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    Salt Lake Bible College??

    Hello guys! I was just wondering if anyone here was familar with Salt Lake Bible College, which is a tuition free Online Bible College? I'm fairly positive it is unaccredited, but I wanted to see if anyone here knew of anything positive or negative about the school or if anyone here has taken any of the Masters courses?? I noticed that is not on the list of diploma mills, but most religious institutions are not because of the religious exemption.

    I really appreciate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hotdillon View Post
    I'm fairly positive it is unaccredited...
    Then let me make you 100% positive -- it's NOT accredited. And unaccredited schools offering solely religious degrees don't usually wind up on the "degree mill" lists, although they are NOT allowed in every state. Contrary to popular belief, many states (20-odd?) have prohibitions on the conferral or use of such degrees. Oh yes, please give us a url on schools you ask about. This one is Free Bible College online Salt Lake Bible College .

    Any free Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees conferred by this school are (optimistically) worth exactly what you pay for them, if you are allowed to use them in your state. (If not, such a degree could be worth less than nothing - a liability.) I don't care one way or the other about free religious schools in general, but this one got up my nose a bit. Although their parent school is Salt Lake BAPTIST College, they say they're non-Baptist, non-denominational, even non-Protestant. Furthermore, they claim (without giving any evidence) that their church traces its doctrinal roots all the way back to the time of Jesus. With all these non-denom disclaimers, they still have a "Soul-winning Practicum I and II" in the first year.

    Second, third and fourth-year courses appear to be still on the drawing board.

    If you want to see more of what's out there in free Bible Schools, try here. No-Tuition Bible Colleges | eHow.com No recommendations.

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    Salt Lake Bible College appears to be based in Taylorsville, Utah. According to the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, the State of Utah does have some form of religious exemption for colleges and universities.

    If so, then SLBC can legally issue religious degrees in Utah. However, this does not guarantee that SLBC degrees will be accepted outside Utah (in other states or countries). Even within Utah, an SLBC degree may only be valid for religious uses (and not for secular uses), depending on the scope of the state religious exemption.
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    As long as you have been on this site you have been asking for free degrees...you would be done by now if you would just pick and pay. Or you could just go with Nations U.
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    b4cz28 I agree. I have been shopping wayyyy too long! I've just been doing some research and it seems like all fingers point to NationsU.

    Thanks guys!

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    Glad to see they're giving BYU some competition!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hotdillon View Post
    Hello guys! I was just wondering if anyone here was familar with Salt Lake Bible College, which is a tuition free Online Bible College? I'm fairly positive it is unaccredited, but I wanted to see if anyone here knew of anything positive or negative about the school or if anyone here has taken any of the Masters courses?? I noticed that is not on the list of diploma mills, but most religious institutions are not because of the religious exemption.

    I really appreciate it!
    This web site and their cousin Salt Lake Baptist College had me laughing. Loved the part where the Catholics and Protestants all refer to Baptists as the Men of the Book. The reverential tones....yeah right. Reading that stuff had me rolling even before I got to the rest of it. It is the type of site that is fertile with ammo for LDS apologists to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta View Post
    Glad to see they're giving BYU some competition!
    Yes, I'm sure that the folks over at BYU Continuing Ed are shaking in their boots :-)
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    Just looked at the curriculum: Learning Baptist history takes 8 weeks; learning Calvinism takes a mere 6 weeks; however basic typing and sentence formatting takes a whopping 32 weeks.
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    The website design actually looks like it was shat onto the page...

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    At the end of the day it's free. Let's not rip them to bad, no one here has taken any of the courses so we don't know if their the real deal or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johann View Post
    ................ Contrary to popular belief, many states (20-odd?) have prohibitions on the conferral or use of such degrees...............
    I'm surprised to hear that. Which states have prohibitions?
    Thanks

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    I'm surprised to hear that. Which states have prohibitions?
    According to the State of Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization, there are currently 20 states (plus Puerto Rico) that do exempt religious colleges and universities from government oversight (to varying degrees). The remaining 30 states (plus Washington DC) do not have religious exemptions. The complete list is posted here.

    The idea that religious degrees are automatically exempt from state regulation is a very common, yet mistaken, assumption. It's true that many US states do have religious exemptions, but an even larger number do not. For example, the Pennsylvania Division of Higher Education states this explicitly:

    Pennsylvania does not have a religious exemption. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that all institutions have proper approval to operate regardless of curricular content.
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    Well my wife and I have been attending Salt Lake Bible College for a few years now. It has enhanced our lives and has provided an avenue to learn free of charge. We believe SLBC is the lifework of Dr. Vanbuskirk (the founder) to bring people closer to Christ through thought provoking exercises and study. In other words, it envokes critical Christian thinking that personally touches your heart. If you're just looking for a sheepskin to hang on your wall and look good-perhaps this isn't for you and you missed the whole point of what a "Bible College" is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryCopper View Post
    Well my wife and I have been attending Salt Lake Bible College for a few years now. It has enhanced our lives and has provided an avenue to learn free of charge. We believe SLBC is the lifework of Dr. Vanbuskirk (the founder) to bring people closer to Christ through thought provoking exercises and study. In other words, it envokes critical Christian thinking that personally touches your heart. If you're just looking for a sheepskin to hang on your wall and look good-perhaps this isn't for you and you missed the whole point of what a "Bible College" is.
    Taking a course of study to draw closer to Christ is commendable. However, SLBC offers degrees through the doctoral level.
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    B, M, Professional Doctorate
    Each earned from a regionally accredited (RA) USA institution

    Research M, Research PhD
    Each earned from a fully accredited South African institution
    Each evaluated as RA equivalent per IERF & AACRAO

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    Salt Lake Bible College Accreditation and Recognition.

    To answer some of the previous posts:

    Salt Lake Bible College is accredited with ASIC.
    ASIC is recognized by CHEA in the United States.
    CHEA link: CHEA International Directory

    It is also recognized as a degree awarding private school by the state of Utah.
    UEN (Utah Education Network) link: Utah Education Network

    It has received theological accreditation from the BSAA.
    BSAA link: Baptist Schools Accrediting Association

    In answer to the statement "non-denominational": Salt Lake Bible College is an arm of Salt Lake Baptist College. It is a ministry of Bible Baptist Church of Taylorsville, UT, which is a non-denominational, Independent Baptist Church. It is not part of the Baptist Denomination. It is Baptist by lineage, not by a denomination or an association, and is an Independent Baptist Church owing no allegiance to any denominational hierarchy nor to anyone but the Lord Jesus Christ. Our history , traceable from the original Church started by the Lord Jesus Christ, can be studied at SLBC in the First Level course, The Church. We do fellowship with thousands of other Independent Baptist Churches but they in no way comprise a denomination- Baptist or otherwise. They are only a fellowship of like-minded, Bible-believing, Churches who are all Independent and Baptist by lineage and not by Denomination and hold no denominational or any other type of control over one another.

    As of 8/7/13, SLBC has over 6,000 students in 76 various countries. Its degrees are recognized by many countries worldwide. Recognition includes, but is not limited to, USA, China, Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines, Samoa, Togo, UK, Benin, Ghana, and these are just a few that come to mind. A much larger list can be found on our website.

    As far as we can discern, SLBC is the largest internationally accredited free Bible College in existence.

    If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Van at docvbk@saltlakebiblecollege.org

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