God has blessed ABC with qualified people from various academic, ministry, and cultural backgrounds to provide training for the students. Each one has been called by God to serve at this institution. They are committed to continual learning, excellence in the content of their courses, and being godly examples in their lifestyle. ABC’s full-time faculty members are available for personal ministry, prayer, and counseling. Students are encouraged to visit them in their offices.
The professors in the graduate program have earned doctorates in their area of teaching or are subject specialists in a particular field in addition to a master’s degree in the field. These professors are either members of the ABC faculty, professors who serve other institutions or ministries in Ethiopia, or come to the College from abroad to mentor their assigned courses. While they are on campus, students are encouraged to meet with them.
Those who teach in the diploma program are faculty members of ABC, alumni of the College serving in the region near the diploma site, or are qualified personnel with earned bachelor’s degrees and similar doctrinal positions to those held by the College.
Who Can Help?
Among the faculty and administration, students can visit the following for assistance. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor by the Registrar to provide academic counseling and personal mentoring.
If a student has questions about the subject matter taught in a class, a grade, details for a particular assignment, or anything specifically related to a course, see the faculty member teaching the course.
The Receptionist can provide general information about life on campus and in the neighborhood, assist with ID cards, and alert students of phone messages that have come for them. This office provides applications and details on entrance requirements.
The Store Service Overseer assists with dormitory room assignments and blankets. If items in one’s room or in a bathroom are in need of repair or cleaning, or if a student is sick and needs special attention, please notify him.
The Dean of Students coordinates all activities of the students outside the classroom. The Dean of Students serves as the campus pastor and coordinates the chapel program. If one has questions about student life, interpersonal relationships with other students or faculty, ministry on campus, ABC-sponsored evangelism outside the campus, housing, or cafeteria services, please see the Dean. Advice is provided from this office regarding ministry requirements during the long breaks.
The Academic Dean supervises all academic affairs at the College including course offerings, teaching assignments, class scheduling, and classroom activities. The Academic Dean can assist the student with issues related to the student’s general academic program, academic and ministry requirements for graduation, schedule of class offerings for each semester, the final exam schedule, and information about Global University (USA).
Student should see the Registrar for inquiries regarding registering for courses, adding or dropping a course, the daily class schedule, one’s total number of academic credits earned, credits transferred from another institution, grade point average, and specific course requirements for graduation. The Registrar also serves as the director of admissions.
When students need to pay their educational expenses including tuition, housing, fees, book rentals, or study guide purchases, they should visit the Cashier, or Accounting office or the Administration and Finance Head. This office can answer questions about educational expenses and the availability of work-study scholarships.
For general concerns about the College, personnel, policies, the school’s purpose, vision, and rationale for decisions that are made, a student is encouraged to see the Principal.
VII. Academic Schedules
For new bachelor’s degree students, the academic year begins the last week of August with an English Refresher course. Regular classes start immediately after the Ethiopian New Year. The school year finishes the last week of May. There is a short vacation between semesters from late-December to late-January and a long vacation from June through August. National holidays are honored. A calendar with the specific dates for the academic year is posted. For questions regarding the academic calendar, see the Registrar’s office. There are two semesters in each academic year. Courses are offered each semester beginning with two-week block modules followed by a 12 to 15-week regular semester. The length of daily classes depends on the number of credit hours being earned but is usually three hours per week for a 3-credit course. For a 3-credit course, the student will meet with their instructor for a minimum of 36 contact hours during the semester.
During the regular 15-week semester, courses convene every other day. Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Friday block courses meet for three hours, one day per week. Afternoon and evening courses are offered for extension students who are unable to attend classes during the weekdays.