History of Missouri Baptist University
Missouri Baptist College was founded during the 1950’s, through the desire of local pastors and laymen for an evangelical Christian institution in the St. Louis area. The idea of the founders was first expressed in the form of a seminary extension program teaching Bible classes followed later by an extension center offering liberal arts courses from Hannibal-LaGrange College. The written record shows that student influence and organizational work of St. Louis Baptist leaders, pastors, and laymen led the 1959 Missouri Baptist Convention to recommend the establishment of a college in greater St. Louis.
In 1964, Missouri Baptist College was chartered as an evangelical Christian four-year liberal arts college. Classes continued to meet at Tower Grove Baptist Church until the West County campus could be constructed. Four years later, the Missouri Baptist Convention approved the consolidation of Missouri Baptist College with Hannibal-LaGrange College. It was operated as two campuses: Missouri Baptist College, St. Louis and Missouri Baptist College, Hannibal-LaGrange. Classes began in the fall of 1968 on the new campus with 189 students enrolled. In 1973, Missouri Baptist College was re-established as a separate institution and granted its first baccalaureate degrees on the thirteenth day of May.
In 1980, Missouri Baptist College moved to resident college status with the opening of Pillsbury-Huff Hall and in 1995 opened North Hall, doubling the housing capacity on campus. Spartan Village, the on-campus apartment complex, opened in 2011.
Missouri Baptist College was first accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) in 1978. The University received ongoing ten year re-accreditation in 2007. In April 2000, the college received NCA approval to offer the Master of Science in Education in Counselor Education and Classroom Teaching. In April 2002, approval was given to add Educational Administration to the Master of Science in Education offerings beginning with the Fall 2002 semester. On August 29, 2002, Missouri Baptist College formally became Missouri Baptist University. In April 2004, Missouri Baptist University received approval for the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Business Administration. In December 2005, approval was received to begin offering the Educational Specialist degree for the Spring 2006 semester. In July 2008, MBU received approval to offer its first online degree program: the Master of Science in Education degree with concentrations in Sport Management and Curriculum and Instruction and in April 2009, the University received approval to offer the Doctor of Education degree.
Through the years Missouri Baptist University has expanded its course offerings at its regional learning centers in both Missouri and Southern Illinois. Today, locations in Missouri include Moscow Mills, Union, Farmington, and Arnold, as well as Plus-Two degree programs in cooperation with Jefferson College in Hillsboro. In Illinois, the University has centers at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Shawnee Community College in Ullin, and Rend Lake College in Ina, which also are Plus Two programs. A number of distance learning courses, in addition to online degree programs, are offered and the University maintains an active high school dual-credit program called MBU Early College Partnerships.
Missouri Baptist University has been served by seven presidents: Dr. L.A. Foster (1964-1970); Dr. Frank B. Kellogg (1970-1974); Dr. Robert S. Sutherland (1974-1982); Dr. Patrick O. Copley (1982- 1990); Dr. J. Edwin Hewlett (1990-1991); Dr. R. Alton Lacey (1995-2017); and Dr. Keith Ross (2018-present). Dr. Thomas S. Field served as Interim President (1991-1995).
Missouri Baptist University is located at One College Park Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, 63141-8698, in the heart of West St. Louis County, adjacent to Interstate 64 (Highway 40), one mile west of Interstate 270. A full range of degree and certificate programs is offered at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.
The MBU School of Nursing, which began offering classes in January 2018, is located in the Walker Medical Building, 12855 N. Forty Dr., Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63141, adjacent to the Main campus. This facility includes offices for faculty and staff, classrooms, laboratories, and a student lounge.
MBU-Troy/Wentzville opened in 1986 and maintains administrative offices and educational facilities at 75 College Campus Drive, Moscow Mills, Missouri, 63362, and offers complete undergraduate degree programs in a wide range of majors as well as graduate degrees at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.
MBU at Jefferson College began in 1993 and utilizes administrative offices and educational facilities through Jefferson College in Hillsboro at 1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, Missouri, 63050, as well as in Arnold at 1687 Missouri State Road, Arnold, Missouri, 63010. The undergraduate Plus-Two degree completion program offers a wide variety of majors. Graduate degrees at the master’s and specialist levels are also available.
The MBU in Franklin County Regional Learning Center opened in 2000 and maintains administrative offices and educational facilities at 39 Silo Plaza Drive in Union, Missouri, 63084, across from East Central College on Highway 50. A baccalaureate degree-completion program with a number of majors is offered as well as graduate degrees at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.
