Southwestern Adventist University was founded in 1893 as Keene Industrial Academy. Junior College level work was first offered in 1916 and the name was changed to Southwestern Junior College. In anticipation of offering baccalaureate work, the name was changed to Southwestern Union College in 1963. The first bachelor level courses were offered in 1967. In 1977, the college was renamed Southwestern Adventist College, reflecting its denominational affiliation. Graduate level work was begun in 1987; nine years later the institution changed its name to Southwestern Adventist University. The University has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1958; first as a Level I institution (associate degrees), then in 1970 as a Level II institution (baccalaureate degrees), and since 1989 as a Level III institution (graduate degrees).
Southwestern Adventist University is a coeducational institution of higher learning located in Keene, near Ft. Worth, Texas. It was established and is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is essential to the fulfillment of the teaching ministry of the church. The University serves primarily the needs of the Seventh-day Adventist membership in the five states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. However, the University welcomes students from all religions and geographical areas, as well as from diverse ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds.
The University provides a challenging environment conducive to the total development of the student, thus contributing to the realization of each individual’s potential. To achieve its purpose effectively, the University recruits and retains well-qualified teachers, who are dedicated to teaching and advising and who are willing to spend time with students both in and out of the classroom. The University encourages research and scholarly endeavors on the part of it faculty as well. The administrative departments of the University provide the infrastructure needed for the institution to fulfill its educational purposes.
The University’s undergraduate curriculum consists of programs in the liberal arts and sciences, with a number of professional and preprofessional curricula. The general education component brings balance to the academic and professional programs, enriching the intellectual and cultural experiences of the student beyond the limits set by the specific major. The graduate curriculum includes master’s degrees in business and education.
The content of our Alternative Certification Program (ACP) meets the standards for the alternative – approved programs by the State Board of Education Certification (SBEC). The state standards reflect the professional standards recommended by the various national professional associations that influence teacher education. Candidates’ professional knowledge is gained through coursework in educational foundations; curriculum, instruction, and assessment design; content methodology; field experiences; and practica (student teaching). According to the standards set by the School of Education and Southwestern Adventist University, candidates are evaluated in coursework, and student teaching.