Randall University

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Randall University, formerly Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, is a Christian liberal arts college in Moore, Oklahoma, offering several associate's and bachelor's degree programs and master's degree programs in ministry and a Masters of Public Administration (http://www.ru.edu/graduate-/master-of-public-administration/master-of-public-admin). It is one of several higher learning institutions associated with the Free Will Baptists. Randall University is a member of the Oklahoma Independent Colleges and University (OICU) which serves the common interests of private institutions of higher education[1]

In 2015 it had an enrollment of 365.[2]

History[edit]

Free Will Baptists envisioned an institution of Christian higher education in Oklahoma, even before statehood. The records of the Indian Territory Association of Free Will Baptists (1905) read: "We believe in encouraging a higher system of education among the Free Will Baptists.[3]" The merger of the northern movement of Free Will Baptists (known also as the Randall Movement, Free Baptists, or Anti-slavery Baptists) with the Northern Baptist Convention in 1911[4] left a scattered remnant of churches which did not participate in the merger, and those churches lost access to the historic Free Will Baptist schools, such as, Bates College in Maine and Hillsdale College in Michigan. However, the educational void was filled when the Co-operative General Association of Free Will Baptists in the west opened Tecumseh College in Tecumseh, Oklahoma in 1917.[5] The first president was John H. Wolfe, a graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan. The school was destroyed by fire in 1927 and was never completely rebuilt due to the depression, dust bowl days, World War II, and the Korean Conflict.[6]

During the decades after the fire at Tecumseh College, the churches of Oklahoma continued to keep the higher education dream alive. Numerous resolutions over the decades encourage support of and participation in the Bible Institute sponsored by the Oklahoma State Association of Free Will Baptists. A series of Bible institutes were taught in the various geographic areas by a rotation through the districts associations, but Oklahoma Free Will Baptists had a vision for an institution of higher learning.[7]

These Bible institutes eventually developed into Oklahoma Bible College (OBC). The official launch of OBC began in the basement of the First Free Will Baptist Church in Tulsa in January, 1959. In a quest to find a permanent home for the infant college, it was moved to Wagoner in the fall of 1959, then to the Northwest Free Will Baptist Church in Oklahoma City in the fall of 1961, and finally to the Capitol Hill Free Will Baptist Church of Oklahoma City in the fall of 1962.[8]

On September 13, 1966, the college began operations on the present campus located three miles south of Moore, Oklahoma. An early president of the college, Don W. Payne (1961-1966), noted that the college began with "no library, no equipment, no facilities, no income, yet had one priceless asset: a company of committed Christians with an urgent sense of mission, persons of purpose and zeal, confident that God is all-sufficient."[9]

Having secured a permanent home for the college, the founding church articulated a vision of higher education which embraced the study of the liberal arts. In a symbolic gesture, the governing board renamed the institution Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in honor of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, which began as a Free Will Baptist institution in 1844. (Hillsdale College in Michigan is no longer affiliated with Free Will Baptists.) While the institution continues to educate men and women to support the ministry and mission opportunities of Free Will Baptists worldwide, the enrollment of students in non-ministry degree programs has proliferated through the years.

Randall Graduate School began operations in 2004 with Dr. Stephen M. Ashby as its founding Dean. The School named in honor of Benjamin Randall, American Revolutionary War veteran and early Free Will Baptist leader in New England, now offers a Master of Arts in Ministry and a Master in Public Administration (MPA).[10]

Oklahoma Teacher Certification In 2013 the Oklahoma Department of Education Office of Educational Quality and Accountability approved Hillsdale to offer both Elementary Education and Secondary Education programs for Oklahoma Teacher Certification.[11]

Name Change Rationale: In order to eliminate admissions conflicts, internet confusion, and legal concerns between Hillsdale College (Michigan) and Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (Oklahoma), the Board of Trustees proposed a new name to the Oklahoma State Association of Free Will Baptists in October 2015 and by unanimous vote the body approved the name Randall University, effective July 1, 2016.[12]

The University is currently organized into 3 undergraduate schools (Arts & Sciences, Christian Ministry, and Education), plus the Randall School of Professional and Graduate Studies (includes online program). This structure gives students the opportunity to earn 10 baccalaureate degrees in more than 20 concentrations, plus two master's degrees: the Master of Arts in Ministry and the Masters in Public Administration (www.ru.edu). The Oklahoma Department of Education accredits Randall University for elementary and secondary education degrees leading to teacher certification.[13]

