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Faculty Endorsed 5/12/03, Board Approved 5/15/03
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 9/20/04, Board Amended/Approved 10/7/04
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 10/17/05, Board Amended/Approved 10/21/05
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 8/24/07, Academic Affairs Committee Amended/Approved 4/10/07
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 5/6/08, Board Amended/Approved 5/9/08
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 4/14/09, 5/5/09; Board Approved 5/8/09
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 12/7/2011; Board Approved 1/27/12
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II.A.2. Accreditation/Memberships
The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number
404-679-4501)
to award Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s degrees and by the University Senate
of the United Methodist Church. Its music degrees and programs are accredited by the National
Association of Schools of Music; its programs in teacher education are accredited by the
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and by the Alabama State Department
of Education; its chemistry program by the American Chemical Society; its business programs
by AACSB International. The College holds membership in the Association of American
Colleges and Universities, the Southern University Conference, the American Council on
Education, the American Association for Higher Education, the National Association of
Independent Colleges and Universities, Alabama Independent Colleges, Project Kaleidoscope,
Council on Undergraduate Research, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education,
Higher Education Data Sharing, National Association of College and University Business
Officers, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and American
Association of University Professors. The College is a member of the following consortia:
Associated Colleges of the South and Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education. It is
a sheltering institution for Alabama Beta of Phi Beta Kappa.
II.A.3. The Physical Campus
The College owns and occupies one hundred ninety-two acres, situated adjacent to the College
Hills, the Bush Hills, and the Graymont neighborhoods of western Birmingham, Alabama. The
occupied portion of this property is divided into three distinct College areas: the Owen
instructional quadrangle, the recreational facilities, and the residential area. The residential area
includes Greensboro Road, on which Faculty and Staff members are eligible to purchase
housing.
II.A.4. Nondiscrimination Policy
The College is an equal opportunity employer and committed to compliance with applicable state
and federal employment laws. The College has a policy of nondiscrimination in hiring, salaries,
promotion, discipline, and employment termination on the basis of age, disability, race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Employee benefits provided
by the College shall be governed by the terms of the benefit plan.
II.B. MISSION
II.B.1. Mission Statement
Birmingham-Southern College provides a liberal arts education of distinctive quality. The
College challenges students to think independently, to examine the arts and sciences aesthetically
and critically, and to communicate clearly. It fosters the advancement of scholarship, personal
and resourceful learning, and comprehensive advising.
The total educational experience at Birmingham-Southern College focuses on individual students
and their intellectual and ethical development, and offers opportunities for spiritual and physical