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St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Established 1958
Type Private
President Paul Baldasare
Students 808
Location Laurinburg, NC, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and White
Nickname Knights
Affiliations Presbyterian Church USA
Website http://www.sapc.edu/

St. Andrews Presbyterian College is a private, 4-year liberal arts college in Laurinburg, North Carolina. It was established in 1958 as a result of the merger of Flora Macdonald College (est. 1896) and Presbyterian Junior College (est. 1928). The new college was named St. Andrews Presbyterian College to mark its Scottish Presbyterian heritage and to identify it with the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland. It officially opened its doors in 1961. Unusual for its time, the campus was designed to be accessible and barrier-free to students with physical disabilities. It is also home to the St. Andrews Press.[1] The current president is Paul Baldasare, who was named by the Board of Trustees in December 2006.

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Academics

St. Andrews offers three Bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts. It was one of the first institutions to implement a B.F.A. program for Creative Writing. The student-faculty ratio is low, 12:1, resulting in small classes and a personalized education with emphasis on internships and study-abroad opportunities.

St. Andrews offers non-traditional students the opportunity to pursue degrees in Business Administration, Equine Business Management, Education (Elementary), Liberal Studies and courses leading to Teacher Certification in an online, traditional classroom or blended format. In the Fall of 2008 the college organized its degree offerings at Sandhills Community College (St. Andrews @ Sandhills), its online program and its other opportunities for non-traditional learners under the umbrella of the St. Andrews Center for Adult and Professional Studies. In January 2009 the college launched three new online certificate programs—Therapeutic Horsemanship Business Management, Equine Business Management, and Organizational Leadership. These certificate programs are open to anyone over the age of 23 who holds a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.

St. Andrews has charters with the following Honor societies: Alpha Chi, Beta Beta Beta, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Pi Gamma Mu, Psi Chi, Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Beta Delta, and the St. Andrews Honor Society. St. Andrews also offers an Honors Program, which selects incoming freshman based on their high school GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and an interview with the director of the program.

Accreditation

St. Andrews Presbyterian College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, the College is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the North Carolina Department of Education. The College is a member of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges, the Council of Independent Colleges and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. The College's women graduates qualify for membership in the American Association of University Women.

At its June 2007 meeting, the SACS Commission on Colleges voted to revoke its accreditation of St. Andrews. The College announced its intention to appeal the decision shortly afterward. While the appeal is being considered, the College remains fully accredited. As of this appeal, St. Andrews retained accreditation under the injunction of the court. Further to this, a case to decide the future status of St. Andrews will be in progress. [2]

In October 2009, District Court Judge William Duffey for the Northern District of Georgia granted the motion for summary judgment against St. Andrews as requested by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SAPC intends to appeal the decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

If the SACS accreditation is lost, the school's participation in NCAA sports could be, as well. Though SAPC has been pre-accredited for AALE accreditation, maintaining only a liberal arts accreditation hurt students applying to some graduate schools. [3]

Athletics

St. Andrews offers 16 intercollegiate sports which compete in the NCAA Division II, Conference Carolinas (Formerly Carolina-Virginia Athletic Conference). For men they offer: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, and wrestling. For women they offer: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball.

2008 Men's Cross Country Conference Carolinas Champions.

Campus

The campus is located south of downtown Laurinburg, bounded on the west by US highways 15 and 401. There is a lake in the middle of campus.

On the southern side of the campus is the Morgan-Jones Science Building, Avinger Auditorium, the Morgan Liberal Arts Building, the DeTamble Library, and the Vardell Building. There is a bridge from one side of the lake to an island to the other side of the lake. On the island is the campus bell tower.

On the northern side of the campus is the Willam Henry Belk student center, where the Crossroads Cafeteria, Student Store, Student Mailboxes, and Office of Student Affairs are all located. On the east side of this end of campus are four dorms, Concord, Granville, Wilmington, and Albemarle. On the west side are four more dorms, Winston-Salem, Pate, Mecklenburg, and Orange. Pate houses the Student Health & Wellness Center. Across from the Belk Center is the P.E. Building. On the far north end of campus, there are the athletic fields. The Equestrian Center is located off campus, approximately 2 miles south.

Students

As of 2006, there were 808 degree-seeking undergrads attending St. Andrews. Of those students, approximately 37% were from North Carolina. Out-of-state students, accounting for 63%, came from 40 U.S. states and 30 countries. About 1% were part-time students. The student body contains approximately 2% American Indian/Alaskan Native, 1% Asian/Pacific Islander, 9% Black/Non-Hispanic, 4% Hispanic, 84% White/Non-Hispanic, and 1% Non-Resident Alien.

About 85% of St. Andrews undergrads live on campus. Freshmen live in three-story single-sex dormitories. The remaining three years, students may choose to live in single-story (“flat”) coed dorms or three-story, single-sex dorms for upperclassmen. All dorms, with the exception of one co-ed “flat” dorm, are Wellness Housing, or alcohol/smoking/drug free. There are accommodations for students with disabilities. The dorms, Mecklenburg, Kings Mountain (now Pate), Winston-Salem, Orange, Granville, Concord, Albemarle and Wilmington were named for the Presbyteries of the North Carolina Synod that existed at the time of the opening of St. Andrews.

References

  1. ^ St Andrew's Press
  2. ^ Commission on Colleges
  3. ^ [1]

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