Central Baptist College Announces Plans for Fall 2020
May 12, 2020
Central Baptist College Announces Plans for Fall 2020 (Conway, AR May 12, 2020) Central Baptist College President Terry Kimbrow announced in an email today to CBC employees and students that the College plans to resume on campus course delivery as scheduled on August 20 and continue residential housing for the fall 2020 semester. Making decisions about what is best for the health and safety of our campus constituencies is always at the forefront of our minds, said CBC President Terry Kimbrow. That is why we will continue to follow guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as we finalize our plans for the upcoming fall semester.
You will hear many alumni of Central Baptist College refer to their CBC experience. It is important to us that current and new students can have that same experience. CBCs Executive Leadership Team, comprised of President Kimbrow, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary McAllister, Vice President for Advancement Sancy Faulk, Vice President for Enrollment Management Ryan Johnson, and Vice President for Finance Paul Cherry, is leading campus preparations along with their various division teams.
Amid continued uncertainty, we serve an unchanging God. The distinctly Christian mission we have of integrating Christian faith and academic excellence happens in community and fellowship. We plan to do whatever it takes to be able to welcome students on campus this fall, said President Kimbrow.
Dr. Gary McAllister, Vice President for Academic Affairs, has been working with the Colleges Academic Leadership Team, which is comprised of five academic Division Chairs, in leading the faculty to prepare for the delivery of fall courses. Because a final decision related to the fall 2020 semester may not be made for some time, said Dr. McAllister, faculty at Central Baptist College have already been directed to prepare their fall courses to be taught in class in a face-to-face environment, online, or in a hybrid format, which would be a combination of face-to-face and online.
Our faculty will be ready to educate our students, adhering to the same standards of academic quality that we have always had, no matter what the circumstances might be. At this time, CBC is still following directives issued calling for employees to work remotely when possible, and the campus remains closed to students and visitors. Courses offered through the CBC PACE Program shifted to online course delivery on March 16, and that delivery method continues until further notice. Summer course instruction will begin on May 26 and will be conducted online. Prospective students can make their Virtual Campus Visit Experience by visiting cbc.edu/visit. We know that moving forward there will be many questions about the Colleges next steps, said President Kimbrow. The plans being considered and made by the Central Baptist College Executive Leadership Council, in consultation with various additional CBC employees and outside organizations, will be communicated as they are available. Our continued prayers are with our governmental leaders, those working and responding on the front lines, and to those members of our campus community directly impacted by this pandemic.
Central Baptist College is a four-year, private, liberal arts college owned and operated by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. CBC offers approximately 40 baccalaureate degree programs, 16 athletic teams that compete in the AMC conference of the NAIA, and 6 fine arts performance groups. For more information about CBC visit cbc.edu or call 501-329-6873.