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Release date:October 30, 2006

BUA and Wayland Partner to build another bridge to college for cross-cultural students

SAN ANTONIO With the recent signing of a new articulation agreement between Baptist University of the Américas (BUA) and Wayland Baptist University, students beginning at BUA  will have yet another vital bridge into quality higher education in Texas.

The new agreement, signed during BUA’s 60th Anniversary Founder’s Day chapel last week, will enable students to transfer coursework completed at Baptist University of the Américas and apply it toward degree programs at Wayland Baptist University. This new transferability opens up several important opportunities for students as their educational plans develop. Those students who require college readiness studies prior to applying to college, such as language, math or reading skills enhancement, can complete these developmental courses at BUA before transferring on to Wayland if desired. Students who desire a foundation of cross-cultural studies and theology can complete an associate of arts degree in cross-cultural studies at BUA and then apply that coursework to a bachelor’s degree in a variety of fields at Wayland.

The greatest benefit will be for students who begin studies in BUA’s accredited bachelor’s degree program but whose vocational calling leads them toward fulfillment in a non-ministerial profession. They may now apply their coursework toward a Wayland bachelor’s degree in business administration, nursing, or occupational education, for instance. The benefits are many, both for the economic future of the students as well as the bi-vocational forms of ministry they may choose to pursue.


Presidents Dr. Albert Reyes of BUA and Dr. Paul Armes of Wayland Baptist University concurred at the signing ceremony that the new agreement will also strengthen the path into graduate theological studies for BUA graduates who desire to complete a Master of Arts in Religion at Wayland or a Master of Divinity now being offered at Wayland in cooperation with Logsdon Seminary of Hardin Simmons University. “This agreement with Wayland gives our students local San Antonio options that they have not had before,” said Dr. Reyes. “South Texas students can now stay closer to family and their current ministry as they or their spouses pursue higher levels of education.”

 

Speaking of the shared ministry vision of the two schools, Dr. Paul Armes said, “We are so grateful for this opportunity. We believe God will bless and honor this commitment, which is not just our institutional commitment but also our partnership with God.”