Seminary Extension passes 27 tests for collegiate status

by Leonard E. Hill, posted Monday, May 03, 1999 (19 years ago)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Students enrolled in Seminary Extension courses have taken thousands of tests over the years. But recently it was Seminary Extension's turn to be tested. And the Southern Baptist entity, which provides theological studies at the college level, passed with flying colors.

Seminary Extension had 27 of its college-level courses evaluated by the American Council on Education to determine if ACE would recommend them for credit toward a college degree. After being carefully examined by a team of professors from four different colleges, the entire 27 courses were recommended for two or more credit hours.

Seminary Extension grants no degrees itself, but students completing any of the 27 courses may seek to have them transferred for credit to colleges, universities and seminaries.

Getting a favorable evaluation was no surprise since Seminary Extension has regularly submitted courses for review by ACE evaluation teams. Another evaluation is tentatively set for 2002.

"We are striving for excellence," said Ed Thiele, executive director of Seminary Extension, "and we seek regular reviews from this nationally recognized credit recommendation service so our students can be assured of the quality of the education they are receiving."

The Seminary Extension courses are included in a national directory, published annually by ACE, describing all courses recommended for credit transfer from member organizations.

Seminary Extension courses are available at many different learning levels -- from persons who may not have completed high school to those with graduate degrees. The courses can be taken in a classroom setting at 490 extension centers across the country or by correspondence.

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