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3.5.4 Terminal Degrees of Faculty

 

At least 25 percent of the course hours in each major at the baccalaureate level are taught by faculty members holding an appropriate terminal degree—usually the earned doctorate or the equivalent of the terminal degree.

 

_X_  Compliance           ___  Partial Compliance          ___  Non-Compliance

 

Narrative

 

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) ensures that faculty members, holding an appropriate terminal degree or the equivalent of the terminal degree, teach at least 25 percent of the course hours in each major at the baccalaureate level. The seminary follows SACSCOC approved guidelines regarding credit hours and percentages of classes taught by faculty with terminal degrees, which includes online offerings.

 

Definition of Course Hours

 

MABTS follows the definition of a credit (course) hour set forth by the SACSCOC credit hour policy statement [1]. MABTS defines a credit hour as follows: (1) The amount of student time investment that reasonably approximates one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or (2) at least an equivalent amount of work as outlined in (1) for other academic activities as established by MABTS including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours [2]. MABTS operates on a 50-minute hour for this definition [3, 4]. MABTS’s use of 50 clock minutes as equivalent to one hour is in accordance with commonly accepted practice in higher education [5].

 

Percentage of Course Hours Taught by Faculty with Terminal Degrees

 

The only degree at the baccalaureate level is the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies. The MABTS faculty roster demonstrates that at least 67% of the course hours at the baccalaureate level are taught by faculty members holding the appropriate terminal degrees [6].

 

In the 2014 fall semester, 78% of the major courses were taught by full-time faculty with terminal degrees. Sixty percent of the major courses were taught by full-time faculty with the appropriate terminal degrees in the spring semester of 2015 [7].

 

Seventeen online and offsite courses were offered during the 2014-15 academic year at the baccalaureate level. Full-time faculty with the appropriate terminal degrees taught 41% of these classes as demonstrated by the faculty roster. Rosters for the online courses for the 2014-15 fall and spring semesters confirm that, in the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies program, at least 71% of all undergraduate course credit hours were taught by faculty with a terminal degree [6]. 

 

Hence, in the 2014-15 academic year, professors with an appropriate terminal degree taught 78% of the major concentration.

 

Documentation

 

1. SACSCOC Federal Definition of the Credit Hour

2. 2014-15 MABTS Catalog, p. 67

3. 2014-15 MABTS Catalog, p. 65

4. 2014-15 MABTS Catalog, p. 92

5. National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS Definition of Credit Hour

6. 2014-15 MABTS Faculty Roster

7. MABTS 2014-15 Fall-Spring Bachelor/Associates Degree Course Schedule

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