With our confession in mind, Southeastern’s faculty attempts to develop five Core Competencies in students through a Southeastern education. Every student should seek to develop in…
Spiritual Formation Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an authentically Christian way of life, manifested by trust in God, obedience to Christ’s commands, and love of God and neighbor.
Biblical Exposition Demonstrate the ability to properly and effectively interpret, apply, and communicate the Scriptures.
Theological Integration Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply the doctrines of Christianity to life and ministry.
Ministry Preparation Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and Christian disposition necessary for ministry and leadership in the church and the world.
Critical Thinking and Communication Demonstrate the ability to think critically, argue persuasively, and communicate clearly.
We strive to do all of this while cultivating in students a delight in God, His Word, and His Church.
In 2009, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Southeastern developed its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) in order to improve critical thinking through writing in the academic areas.
Heartily embraced by Southeastern’s deans, directors, and faculty, the QEP’s mission at Southeastern aims to improve and encourage a focus on critical thinking and writing.
In partnership with designated writing-intensive courses, the Writing Center seeks to facilitate the QEP by providing formative feedback on written drafts, helping student-writers enter into, understand, and engage their academic community.
The QEP strategy is to produce critical thinkers and writers in three writing-intensive (WI) courses: Hermeneutics (BTI1100) focusing on critical analysis and exposition, Theology I (THE3110) focusing on deductive synthesis and application, and History of Ideas IV (HOI2120) focusing on worldview analysis. The QEP aims not only to integrate critical skills with disciplinary content but also to create critical thinkers who write arguments critically, cogently, and clearly across the curriculum in the academic areas.
The QEP goals at the end of five years are: all student-writers will think more critically, argue more persuasively, and communicate more clearly. Southeastern expects the QEP to provide a valuable educational experience for students by the development of their critical thinking and written communication. The QEP’s focus on a learning-centered and enriching educational environment are consistent with Southeastern’s mission and core educational competencies.