities or Fine Arts (24 hours/BACS, 9 hours/Associate), Social or Behavioral Sciences (21 Hours/BACS, 6 hours/Associate), Natural Sciences or Mathematics (9 hours/BACS, 6 hours/Associate), and Languages (6 hours/BACS). The academic deans and their respective committees through the Academic Council with the final approval of the faculty set major program requirements [1]. These requirements are consistent with the commonly accepted standards and practices as evidenced in the TBOR’s standards for undergraduate programs [3]. In addition to these core requirements, as set forth by the TBOR, MABTS requires sixty semester credit hours for the BACS and twenty-one credit hours for the associate programs. The seminary incorporates forty-five credit hours in the major area of study, and fifteen hours of electives (nine designated electives and six free electives) for the BACS. The associate programs is composed of thirty-six hours in the major area of study and three hours of electives.

 

The general education requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs as seen in table 1. The General Education Program at MABTS represents 50% of the total credit hours required for graduation, a figure typical for small colleges such as MABTS as evidenced in the table below compiled by the Academic VP. The average general education core percentage, in Biblical Studies programs among Southern Baptist colleges, is 45%.

 

Institution Name

General Education Requirement

Percentage of Total

Boyce College

36 Hours/120 Hours

30%

Leavell College

30 Hours/126 Hours

24%

The College at Southeastern

72 Hours/126 Hours

57%

The College at Southwestern

81 Hours/125 Hours

64%

MABTS

60 Hours/120 Hours

50%

Table 1. General Education Requirements of Like Institutions

 

The requirements for the BACS major conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs as seen in table 2. The major field of study represents on average 30% of the total credit hours required for graduation, a figure typical for a Southern Baptist institution such as MABTS, as indicated in a comparison table below compiled by the Academic VP. 

 

Institution Name

Major Requirement

Percentage of Total

Boyce College

54 Hours/120 Hours

45%

Leavell College

42 Hours/126 Hours

33%

The College at Southeastern

30 Hours/126 Hours

24%

The College at Southwestern

15 Hours/125 Hours

12%

MABTS

45/120 Hours

38%

Table 2. Major Hour Requirements of Like Institutions

 

Appropriate Program Information

 

MABTS provides clear, complete, and consistent program information as set forth in the completion requirements in the 2014-15 MABTS Catalog [1] for General Educational Objectives of the Academic Programs, Completion Requirements for Associates Degree Programs, and Completion Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies Program.                   

  

Documentation

 

1. 2014-15 MABTS Catalog, p. 88-120

2. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 39

3. TN Board of Regents General Education Requirements and Degree Requirements 

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