Amridge University Academic Catalog  

2013-2014 Academic Year (Effective 2.28.2014)

 

Table of Contents

Section 1:  Introduction_ 3

ACCREDITATION AND AUTHORIZATIONS. 4

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT. 4

CALENDAR FOR THE 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR. 5

Section 2:  Administration_ 13

GOVERNANCE. 14

ADMINISTRATION, INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT, STAFF AND FACULTY. 16

Section 3:  About Amridge University_ 33

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT. 34

MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS. 35

HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY. 37

INSTITUTIONAL MISSION STATEMENT. 42

A POSITIVE BIBLICAL FAITH.. 42

INSTITUTIONAL GOALS. 44

STATE-OF-THE-ART DISTANCE LEARNING SYSTEM AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO QUALITY PROGRAMMING  45

A DISTANCE LEARNING DELIVERY SYSTEM.. 47

THE DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM IS NOT A CORRESPONDENCE COURSE PROGRAM.. 49

AFFILIATION. 49

MEMBERSHIPS. 49

LOCATION. 50

CAMPUS FACILITIES. 51

HOW TO CONTACT Amridge University. 52

Section 4:  Degree Programs and Purpose_ 55

INSTITUTIONAL PURPOSE. 56

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS. 59

 

 

 

CAMPUS

Montgomery Alabama Campus:

Amridge University

1200 Taylor Road

Montgomery, AL 36117

Telephone Number:  800.351.4040

 

 

 

PAPER AND ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THIS CATALOG PUBLISHED BY:

 

Amridge University

1200 Taylor Road

Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

Telephone Number:  800.351.4040

http://www.AmridgeUniversity.edu


Section 1:  Introduction

June 2013

This section includes important information about Amridge University’s Academic Catalog. Exceptions may be noted in the respective sections for a specific school within Amridge University, noted in later editions of this publication, and/or published addenda (paper- and web-based).

Amridge University Fall 2013–Summer 2014 Undergraduate Catalog was produced by the Amridge University Policy Review Team.


ACCREDITATION AND AUTHORIZATIONS

Amridge University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, Telephone number 404.679.4500, at http://www.sacscoc.org for questions concerning the accredited university.

Amridge University is authorized by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to operate a private school pursuant to the Alabama Private School License Law.

Amridge University is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.  This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

Amridge University is a 501(c) (3), non-profit corporation as determined by the United States Department of Treasury and incorporated in the State of Alabama.

Amridge University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

Amridge University is a private Christian university open to any qualified student.  In a manner consistent with all applicable laws and regulations including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) or other federal, state or local laws or executive orders, Amridge University does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, religion, belief or veteran status.  Amridge University does follow specific religious tenets and maintains its religious freedom and rights.  Inquiries concerning application of these statements should be directed to: Dr. Michael C. Turner, President, Amridge University, 1200 Taylor Road, Montgomery, AL 36117-3520.

 

CALENDAR FOR THE 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR

This section includes important information on the days of operation of Amridge University for the 2012-2013 Academic Year.  Even though the University may be closed on holidays, the University’s distance education portal runs 24 hours, 7 days a week during holidays and other breaks unless otherwise noted via postings on the University’s web site or through email [Version 2.2012-2013, Effective 2.24.2013].

 

Fall 2013

 

 

15 Week Course Calendar

 

8 Week Course Calendar

 

August 2013

 

 

                                              |

 

16

$100 Late Fee applied after this date

 

                                              |

 

26

First day of Fall semester

 

                                              |

 

26 –  30

First week of semester

 

                                              |

 

30

Last day to add a course

 

                                              |

 

September 2013

 

 

                                              |

 

2 – 6

Second week of semester

 

                                              |

 

2

Labor Day (Classes do not meet - Faculty and Staff holiday.  Faculty members teaching live sessions will re-schedule class this week - September 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th)

 

                                              |

 

6

 Fall 2013 Registration Ends

 

                                              |

 

9 – 13

Third week of semester - Last week to change delivery method

 

                                              |

 

16 – 20

Fourth week of semester

 

 B-Term Registration Begins

 

23 – 27

Fifth week of semester

 

 

 

 

27

Deadline to complete Asterisk Grade coursework - 5:00 pm CST

 

 Deadline to complete Asterisk Grade

 Coursework from prior B-Term semester –

 5:00 pm CST

 

30 – Oct 4

Sixth week of semester

 

 

 

October 2013

 

 

 

 

7 – 11

Seventh week of semester – Mid-Term Exams

 

 Last Week of B-Term Registration

 

14 – 18

Eighth week of semester

 

 First week of semester

 

21 – 25

Ninth week of semester
Spring 2014 Registration Begins

 

 Second week of semester

 

28 – Nov 1

Tenth week of semester - 60% of Fall semester completed

Asterisk Grade requests accepted

 

 Third week of semester

 Asterisk Grade requests accepted

 

November 2013

 

 

 

 

4 – 8

Eleventh week of semester

 

 Fourth week of semester

 

11 – 15

Twelfth week of semester

 

 Fifth week of semester

 

18 – 22

Thirteenth week of semester

 

 Sixth week of semester - 60% of Fall semester
 completed

 

25 – 29

Thanksgiving Break (Classes do not meet. Faculty and Staff holiday Thursday and Friday)

 

 Thanksgiving Break (Classes do not meet.
 Faculty and Staff holiday Thursday and Friday)

 

December 2013

 

 

 

 

2 – 6

Fourteenth week of semester

 

 Seventh week of semester

 

6

Last day to drop/withdraw from Fall semester classes - 12:00 noon CST

Last day to request Asterisk Grades

 

 Last day to drop/withdraw from Fall B-Term
 semester classes - 12:00 noon CST

 Last day to request Asterisk Grades

 

9 – 13

Fifteenth week of semester – Final Exams

 

 Eighth week of semester– Final Exams

 

13

Official end of the Fall Semester is 5:00 pm CST

 

 Official end of B-Term Fall Semester is 5:00

 pm CST

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2014

 

 

 

15 Week Course Calendar

 

8 Week Course Calendar

 

December 2013

 

 

                                              |

 

20

$100 Late Fee applied after this date

 

                                              |

 

23 – 27

University Closed for Christmas Break

 

                                              |

 

January 2014

 

 

                                              |

 

1

University Closed for New Year’s Holiday

 

                                              |

 

6

First day of Spring semester

 

                                              |

 

6 – 10

First week of semester

 

                                              |

 

10

Last day to add a course

 

                                              |

 

13 - 17

Second week of semester

 

                                              |

 

17

Spring 2014 Registration Ends

 

                                              |

 

20

King Holiday (Classes do not meet – Faculty and Staff holiday. Faculty members teaching live sessions will re-schedule class this week - January 21st 22nd, 23rd, or 24th)

 

                                              |

 

20 – 24

Third week of semester - Last week to change delivery method

 

                                              |

 

27 – 31

Fourth week of semester

 

 B-Term Registration Begins

 

February 2014

 

 

 

 

3 – 7

Fifth week of semester

 

 

 

7

Deadline to complete Asterisk Grade coursework - 5:00 pm CST

 

 Deadline to complete Asterisk Grade

 coursework from prior B-Term semester –

 5:00 pm CST

 

10 – 14

Sixth week of semester

 

 

 

17 – 21

Seventh week of semester – Mid-Term Exams

 

 Last Week of B-Term Registration

 

24 – 28

Eighth week of semester

 

 First week of semester

 

March 2014

 

 

 

 

3 – 7

Ninth week of semester
Summer 2014 Registration Begins

 

 Second week of semester

 

10 – 14

Tenth week of semester - 60% of Spring semester completed

Asterisk Grade requests accepted

 

 Third week of semester

 Asterisk Grade requests accepted

 

17 – 21

Eleventh week of semester

 

 Fourth week of semester

 

24 – 28

Twelfth week of semester

 

 Fifth week of semester

 

31 – April 4

Thirteenth week of semester

 

 Sixth week of semester - 60% of Spring

 semester completed

 

