Location and Facilities Description
SEU at Calvary Church, 4401 State Highway 161, Irving, TX 75038.
SEU at Celebration, 601 Westinghouse Road, Georgetown, TX 78626.
SEU at Hope Fellowship, 9950 Rolator Road, Frisco, TX 75035.
SEU at The Oaks Fellowship, 777 South I-35 East, Red Oak, TX 75154
The main campus facilities description is provided in this catalog. Visit the General Information Link on the right sidebar.
Approval to Operate
Approved and Regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, Austin, Texas.
Mission, History and Accreditation
The mission statement, history and accreditation for Southeastern University is provided in this catalog. Visit the General Information Link on the right sidebar.
Programs and Costs
As part of its commitment to ministerial preparation, SEU offers the church-based extension site program at a reduced tuition rate. During the 2017-18 academic year, tuition is charged at a rate of $275 per credit hour. Therefore, a full-time student would be charged $3,300 per semester for 12 hours (or $6,600 annually for 24 credit hours). Site fees of $1,260 per semester (or $2,520 annually) will be charged to the student, but this is subject to vary per site. As collected and on a predetermined schedule, this site fee is reimbursed to the site to cover various expenses. A $100 technology fee will also be charged each semester. Beyond the $9,320 collected annually by the university, the extension site may charge additional fees for mission trips or other approved activities; however, these additional fees must be collected by the site. Other fees for textbooks, computers, travel and educational supplies are to be assumed by the student. Assuming a two-year plan, the total cost for the associate degree would be approximately $18,640. Assuming a four-year plan, the total cost for bachelor degrees is approximately $37,280.
Student’s Right to Cancel
Under the Texas Education Code, Section 132.061(f) a student who is obligated for the full tuition may request a grade of “incomplete” if the student withdraws for an appropriate reason unrelated to the student’s academic status. A student receiving a grade of incomplete is allowed to reenroll in the program during the 12-month period following the date the student withdraws and complete those incomplete subjects without payment of additional tuition.
The SEU library is well equipped to serve the needs of the programs offered at these extension sites. Currently, the library’s collections include over 80,000 print books and almost 183,000 ebooks, over 4,500 DVD videos (both feature and nonfiction), 85 online videos, over 71,000 online recordings, over 9,600 CDs, and over 1,200 serial titles (including 640 periodical/journal subscriptions and access to an additional 3,045 titles through journal packages), as well as other types of resources. In addition, the library provides more than 50 databases, many with full text availability (over 22,000 titles). (See the Library’s Annual Report for 201516).
Twelve dedicated and professional staff members (dean, five faculty librarians, four fulltime staff, and two parttime staff) provide the library’s services. The five faculty librarians are reference librarians who are available to assist the students and faculty at a distance through telephone, email, video chat, video workshops, and/or consultations. Though all reference librarians are available to help distance students, one librarian (the Reference and Instruction Librarian and Assistant Director of the Library) is specifically trained to work with distance students as a part of that position’s job description, and the library has requested a new position for a dedicated librarian to assist with the needs of distance students.
Faculty and students may access the resources at the library and/or through online searching of the catalog, and searching the library’s databases through EZProxy. The library uses the OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services with WorldCat local serving as the library’s catalog (library.seu.edu/).This adds a discovery feature as students are able to access the catalog and some databases essentially through one search. This also facilitates ILL, and users can easily search the larger OCLC bibliographic database to locate additional sources. Users may request books from the library which are supplied by mail with postagepaid return envelopes, and the library will scan and email periodical articles as requested.
Students receive guidance in the use of the library services and resources through the following means. At the request of the sites and through funding by the Extension Site Office, a librarian has made four visits to three sites to provide training. Students have electronic access to LibGuides which bring together information about resources for various programs, some courses, and other more specialized topics. A LibGuide (library.seu.edu/Distance) is available especially for distance learners to introduce library services and to give them online library instruction (including instructional videos). There is a LibGuide that identifies the library’s databases and includes a tutorial on how to use these databases (library.seu.edu/databases/general). The university’s LMS (MyFire) has a link to the library’s webpage on MyFire’s Welcome Page and in each course. The library webpage (library.seu.edu) provides links to the catalog, databases, and other LibGuides on a variety of topics including Citation Styles (library.seu.edu/citations) and Research StepbyStep (library.seu.edu/Research).
The library makes every effort to supply extension students with the same highquality service that oncampus users receive. The library is open from 7:30 am – 12 am Monday through Thursday, 7:30 – 8:30 on Friday, 12 pm – 8:30 pm on Saturday, and 1pm – 11 pm on Sunday. Online students can generally reach a reference librarian during the day Monday through Friday, and an evening librarian is available until 11 pm Sunday through Thursday. Weekend staff can usually help users, but can forward requests to a reference librarian. The Library Dean and Assistant Director frequently answer research questions on weekends. A Research Request Form is available under the Services tab on the library webpage. This is a 24/7 form that sends an email to a reference librarian who will respond no later than the next open library day. Because of the university’s membership in the Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC), chat reference is provided through Florida’s cooperative Ask a Librarian service. Even students outside of Florida may use this service as long as they are coming from one of the library’s LibGuides or the library home page.
