Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the College at Southeastern are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the College at Southeastern.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103: Telephone 412-788-6505).
The seminary has been accredited by ATS since 1958 and by SACS since 1978.
The College at Southeastern has grown and thrived under Dr. Akin’s visionary leadership to better equip students to fulfill the Great Commission. Student enrollment at the college had increased from 206 students during the 2003-2004 academic year to 760 students in 2013-2014.
The college was founded in 1994 as Southeastern Baptist Theological College. In 2000, the Southeastern Board of Trustees elected to change the name to Southeastern College at Wake Forest, and eight years later it became the College at Southeastern. In February 2005, Southeastern hosted its first annual 20/20 Collegiate Conference, an event that annually draws over 1000 college students.
In 2006, faculty and staff examined the degree programs in the college. The faculty drafted five Core Competencies for the college and seminary programs: Spiritual Formation, Biblical Exposition, Theological Integration, Christian Leadership and Ministry Preparation. The curriculum changes are designed to develop these competencies in every Southeastern graduate.
Bruce Ashford was installed as dean of the college in January 2009. He made several foundational changes during his first few months, which led to new programs in the college curriculum, including minors in leadership and student ministry.
In January 2013, Jamie Dew, the current dean of the College at Southeastern, succeeded Ashford as dean. Under Dew, the college has continued working to give students greater flexibility in their academic pursuits.
“We have a top shelf degree program including the areas of History of Ideas, Missions and Theology,” Dew said. “The missions program matches the quality of our seminary at an undergraduate level.”
Specifically, the History of Ideas program gives students the opportunity to research and read classical works that have shaped history from a Christian perspective. New majors have been added such as Global Studies, Missions, Pre-Law, History, Biblical Studies and Worship Ministry.
“In the past, the degree offerings were limited,” Dew said. “The new curriculum model retains the highest quality and depth of the theological training with new opportunities for students to all do that flexibility to get whatever degree program for what God is calling them to do.”
The college also has opportunities specifically designed for students who are called to non-vocational ministry. An upcoming one-year program equips students to earn a 24-hour credit “tentmakers degree” for those who plan to go into non-vocational ministry.
“It was Dr. Akin’s vision to move towards a broader curriculum,” Dew emphasized. “He encouraged the ability for dual enrollments and a one-year certificate program.”
“We are always looking for ways that we can enabled students to earn their undergraduate degree in a quicker, more efficient way,” Dew added. “In the future, we will continue to implement new curriculum and ideas.”