MBU at Lewis and Clark Community College began in 2007 and utilizes administrative offices and educational facilities through Lewis and Clark Community College at 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois, 62035. The undergraduate Plus-Two degree completion program offers select majors. The Master of Business Administration and the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling (Traditional and Licensure Track) degrees can also be earned at this site.
MBU-Farmington Regional Learning Center opened in 2009 and maintains administrative offices and educational facilities at 507 East Woodlawn Drive, Leadington, Missouri, 63601, located off Hwy 67 south of the Leadington exit. A baccalaureate degree-completion program with a number of majors is offered as well as graduate degrees at the master’s and specialist levels.
MBU in Arnold opened in 2012 and maintains administrative offices and educational facilities at 140 Richardson Crossing, Arnold, Missouri, 63010. A baccalaureate degree-completion program with a number of majors is offered as well as graduate degrees at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.
MBU at Rend Lake College began offering classes for the 2013-2014 academic year and utilizes administrative offices and educational facilities through Rend Lake College, 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, Illinois, 62846.
MBU at Williamson Baptist Association began offering courses in 2017 and utilizes administrative offices and educational facilities through the Williamson Baptist Association, 10093 Old Bainbridge Trail, Marion, Illinois, 62959. The undergraduate degree completion program offers select majors. The Master of Business Administration degree and the Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling can also be earned at this site.
MBU at Shawnee Community College began offering classes for the 2018-2019 academic year and utilizes administrative offices and educational facilities through Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, IL 62992 and at their Anna Extension center at 1150 E. Vienna St., Anna, Illinois, 62906.
Graduate courses in select programs are also offered at the following locations: Saint James, Missouri (St. James High School) and Town and Country, Missouri (St. Louis County Special School District).
Statement of Mission and Purposes
Mission Statement: Missouri Baptist University is an evangelical Christian, liberal arts institution of higher learning whose purpose is to offer programs of study leading to professional certificates, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees in an environment of academic excellence from a Biblically-based Christian perspective. The University is committed to enriching students’ lives spiritually, intellectually, and professionally, and to preparing students to serve in a global and culturally diverse society.
The University seeks to prepare students who are motivated by ideals of service for effective performance in careers which are appropriate to the Christian commitment of the University. The University is open to all qualified students, regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, age, or qualified disability.
Faculty and students work together toward the following purposes:
- To develop a personal philosophy of life and an ethical and spiritual commitment which is based upon an awareness of alternatives and which is examined in the light of Biblical revelation.
- To grow in an understanding of themselves, as well as others, and to cultivate an ability to employ this knowledge for self-development, for mental and physical health, and for social and family relationships.
- To prepare for living in harmony with the physical environment by becoming aware of its basic principles, and of the means for intelligent use and conservation of its resources.
- To develop effectiveness in the use and understanding of communication, both spoken and written, employing analytical and logical thinking in the process.
- To become contributors to society in a manner consistent with Christian principles, participating responsibly in church, school, community, and world affairs, employing insights derived from a broad range of studies.
- To grow in understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of literature and the arts, and to become participants in creative and aesthetic activities in the community.
- To prepare for continuing study by becoming acquainted with electronic technology resources and methods of scholarly research.
Missouri Baptist University’s Commitment to Diversity
Missouri Baptist University is committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Missouri Baptist University affirms that an important part of the integration of faith and learning is the recognition that all people are created in the image of God and worthy of respect and dignity. We seek to ensure that all students have full access to the educational, social, and spiritual growth opportunities that the University provides to ensure that students understand and appreciate one of the University’s core values which is “social change through service and leadership.”
Through its curricula and classroom experiences, the university seeks to develop and nurture diversity because it strengthens the organization, promotes creative problem solving, and enriches us all.
The goal is to present materials and activities that are respectful of diverse groups including, but not limited to, race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, age, qualified disability, military service, learning differences, socioeconomic status, or genetic information.
Critical Thinking: Critical thinking is accurately interpreting evidence, identifying salient arguments, thoughtfully analyzing and evaluating alternative points of view, reaching judicious conclusions, justifying results, explaining assumptions and reasons, and fair-mindedly following where evidence and reasons lead.
- Students will be able to demonstrate habits of critical inquiry and a mastery of critical thinking skills.
- Students will demonstrate understanding of analysis, criticism, and advocacy in the context of both deductive and inductive reasoning.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to identify relevant factors needed to make a decision, solve a problem, and produce cogent reasoning.
