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Southeastern Free Will Baptist College President Nate Ange announces a “Call for Resumes” for two full or part-time positions.

Teacher Education Professor

We are seeking a full-time professor for the Teacher Education department. This position requires a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited institution with eighteen hours of graduate work in either math or science and the intention to complete a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction as soon as possible. Additionally, it is preferred that applicants have already earned a doctorate or education specialist degree.

Bible Professor

Southeastern is also seeking a full-time professor in the general areas of Bible, theology, or Greek language. A combination of two or more of these areas is preferred. We are willing to fill the need with a few part-time faculty, but would prefer someone in a full-time capacity. This position requires a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited institution with eighteen hours of graduate work in Bible, theology, or Greek language and the intention to complete a doctoral degree as soon as possible. The ideal candidate will already have a D.Min. or Ph.D.

All applicants are encouraged to read and consider our Cooperating Board Statement (follow this link: https://bit.ly/2wrzaaV) to measure your philosophical unity with the College before pursuing these teaching opportunities.

Please email a cover letter expressing your availability and resume to Marc Holloman at mholloman@sfwbc.edu.

Our Academic Dean, Dr. Danny Baer is pleased to announce that Southeastern Free Will Baptist College continues moving toward full accreditation. Please click the read more tab to read the full story. Academic Update

President Marcum is pleased to announce that more students and families are feeling the benefits of Southeastern’s accreditation status. On April 25, 2017,  Southeastern Free Will Baptist College was granted Candidate Status by the Transnational Association of Colleges and Schools (TRACS).  Two years ago, one of our current student’s mom had applied for a loan from her retirement and because we were not accredited, she was denied. She recently checked again and because of our accreditation status (candidate) and recognition by the United States Department of Education, she now has that option!  She was very thankful!!

Crystal Ferrell has another unique story about her experience. “After spending twenty years as a stay-at-home wife and mother, I felt the Lord leading me into Christian education. I enrolled in a dual partnership program with Craven Community College and East Carolina University for middle grades education. I had taken a few classes at Southeastern after high school graduation. As part of the enrollment process, I requested my transcripts from Southeastern hoping that maybe something would transfer. I was so excited when I received the letter stating that all my classes had transferred. This was encouraging to me because it gave me a jump start to reaching the goals the Lord has for me. The steps that Southeastern has taken to become accredited will benefit many students in the years to come, and allow them more opportunities to further their career and serve the Lord in the area He has called them. 

TRACS is recognized by both the United States Department of Education (USDOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a national institutional accrediting agency for Christian post-secondary institutions, colleges, universities, and seminaries. With Candidate Status, we are officially a member of TRACS and will have up to 5 years to achieve Accredited Status. Our goal is to accomplish this in 3 years.”

The question of the significance of TRACS candidate status for Southeastern is one that Dr. Danny Baer has been asked numerous times during Southeastern’s journey to accreditation. As an honest steward, Dr. Baer has been careful not to overstate the significance of candidate status for accreditation. He knew that there would be certain benefits of candidate status, but he did not know how many benefits or how long the benefits would take to manifest themselves.

Now, with great excitement, Dr. Danny Baer would like to inform the Southeastern family of students and alumni that Southeastern and its alumni are beginning to experience the dividends of candidate status for accreditation by TRACS. At this point, three of our graduates have informed us that they have been accepted into graduate school. Heath Ferguson (2000) and Ashley Baines McNeese (2011) have been accepted into the graduate program at Liberty University. Deanna Brown Williams  (1996) was accepted into the graduate program at Pensacola Christian College.

Shortly after the news of candidate status broke, Jeremy Caraballo (2011) scheduled an appointment with Ms. Gaynor to have his transcripts sent to the Army to make application for a promotion. Last week, Jeremy Caraballo received some exciting news from the Army. Below is Jeremy’s note to Ms. Gaynor and an official copy of his recognition of qualification for promotion by the North Carolina National Guard.

Mrs. Gaynor,

Thank you for being so quick to respond regarding the transcript.  Army Education Services recognized my degree from Southeastern and is now going to award me the points I am entitled to for the promotion board!  It also means that a graduate from SFWBC can now commission as an officer in the Armed services or enlist as an E-4 instead of E-1.  Attached is the memo from the Education Office stating official reception. If Southeastern wants to use this letter for promotional purposes it can do so, as I have redacted my SSN from it.   

