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BOLIVAR, Mo. — After presenting Peer Assessment Committee findings to Southwest Baptist
University’s full Board of Trustees today (Oct. 22), the Executive Committee is releasing
the Executive Summary.
The Peer Assessment Committee, chaired by Dr. David Dockery, chancellor of Trinity International University, conducted an external review of SBU’s integration of faith, learning and orthodoxy. In particular, the committee evaluated the key elements of Baptist distinctiveness that inform SBU’s identity as a Missouri Baptist institution.
Since receiving the report in July, progress has been made toward implementing the recommendations presented in the report. Progress that already has been made includes:
“This work is just the beginning,” said SBU President Dr. Eric A. Turner. “We have
additional initiatives related to the report that are still pending. You will continue
to see evidence in the months ahead of how this external review is guiding us to build
a stronger foundation for SBU.”
The report’s conclusion includes, “The challenges facing SBU in recent months are best viewed as an opportunity from the Lord to clarify and solidify the theological identity and denominational commitments of the school. The committee encourages the SBU community to take the next steps to strengthen the university’s mission, Baptist identity, and doctrinal commitments in order to enhance distinctive Christian higher education at SBU in the years ahead.”