Faith and Learning: Faith and learning is a project whose goal is to ascertain and develop integral relationships between the Christian faith and human knowledge (in various academic disciplines), motivations, and behaviors.
- Students will develop and demonstrate the use of critical tools to evaluate the relationship between faith and other disciplines.
- Students will give evidence of developmentally appropriate levels of moral formation (thinking, affects, and behavior) that reflect not only reciprocity and fairness, but also caring and commitment.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to explore and apply ethics and value systems in moral decision-making.
Use of Technology: The use of technology includes the ability of students to continually grow in the application of current and emerging technologies. These skills are reflected in the student’s ability to employ appropriate technological learning tools for research, presentations, and in support of learning. Students must have the knowledge and skills to identify, locate, explore, and evaluate the suitability of technological resources including applications, tools, educational software, and associated documentation.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills in the nature and operation of technology systems.
- Students will understand the ethical issues related to technology and practice responsible use of technological systems, information and software.
- Students will use technology to enhance learning, increase productivity, engage in research, and promote creativity.
- Students will use technology to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.
- Students will employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.
Developing a Diverse and Global Perspective: Diversity takes many forms, including differences in organizational mission, educational levels, ideas, viewpoints, perspectives, values, religious beliefs, backgrounds, race, gender, age, human capacity, and ethnicity. People become more aware of differences and similarities in a variety of ways, including through processes of discovery and exploration, interaction, collaboration, and partnering (HLC Handbook of Accreditation, 3.4). This diversity extends beyond the boundaries of one country or one ethnic group. Decisions in one part of the world may have consequences for people and institutions in other parts of the world. Global thinking is the recognition that citizens are part of a global community and interconnections are a crucial part of today’s life (Ability-Based Learning Outcomes, Alverno College, 43).
- Students will provide evidence through a variety of learning experiences of their ability to assess their own awareness of, sensitivity to, and respect for varying viewpoints, religious beliefs, race, gender, age, human capacity, and ethnicity.
- Students will use disciplinary concepts and frameworks to gather information to explore possible responses and propose theoretical and pragmatic approaches to complex global issues.
- Students will, through a variety of learning experiences, demonstrate the ability to engage in discussions of complex issues, with an awareness of the contexts and perspectives in the formation of diverse cultures, and to collaborate and draw out the best resolutions possible in relation to others based on an informed foundation.
Oral and Written Communication: Communication is the art of effectively expressing and exchanging ideas through speech and writing.
- The student will communicate effectively in writing to various audiences.
- The student will conduct meaningful research, including gathering information from primary and secondary sources incorporating and documenting source material in writing.
- The student will evaluate and organize ideas for original oral presentations.
- The student will communicate through effective public speaking by delivering a variety of speeches to various audiences.
- The student will demonstrate mastery of basic written and oral communication, including the ability to read and listen with understanding and critical discernment.
Social Interaction: Much of the world’s work (discourse), whether it be in the local community or the global society, is accomplished through conversation, consultation, discussion, and debate on committees, task forces, boards, and political activities. The ability to relate to and interact with and within the wide variety of systems (individual, institutional, and organizational) is an essential skill for success. Students must develop social and political skills and competence in civil discourse to compliment which are expressed in written and oral form. To this end, social integration is integral to student learning outcomes.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the analytical frameworks that undergird social interaction.
- Students will employ the reflective process to perform self-assessment of attitudes, emotions, behaviors, and cognitive processes.
- Students will demonstrate, through analysis and self-awareness, the ability to formulate strategies that increase their effectiveness in group and interpersonal interactions.
- Students will demonstrate initiative in their willingness to engage in the negotiation of increasingly complex and diverse interpersonal situations.
- Students will demonstrate leadership abilities to facilitate the achievement of professional goals in interpersonal and group interactions.
Aesthetic Engagement: The objective of the visual and performing arts in a core curriculum is to expand students’ knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination. Aesthetic engagement includes the ability to not only develop a basic understanding of the historical and cross-cultural contexts of art, but the ability to participate in artistic endeavors, both as creator and active audience member (Ability-Based Learning, Alverno, p. 57). Through study in disciplines such as the visual and performing arts, students will engage in critical analysis, form aesthetic judgments, and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to health and survival of any society.
- Students will demonstrate an awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts, including historical and/or cross-cultural expressions.
