Baptist Christian University

Louisiana Baptist University

Louisiana Baptist University (LBU, originally called Baptist Christian University) is an unaccredited conservative Christian university, founded in 1973, located in Shreveport, Louisiana.

LBU has both an on-campus program and a distance education program which primarily teaches subjects pertaining to the Bible and Baptist theology. Classes are grouped in five areas: School of Biblical Studies, School of Communications, School of Counseling, School of Christian Education, and Theological Seminary. Distance education courses are offered by mail and via web-based delivery.


The university has declared itself to be "a primarily religious institution" that "has not sought either regional or national accreditation by a secular accrediting agency." The university is approved by the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, a missionary organization. It is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International and is one of several schools with "approval" from the Association of Christian Colleges and Theological Schools (ACCTS), a Christian, non-governmental organization involved in "approving" Christian schools, though ACCTS is not a recognized accreditor.

In 1999, LBU was granted licensure under the religious institution exemption provided for by Act 129 of 1991 by the Louisiana Board of Regents , and still operates under such today.

LBU is not accredited by an accreditation body recognized by the US Department of Education or Council on Higher Education Accreditation.


LBU was originally started in 1973 as Baptist Christian University, offering distance education allowing full-time ministers to complete their degrees without leaving their pastorates. The charter and management were restructured by the management and the Board of Trustees in February of 1993. According to the school's website it was felt appropriate at that time to change the name to Louisiana Baptist University.

Louisiana Baptist University has claimed that on February 1, 1994 it became the first non-traditional postsecondary institution in the state of Louisiana to receive full licensure by the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Louisiana Baptist University started offering degree programs in business administration in 1998, which it claimed did not require approval from the Louisiana Board of Regents. On December 10, 1998, the Board of Regents unanimously voted to deny the University an operating license for its business education programs, required it to cease admitting students, and cease advertising. Students matriculated at the time were allowed until December 31, 1999 to finish their degrees. Then, reversing its prior decision, on April 22, 1999, the Board voted to accept the recommendation of the Planning, Research and Performance Committee to exempt Louisiana Baptist University under the religious institution exemption provided for by Act 129 of 1991, allowing it to operate as a religious institution.

Kathleen Blanco, governor of Louisiana, declared the month of April 2005 as "Louisiana Baptist University Month".

Academics and staff

The university employs about 50 people as faculty and staff. The majority of the faculty list graduate degrees from LBU, including its previous name Baptist Christian University and Baptist Christian College. The majority of the faculty hold terminal degrees from LBU, which the institution says reflects the school's "strong stance on inspiration of the scriptures, doctrinal purity and pre-millennialism."

LBU will accept a limited amount of three types of non-traditional credit: experiential learning credits, military experience credits, and credit by examination. Also by purchasing and reading a book by Chuck Missler and writing a short paper, one can receive college credit from Louisiana Baptist University. Assist News quoted Missler as explaining that LBU "has offered course credits for those that do a 'reflective paper' on what they got out of it". In addition to the three semester hours credit, people "also get a certificate for it." According to Missler's website, the university allows students to transfer "credits" from Missler's Koinonia Institute for "up to half of the credit hour requirements for a graduate degree" at Louisiana Baptist University.




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