April 2014

 

 

 

 

7 – 11

Fourteenth week of semester

 

 Seventh week of semester

 

11

Last day to drop/withdraw from Spring semester classes - 12:00 noon CST

Last day to request Asterisk Grades

 

 Last day to drop/withdraw from Spring B-

 Term semester classes - 12:00 noon CST

 

 Last day to request Asterisk Grades

 

13 – 18

Fifteenth week of semester - Final Exams

 

 Eighth week of semester– Final Exams

 

18

Official end of the Spring semester is 5:00 pm CST

 

 Official end of B-Term Spring Semester is 5:00

 pm CST

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2014

 

 

15 Week Course Calendar

 

8 Week Course Calendar

 

April 2014

 

 

                                              |

 

18

$100 Late Fee applied after this date

 

                                              |

 

28

First day of Summer semester

 

                                              |

 

28 – May 2

First week of semester

 

                                              |

 

May 2014

 

 

                                              |

 

2

Last day to add a course

 

                                              |

 

5 – 9

Second week of semester
Summer 2014 Registration Ends

 

                                              |

 

12 – 16

Third week of semester - Last week to change delivery method

 

                                              |

 

19 – 23

Fourth week of semester

 

 B-Term Registration Begins

 

26

Memorial Day (Classes do not meet – Faculty and Staff holiday. Faculty members teaching live sessions will re-schedule class this week – May 27th, 28th, 29th, or 30th)

 

 Memorial Day (Classes do not meet –

 Faculty and Staff holiday. Faculty members

 teaching live sessions will re-schedule class

 this week – May 27th, 28th, 29th, or 30th)

 

26 – 30

Fifth week of semester

 

 

 

30

Deadline to complete Asterisk Grade coursework - 5:00 pm CST

 

 Deadline to complete Asterisk Grade  

 coursework from prior B-Term semester- 5:00

 pm CST

 

June 2014

 

 

 

 

7

Graduation

 

 

 

2 – 6

Sixth week of semester

 

 

 

9 – 13

Seventh week of semester – Mid-Term Exams

 

 Last Week of B-Term Registration

 

16 – 20

Eighth week of semester

 

 First week of semester

 

23 – 27

Ninth week of semester
Fall 2014 Registration Begins

 

 Second week of semester

 

30 – July 4

Tenth week of semester - 60% of Summer semester completed

Asterisk Grade requests accepted

 

 Third week of semester

 Asterisk Grade requests accepted

 

July 2014

 

 

 

 

4

Independence Day (Classes do not meet – Faculty and Staff holiday. Faculty members teaching live sessions will re-schedule – June 30th, July 1st, 2nd, or 3rd)

 

 Independence Day (Classes do not meet –

 Faculty and Staff holiday. Faculty members

 teaching live sessions will re-schedule – June

 30th, July 1st, 2nd, or 3rd)

 

7 – 11

Eleventh week of semester

 

 Fourth week of semester

 

14 – 18

Twelfth week of semester

 

 Fifth week of semester

 

21 – 25

Thirteenth week of semester

 

 Sixth week of semester - 60% of Summer

 semester completed

 

28 – Aug 1

Fourteenth week of semester

 

 Seventh week of semester

 

August 2014

 

 

 

 

1

Last day to drop/withdraw from Summer semester classes - 12:00 noon CST

Last day to request Asterisk Grades

 

 Last day to drop/withdraw from Summer B-

 Term semester classes - 12:00 noon CST

 

 Last day to request Asterisk Grades

 

4 – 8

Fifteenth week of semester - Final Exams

 

 Eighth week of semester– Final Exams

 

8

Official end of the Summer semester is 5:00 pm CST

 

 Official end of B-Term Summer semester is

 5:00 pm CST

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2014

 

 

15 Week Course Calendar

 

8 Week Course Calendar

 

August 2014

 

 

                                              |

 

15

$100 Late Fee applied after this date

 

                                              |

 

25

First day of Fall semester

 

                                              |

 

25 –  29

First week of semester

 

                                              |

 

29

Last day to add a course

 

                                              |

 

September 2014

 

 

                                              |

 

1

Labor Day (Classes do not meet - Faculty and Staff holiday. Faculty members teaching live sessions will re-schedule – Sept. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th)

 

                                              |

 

1 – 5

Second week of semester

 

                                              |

 

5

Fall 2014 Registration Ends

 

                                              |

 

8 – 12

Third week of semester - Last week to change delivery method

 

                                              |

 

15 – 19

Fourth week of semester

 

 B-Term Registration Begins

 

22 – 26

Fifth week of semester

 

 

 

26

Deadline to complete Asterisk Grade coursework - 5:00 pm CST

 

 Deadline to complete Asterisk Grade

 Coursework for prior B-Term semester - 5:00

 pm CST

 

29 – Oct 3

Sixth week of semester

 

 

 

October 2014

 

 

 

 

6 - 10

Seventh week of semester – Mid-Term Exams

 

 Last Week of B-Term Registration

 

13 - 17

Eighth week of semester

 

 First week of semester

 

20 - 24

Ninth week of semester
Spring 2015 Registration Begins

 

 Second week of semester

 

27 – 31

Tenth week of semester - 60% of Fall semester completed

 

 Third week of semester

 

November 2014

 

 

 

 

3 – 7

Eleventh week of semester

 

 Fourth week of semester

 

10 – 14

Twelfth week of semester

 

 Fifth week of semester

 

17 – 21

Thirteenth week of semester

 

 Sixth week of semester - 60% of Fall semester
 completed

 

24 – 28

Thanksgiving Week Break (Classes do not meet - Faculty and Staff holiday Thursday and Friday)

 

 Thanksgiving Break (Classes do not meet.
 Faculty and Staff holiday Thursday and Friday)

 

December 2014

 

 

 

 

1 – 5

Fourteenth week of semester

 

 Seventh week of semester

 

5

Last day to drop/withdraw from Fall semester classes - 12:00 noon CST

Last day to request Asterisk Grades

 

 Last day to drop/withdraw from Fall B-Term
 semester classes - 12:00 noon CST

 Last day to request Asterisk Grades

 

8 – 12

Fifteenth week of semester – Final Exams

 

 Eighth week of semester– Final Exams

 

12

Official end of the Fall semester is 5:00 pm CST

 

 Official end of B-Term Fall semester is 5:00

 pm CST

 

 

 

The programs, policies, regulations, curricula, fees, and other information as set forth in this catalog are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Amridge University. Because of the possibility of change or undetected error, important points of fact and interpretation should be confirmed by the appropriate University official.


 

Section 2:  Administration

This section includes a listing of Amridge University Board of Regents, administration, staff and faculty [Version 2.2012-2013, Effective 2.24.2013].

 


GOVERNANCE

 

Rex and Opal Turner, Sr. (Deceased)......................... Founders of Amridge University

Rex Turner, Jr., EdD (Deceased)................................ President

 

BOARD OF REGENTS

The Board of Regents is self-perpetuating.  A member is elected to serve for life or until he becomes incapacitated or resigns therefrom.