- Students will participate in aesthetic events such as musical performances, dramatic presentations, poetry readings, visual art displays, and/or other forms of artistic activities.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze various artistic forms to develop informed choices and interpretations of the visual and performing arts.
*Some of the material used in the development of the institutional objectives and definitions was borrowed from websites of a number of colleges and universities including Alverno College and University of Houston.
- To teach, empower, and inspire students for service and lifelong learning.
- We are serious and intentional about our Christian faith.
- We freely and responsibly search for truth.
- We strive for excellence.
- We believe in the importance and cultivation of character.
- We believe in social change through service and leadership.
- Become widely known as a model Christian university and the best at integrating faith and learning.
Accreditation, Approvals and Compliances
Missouri Baptist University is accredited by:
The Higher Learning Commission
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Missouri Baptist University is an institutional participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of distance-education courses and programs. As of July 2019, 49 states (all but California), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are members of SARA. For further information please visit the NC-SARA site. SARA states and institutions can be found by visiting nc-sara.org.
EXCEL, the dual credit (concurrent enrollment) program at Missouri Baptist University, is fully accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
The music degrees of Missouri Baptist University are approved by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
The exercise science program has completed the accreditation requirements suggested by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) and is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is the national nursing accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. The autonomous accrediting agency ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. The University received the maximum accreditation for an initial program, and also has initial approval by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
The Health and Sports Sciences Division has completed the accreditation requirements suggested by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES).
The School of Business programs at Missouri Baptist University are in candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business programs offered by Missouri Baptist University meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.
All certification programs are accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Missouri Baptist University is currently in Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Pre-Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has submitted an application to be reviewed for Candidacy. A program that has attained Pre-Candidacy has not yet been reviewed by the Commission on Accreditation or been verified to be in compliance with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. The Council on Social Work Education does not publicly disclose whether programs have currently attained Pre-Candidacy Status until they are granted Candidacy. Students who enter the program while it is still in Pre-Candidacy will not be recognized as attending a program in Candidacy unless the program attains Candidacy in the academic year in which those students enter. The Candidacy Process is typically a three-year process and there is no guarantee that a program in Pre-Candidacy will eventually attain Candidacy or Initial Accreditation. Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
The University is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City, Missouri, for requirements in general education and certification for elementary and secondary teachers; the training of veterans under Public Law 550 and 894, 82nd Congress; and for the training of sons and daughters of deceased veterans under the War Orphan’s Educational Assistance Act.
In compliance with federal law, including provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Missouri Baptist University does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, age, qualified disability, or military service in admission or in the administration of its education policies, programs, and activities. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Student Right-to-Know Act
In accordance with Public Law 101-542, Missouri Baptist University reports 69% of first-time freshmen students return the second year. For more information, visit our website at the following link: https://www.mobap.edu/about-mbu/student-consumer-information/.
Campus Security Act
In Compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Missouri Baptist University Public Safety Office publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report on personal safety and crime statistics. The report is available on request from the Public Safety Office and is posted on the University’s website at the following link: https://www.mobap.edu/student-life/safety/clery-reports-andtitle-ix-policy/
Missouri Baptist University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The University holds memberships in the following organizations: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, American Association of Independent Colleges and University Presidents, American College Personnel Association (ACPA), American Library Association, American Society for Church History, Ameristudy, Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD), Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges, Association of Christian Librarians (ACL), Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association of International Educators (NAFSA), Association of Veterans Education Certifying Officials, Association of Higher Education and Disability, Baptist History and Heritage Society, Central Association of College and University Business Officers, CharacterPlus, CollegeSource Online, Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES), Committee on Transfer and Articulation (COTA), Conference for Faith and History, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Consortium for Global Education, Council of Independent Colleges, Evangelical Theological Society, Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri, International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, International Education Council of Missouri and Illinois (IECMI), Mid-American Association for Institutional Research, Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Missouri Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling, Missouri Association of Academic Deans, Missouri Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Missouri Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel, Missouri Association of Higher Education and Disability, Missouri Baptist Historical Society, Missouri Historical Society, Missouri Library Association, National Academic Advising Association, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, National Association for College Admission Counseling, National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), National Association of Baptist Enrollment Professionals (NABEP), National Association of College and University Business Officers, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), National Collegiate Honors Council, National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Math, National Geography Society, North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals, Society of Biblical Literature, St. Louis Regional Library Network, State Historical Society of Missouri.