The library is not reliant upon any other library for resources relevant to the programs offered at these extension sites, and electronic databases provided by the library are not accessed through consortial or statewide groups.
Board of Trustees
- Terry Raburn, Chairman
- M. Wayne Blackburn, Vice Chairman
- John K. Jordan, Secretary
- Abner Adorno
- Roger Archer
- Luke Barnett
- Tommy Barnett
- Mark Batterson
- Jennifer E. Closshey
- David Docusen
- Kenneth Draughon
- Gow Fields
- Kent Ingle
- Mark Jakelsky
- Steve Mason
- Ricardo Orsini
- Jeffery Portmann
- Judy Rachels
- Dino Rizzo
- Terry Roberts
- Victor E. Smith
- Rich Wilkerson, Sr.
- Douglas Witherup
- John Wootton
Faculty and Staff Qualifications
- SEU at Calvary: Trammel Orr, B.S. Ministerial Leadership (in progress), Site Director
- SEU at Celebration: Dr. Andrew Fox, Masters Missional Leadership, Ph.D. Intercultural Studies, Site Director
- SEU at Hope Fellowship: Josh Wright, Site Director
- SEU at The Oaks Fellowship: Bryan Brooks, B.S Religious Studies/ M.Div. Pastoral Theology/ M.B.A., Site Director
Currently, Southeastern University has not selected nor hired instructors to teach at the proposed Texas locations.
Faculty hired at all extension sites must hold, at minimum, a master’s degree or preferably, a terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution, with at least 18 graduate credit hours in the teaching discipline. (The primary exception relates to faculty candidates, who hold an earned master’s or terminal degree from an institution, accredited by the Association for Theological Schools [ATS].) This standard is in keeping with the policies set forth by the university’s regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC), and applicable programmatic accreditors, if any. Depending on the subject matter, academic colleges and departments may set forth professional experience expectations. This is not determined by the regional or programmatic accreditors.
On-site instructors may be hired to teach practical ministry, Bible, and theology courses in the Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership program.
Examples of qualified graduate degrees for the ministerial leadership core include, but are not limited to, the following: Masters of Divinity (M.Div.), M.A. in Ministerial Leadership, Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.), or a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the field.
Examples of qualified graduate degrees for the biblical and theological studies core include, but are not limited to, the following: Masters of Divinity (M.Div.), M.A. in Theological/Religious/Biblical Studies, Doctorate of Theology (D.Th.), or a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the field.
The general education courses (e.g. mathematics, English, humanity, sciences, etc.) are taught online by a professor who is located at the Lakeland, FL campus. There may be some exceptions. In all cases, the instruction must possess a master’s or terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution, with at least 18 graduate credit hours in the teaching discipline. Example qualified degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: M.A. in English for all English composition courses, M.A./M.S. in Mathematics for liberal arts mathematics courses, and M.A. in Biology for the natural sciences courses. Faculty qualifications will vary between discipline; however, the minimum requirements remain intact.
In keeping with best practices and to maintain compliance with accreditation policies, SEU will not employ faculty who fail to meet these minimum qualifications.
START AND END DATES FOR SEMESTERS
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Fall, Session B
Spring, Session A
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Educational Delivery Systems
Southeastern University has a contract with The Learning House (TLH) to provide services related to curriculum development and management, infrastructure development and management, faculty and student training, 24/7 technical support, and online best practices consulting. The university is an active participant in ensuring the effectiveness and quality of the programs and courses that are supported by TLH. Management of this partnership is the responsibility of the School of Unrestricted Education and its Center for Online Learning. The Associate Provost for the School and the Director for the Center directly manage the services of TLH with emphasis given to policy creation/maintenance, policy compliance, and general oversight. The School and its staff manage the TLH relationship on a daily basis. Online delivery allows Southeastern to maintain complete control of the curriculum and assessments for the courses.
School Holidays & Vacation Periods
The following holidays will be observed by all extension sites. Specifically, students are not required to attend face-to-face courses and/or practicum on the observed holidays. On the other hand, the online program continues through the holidays observed below unless they lie between semesters or session starts. Vacation periods are the time between each semester start.
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- President’s Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Break
Hours of Operation
Each extension site determines its own hours of operation for face to face contact with the students; contact information for each site is provided at the top of this page. Most of the classes are taken online and the hours are determined by each student as they work at their own pace within the determined parameters of the due dates for assignments and assessments. Hours of operation at Southeastern University School of Unrestricted Education are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
True and Correct Statement
The information contained in this catalog is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
Andrew E. Miller, Associate Provost, School of Unrestricted Education