 

OFFICERS

The officers of the Board of Regents are as follows:

 

Don Pate....................................................................... Chairperson

Raymond Elliott............................................................. Vice-Chairperson

Dan Myers..................................................................... Secretary



Martin Anderson

Guntersville, AL

 

Warren Carr

Montgomery, AL

 

Laina Costanza

Montgomery, AL

 

Roger Dill

Montgomery, AL

 

Raymond Elliott

Prattville, AL

 

S.G. Gray

Carrollton, GA

 

 

Beau D. Greer

Montgomery, AL

 

David Langhans

Franklin, TN

 

Dan Myers

Montgomery, AL

 

Don Pate

Montgomery, AL

 

Jesse Russell

Pike Road, AL

 

Bobby Terrell

Greenville, AL

 

Donnie G. Turner

Cecil, AL

 

Dr. Michael C. Turner

(Ex-Officio Member)

Montgomery, AL


ADMINISTRATION, INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT, STAFF AND FACULTY

 

Michael C. Turner President....................................... (Also serves as the Director of the

                                                                                        Montgomery Campus for the

                                                                                        Tennessee State License)

BA, Lipscomb University

MS, Amridge University

DO, University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science

 

Laina Costanza............................................................ Vice President of Student Services

BS, Lipscomb University

MS, Amridge University

 

S. Douglas Patterson.................................................. Vice President of Academic Affairs

BS, MEd, Auburn University

EdD, University of Illinois

 

Lee Taylor.................................................................... Assistant Vice President of Academic

                                                                                        Affairs for Instructional Systems and

                                                                                        Admissions

BA, Mississippi State University

MEd, University of South Alabama

PhD, University of South Alabama

 

Rodney Cloud.............................................................. Dean of the Turner School of

                                                                                        Theology and Director of the Doctor

                                                                                        Of Philosophy in Biblical Studies

                                                                                        Program

BA, Lipscomb University

MA, Harding School of Theology

MA, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

PhD, Hebrew Union College

 

Kenyetta McCurty....................................................... Dean of the College of Business and

                                                                                        Leadership and Assistant to the Vice

                                                                                        President of Academic Affairs

BBA, MBA, PhD, Jackson State University

 

Jerry L. Martin............................................................. Dean of the School of Human

                                                                                        Services                                                         

BA, MS, PhD, Amridge University

 

Roger Shepherd ......................................................... Dean of the College of General

                                                                                        Studies

AA, East Tennessee School of Preaching

BA, Heritage Christian University

MA, Lipscomb University

DMiss, Fuller Theological Seminary

 

Olivia Burt.................................................................... Registrar Evaluation Officer

AA, BA, Amridge University

 

Carl Byrd...................................................................... Advising/Recruitment Services

            Coordinator and Student Advisory

            Committee Chairperson                                                              

BS, Faulkner University

MS, Amridge University

 

Anita Crosby................................................................ Chief Accountant and Special

                                                                                        Projects Coordinator

AA, BS, Faulkner University

MS, Amridge University

 

Donnie Crosby............................................................ Online Course Administrator

BS, Amridge University

 

Erica Davis................................................................... Financial Aid Advisor

BS, Auburn University

 

Ora Davis..................................................................... Admissions Officer

BS, Auburn University at Montgomery

MS, Amridge University

 

Kathleen Dees............................................................. Learning Resource Center Staff

BS, Amridge University

 

Starr Fain..................................................................... Financial Aid Director

BS, Auburn University Montgomery

 

Julie Gotkiewicz.......................................................... Student Services Specialist

BS, Freed-Hardeman University

 

Louise Hicks................................................................ Financial Aid Advisor

AA, Faulkner University

 

Robert Holland............................................................ Academic Evaluator

BBA, University of Mississippi

BTh, Magnolia Bible College

MS, MDiv, Amridge University

 

Brooks Housley........................................................... Advisor

BS, Faulkner University

 

Diann Lazenby............................................................. Administrative Assistant to the

                                                                                        President

BS (2 BS Degrees), Amridge University

Alethia Moore.............................................................. Cashier

AA, Wallace Community College (Selma, AL)

 

Margaret M. Newett..................................................... Student Retention Team

 

Kay Newman................................................................ Director of the Learning Resource

                                                                                        Center

BS, Florence State University

MLS, University of Alabama

MS, Amridge University

 

Thomas Patterson....................................................... Director of Extended Learning

BA, Amridge University

 

Steve A. Redding........................................................ ADA Coordinator, Appeals

Committee Chairperson, and Student Problems Committee Chairperson

BS, Mercer University

 

Curtis Sampley............................................................ University Advancement Officer

BA, Lipscomb University

MS, Purdue University

MTS, MDiv, Amridge University

 

Phillip Sampley............................................................ Retention Resources

AS, John C. Calhoun Community College

BS, Athens State University

 

Clayton F. Schmidt..................................................... Director of Computer Operations

BS, Louisiana Tech

 

Terence Sheridan........................................................ Librarian

BA, University of the South

MLS, Florida State University

MA, Amridge University

 

Robert Shirley............................................................. Maintenance Staff

AA, Amridge University

 

Chris Stabler................................................................ Extended Learning Technician

BS, Amridge University

 

Allison Tally................................................................. Career Service Coordinator/ Human

                                                                                        Resources Coordinator

BS, DeVry University

MBA, Keller Graduate School of Management

 

Elaine Tarence............................................................. Registrar

BS, MS, Amridge University

 

Jack Temple................................................................. Network Administrator

BS, MS, Amridge University

 

Patty Terry................................................................... Academic Evaluator

BA, Auburn University Montgomery

MA, Auburn University Montgomery

 

Barbara Turner............................................................ Bursar

BS, Huntingdon College

MS, Amridge University


Etido Akpan

BS, BBA, Freed-Hardeman University

MBA, Union University

DBA, Argosy University

 

Donny Bagwell

AAS, Community College of the Air Force

BAS, Dallas Baptist University

MBA, Argosy University

MA, The George Washington University

PhD, Capella University

 

Robert Ball

BA, Heritage Christian University

MA, MDiv, Amridge University

DMin, Drew University

 

Lawrence Barclay

BA, MA, Harding University

MTh, Harding School of Theology

 

Thomas P. Brinkman

BS, Troy University at Montgomery

JD, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law

 

Dewayne Bryant

BA, MA, Lipscomb University

MABS, Reformed Theological Seminary

MA, Trinity International University

 

Ted Burleson

AA, MMin, Freed-Hardeman University

BA, MDiv, Lipscomb University

DMin, Harding School of Theology

 

Anna Cates

BA, Asbury College

MFA, National University

MA, PhD, Indiana State University

 

James Crabtree

BS, Faulkner University

MEd, Abilene Christian University

MS, Amridge University

EdD, Auburn University

 

Robert Curry

BS, Freed-Hardeman University

MS, MDiv, Amridge University

 

Jonathan Davis

BEE, Georgia Institute of Technology

MMFT, Abilene Christian University

PhD, Purdue University

 

Regina S. Davis

BS, Alabama State University

MS, Troy University

 

Eric Dishongh

BA, Harding University

MA, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

PhD, Amridge University

 

John Demar Elam, Sr.

BS, Faulkner University

MS, MDiv, Amridge University

DMin, Erskine Theological Seminary

 

Leon Estep

BA, MS, MDiv, Amridge University

DMin, Erskine Theological Seminary

 

Daniel Fletcher

AS, Florida Community College

BA, MA, MDiv, Lipscomb University

PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary

 

James Gee

AA, Cleveland State Community College

BA, MA, Lipscomb University

MDiv, Amridge University

 

Scott Paul Graverson

AAS, Community College of the Air Force

BGS, MBA, William Carey College

PhD, Capella University

 

Terry E. Gunnells

BA, Point University

MA, MTh, Amridge University

DMin, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

 

Cynthia Guy

AA, MA, Freed-Hardeman University

BA, MA, Heritage Christian University

PhD, Trinity Theological Seminary

 

Steven Guy

AA, Freed-Hardeman University

BA, Oklahoma Christian University

MS, MDiv, Pepperdine University

DMin, Harding School of Theology

 

Suzanne Hanna

BS, PhD, Brigham Young University

MS, University of Utah

 

Thomas P. "Pat" Hardeman

BA, Murray State University

MTh, Amridge University

MA, PhD, University of Illinois

 

Jeffry Harmon

BS, Rider University

MBA, University of Phoenix

Kerri Harris

BS, MM, Fontbonne College 

 

Richard Heinzman

BS, University of Illinois

MA, Webster University

JD, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law

 

David Hester

BA, Freed-Hardeman University

MA, Amridge University  

 

Natasha Holland

BA, Auburn University at Montgomery

BA, MA, Komi State Pedagogical Institute

 

Tom Holland

AA, Freed-Hardeman University

BA, Lipscomb University

MA, Abilene Christian University

MTh, Amridge University

PhD, Southern Illinois University

 

