Morthland College

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Morthland College
MorthlandCollegecrest.png
Motto in EnglishLight, Service, and Truth
Established2009
TypePrivate
Religious affiliationChristian
PresidentDr. Tim Morthland
Studentsapprox. 40
Undergraduatesapprox. 40
LocationWest Frankfort, Illinois, United States
CampusRural
ColorsCrimson, Forrest Green
AthleticsNCCAA (D-II Mid-East),
NicknamePatriots
Websitewww.morthland.org
 
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Morthland College
MorthlandCollegecrest.png
Motto in EnglishLight, Service, and Truth
Established2009
TypePrivate
Religious affiliationChristian
PresidentDr. Tim Morthland
Studentsapprox. 40
Undergraduatesapprox. 40
LocationWest Frankfort, Illinois, United States
CampusRural
ColorsCrimson, Forrest Green
AthleticsNCCAA (D-II Mid-East),
NicknamePatriots
Websitewww.morthland.org

Morthland College (MC) is a private Classical Christian Liberal Arts college in West Frankfort, Illinois, United States. The school was founded in 2009 by Dr. Tim Morthland and opened in 2011 as a small, co-educational liberal arts college. The college has an enrollment of approximately forty students and confers degrees in Biblical Studies, Classics, and Business Administration. Morthland College athletic teams are known as the Patriots. The college is a member of the NCCAA in the Division-II Mid-East Region.

History[edit]

Morthland College was founded by Dr. Tim Morthland in 2009. Dr. Morthland pioneered the institution of a Christian college in the region, founded on the principles of scholarship and Christianity. He began gathering support for the school and on March 29, 2009, seventy community members met in West Frankfort to discuss the subject of building a Christian college in Southern Illinois.[1] In October 2009, the institution was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and it was certified by the IRS in March 2010 with 501C3 status.[1] Dr. Morthland and the board of trustees appointed 32 faculty members who embrace the Christian values of the college.[2]

On October 5, 2010, Morthland College when the college was given approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to operate.[1] As part of the IBHE approval process, the college received a thorough review that included: site visits and meetings, and analysis of the course catalog and offerings. The college began recruiting its first students to begin the following fall semester. Morthland set an enrollment cap of 100 students for the first year but a five-year goal of 500 students.[3]

The college opened offices in downtown West Frankfort, planned to hold classes at the community high school, library and park district buildings. Morthland College initial programs of study included the BA in Biblical Studies and the BA in Classics. [2]

Morthland held opening ceremonies on August 15, 2011. The ceremony marked the official opening of the college and included speeches and prayers from Dr. Morthland, faculty, and guest speakers.[4] Classes began the next day on August 16, 2011 with 11 full and part-time students enrolled in two degrees programs, a Bachelor of Arts in Classics or a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. The college utilized two classrooms and a computer lab in its administration building on Main Street in West Frankfort.[5]

In October 2011, the college received approval from the IBHE to offer a BA in Business Administration to begin in the 2012-13 academic year.[6] In early 2012, Morthland announced further expansion, adding an athletic department with five initial sports.[7]

In the summer to 2012, the college continued expansion efforts and looked to purchase the historic former Elks building located at Oak and Emma Streets in West Frankfort. The four-story, 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) building was built in 1923; it would house administrative offices, faculty offices, chapel, student commons, and a kitchen and student area. The college's enrollment increased to over forty students in the fall semester, up from the original 11 in the first year of the college.[1]

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Academics[edit]

The college offers the bachelor of arts degrees in Biblical Studies, Classics, and Business Administration. The college also offers traditional classroom-based learning, online and hybrid courses, as well as a weekend business program.[9][10]

Morthland College was approved to operate with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) in 2011 and is currently seeking institutional accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for its general education and business administration curriculum, as well as the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) for its biblical and theological programs.[11]

Athletics[edit]

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Morthland Patriots logo

The college added an athletics in its second year of existence. The college selected the Patriots as its official athletic nickname. In the initial academic and athletic season of the program, 2012–13, the college competes in four sports: men's and women's basketball, men's golf, and softball.[7] The Morthland College Patriots compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) in the Mid-East Region.[12]

In addition, the college has plans to continue expanding its athletics to coincide with acadmeic and enrollment expansion. Morthland will add baseball and bowling in the 2013-14 academic year, and has plan to expand the offerings to 15 sports by the 2017-18 school year. The college plans to add women’s golf, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, swimming, tennis over the next five years; it is also conducting feasibility studies on adding football.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ellis, Bob (August 13, 2012). "Morthland College looking toward expansion". Daily American News. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Rickerl, Stephen (October 11, 2010). "Morthland College in West Frankfort given approval to operate by IBHE". The Southern. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Malkovich, Becky (November 29, 2010). "Morthland College ready to start recruiting". The Southern. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Rush, Linda (August 15, 2011). "Let the classes begin". The Southern. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Fitzgerald, Scott (August 16, 2011). "Classes begin today at Morthland College". The Southern. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ Staff (October 5, 2011). "Morthland College adds business degree". The Southern. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Staff (January 20, 2012). "Morthland adding athletics program". The Southern. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.morthland.org/mc/aboutmorthland_vision.html
  9. ^ "Academics". Morthland College. 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ Staff (September 25, 2012). "Morthland to offer weekend online classes". Daily American News. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ "2011 New Operating and/or Degree-Granting Authority for - IBHE". IBHE. 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ Spitler, Pete (June 15, 2012). "Birth of a program, Morthland College laying foundation for sports teams". The Southern. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ Spitler, Pete (June 15, 2012). "Whole new ballgame at Morthland College". The Southern. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 

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