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Midwestern undergraduate college enrolls 104 for spring

KANSAS CITY (BP)–In just its second semester, Midwestern Baptist College, SBC, the undergraduate school of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has 104 students enrolled for the spring academic semester, according to Jim Anderson, the college’s dean.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that in this initial stage of the college we already have 104 students enrolled and actively studying here,” Anderson said of the college established by the seminary’s trustees in March 2004.

“It is with a grateful heart that we acknowledge the Lord’s blessing in sending us such a fine group of students for Midwestern Baptist College,” Midwestern President R. Philip Roberts said. “It is my conviction that this growth indicates that the future is bright.”

Currently, the college offers an associate of divinity degree program and an associate of arts degree program with several emphases: biblical studies, Christian education and music, including a concentration in church planting.

The associate degrees are designed to prepare students with introductory skills needed for service in local church ministries, evangelism, foreign or North American missions or denominational service.

A four-year bachelor of arts degree program, currently under review by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association, is ready to be implemented.

“I’m very optimistic that this will take place,” Anderson said of the bachelor degree program. “There are always those possible slowdowns but we do not anticipate any at this point.”

According to Anderson, the four-year degree program’s professors, course descriptions, objectives, degree requirements and syllabi are all in place and ready to go pending accreditation for the fall 2005 semester.

A review team from the HLC is scheduled to visit the campus in May.

Anderson noted one other exciting future possibility for the college that also is under development: an adult accelerated degree completion program.

“For the four-year program, we’re already working on an accelerated degree completion program for older students that are unable to be in class during the week on a traditional delivery system,” said Anderson, mentioning the large number of students who have asked for it. “There’s a lot of exciting things happening here,” he said.

Midwestern Baptist College, SBC, is located on the campus of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. The mission statement of the college is to “biblically educate God-called men and women to be and to make disciples of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”

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