Louisiana Baptist University - New President

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Garp, Sep 3, 2020.

  1. Garp

    Garp Active Member

    Dr. Weaver has retired and they have selected a new President.

    Rick Carter- President
    Th.G., Baptist Bible College
    B.A., M.A., Freedom University
    Ph.D., Faith Baptist Bible College
    D.D., Baptist Bible College

    I am not sure if any of his higher education is accredited. They have a number of good aspects to build on and a nearly paid off multi million dollar campus. Wouldn't you seek someone with academic gravitas to take you into a new era?
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    I'd think that it would be more important to seek someone who was best to fulfill the organizational mission.
  3. Garp

    Garp Active Member

    Quite possibly. And if accreditation is not on the horizon the issue of accredited education for the President may be a moot point. He may have energy and vision they need.
  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    It likely would be a moot point anyway. A lot of the things people think are hard and fast rules from accreditors are really just guidelines that schools then voluntarily treat as requirements.
  5. Steve Levicoff

    Steve Levicoff Well-Known Member

    LBU is, and has always been, a degree mill. A very obvious one.

    Carter's credentials are as mickey-mouse as most of their faculty. As for their "multi million dollar campus," punch their address up on Google Maps and look at the satellite view. As a school, they're mickey mouse. As a university, they're a joke. Here's what I wrote about them over 25 years ago in NIFI, prior to their name change:

    Under the umbrella name of Baptist Christian Schools, the university grants degrees through the doctorate level, as well as a phony certification in marriage and family counseling (see Chapter 11 under "National Association of Marriage and Family Counselors"). Claiming accreditation by the unrecognized Accrediting Commission International, the university is affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary (also listed in this chapter). They have also been granted candidacy status by the Transnational Association of Christian Schools (TRACS; see discussion at the beginning of this chapter and in Chapter 3), which lists them as "Baptist Christian College." Formerly known as Baptist Christian University, the school is wholly owned by the Baptist Tabernacle of Shreveport. Advertises or has advertised in Pulpit Helps.​

    They've been the subject of much unwarranted discussion at DI over the years, but they're still just another degree mill. Read more about them on Wikipedia.

    Anyone who doesn't realize LBU is a degree mill and doesn't call them one is a slut, a whore, and a Jezebel. I have spoken. Get over it. :p
  6. Garp

    Garp Active Member

    Lol, but they still have a campus worth a few million dollars. That is the real estate market for you. And apparently almost paid off so they have been fiscally responsible.
  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    There are things you can do in the name of religion that you can't do otherwise. This school and its degrees are an example. Not so hard to succeed, if you have permission to throw the rules, laws, constraints and standards secular schools must observe (and many other religious schools choose to observe) out the window. And yes - the real estate market helped. Maybe they prayed...
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2020
  8. newsongs

    newsongs Member

  9. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Well, Dr. Carter's Alma Mater, Faith Baptist may be an ABHE school, I haven't checked. I misread this and thought you meant LBU was ABHE accredited - and it isn't.

    "LBU is not accredited by any accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Because the university only grants non-secular degrees for use in various areas of ministry, it operates under religious-exempt status in Louisiana."

    IIRC LBU was contemplating ABHE around 2013 then decided to pull the plug. There's an announcement to that effect by Dr. Weaver on their Facebook page. LBU was described as an "affiliate" of ABHE at one time - but I don't think that was quite the same as full accreditation.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2020
  10. cesmith78

    cesmith78 Member

    Faith Baptist Bible College is an regionally accredited school in Iowa. Don't know anything about Freedom University, but apparently it was good enough to gain admission to the PhD program at an accredited school.
  11. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    There is a Freedom University in Atlanta GA. This school provides college prep. and scholarship application assistance etc. to "undocumented students banned from equal access to public higher education in Georgia." I believe this school prepares students for college, helps facilitate their entry and does not award degrees itself. I presume this is not Dr. Carter's alma mater.

    Another "Freedom University and Theological Seminary" has its headquarters in Pottstown Pa. but its main (or only?) campus appears to be in Abuja, Nigeria. Maybe this is his school? The Pottstown PA site does not have a webpage but has a presence on Facebook - with pictures from Nigeria. The Nigerian site acknowledges its connection with Pottstown and appears to award degrees up to and including Doctorates.

    Pottstown - https://www.facebook.com/FRUITS4AFRICANS/
    Nigeria - http://www.futs.sch.ng/

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