Authorization to Offer Degrees

Degree programs offered by Baptist Bible College are approved by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education under the State’s statute regulating private postsecondary education institutions. If you are dissatisfied and are unable to reach resolution at Baptist Bible College, you may contact the Board at 573-526-1577.

HLC Accreditation

Baptist Bible College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC).

Baptist Bible College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit October 23-24, 2017, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Baptist Bible College has been accredited by HLC since 2005. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

Public Comment on Baptist Bible College

Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by September 25, 2017.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604




Baptist Bible College (BBC), Springfield Missouri, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC has placed the accreditation status of BBC on Probation. For more information please refer to the President’s response here.

Recent Board Action

On August 31, 2016, the HLC Board of Trustees placed the College on probation.
The Board concluded that the College is out of compliance with the following Criteria for Accreditation:
• Criterion Three. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
o Core Component 3.C, “the institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services”
o Core Component 3.D, “the institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching”
• Criterion Four. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
o Core Component 4.A, “the institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs”
o Core Component 4.B, “the institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning”
• Criterion Five. Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
o Core Component 5.A,“the institution’s resource base supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future”
o Core Component 5.B, “the institution’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission”
o Core Component 5.C, “the institution engages in systematic and integrated planning”
o Core Component 5.D, “the institution works systematically to improve its performance”

Understanding Probation

Probation is a public status signifying that an accredited institution is no longer in compliance with one or more of HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The period of Probation is not more than two years, commencing with the date that the Board placed the institution on Probation. During the Probation period, the institution remains accredited and it has the opportunity to remedy the concerns that led to the Probation sanction.

In most cases, because institutions on Probation remain accredited, other institutions of higher education will continue to accept the institution’s credits in transfer or for admission to a program at a higher degree level. However, students enrolled at an institution on Probation and interested in pursuing a higher degree or transferring should contact any institution they plan to attend in the future to confirm the institution’s admission and transfer policies. Please refer to our Probation FAQ here.

Next Steps

The College is required to file an Assurance Filing no later than November 2017 providing evidence that the College has resolved the concerns of the Board identified in the Probation action and evidence that it meets the Criteria for Accreditation.

The College will be required to host a comprehensive evaluation no later than December 2017 to determine whether the concerns of the Board identified in its action have been resolved and the Criteria for Accreditation have been met. At its meeting in June 2018, the HLC Board will review materials related to this evaluation and determine whether the College can be removed from Probation. If the College has not resolved the Board’s concerns that led to Probation, other action may be appropriate.

For information regarding the accreditation status of Baptist Bible College or to contact us with questions, please view our probation FAQ.

About the Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission accredits approximately 1,000 colleges and universities that have a home base in one of 19 states that stretch from West Virginia to Arizona. HLC is a private, nonprofit regional accrediting agency. HLC’s mission is to assure and advance the quality of higher learning. It is
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The institutions HLC accredits include public, private not-for- profit, and proprietary institutions at degree levels from the associate’s through the doctoral degree level and from small, specialized institutions through large research universities.

Students, parents, and others from the general public with questions regarding HLC’s work should contact the Higher Learning Commission by email at or by phone at 312-263- 0456.

ABHE Accreditation

ABHE Accreditation

Baptist Bible College is nationally accredited. Baptist Bible College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an institutional accrediting body recognized by U.S. Department of Education. The College has successfully maintained continuous national accreditation with the Association since 1978. The Seminary (formally known as the Graduate School) has been included in that accreditation since 2007.

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Missouri State Approval of Education Programs

The Missouri State Board of Education granted approval to Baptist Bible College to offer professional education programs. This reaffirmation is for a period from August 17, 2010 to August 16, 2017.

Missouri State Approval of Education Programs

The Missouri State Board of Education granted approval to Baptist Bible College to offer professional education programs. This reaffirmation is for a period from August 17, 2010 to August 16, 2017.



  • Listed in the official publication of AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) entitled, Transfer Credit Practices of Selected
  • Approved by the office of Veterans’ Education of the Missouri State Department of Education for training under the Veterans’ program
  • Authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students


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