 Jeremy Caraballo

 

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President Jim Marcum and Academic Dean, Dr. Danny Baer are pleased to announce that the Transnational Association of Christian Schools (TRACS) has informed us that we are listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

 

You can search for institutions here: https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

Accreditation Team Visits Southeastern

For the past few days President Jim Marcum and the administration, faculty and staff of Southeastern have hosted an Evaluation Team from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). The team of five were from TRACS Institutions in California, Oklahoma, Virginia and Maryland and were accompanied by TRACS Field Representative, Dr. Tanmay Pramanik.  The team visited our campus to examine and inspect our college in anticipation of receiving Candidate Status which is a major step toward Accreditation.

Two Commendations!

In the past few months, our staff has been busy compiling a self-study which is a self-evaluation based on the standards in the TRACS Accreditation Manual. The Visiting Team verified our self-study and, in addition, conducted interviews, inspected records, observed classes, participated in chapel and toured our facilities. They left us with a report that included 16 suggestions, 33 recommendations, and 2, very hard to get, commendations for us in two vital areas.

First, they recognized the “passion and commitment to the mission of the institution” of our Board of Directors, administration, faculty and staff. We at Southeastern are fully committed to the task of “training men and women for church-related ministries.” It is important to us that we are all in one accord and working together to fulfill this mission. We are grateful for this recognition.

The second area that the team thought was exemplary was that we are completely out of debt. Southeastern is situated on 60 acres of land in an area that has increased in value a great deal during the past 29+ years that we have been in North Carolina. We struggle with “cash flow” and continue to need support to help keep our tuition affordable for our students. But it is a tremendous blessing to have such a strong financial base. To God be the glory!

The Next Step

The 16 “suggestions” that the Visiting Team left us are not mandatory changes but, if implemented, will improve our college greatly. The 33 “recommendations” are each tied to one or more of the TRACS standards and must eventually be addressed before we can become accredited. For now, however we will need only to devise a plan to address all 29 of the recommendations and send that plan to TRACS by February 15th.

Candidate Status in our Grasp

Four of the 33 recommendations pertain to what TRACS calls the Institutional Entrance Requirements (IER’s).  To be granted “Candidate Status” we must be in “Basic Compliance” which means we satisfy all of those IER’s. The good news is that those four recommendations can be fixed and we are confident that we will be granted Candidate Status at the semiannual TRACS Commission meeting on April 26th.

When can we be Accredited?

Once we have Candidate Status we have 5 years to become accredited. It is our hope and belief that we can comply with all the TRACS standards and become accredited in three years. We believe that we have a path to possibly obtain accreditation in two years. However, if it takes four or five years we will not be deterred or discouraged. We can do this!

How can you help?

We need your prayers. Our greatest need is the power of God on our campus and our work. Our next greatest need is students. Please pray that God will impress on young men and women to answer the call to His service as the need for workers in His vineyard has never been greater. We also need your continued financial support. In fact, the accreditation process places even a greater strain on our budget. We need extra funds to expand our library, help many of our faculty to take needed graduate courses, pay our TRACS dues, attend necessary conferences, etc. We have also hired a part-time librarian which is an expense above our expectations for the year.

These are exciting days. Please feel free to visit the TRACS website at www.tracs.org for more information about the process. Also, we will be happy to answer your questions. And, don’t forget to PRAY, GIVE and URGE young people to seriously consider Southeastern.
 

Accreditation Self-Study Submitted

baer-marcum-self-study-picPresident Jim Marcum is happy to announce another monumental step toward accreditation.

On Monday, October 24th, Academic Dean Dr. Danny Baer submitted our Self-Study which is a major hurdle towards gaining Candidate Status with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).  TRACS (www.tracs.org) is a National Accrediting Agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

During the week of November 28th, a TRACS Visiting Evaluation Team, including a representative from TRACS and 5 peer reviewers from other TRACS schools, will visit our campus.
In April, President Marcum and Dr. Baer will appear before the TRACS Commission during their April meeting. If all goes well, Candidate Status with TRACS will be granted at that meeting. Once we receive Candidate Status we will have five years to bring our college to the level to earn Accreditation.
Thank you for your ongoing support with your prayers and donations during these important days.

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Accreditation Update 10/6/16

We are excited to move one step toward Accreditation Candidate Status.

Today we welcomed Dr. Tanmay Pramanik, Vice President of Institutional Compliance of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). TRACS (www.tracs.org) is an accrediting agency that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education in America.

Dr. Pramanik is on campus for a Staff Visit in anticipation of the completion of our Self-Study and subsequent Team Evaluation Visit later this semester. If all goes well we should appear before the TRACS Commission next April to attain Candidate Status. We will then have up to five years to achieve Accreditation Status.

Please pray for Southeastern in this important process.