Frequently Asked Questions
FOR CONSOLIDATION FOR SPRINGFIELD SCHOOLS
(The General Council of the Assemblies of God is pleased to anticipate the consolidation of its three General Council institutions of higher learning—Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Central Bible College, and Evangel University—beginning with the fall 2013 semester, pending approval of accrediting bodies.
1. What is the rationale for consolidating the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Central Bible College, and Evangel University?
A. These three colleges, owned and operated by the General Council of the Assemblies of God, all reside in Springfield, MO. The ultimate goal of the consolidation is to provide an enhanced education for our young people, resulting in empowered global leaders, ministers, and missionaries. We anticipate consolidation will also maximize financial and organizational stewardship, spur enrollment growth, enhance ministerial preparation, and meet 21st century challenges in higher education. Moreover, we believe it will ensure the continuation of spiritual and financial health to our institutes of higher learning and will model leadership in higher education.
2. What steps have led to this point?
A. In the fall 2010, General Superintendent George O. Wood met with the three college presidents to begin discussing a consolidation. Soon afterwards, a $5 million grant was given to be used for the consolidation. The Executive Presbytery of the church unanimously approved the plan. So in January 2011, Dr. Wood proposed to the boards of all three institutions that a consolidation take place. After the boards’ approvals, a resolution went to the 2011 General Presbytery where it received strong support then on to the General Council where it received a 75% vote of approval. Since then, nearly 200 administrators, faculty and staff from all of the schools have worked on various committees to write the proposal and application that will go to the Higher Learning Commission (the accrediting body for all three institutions).
3. What progress is being made towards the consolidation?
A. We are making great strides toward consolidation of our schools in Springfield for the fall of 2013. Ongoing contact with the Higher Learning Commission (which must approve the consolidation for it to go forward) is resolving questions about governance and accreditation and other issues. The application goes to the HLC in June. The HLC board meets in February, 2013. Pending their approval, the consolidated university will open in the fall of 2013.
4. Will there be financial assistance to help current CBC students with the price difference between Evangel University tuition and CBC?
A. Current CBC students will receive a transitional grant for this difference
5. Are scholarships available for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semester at CBC?
6. What will happen to money given for endowments to CBC?
A. The endowments will remain and continue to be awarded with the same conditions as specified. These funds are federally protected.
7. What will happen to the CBC campus?
A. A study is underway to determine the use of the CBC campus. Plans are to house all single students on the Evangel University campus.
8. How will the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary be configured in the new university?
A. The seminary will be embedded into the consolidated university as a distinct entity. AGTS will retain a president within the new structure who will also be a vice president of the university. The seminary dean will give oversight to the School of Theology and Church Ministries, overseeing both the undergraduate and graduate (seminary) class offerings of the STCM.
9. What schools are proposed in the structure of the consolidated university?
A. The first school to begin fall 2013 is the School of Theology and Church Ministries. Other schools to be phased in as soon as possible are the Schools of Arts and Sciences; Behavioral Science; Business and Communications; and Fine Arts.
10. How will the alumni be served in the consolidated university?
A. Each school’s alumni will be viewed as a discreet association and events and services will continue to be designed for them. At the same time, the alumni of the consolidation university will begin to develop their own set of relationships. It is planned from the beginning to celebrate each school’s history, events, and relationships at a variety of events.
11. How long will the consolidation process take?
A. The period from 2013-2020 is envisioned as the time to implement the consolidation. During this time, a new president will be inaugurated, the full structure of the five schools will be implemented and the vision for the school will be established in its most expanded form.