Blake Horne

BA, Mercer University

MFT, Mercer University of Medicine

PhD, Florida State University

 

Michael R. Hughes

BA, MA, Amridge University

MS, Troy University

 

David Jones

BA, MEd,  Auburn University

 

James Kelly

BA, Xavier University

PhD, Union Institute and University

 

Yali Li

BA, Shaanxi Teachers University

MA, Xi’an Foreign Languages Institute

MEd, PhD, University of Victoria

 

Dale Mannon

BBA, Freed-Hardeman University

MA, Marshall University

EdD, University of Memphis

 

Larry D. Mathis

AA, BS, Freed-Hardeman University

MAR, Lipscomb University

MA, MS, MDiv, Amridge University

DMin, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

Patrick McIntosh

BA, MS, MDiv, DMin, Amridge University

Linette M. McJunkin

BS, Emporia State University

MS, PhD, University of Kansas

 

Paul Meacham

BA, Amridge University

MEd, PhD, University of Mississippi

 

James R. Megar

BA, Rhodes College

MS, Tennessee State University

EdD, Texas A & M, Commerce

 

Johnny Melton

AA, Freed-Hardeman University

BA, MA, Amridge University

DMin, Erskine Theological Seminary

 

Bryan Miller

AA, York College

BA, Harding University

MAR, Harding School of Theology

PhD, Iowa State University

 

David Musgrave

BS, Old Dominion University

MA, Lipscomb University

MPh, PhD, Hebrew Union College

John Nerswick

BA, Harding University

MS, Nova Southeastern University

PhD, University of Georgia

 

Melvin Otey

BS, Amridge University

BSBA, Saint Louis University

JD, Howard University School of Law

 

Janet L. Pendleton

BA, MEd, Auburn University at Montgomery

 

Melissa Pickett

BS, Ferris State University

MS, Troy University

 

Julliana Probst

BA, MLA, Auburn University at Montgomery

PhD, La Salle University

 

Michael Reese

BS, Freed-Hardeman University

BS, Fairmont State University

MA, MDiv, Amridge University

EdD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

Amanda Salisbury

BS, Oklahoma Christian University

MBA, JD, Oklahoma City University

 

Ken Scott

AA, University of Maryland University College

BS, Georgia Southern University

MEd, Auburn University at Montgomery

EdD, Auburn University

 

Don Shackelford

AA, Oklahoma Christian University

BA, Lipscomb University

BD, MTh, ThD, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

 

James Smeal

BA, Lipscomb University

PhD, Vanderbilt University

 

Mary Smeal

BS, Lipscomb University

MA, University of North Alabama

PhD, Auburn University

 

Crystal Smith-Fleeton

AA, James H. Faulkner State Community College

BA, MS, University of Southern Mississippi

 

Kelly L. Stanton

BS, EdSp, Auburn University

Thomas Strentz

BA, MS, California State University

PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

Michael Strickland

BS, MEd, Auburn University

MA, Lipscomb University

PhD, University of Birmingham

 

Angela Taunton

BS, MAct, University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

Zaducka Thomas

 

Tojuana Thomason

AA, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

BA, Faulkner University

MA, PhD, Amridge University

 

Harold Thompson

AS, Amridge University

BS, Faulkner University

MS, Troy University

 

Julie J. Turner

DPha, Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy

 

William E. Watkins

BA, MA, MRE, Amridge University

MA, University of Alabama at Birmingham

MTh, Columbia Theological Seminary

EdSp, Middle Tennessee State University

 

Paul Watson

BA, Abilene Christian University

BDiv, MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale University

Novadean Watson-Stone

AS, BS, University of Maryland

BS, University of South Florida

MA, Louisiana Tech University

DBA, Argosy University

 

Merriam Weaver

BS, Emporia State University

MS, Illinois Institute of Technology

 

Charles Williams

BA, Lipscomb University

MA, Scarritt College

MDiv, Amridge University

 

Joel Williams

BS, Harding University

MTh, Harding School of Theology

PhD, Baylor University

 

Rita K. Williams

BS, Alabama State University

MS, Troy University

 

Stephanie Williams

BA, MS, University of Alabama 


 

 

Section 3:  About Amridge University

This section includes important information about Amridge University’s History, Mission, and Goals. Exceptions may be noted in the respective sections for a specific school within Amridge University, noted in later editions of this publication, and/or published addenda (paper- and web-based).


 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Welcome to Amridge University, an independent, coeducational institution dedicated to providing quality education in a Christian environment.  The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, which prepare individuals to grow professionally, socially and spiritually. Our students become more responsible and effective citizens, family members and Christians.  Many of our graduates are leaders in their fields as Christian ministers, church leaders, teachers, counselors, scholars and business professionals. Students are prepared for careers and professions that provide services for the well-being of individuals, families, and society. Admission is open to all persons of good character whose educational backgrounds and abilities qualify them for the degree program to which they wish to apply. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, programs and activities.   Courses are provided through on-site instruction, live-streaming Internet instruction and web-based instruction.  Our dedicated faculty members have solid academic credentials and extensive experience in their areas of instruction. Amridge University is committed to meeting the educational needs of the student regardless of time or location constraints of the student.  We look forward to serving you.

 

Sincerely,
Michael C. Turner, DO
President


 

MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Congratulations on your interest in an accredited university with over forty years experience in delivering quality instructional programs that are easily accessible to the student.  The student at Amridge University can be confident of having access to a quality educational experience because of the qualifications and experience of the faculty; a staff committed to providing efficient and effective advice, assistance and technological support; and, a university with extensive distance education experience. 

 

Amridge University is not geographically restricted in recruiting and utilizing faculty.  The University utilizes outstanding faculty members from more than twenty states and from various countries.  Our excellent faculty members have extensive scholarly and professional employment experience in the subject areas in which they teach.  The faculty includes scholars prepared from a variety of outstanding institutions, practitioners with years of successful professional experience and active leaders of their professions.  A majority of our faculty members are currently engaged in their profession, thus maintaining currency with technological and scholarly advancements in their respective fields.  Amridge University’s regional accreditation assures highly qualified faculty and instructional programs of high academic standards.  Please see page 2 of this catalog for accreditation information.

 

Amridge University has been committed to distance education for over forty years and has been a leader in using technology in distance education for over twenty-five. The University incorporates both high tech and high touch in delivering distance education.  Utilization of advanced technology facilitates optional methods of class participation, ready access to current materials as well as recorded class presentations, and access to current assignment status and grades.  Faculty members engage in personal communication with students to guide and support the student’s success.

 

Students appreciate the quality of the learning experiences they have with Amridge University.  Students rate instructors high on regular evaluations of courses and faculty.  A very high percentage of our students stated that they would recommend Amridge University to their friends.  Many of our graduates return to the University for advanced degrees.

 

Amridge University is interested in meeting your academic needs.  Please let us know how we may serve you.

 

Sincerely,

S. Douglas Patterson, EdD

Vice President of Academic Affairs

 


HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY

Amridge University is one of three educational institutions that have their roots in Montgomery Bible School, which was founded just over a half century ago. In 1942 Rex A. Turner, Sr., Leonard Johnson, and Joe Greer became co-founders of Montgomery Bible School in Montgomery, Alabama. This institution, which originally offered both high school and first year college courses, was quickly developed into a junior college with an elementary and secondary department. In 1949 the curricula were expanded to include a third year of Bible and related courses, and in 1953 the first bachelor’s degrees were granted. In 1954 the name of the school was changed to Alabama Christian College.

In 1966 the governing board of Alabama Christian College voted to discontinue the upper level program in religious studies in order that the college might seek accreditation as a junior college. At the same time, it recommended that a separate corporation be formed to assume the upper level program. In 1967 the new corporation was formed under the name Alabama Christian School of Religion, and classes were offered in the new facilities of the College Church of Christ.

As a result of growth and years of expansion of the old Montgomery Bible School, the original high school department is now Alabama Christian Academy, a regionally accredited elementary and secondary school. The original college department, Alabama Christian College, has become Faulkner University. Although the pioneering effort in Christian education has become three separate corporations, each owning its own property and operating under its own board of directors, these three complement one another in their respective areas of service and cooperate together in various ways for the common good.

