MARSHALL (KYTX) – East Texas Baptist University and Wiley College officials inked an agreement today that will be beneficial to both schools. Wiley College President Dr. Haywood L. Strickland and ETBU president Dr. Dub Oliver signed an articulation agreement in front of representatives from both schools in the Phillips Great Room of the Bennett Student Commons.
The agreement allows students from Wiley College to enroll in the ETBU Master of Arts in Religion program while completing their senior year of the Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree at Wiley.
"We are so blessed to be in partnership with Wiley College," said Dr. Oliver. "This articulation agreement is an exciting new level in that partnership. Our hope is that this will be a benefit to both institutions as well as the students we serve."
The partnership with ETBU's School of Christian Studies gives Wiley religion students the opportunity to receive graduate-level preparation for ministry and related professions. This is the first time there has been an articulation agreement between ETBU and Wiley.
"Working together, we have established a new pathway to educational access for students who will earn degrees and leave our institutions prepared for lives of service through ministry," said Dr. Strickland.
As private, Christian institutions, ETBU and Wiley, are both committed to their respective missions and faith traditions, and share the belief that academic excellence can be achieved through the integrating faith with learning. Both the School of Christian Studies at ETBU and the Department of Religion at Wiley seek to build a strong and effective institutional partnership.
"Wiley has a long and storied history," remarked ETBU Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lawrence Ressler. "It is an honor to collaborate with them. This is a win, win, win situation. It will benefit undergraduate students from both institutions, make both institutions stronger, and serve the community more effectively."
Wiley's Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ernest J. Plata, echoed Dr. Ressler's remarks. "This agreement celebrates the growth and maturity of the respective religion programs at both institutions," said Dr. Plata. "Our desire to unite to serve students is a reflection of the high quality of the programs led by well-qualified visionary faculty."
A reception hosted by ETBU was held prior to the signing of the agreement between the neighboring institutions of higher learning.