HISPANIC BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL RECEIVES AUTHORITY TO GRANT DEGREES

HISPANIC BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL RECEIVES AUTHORITY TO GRANT DEGREES



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Dallas, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–February 7, 2003–Hispanic Baptist Theological School in San Antonio has earned state authority to grant baccalaureate degrees.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board voted Jan. 30 to give Hispanic Baptist Theological School a certificate of authority to grant degrees. The coordinating board holds state authority to approve the granting of degrees by private postsecondary educational institutions.

“The certificate of authority to grant degrees is awarded to institutions of higher learning who meet or exceed all 25 standards for certification established by the state of Texas,” said Albert Reyes, president of Hispanic Baptist Theological School.

“This landmark decision is significant in the life of Hispanic Baptist Theological School because it is the first time in our 56-year history that we are authorized to grant a baccalaureate degree on our own merit.”

Acting on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s behalf, a team of faculty members from Texas institutions conducted an on-site evaluation at Hispanic Baptist Theological School last October.

The coordinating board’s Certification Advisory Council met Dec. 13, 2002, to review the evaluation team’s report and the school’s written response to its evaluation. The council voted unanimously to recommend that the school be given authority to grant degrees.

Hispanic Baptist Theological School will award Bachelor of Arts degrees in biblical/theological studies to graduating students at its May 2003 commencement. Previously, the school offered certificates and diplomas to its graduates.

Hispanic Baptist Theological School currently is seeking accreditation as a Bible college. The school already has achieved candidate status with the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges, the major accrediting agency of Bible colleges in the United States. Its member schools include Moody Bible Institute and Multnomah Bible College.

Founded in 1947 as Mexican Baptist Bible Institute, the Hispanic Baptist Theological School is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

The school historically has been the leading educator of Hispanic Texas Baptist church leaders. Alumni provide pastoral leadership for about three-fourths of the 1,000 Hispanic congregations affiliated with the BGCT.

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HISPANIC BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL RECEIVES AUTHORITY TO GRANT DEGREES