Dr. Turner, Sr., who had served as co-president and then president of Alabama Christian College from its beginning, continued to serve both institutions, Alabama Christian College and Alabama Christian School of Religion, as president until 1973—a total of thirty-one years. At that time, Dr. Turner, Sr. began to devote his full energies to administration and teaching in the Alabama Christian School of Religion—now Amridge University.

Alabama Christian School of Religion originated in an upper division undergraduate program training people for ministerial causes. The Churches of Christ had a strong need for people to know the Bible, but it was also established that to just know the Bible was not sufficient for these times. There was a need to have trained workers who are strong in English, Science, History, Christian counseling, human development skills, communication skills, leadership skills, and competency in community public/safety services, such as prison ministry and victims of crime. This was reflected in the words of Christ when He encouraged all Christians to visit the fatherless, widows, and those in prison.

The institution’s founder, who had a law degree and erudite biblical knowledge, emphasized the basic inherent moral principle of God’s justice and that for God to be a true just God all sin demands penalty, and that there was one single way that God’s justice could be requited. Justice could be requited only through the blood bought grace of Christ. The need for man to obey Christ is the mission of this institution, to train followers of Christ to go and share this important gospel message of redemption to the entire world.

As a result of these needs, the rationale of this institution was liberal in scope, not just a pastor system approach, but a method that is established through well-prepared people who are well trained to serve in dissimilar community settings in today’s world. The Christian ministerial cause must be adapted for a changing world community. This Christian cause, especially in the United States, must address a well-educated society, and for this reason the church needs well trained articulate Christian men and women who can serve in several communities. Individuals are needed who are well trained to address the intellectual apprehension and unbelief of a prosperous society, but also to lift up a hurting humanity. Thus, Amridge University students need various options of training in one or more academic areas such as: the basic arts, communication skills, family counseling, community public/safety services, human behavioral leadership, and, of course, biblical knowledge. In 1972 the institution extended the academic areas beyond the undergraduate program to include graduate degree programs.

This was followed by a move in 1974 to new facilities jointly purchased by Alabama Christian School of Religion and the Landmark Church of Christ at 6020 Atlanta Highway in Montgomery. In 1977 Alabama Christian School of Religion expanded its curricula to include a three-year graduate program terminating in the Master of Theology (MTh) degree. To conform to standard nomenclature and practice, in 1988 the school replaced the MTh degree with the Master of Divinity degree, which is generally recognized as the first professional degree in ministry.

Over several years of development, Alabama Christian School of Religion outgrew its facilities. The school sold its interest in the jointly owned property to the Landmark Church of Christ and built its own new facilities on nine acres of land well situated on Interstate 85 contiguous with the campus of Auburn University at Montgomery. The School of Religion moved to this new campus in the summer of 1987.

In 1985 the Board of Regents made a commitment to seek accredited membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1989 the institution received accreditation by the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to grant degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels.

On October 25, 1991, the Board of Regents officially approved the change of the name of the institution to Southern Christian University. The new name reflected the widened geographical area served by the institution and emphasized the academic level and the emerging direction of the institution.

In its meeting on May 25, 1992, the Board of Regents approved an expansion in the curricula of the University, and in 1994 the University was reaffirmed by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools with two substantive changes: (1) the Doctor of Ministry Degree; and (2) the distance learning program.

The period of the nineties served as an era of tremendous change for the University. The fall of communism opened the way for the bible faculty to go teach the Bible in the former communist Russia. The impact of this spiritual contact had enormous effect on the institution: (1) many friends of the University used the institution’s educational contacts to go throughout Russia; and (2) the University gained many new friends and new donors as a result.

The close of the nineties ushered in two important events: (1) The State of Alabama enacted for the first time a new family therapy counseling licensure law; and (2) The United States Department of Education chose several institutions of higher education to be pilot Distance Education Demonstration Program Participants to assess distance education and its effect on financial aid.

Since the University had received a substantive change in distance education with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1994, the University had fine-tuned its distance education program and as a result was one of fifteen institutions originally chosen in 1999 to serve in a groundbreaking pilot Distance Education Demonstration Program. This recognition, which had no financial grant considerations, had a major impact on the growth of the University. It forced the institution in the context of distance learning to review, reconfigure, and fine-tune its academic programs. Distance education was beginning to be an accepted academic practice and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools asked all of its member schools to report if they were teaching by distance education and if so what degree programs they were teaching.

The rapid student growth of the University can be traced to three important events: (1) substantive change in distance education in 1994 with SACS; (2) being chosen by the United States Department of Education for the Distance Education Demonstration Program; and (3) the new State of Alabama licensure law in Family Therapy.

The new State of Alabama licensure law in Family Therapy grand-fathered the institution into a new opportunity, which caused a review and a reconfiguring of the University’s counseling program. Counseling is such an important part of ministry and of the University’s mission, and the new requirements for licensure had a compelling impact on the institution both in increased student enrollment and in expanding its courses. The influence of the new licensure law on the institution’s academic program ultimately caused the University to reflect on the need for a PhD degree program in Family Therapy, and caused the University to make a formal request to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for a substantive change for this new degree program. This request was approved and the University began its PhD degree program in Family Therapy fall semester 2003.

In the fall semester 2005, the University was authorized by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – General Business, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Communication, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Systems Management degrees.

In 2005, the University was authorized by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies degree. The following year, 2006, the University was authorized to offer the Associate of Arts degree.

Also, in December 2005, the University’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for another 10-year period.

On January 31, 2008, the Board of Regents of Southern Christian University changed the institution’s name to Amridge University. 

In August 2008, Dr. Rex A. Turner, Jr., the President of Amridge University, died unexpectedly. The passing of Dr. Turner was a tremendous loss to the Amridge University community. During his tenure, Dr. Turner led the University through tough times, good times, and was responsible for many positive changes that have helped the University to be the University it is today. A small sampling of these changes or improvements include (1) Successfully led the University through two accreditation reviews with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, (2) Led the development and implementation of numerous academic degrees including the Doctor of Philosophy in Family Therapy, the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies, three Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business, and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies, (3) Responsible for the University being selected as a one of 15 Demonstration Distance Learning institutions of higher education by the U.S. Department of Education, (4) Hiring of faculty who are acknowledged leaders and scholars in their respective fields, (5) Initiation of the Amridge University Press, (6) Initiation of student recruitment efforts helping to more than double the University’s enrollment, (7) Reorganization of the University’s academic divisions into four schools that include the Turner School of Theology named after the University’s founders Rex A. and Opal Turner, Sr., and (8) Oversaw the research and acquisition of leading-edge distance learning and support technologies that helped make Amridge University one of the nation’s leaders in higher education distance learning course offerings.

Immediately following Dr. Turner’s passing, the Amridge University Board of Regents appointed Dr. Stanley Douglas Patterson as the Interim President of the University.  Dr. Patterson held this position until February 2009, when the Board of Regents appointed Dr. Michael C. Turner as President of the University, a distinguished Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in the Montgomery, Alabama area who taught for the Amridge University College of General Studies for over five years. Dr. Michael Turner has continued to move the university forward by improving the services to students through strengthening the student services staff and by enhancing student awareness of and access to a widening range of student services. He has increased the stability and quality of instruction by increasing the percentage of courses taught by full-time faculty members and by upgrading course delivery technology..   

Amridge University is committed to a research plan that involves the evaluation of its performance as measured by its mission, purposes, and goals, which are as follows:

INSTITUTIONAL MISSION STATEMENT

Amridge University is an independent, coeducational institution dedicated to the spirit of its Christian ideals and heritage. With a commitment to academic excellence, distance education, and spiritual vitality, Amridge University’s mission is to prepare men and women for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service to their professions, society, church, and family, through teaching, learning experiences and support services.

