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What’s in a name? TMC finds out for itself

Posted: May 12, 2016 6:51 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2016 6:51 p.m.
Dr. John MacArthur announces the name change from The Master's College to The Master's University at the 89th annual TMC Commencement Service on Friday, May 6. Signal file photo by Dan Watson Dr. John MacArthur announces the name change from The Master's College to The Master's University at the 89th annual TMC Commencement Service on Friday, May 6. Signal file photo by Dan Watson
Dr. John MacArthur announces the name change from The Master's College to The Master's University at the 89th annual TMC Commencement Service on Friday, May 6. Signal file photo by Dan Watson
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The Master’s College will soon have a new name that administrators say better reflects what the school has to offer.

The board of directors voted last Friday to change the name to The Master’s University.

“A university represents, I think, a broader image to the folks outside in higher education,” said Lee Duncan, executive vice president of the college. “I think because we are so connected as a Christian college many people mistakenly thought the only thing we had is a Bible college.”

Duncan said the school has a fully developed liberal arts college and music program that were being overshadowed. He believes the new name will help the school attract students interested in a more diverse educational experience.

In announcing the decision at the school’s commencement last Friday, President John MacArthur highlighted the school’s academic growth and recent launch of numerous online degree programs that have attracted international students.

“The maturing of the school in its academic status, educational range and quality, as well as the breadth of its degree programs, has elevated Master’s to the highest level of recognition among peer universities,” MacArthur said. “So it is the time for us to be identified as The Master’s University.”

The school offers 13 major fields of study with 60 distinctive emphases.

Duncan said the college researched requirements for becoming a university and found that no written distinction between a college and university. Generally, universities are larger and offer more degree programs than colleges, but the institution can choose which designation to employ.

A representative from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which provides accreditation for The Master’s College and approved the name change, confirmed the organization does not distinguish between colleges and universities.

“What is accepted in higher education is that you have research opportunities for your faculty and you have advanced degrees that are offered in various disciplines,” Duncan said of becoming a university.

Duncan said the announcement has received a positive reaction on campus.

“Our students feel it elevated their place in higher education and identifies us not only as a school of biblical students but also will highlight our liberal arts and pre-professional preparation programs,” he said.

The Master’s College is now working with the California and U.S. departments of education to win final approval for the name change.

Duncan believes it will be a fairly simple process, but it could take weeks to months. Until final approval is granted, the school will continue to operate as The Master’s College.

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