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Multnomah Finalizes Transition To University Status

6/16/2008

As of July 1, 2008, Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary will officially exist as divisions under the title, Multnomah University. The college and seminary names, missions, and curricular emphases will remain unchanged, but they will be included under the broader "university" name.


Three Reasons for the Multnomah University Name

1. "University" will more accurately reflect Multnomah's developing institutional structure. Some of the graduate-level programs do not fit a seminary curriculum, such as the brand new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). There are other master-level programs in Multnomah's long-term strategic plan that fit this category, as well.

2. Missionary graduates who want to serve in closed countries face immigration challenges. Multnomah University is not only a more neutral name; it is also more clearly collegiate, as "college" means high school in many international contexts.

3. Multnomah students graduating from professional disciplines such as the Teacher Education and MAT programs will have more employment opportunities after graduation. Because these programs require special certifications, the "university" title will better communicate the high-credibility of their degrees to potential employers.


Three Things the University Name Does Not Imply

1. Multnomah's mission to "educate, equip, and enrich Christians for leadership in their church, community, and world," will not change.

2. Multnomah's Bible and theology core required for every Multnomah student, which has a new 64-credit double-major option, will not be eliminated.

3. Multnomah's two divisions, Multnomah Bible College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary will not be replaced. Both divisions will continue to exist under the institutional name of Multnomah University.


Comments from Dr. Daniel R. Lockwood, President of Multnomah University

"I, along with the faculty and board of trustees, was motivated by key strategic reasons to pursue university status," Dr. Lockwood, president of Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary said. "As Multnomah continues to broaden its scope of worldwide impact, this will only enhance the mission and goals of the institution, with absolutely no abandonment or compromise of the biblical foundation on which the school was built."

"The name change does not signal a transition from a Bible college to a Christian liberal arts college," Dr. Lockwood said. "We wholeheartedly remain a Bible college. As such we embrace three fundamental values: a solid core of Bible and theology for every student, a campus-wide emphasis on spiritual life, and a sustained Christian ministry experience concurrent with one's academic learning. These three values will continue to be upheld by Multnomah University."


Questions?

For more information regarding Multnomah University, please contact:

Robert Leary
Director of Promotions & Communications
rleary@multnomah.edu
503.251.6451