A POSITIVE BIBLICAL FAITH

In accordance with its stated purpose and its concern for truth, Amridge University is firmly committed to furthering the teaching and practice of Christianity.  The University presents fairly all significant viewpoints on major issues and promotes freedom of inquiry.  However, certain key positions are firmly established by Biblical evidence, and we believe should be upheld.  Amridge University’s student body are from various religious faiths.  Students are free to formulate individual positions.  No one is required to sign a creedal statement of belief.  Amridge University is happy to have students from various religious backgrounds enrolled in its courses.

The University's understanding of the Christian religion includes the following tenets about its source of authority, central doctrines, polity and worship of the church, and the conduct of the Christian life.

Both the Old and New Testaments have been given by divine revelation and are the standard of authority in religious matters.

The Old Testament prepared the way for Christ, and the New Testament fulfills and supersedes it, making the New Testament the final authority for those who have lived since Christ's death on the cross.

There is one God, who is the creator and sustainer of the universe and who takes a direct interest in every human being.  The Godhead consists of God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.  Christ was born of a virgin, died on the cross to make atonement for man's sins, arose bodily from the tomb, and ascended into heaven, where he presently reigns.  There is a heaven to be enjoyed by the faithful and a hell to be endured by the disobedient.

God created all people with a need for fellowship with him and the ability to choose to obey his commands.  Man cannot earn salvation from sin but can qualify to receive it as a gift of grace through submission to the will of God.  The scripturally appointed means for receiving this gift is faith in Christ, repentance, confession of faith, and baptism (immersion).  The transformation in character, conduct, and relationship with God that man experiences in this process is the new birth (regeneration).  Christians are expected to live in accordance with the teachings of the New Testament.

Christ established the church for the mutual encouragement, instruction, and assistance of Christians and for the evangelization of the world through the proclamation of His gospel.  Jesus prayed for unity among his disciples and commanded love for one another as the means to maintain it.  The church was originally organized so that, once the apostles passed away, individual congregations would be independent of any central human authority and would be guided solely by the unchanging standard of Scripture.  Congregations are to be bound together by common purpose and cooperative effort.

Each congregation is to assemble for worship on every first day of the week according to the teachings of the New Testament.  In contrast to the elaborate temple ritual of the Old Testament, worship in the Christian age is to be in spirit and truth.  Accordingly, the worship of the New Testament church consists of teaching God's word, offering prayers and thanksgiving from the heart, singing praise to God and encouragement to one another with the human voice, voluntary giving as a means of expressing appreciation to God for his blessings and sharing them with others, and partaking of the Lord's Supper in commemoration of Christ's death.  Genuine charismatic gifts, such as prophecy, speaking in foreign languages, and miraculous healing, were exercised in the first century but not perpetuated afterward.

On the basis of principles established at creation, the New Testament assigns roles of leadership in public worship and supervision of the local congregation to male Christians.  The scriptural organization of the local congregation consists of a plurality of elders (also called bishops or shepherds), who have oversight of the church; deacons, who assist the elders in ministering to the needs of members; and evangelists, who proclaim the gospel and teach under the authority of the elders.  The offices of apostle and prophet ended with the passing of the miraculous age of charismatic gifts.  Women are a powerful force in the church through the influence of their character and spiritual insights and through their efforts in teaching other women and children, helping the needy, and engaging in personal evangelism.

Christianity as taught by Christ and the apostles provides for the needs of the individual, the family, and society.  An understanding of God's sacrificial love enables each person to recognize his worth and potential in the sight of God, relieves his guilt and anxiety, and motivates him to conduct his life according to the highest standards.  The example of Christ fosters humility, submission to authority, and service to others.  Through its teaching, its communal worship, its fellowship, and its mission of evangelism and benevolence, the church strengthens both individuals and families and has a strong impact for good wherever its efforts and influence reach.  [Written by Lawrence E. Barclay, Faculty Member, Amridge University Turner School of Theology]

 

Note:  Amridge University is an academic institution, not a church.  Bible courses at Amridge University are not worship or devotional services, but an educational environment for interaction between student and teacher.

INSTITUTIONAL GOALS

Amridge University has a history of providing its students with quality education and teaching excellence. By virtue of this history and its focused mission, Amridge University strives to continue this tradition through the adoption and implementation of holistic educational and institutional goals. The institutional goals are student-centered and are directly related to the University’s mission to prepare men and women, through a commitment to academic excellence and spiritual vitality at the undergraduate and graduate levels, for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service to the professions, society, and family. Also, these goals are designed to help ensure the provision of quality programs and services which will help lead to the stability and continued growth of the University so that it can continue to meet its educational goals. 

·         Amridge University will attract, retain, and contribute to the continued professional development of faculty dedicated to providing quality teaching and active scholarship and committed to the mission and purposes of the University.

·         Amridge University will maintain and develop facilities and learning environments, which are conducive to the learning process.

·         Amridge University will develop and implement careful planning and continuous study of the University’s mission, purpose, goals, procedures, and programs as well as an analysis of the evaluation process in the interest of continuous quality improvement of its programs and services.

STATE-OF-THE-ART DISTANCE LEARNING SYSTEM AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO QUALITY PROGRAMMING

Amridge University takes every reasonable effort to ensure that the distance learning system, programs, and components are of high quality.  As a pioneer in distance learning, Amridge University understands that its students have busy lives and must balance multiple priorities that may include work, family obligations, and trying to complete their educational goals that may include completion of a college degree.  Distance learning is Amridge University’s main mode of delivery of instructional programs.  Amridge University has been in the distance learning arena since 1993.  Equally important is the fact that Amridge University has been providing online, or web-enabled, distance learning since 1999.  As the Internet is still a fairly new technology, Amridge University has been providing online education for more years than have most other colleges and universities in the United States.  As a result, Amridge University has been through and worked out problems and issues that a majority of the colleges and universities just entering the market have yet to encounter.

The quality of the distance learning education programs and services provided by Amridge University are best exemplified by several points.  These points include:

·         Amridge University is one of the original 15 institutions selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate as a Distance Education Demonstration Institution.  Mandated by Congress, this program is designed to assist the U.S. Department of Education to develop and test programs offering distance learning students traditional financial aid programs and services which had previously been prohibited.  It is important to note that with the honor of being selected as a Distance Education Demonstration Institution comes a great deal of additional work and reporting by staff.  This is a voluntary program and the University does not receive any special federal funding as a result of participation in the important program that will eventually benefit all institutions of higher education in terms of helping to identify quality distance education indicators, practices, and procedures.

·         Amridge University’s default rate on the federal student loan program is significantly lower than both the state and national averages. 

·         We believe this low loan default rate of Amridge University students is attributed, in part, to the University’s commitment to providing students with a strong financial aid counseling program.

·         Through the information technology system that was developed by Amridge University staff, a special student progress report has been developed to inform Amridge University students of their progress through their respective program of study.  Specifically, the Amridge University Registrar is required to send a copy of the respective student’s computer-generated Student Evaluation Report, which serves as an advisory document that provides a specification of several critical elements, including: (1) To identify all academic work the student may have taken at other institutions and military experience that will be accepted toward a degree at Amridge University, (2) To identify the required and elective courses that the respective student must take in order to fulfill academic requirements for the respective Amridge University degree, and (3) To identify on a semester by semester basis the progress of the respective student toward completing his or her degree. 

Providing these reports has proven an extremely helpful resource in advising students and provides a significant tool for those students who require additional structure.  These reports are provided to Amridge University students working on all degrees.

·         A recent Amridge University distance education survey completed online helps document what our students think of the University.  A sampling of the survey findings is as follows:

·         95.4% of the respondents rated their overall educational experience at Amridge University as either “Excellent” or “Good.”

·         96.9% of the respondents indicated that they would “recommend Amridge University to others.”