The University is affiliated with the National Association of Free Will Baptists[14] and is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.[15]

Academics[edit]

Randall University offers bachelor's degree in the following areas:[16]

  • Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business and Ministry
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Exercise Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Letters
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Worship and Music Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry

And it offer's minors in the following areas:[17]

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Church Music
  • Education
  • Educational Ministry
  • Exercise Science
  • Missions
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Psychology
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Theatre
  • Theological Studies
  • Youth Ministry

Athletics[edit]

Randall University features six varsity sports teams which compete in the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). The student-athletes are known as the Saints or the Lady Saints, for male and female competitors, respectively. The Saints and Lady Saints represent Randall in the following varsity sports:[18]

Baseball[edit]

The Randall University Saints boast a proud tradition of success on the diamond, laying claim to five national championships since 1999 and producing four national championship runner-up appearances during the same span.[19]

  • NCAA II National Championships
  • National Championship runner-up

Men's Basketball[edit]

Throughout its history, the Saints have won nine national championships and four regional championships.[20]

  • NCCAA Division II National Championship [21]
    • 2016
  • ACCA National Championships
  • NCCAA Division II Regional Championships

Women's Basketball[edit]

The Lady Saints won the ACCA national championship in the 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014 national tournaments.

Women's Volleyball[edit]

The Lady Saints won the ACCA national championship in 2010 and 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OICU: Oklahoma Independent Colleges & Universities". oicu.org. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  2. ^ http://www.cappex.com/colleges/Hillsdale-Free-Will-Baptist-College
  3. ^ Minutes of the Indian Territory Association of Free Will Baptists Annual Meeting. Tecumseh, Oklahoma: Morning Star Press. 1905. p. 7. 
  4. ^ Annual of the Northern Baptist Convention. Philadelphia, PA: American Baptist Publication Society. 1911. pp. 59–60. 
  5. ^ Minutes of the First Triennial Session of the Co-operative General Association of Freewill Baptists. Weatherford, Texas: New Morning Star Publishing House. 1917. pp. 4–5. 
  6. ^ Davidson, William (1985). The Free Will Baptists in America 1727-1984. Nashville, Tennessee: Randall House Publications. pp. 304–305. 
  7. ^ Akin, James Delbert; Draper, Nancy; Wade, Edwin (2009). Oklahoma State Association of Free Will Baptists: The First 100 Years 1908-2008. Nashville: Randall House Publications: Oklahoma State Association of Free Will Baptists, Historical Commission. pp. 107–115. 
  8. ^ Akin, James Delbert; Draper, Nancy; Wade, Edwin (2009). Oklahoma State Association of Free Will Baptists: The First 100 Years 1908-2008. Nashville, Tennessee: Oklahoma State Association of Free Will Baptists Historical Commission. p. 109. 
  9. ^ Oklahoma Bible College Newsletter. Vol. 3, No. 1, Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Bible College, 1965.
  10. ^ Randall University Catalog 2016-2017. Moore, Oklahoma: Randall University. 2016. pp. 63–75. 
  11. ^ "Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability". www.ok.gov/oeqa. Oklahoma Department of Education Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  12. ^ Minutes of the Oklahoma State Association of Free Will Baptists. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Oklahoma State Association of Free Will Baptists. 2016. pp. 5–6. 
  13. ^ http://www.ru.edu/about-randall/history
  14. ^ The 2016 Free Will Baptist Yearbook. Nashville, Tennessee: Randall House Publications. pp. B–269. 
  15. ^ "TRACS Members". www.tracs.org. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Randall University Programs". Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  17. ^ Randall University Catalog 2016-2017. Moore, Oklahoma: Randall University. 2016. pp. 58–60. 
  18. ^ "Randall Athletics". Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  19. ^ "RU Saints Men's Baseball". www.ru.edu. Randall University. 2017-01-06. Archived from the original on 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  20. ^ "Saints Basketball Top Stories". Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. 2012. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  21. ^ "National Christian College Athletic Association" (PDF). www.thenccaa.org. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 

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