Board of Trustees
Missouri Baptist University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university, operated in affiliation with the Missouri Baptist Convention and governed by a Board of Trustees chosen by the Convention.
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING contains the Offices of Admissions, Business Affairs, and Student Financial Services. Several lecture classrooms are on the first and second floors. The natural science laboratories and faculty offices for the Natural Sciences Division are on the second floor. Courses scheduled to meet in this building have a classroom designation that begins with ADM.
TWO MODULAR BUILDINGS, adjacent to the Administration Building and W. L. Muncy, Jr., Gymnasium, house the Public Safety and Transportation office.
W. L. MUNCY, JR. GYMNASIUM is used for intramural sports and physical activity classes. The building also houses the Athletic Department weight room, the wrestling and cheerleading programs, offices for graduate assistants, wrestling coaches, one classroom, and the human performance lab. Courses scheduled to meet in this building have a classroom designation that begins with MUN.
THE CARL AND DELORIS PETTY SPORTS AND RECREATION COMPLEX, is located across the Quad from the Administration Building. In addition to the college regulation basketball court used for intercollegiate athletics, the building houses a fitness center, indoor track, group fitness room, two classrooms, a conference room, locker rooms, athletic training room, Spartan Hall, as well as offices for head and assistant coaches, athletic trainers, athletics administrators, the Sports and Recreation Complex Manager, and faculty in the Health and Sport Sciences Division. Courses scheduled to meet in this building have a classroom designation that begins with SRC.
THE PERK COFFEE SHOP is located between the Sports and Recreation Complex and the learning center. It functions as a social gathering place for students, faculty, and staff.
THE SPARTAN STORE is operated by Follett on the Main campus as a service to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Spartan Store is located next to the Perk behind the Jung-Kellogg Learning Center, marking the entrance to Spartan Village. Textbooks, e-books, healthy snacks, school supplies, Spartan apparel, and accessories are among the many items available. Textbooks, school supplies, apparel, gifts, along with numerous other items can be ordered on the MBU bookstore website, www.mobap.bkstr.com.
JUNG-KELLOGG LEARNING CENTER, located between the Administration Building and the Thomas and Virginia Field Academic Hall, houses approximately 30,955 volumes, 154 periodical titles, and a collection of DVD’s. The Learning Center subscribes to over 110 databases in Education, Applied Sciences, Science, Social Sciences, Religion, Nursing, Music, Health and Sport Management, and Business, and has also acquired access to electronic books in multiple academic disciplines. The electronic resources can be accessed on campus and remotely with a valid student ID.
Access to the learning center collection is open to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and to the local community during learning center operating hours. The library home page is http://www.mobap.edu/studentlife/library/.
The Learning Center is a member of the St. Louis Regional Library Network, MLA, ALA, and MOREnet, and a participating member of MOBIUS (Missouri Online Bibliographic Information Users System), which is the common library platform in the State of Missouri linking over75 academic libraries and their collections through Interlibrary Loan.
Courses scheduled to meet in this building have a classroom designation that begins with LC.
THE THOMAS AND VIRGINIA FIELD ACADEMIC HALL, next to the learning center, houses classrooms, the instructional computer laboratory, a student-access computer laboratory, Student Success Center, Dining Hall, faculty offices for the Business, Education, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Science Divisions, and the following administrative offices: Institutional Advancement, Graduate Admissions, Graduate Studies, Records, Institutional Research, MBU Early College Partnerships, and Provost/Academic Affairs. Courses scheduled to meet in this building have a classroom designation that begins with FLD.
THE DINING HALL provides food service for resident and commuter students, faculty, and guests during regular dining hours and on weekends. The Dining Hall is located on the main floor of the Thomas and Virginia Field Academic Hall.
THE STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER (SSC), which operates under the Office of Student Development, is located on the Main campus of Missouri Baptist University on the lower level of Virginia Field Academic Hall in rooms FLD-119 and FLD-117. The Student Success Center’s mission is to provide a holistic approach to student success and academically advise all new students to MBU and to provide resources that will enhance student learning in and outside of the classroom environment.
Student Success Advisors provide first-year advising and orientation to first-time freshman and new transfer students. Incoming first time freshman who are admitted on probation participate in the Quest mentoring program and have regularly scheduled meetings with their Student Success Advisor. Collegiate Seminar and Transfer Orientation are coordinated through the SSC under the direction of the Dean of Student Success. In these ways, the SSC strives to see the student holistically, recognizing their unique physical, mental, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects and encourage their development as a whole person.