·         A few of the open-ended questions provided some insight on what Amridge University students think of the distance learning program and how they have benefited:

o   “I love Amridge University.  I am a mother of three special needs children, work 4-days a week, keep house and help my husband with his business.  If it wasn’t for Amridge University, I would never be able to attend college.  With the Internet courses, assistance with my college expenses, this is the way to go.”

o   “Thank you, thank you, and thank you for making my education possible.”

o   “Taking classes via the Internet made me nervous at first.  But ‘hats-off’ to the Amridge University professors, staff, and administration because they have made my college experience and Internet experience positive, convenient, and actually exciting!  I have enjoyed my classes and dealing with the folks at Amridge University.”

·         Also, a comment on the survey regarding Amridge University’s flexibility for soldier-students stated that, “The school and all of the staff have been very understanding about the September 11 incident and how much it will affect the soldiers attending courses at Amridge University.  Thanks from all of us.”

Amridge University is committed to continue its efforts in providing students with quality distance learning programs and services that will include ensuring that the latest available distance learning technologies are used and maintained and that the University will continue to monitor the quality of the related programs, course offerings, and services.

A DISTANCE LEARNING DELIVERY SYSTEM

Amridge University is one of the nation's leading universities offering distance learning programs and services to adults.  The designation as a Distance Education Demonstration Program Institution by the U.S. Department of Education adds to its prestige.  Being one of fifteen initial participants in the nation, Amridge University, along with the U.S. Department of Education, serves as a national model that will chart the future of distance learning.

The Distance Learning Program is a delivery system which brings the classroom to the student.  Traditional instruction is combined with modern day technology to extend educational opportunity beyond the walls of Amridge University.  This delivery system offers students who live outside commuting distance or who have inflexible work schedules the opportunity to take courses at their convenience.

Utilizing state of the art technologies, Amridge University's distance learning programs are delivered to students over the Internet.  Students participate via online discussion groups, testing, email, and toll-free telephone.  Some courses are streamed live and are viewed over the Internet as the class is being taught, or at the student's convenience.  The flexibility of the programs allows the class to follow students in transit (e.g., military, clergy, salesmen, and others who must move while still in school).

Distance Learning students must demonstrate that they have attended class.  This is normally done via a weekly quiz that is administered online.  Through the weekly quizzes, instructors are able to ascertain whether or not the student participated in the class as the student is required to answer questions based upon the content of the class. 

Distance Learning students must maintain the same pace as on-campus students.  Homework assignments and research papers must be submitted to the professor as scheduled, and exams must be taken at the designated time.

Some classroom instruction is professionally videotaped by state-of-the-art production technology.  Each classroom is equipped with one or more cameras, which are operated from a central control room.  The cameras pan and zoom to capture classroom activity.  Stationary ceiling microphones provide quality sound reproduction for both students and instructors.  Document cameras are used when an instructor has visual objects to present in class.  Students in the classroom can view what is being recorded through a large monitor.

The Distance Learning Program was reviewed by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and was fully approved as an integral part of the University's regular undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  Distance learning students have all of the same rights and privileges as on-campus students, receive the same quality of instruction, and are awarded the same diplomas.  The academic transcripts give no indication of whether classes were taken on-campus or by distance learning.

THE DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM IS NOT A CORRESPONDENCE COURSE PROGRAM

The Distance Learning Program is an innovative instructional delivery system which is very different from correspondence courses and has many advantages over them.  In general, correspondence courses are designed for self-instruction by the student and are typically set up to be administered by the clerical staff of the institution without significant interaction between the instructor who designed the course and the student.  By contrast, the Distance Learning Program has all the characteristics of live classroom instruction except that the distance learning student participates in class sessions from a distance and participates in discussions from a distance.  The student is still an integral part of the class.

AFFILIATION

Amridge University is a private, church-related institution affiliated with the Churches of Christ.  Since there is no hierarchical organization over individual congregations or church-related institutions, the relationship of the University with the Churches of Christ is solely on the basis of fellowship.

Those of various religious backgrounds are welcome to take advantage of Amridge University’s curricular offerings.  In fact, of those students who responded to the optional religious affiliation question on the Amridge University Application for Admission (close to 82% of Amridge University students chose to answer this question), only 41% of Amridge University students indicated that they are affiliated with the Churches of Christ, while 59% indicated that they are affiliated with another church.

MEMBERSHIPS

Amridge University maintains institutional memberships in several professional and academic organizations.  As of the date of the release of this publication, these organizations include:

·         Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ALACRAO)

·         Alabama Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (AAICU)

·         Alabama Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA)

·         Alabama Association of Veterans Affairs (AAVA)

·         Alabama Planned Giving Council (APGC)

·         American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU)

·         American Council on Education (ACE)

·         American Theological Users Group (ATUG)

·         College & University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR)

·         Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

·         Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

·         National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

·         National Association of Independent College and Universities (NAICU)

·         National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS) (Associate Member)

·         National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)

·         National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

·         National Committee on Planned Giving

·         National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE)

·         Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

·         Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

·         Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA)

LOCATION

The main campus of Amridge University is located in Montgomery, Alabama, the capital city of the state.  Strategically located in the central part of the state between Huntsville, Mobile, and Atlanta, Georgia, Montgomery is one of the fastest growing cities in the state and region.

The city is clean and modern and is a pleasant place in which to live.  With its beautiful residential areas, parks and playgrounds, fine schools and universities, students and families can enjoy its museums, zoo, and capitol facilities.

Located approximately ninety miles from Birmingham, Alabama; one hundred seventy miles from Atlanta, Georgia; two hundred fifty miles from Jackson, Mississippi; and two hundred miles from Huntsville, Alabama, Montgomery can be reached easily by automobile, bus, and airplane.

Montgomery has two major U.S. Air Force installations: Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex.  Maxwell is where the Air War College is located and is a strategic center for education.  The city has a population of over 210,000.  There are many churches and educational institutions.  Historical sites include the first capitol of the Confederacy and the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, which was the first pulpit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and played a vital role in the civil rights movement.

The city has an abundance of good housing in addition to its other advantages.  Employment can be easily found in Montgomery.

Amridge University has purchased approximately 700 acres of land on Interstate 85, located 15 miles from the main Campus to accommodate our growth and space needs in several ways which may include a new home for the Amridge University Turner School of Theology of Amridge University and a home for the expanding theological library.

CAMPUS FACILITIES

The Amridge University Montgomery Campus is located at 1200 Taylor Road, Montgomery, Alabama.  The Montgomery Campus stately sits on a nine-acre campus adjoining Auburn University at Montgomery and Interstate 85.  A beautiful building houses the administration offices, classrooms, and resource center.

The policy of Amridge University is to provide reasonable accommodation for persons who are handicapped and/or disabled as designated in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Although the Morgan W. Brown building is not equipped with an elevator, all physically challenged needs can be met from the first floor.  These include registration, counseling, library facilities, classroom facilities, restrooms, break room facilities, and others.  Ample parking is provided.

HOW TO CONTACT Amridge University

Below is a listing of key University offices most commonly requested by students and prospective students:

·         UNIVERSITY SWITCHBOARD

o   switchboard@amridgeuniversity.edu

o   334.387.3877 or 1.800.351.4040

·         NEW STUDENT PROCEDURES

o   New Student Advising:  334.387.7000 or 888.790.8080

o   Admissions Enrollment/Collection of Records: 334.387.7402 or
    800.351.4040, extension 7402

·         STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

o   financialaid@amridgeuniversity.edu

o   Financial Aid:  334.387.7525, 334.387.7527 or 334.387.7523
    800.351.4040 extension 7525, 7527 or 7523

o   Military Tuition Assistance: 334.387.7523 or 800.351.4040, extension 7523

·         STUDENT REGISTRY

o   registrar@amridgeuniversity.edu

o   Registrar/Transcripts/Grades: 334.387.7528 or 800.351.4040, extension 7528

·         STUDENT SERVICES

o   studentservices@amridgeuniversity.edu

o   Student Services & Resources: 334.387.7476 or 800.351.4040, extension 7476

·         CAREER SERVICES CENTER

o   careerservices@amridgeuniversity.edu

o   334.387.7512 or 800.351.4040, extension 7512  (Note: The University provides career services but does not provide job placement services.)

