SAGU to Launch Initiative with American Indian College
Dr. Kermit Bridges, president of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, Texas, and Dr. David J. Moore, president of American Indian College (AIC) in Phoenix, Arizona, has announced SAGU is seeking to open an Instructional Site on the AIC campus. The new initiative will be referred to as SAGU AIC.
On Feb. 25, 2016, SAGU received approval from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to offer academic programs on the AIC campus beginning in fall 2016.
SAGU is petitioning its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges (SACSCOC) for permission to establish a permanent, off-campus instructional site at the AIC campus beginning in the fall of 2016. A permanent SAGU extension site in Phoenix would provide AIC students with accredited degree programs, student services through SAGU, and courses taught by faculty familiar to the students.
Bridges and Moore are excited about the possibilities. Together, the institutions possess 146 years of experience preparing students for ministry within the church and marketplace.
"We are excited about this new development that has been several months in the making,” Moore says. “It makes sense, and it is good stewardship for us to serve with a larger institution with greater resources. This brings immediate programmatic strength to AIC while remaining true to AIC's goal of preparing Native American men and women for life and ministry service. I look forward to this endeavor, and I know our students look forward to the advantages it offers to them."
Bridges expressed his pleasure, stating, "One would be hard pressed to find an institution with mission and values more closely aligned to SAGU than the institutional culture of AIC. I greatly respect their faculty, staff, and administration and look forward to the opportunity to serve such dedicated and talented students."
Established in 1957, AIC now serves nearly 25 tribes as well as other ethnicities.