Tutoring services are also offered by the SSC providing students with individualized help across disciplines including general education courses. Study skill development is also provided through personal coaching, videos and handouts to help with time management, how to study, and overall academic goal setting. The Writing Lab is another SSC service which allows students to meet with a writing coach to receive help with various parts of the writing process including brainstorming, structuring a paper, improving grammar, and properly citing sources.
In addition to classroom make-up tests, examinations – including the ACT, Residual ACT, Proficiency Profile, MoGEA, DSST, Major Field Tests, and CPCE.
The Special Needs Coordinator(s) provides services for students who have documented disabilities of a permanent or temporary nature. Individuals with major life disabilities such as physical handicaps, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, visual impairments, hearing impairments, and/or medical disabilities may receive accommodations to minimize barriers to education. In order to receive services, students must self-identify their disability to the Office of Student Disability Services.
For more information regarding accommodations please visit: http://www.mobap.edu/special-needs-access/. Additional information about the SSC can be found at http://www.mobap.edu/success/.
THE PILLSBURY CHAPEL AND DALE WILLIAMS FINE ARTS CENTER houses the Pillsbury Chapel, Don and Mary Pillsbury Wainwright Performance Hall, Mabee Great Hall, the Fine Arts Division, the Office of the President, Office of Calendaring and Special Events, and the Board Room. Classrooms, music and communications studios, practice rooms, and faculty offices are located on the lower level, while the Don and Mary Pillsbury Wainwright Performance Hall, Rehearsal Hall, Office of the President, Office of Calendaring and Special Events, and the Board Room are located on the main floor. The Mabee Great Hall offers a venue for banquets, receptions, and other events on campus. The Pillsbury Chapel provides a worship area for weekly chapel services as well as a theater for musical and dramatic presentations and concerts. The Don and Mary Pillsbury Wainwright Performance Hall provides a great small venue theatre for student recitals, music, drama, and smaller concerts. Courses scheduled to meet in this building have a classroom designation that begins with CFA.
RESIDENCE HALLS provide resident living for students. Refreshment machines and projection televisions are located in the main lobbies of Pillsbury-Huff and North Halls. North Hall has an additional lounge upstairs and Pillsbury-Huff Hall has additional lounges attached to both wings. Each suite-style room is fully furnished with a bed, dresser and desk for each student, as well as a private bathroom. Wireless and high-speed Internet connections, digital cable, computer labs, and laundry facilities are also available in each dormitory. All residence halls are handicapped accessible.
Pillsbury-Huff Hall, opened in 1980 and renovated in 1994, houses 100 male students. It has five lounge areas and a networked computer lab. Each suite has two bedrooms and a private bath.
North Hall, opened in 1996, provides housing for 100 female students. There are two lounge areas and a game room, a kitchen area for residence life activities, and a networked computer lab.
Spartan Village Apartments, opened for the Fall 2011 semester, provides apartment-style housing for 40 upperclassmen in two buildings, one for men and one for women. Each unit includes four bedrooms, a living room, and full kitchen. Upper level units feature balconies while lower level units have patios.
Spartan Village Rowhouse, opened for the Fall 2013 semester, provides housing for 106 students and feature communal living spaces with a living room and kitchen in each suite.
Spartan Village Dorms, opened for the Fall 2016 semester, provides a traditional housing experience. Two students will share a bedroom and their own private bathroom. A lobby and laundry room are located in the lowest level of each building with a quiet study space on the third floor.
SPARTAN ROWHOUSE 503 houses the Division of Student Development Offices including: Dean of Students Office, Office of Community Accountability, Office of Commuter Life, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Office of International Student Experiences, Office of Residence Life, Office of Spiritual Life, Office of Student Disability Services, and Office of Student Life.
THE MAINTENANCE BUILDING, located adjacent to Pillsbury-Huff Hall, houses Campus Operations.
SPARTAN FIELD and FIELD HOUSE, located on the campus’ west side, opened in Fall 2015. This new complex includes an artificial turf field, coaches’ offices, meeting space, and locker rooms. An eight-lane track, field lights, women’s locker room, public restrooms, concession stand, bleachers, storage, weight room and an enhanced entrance plaza.
THE MBU SCHOOL OF NURSING, which began offering classes in January 2018, is located in the Walker Medical Building, 12855 N. Forty Dr., Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63141, adjacent to the Main campus. This facility includes offices for faculty and staff, classrooms, laboratories, and a student lounge.