·         ALUMNI RELATIONS & NEWS

o   curtissampley@amridgeuniversity.edu

o   334.387.7912 or 800.351.4040, extension 7912

·         STUDENT BUSINESS OFFICE

o   businessoffice@amridgeuniversity.edu

o   Student Billing/Account Receivable: 334.387.7449 or 800.351.4040, extension 7449

·         STUDENT COMPUTER AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

o   noc@amridgeuniversity.edu 

o   Extended Learning Program (Streaming & Collaborate Online): 334.387.7454 or 800.351.4040, extension 7454

o   Instructional Online Support [Blackboard]: 334.387.7455 or 800.351.4040, extension 7455

·         LIBRARY

o   library@amridgeuniversity.edu

o   Book Check Out [Students and Faculty Only]: 334.387.7463 or 800.685.1302

o   Montgomery – Main Campus [Students, Faculty, and Visitors]: 334.387.7464 or 800.351.4040, extension 7464

·         AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLEGES & SCHOOLS—

o   academics@amridgeuniversity.edu

o   Vice President of Academics for all Colleges & Schools

§  Dr. S. Douglas Patterson, Vice President of Academic Affairs

·         334.387.7920 or 800.351.4040, extension 7920

·         stanleypatterson@amridgeuniversity.edu

o   College of General Studies

§  Dr. Roger Shepherd, Dean

§  334.387.7814 or 800.351.4040, extension 7814

§  rogershepherd@amridgeuniversity.edu 

o   College of Business & Leadership

§  Dr. Kenyetta McCurty, Dean

§  334.387.7828 or 800.351.4040, extension 7828

§  kenyettamccurty@amridgeuniversity.edu 

o   School of Human Services                          

§  Dr. Jerry Martin, Dean

§  334.387.7828 or 800.351.4040, extension 7815

§  jerrymartin@amridgeuniversity.edu 

o   Turner School of Theology

§  Dr. Rodney Cloud, Dean

§  334.387.7486 or 800.351.4040 extension 7486

§  Dean & Chair of the PhD Degree Program in Biblical Studies:  334.387.7487 or 800.351.4040, extension 7487

§  rodneycloud@amridgeuniversity.edu 


 

Section 4:  Degree Programs and Purpose

This section includes important information about Amridge University’s Degree Programs and Purpose Statements for the school within the University. Exceptions may be noted in the respective sections for a specific school within Amridge University, noted in later editions of this publication, and/or published addenda (paper- and web-based).


INSTITUTIONAL PURPOSE

In keeping with its Christian heritage, Amridge University provides educational opportunities through five schools: (1) College of Business and Leadership, (2) College of General Studies, (3) School of Human Services, (4) Turner School of Theology, and (5) School of Continuing Education.  Each of these schools has its own special purpose within the overall purpose and institutional goals of the University.

 

PURPOSE OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP

 

The purpose of the College of Business and Leadership is to provide instruction and training on the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as prepare students for careers and professions that provide support and services for the well-being of individuals, family, or society. Within this purpose, the College of Business and Leadership provides bachelor-level degree programs that include the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – General Business, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Communication, and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Systems Management as well as graduate-level degree programs that include the Master of Science in Leadership and Management and the Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management. All of these programs are designed within the mission of the University for preparing men and women, through a commitment to academic excellence, distance education, and spiritual vitality, so that they can serve in their chosen vocations in the church, community, or society. Also, the programs in the College of Business and Leadership provide a foundation that prepares undergraduate students for graduate study and graduate students for advanced study.

 

PURPOSE OF THE COLLEGE OF GENERAL STUDIES

 

The purpose of the College of General Studies is to provide instruction and training on the undergraduate level for Christian ministers and religious workers as well as prepare students for careers and professions that provide support and services for the well-being of individuals, family, and society. Within this purpose, the College of General Studies provides bachelor-level degree programs in a variety of areas including Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Science in Ministry/Bible, Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Science in Management Communication, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Homeland Security, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Business/Organization Security, Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and the Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership. All of these programs are designed within the mission of the University for preparing men and women, through a commitment to academic excellence, distance education, and spiritual vitality at the undergraduate level, so that they can serve in their chosen vocations in the church, community, or society. Also, the programs in the College of General Studies provide a foundation that prepares students for graduate or advanced study. Many of the Amridge University graduates of the College of General Studies choose to continue their studies at the Amridge University School of Human Services or the Amridge University Turner School of Theology.

 

PURPOSE OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICES

 

The purpose of the School of Human Services is to prepare students for careers and professions that are dedicated to providing support and services for the well-being of individuals, family, church, and society in the spirit of Christian services. This purpose will be accomplished by providing students with an interdisciplinary learning and serving experience with core courses and focused knowledge and skills in several disciplines that include, but will not be limited to, family therapy, business, and human communications.  Degrees offered include the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling, Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling, Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling, Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I, Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II, Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy, and Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling.

 

PURPOSE OF THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

 

The Amridge University Board of Regents chartered the Turner School of Theology in 1999 in profound appreciation of Rex and Opal Turner, founders of the University. The Board deemed it appropriate to establish a School of Theology in their name to honor and recognize the personal labors and sacrifices made by Rex and Opal Turner for the cause of Christ. Dr. Rex Turner, Sr. was an avid student of the word of God and well known for his biblical scholarship, administrative acumen, tireless efforts, and commitment to training church leaders, ministers, and Bible teachers for a world that needs Christ.

The purpose of the Turner School of Theology is to provide for the educational development of qualified persons to be effective Christian ministers, church leaders, teachers, and scholars who will use their gifts and knowledge in proclaiming the gospel, strengthening the church, and serving humanity. To accomplish this purpose, the School seeks to prepare students for the ministerial and teaching professions and for effective voluntary Christian service through both academic and practical studies on the graduate level. The programs of instruction are biblical in orientation, scholarly in intellectual preparation, and relevant to contemporary life in application.These programs include a strong emphasis in biblical studies, supported by studies in such fields as biblical languages, church history, systematic theology, homiletics and communication, religious education, professional ministerial studies, and missiology.

Degrees offered include the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies.

 

PURPOSE OF THE SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

 

The purpose of the School of Continuing Education is to provide participating students with quality and timely continuing education experiences for professional development and life enrichment purposes. 

These programs will be developed and presented by faculty and specialists related to programs and offerings provided by Amridge University as well as for professionals and other individuals in areas of interest to the Amridge University community and communities served.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Amridge University offers undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and certificates in several areas of study.  The degrees and certificates offered are as follows:

·         College of Business and Leadership

·         Bachelor of Science Degrees

o   Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – General Business

o   Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Communication

o   Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Systems Management

o   Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership

o   Bachelor of Science in Management Communication

·         Master of Science Degrees

o   Master of Science in Leadership and Management

o   Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership

·         Master of Arts Degree

o   Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management

 

·         College of General Studies

·         Associate of Arts Degree

o   Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies

·         Bachelor of Science Degrees

o   Bachelor of Science in Ministry/Bible

o   Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

o   Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Homeland Security

o   Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Business/Organization Security

o   Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies

o   Bachelor of Science in Human Development

·         Bachelor of Arts Degrees

o   Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

 

·         School of Human Services

·         Master of Science Degrees

o   Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling

·         Master of Arts Degrees

o   Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

o   Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

·         Master of Divinity Degrees

o   Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership

o   Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy

o   Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling

o   Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling

·         Doctor of Ministry Degrees

o   Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I

o   Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II

·         Doctor of Philosophy Degrees

o   Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

o   Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling

 

·         Turner School of Theology

·         Master of Arts Degrees

o   Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

o   Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

·         Master of Divinity Degree

o   Master of Divinity

·         Doctor of Ministry Degree

o   Doctor of Ministry

·         Doctor of Philosophy Degrees

o   Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies with a Concentration in the Old Testament

o   Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies with a Concentration in the New Testament

 

·         School of Continuing Education

o   Continuing education courses are offered on a variety of topics and subjects.  Check the Amridge University web site for the latest offerings of continuing education courses.

 

 


 

 

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