Baptist Bible College (Missouri)
|Baptist Bible College and Graduate School|
|Motto||"Enter to learn,
go forth to serve."
|Affiliation||Baptist Bible Fellowship International|
|Location||Springfield, Missouri, USA
|Campus||Suburban, 38 acres (15.4 ha)|
Baptist Bible College (Missouri) is a conservative Bible college affiliated and owned by the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, founded in 1950 and located in Springfield, Missouri. The college offers professional certificates, associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees related primarily to ministerial and educational areas of study.
It was first accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 2001 and is also accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), Commission on Accreditation. Both groups are United States Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognized accrediting agencies.
Baptist Bible College has its origins in a May 1950 meeting of Baptist ministers at the Texas Hotel in Fort Worth. In the summer of 1950 land was bought at the intersection of Summit Avenue and Kearney Street in Springfield, Missouri. This former 5-acre (2.02 ha) city park was turned into dormitories, which opened on September 5, 1950. From the founding until 1975, George Beauchamp Vick, pastor of the Temple Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan (currently NorthRidge Church), was the president of the college.
Vick's vice president, W. E. Dowell, Sr., became president for the following eight years. In 1983, A. V. Henderson led the school for three years. In 1986, Leland Kennedy presided over the institution for 15 years. In 2001, BBC received probationary accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Mike Randall was installed as the fifth president on February 20, 2002. Accreditation was received in 2005, due in part to Randall's hard work but mostly due to the hard work of Dr. Russell Dell who served as Baptist Bible College's academic dean for many years. In 2008, Jim Edge was appointed to office, and resigned after three years. The Board of Trustees named Ron Sears as interim president and began the search for a new president. In 2012, by a unanimous vote of the trustees, Mark Milioni was named as the new president.
From a peak attendance of 2,600 in the 1970s, Baptist Bible College has seen a dramatic decline in student population in the past few decades. In 2013, the college had 285 full-time students and 60 part-time students in the undergraduate program.
Tuition is $235 per credit hour for undergraduate students and $265 per credit hour for graduate students, plus additional fees. Room and board costs are approximately $5,900 per year for students residing on-campus.
BBC offers many of its degrees to both male and female students. However, some degree programs differ depending upon the gender of the student with some programs not available at all to students of a different gender. For example, BBC offers a Bachelor of Arts/Sciences with a major in Church Education to men only. Also, some majors include minors that are available only to members of a single gender. For example, BBC's Bachelor of Arts/Sciences with a major in Missions is only available with a Youth Minor for male students. Female students however, are allowed to enroll in a course of study with a number of minors including: Children’s Ministries, Business, Educational Studies, Early Childhood Education, and Music.
- The Higher Learning Commission: Info on Baptist Bible College
- The Association for Biblical Higher Education: List of Members
- Baptist Bible College: Admissions: Cost Breakdown
- Baptist Bible College: Athletics Department
- Baptist Bible College. Baptist Bible College / Graduate School Course Catalog. 2006-2007 Pg 41.