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Merger FAQs

Crossroads Merger – General Information

Is Crossroads Closing?

Crossroads is not closing. We are exploring strategic options with CBS-Houston that will enable us to continue with our mission of equipping Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic, urban world for Christ. CBS-Houston and Crossroads are liked-minded in mission and focus.

Why is Crossroads pursuing a merger with CBS-Houston?
  • The missions of Crossroads and CBS-Houston align.
  • Crossroads and CBS-Houston are both called to serve multiethnic minorities and urban centers.
  • Crossroads and CBS-Houston have similar academic programs offering traditional, nontraditional, and distance education.
  • Both Crossroads and CBS-Houston are pursuing high-quality higher education programs to a diverse student body based on biblical worldview and teaching, as reflected by the accreditations of SACSCOC and ABHE.
  • CBS-Houston brings some things to the table that are valuable to Crossroads such as regional accreditation, a developed online platform, and a strong team of professionals with a history of success. It also allows us to combine some resources, such as software licensing and information systems.
  • Crossroads and CBS-Houston leadership believe combining resources and strengths will result in a stronger, more efficient, more effective collaborative ministry.
  • Perhaps the biggest advantage was stated by Solomon in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly
    torn apart.
Has Crossroads considered other mergers?

In the last few years, Crossroads has been approached by at least two other Bible colleges to discuss potential partnerships/mergers. However, those conversations were abandoned before making the discussions public. In July 2018, the board of directors of Crossroads officially entered into an agreement to formerly proceed with the pursuit of merger with CBS-Houston, subject to the approval of the national accreditation board, Association of Biblical Higher Education and the
regional accreditation board, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Will Crossroads Bible College’s name change?

In conjunction with the branding and communications implementation planning effort, the renaming of Crossroads will be considered and a recommendation(s) made to the governing board.

Will Crossroads close or relocate?

There are no plans to close any Crossroads sites. However, Crossroads-Indianapolis currently owns more property than it needs to fulfill its mission. Therefore, the Crossroads leadership and Board are working on various approaches to address debt reduction and reduction of operational overhead, including sale of the building/property. A purchase agreement for the Indianapolis campus is in place and expected closing date is January 2019. Plans are being developed to identify a new location. In the meantime, we will continue to keep the Indianapolis campus open through June 30, 2019. Selling the current property allows Crossroads to move to a more modern facility with lower operating costs.

Will Crossroads be lost in the identity of CBS-Houston?

CBS-Houston will work collectively with Crossroads to preserve and foster the CBGC mission, heritage, and legacy. CBS-Houston values Crossroads leadership and staff, their contributions to the pursuit of merger, and will be engaging appropriate leadership in the merger implementation planning and management process.

What are the key phases for project planning and integration?

The major phases include initial Exploration, which covers due diligence and Feasibility Study Report, Board Decisions to approve and commit to the overall project resources, Collaboration to form project task forces with joint efforts to develop integration plans for key functional areas (e.g., Accreditation, Academic/DE, HR, Finance, IT, etc.), Implementation or Integration Execution, followed by Evaluation or lessons learned for future improvement. We are in the collaboration
phase.

How quickly will changes take place?

During the pursuit of merger process, most changes will be gradual. Crossroads will continue to be governed by its current board of trustees, and CBS-Houston will be involved in major decisions. The pursuit of merger process is a lengthy one that requires approval of the accrediting agencies for both institutions. The timeline below provides a summary of the key implementation steps and actions.

September through December – Prepare SACSCOC compliance certification document

November – Substantive Change Prospectus approved by ABHE Commission on Accreditation

December – Substantive Change Prospectus approved by SACSCOC Board

January 10, 2019 – SACSCOC compliance certification submission

February 11-14, 2019 – SACSCOC site visit-Houston

June, 2019 – SACSCOC Commission approves/denies merger

Accreditation and Course Offerings

How will this pursuit of merger impact the accreditation with ABHE and SACSCOC?

There is nothing in the Feasibility Study Report (FSR) indicating a risk to the accreditation status of the institutions if we follow their standards and policies. Our team will work diligently to protect the accreditation of both institutions.

How will regional accreditation affect those degrees issued before the merger? Will our degrees be considered "Accredited"?

The regional accreditation agency, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, stipulates that accreditation status is given to degrees by students who are currently in a degree program at the time accreditation is achieved. SACSCOC does not allow accreditation status to be retroactive.

Will credits from Crossroads’ courses transfer to CBS-Houston after the merger?

Yes, credits from Crossroads courses will transfer to CBS-Houston.

Will all Crossroads’ course programs continue after the merger?

Yes, current course programs will be initially available after the merger. An assessment is being conducted and a plan developed to assist students through any program transitions that are determined to be appropriate. This plan will include communications and interactions with students to assist them with program completion.

Will Crossroads students graduating after the pending July 2019 merger with the College of Biblical Studies receive their diploma/transcript with the institution reflected as Crossroads Bible College or College of Biblical Studies?

Crossroads students graduating after the pending July 2019 merger with the College of Biblical Studies will receive a diploma and transcript with the College of Biblical Studies as the degree granting institution.

How will student headcount be affected?

CBS-Houston intentions are to retain, and grow, the current Crossroads student enrollment. However, there may be changes in enrollment patterns as decisions are made related to additional locations and online enrollment, etc.

How will tuition be affected?

Crossroads’ per credit hour tuition of $395 is currently higher than CBS-Houston’s tuition of $274, and it is feasible, pending final assessment, that the tuition could be reduced or adjusted, as early as 2019-20, to be more consistent with the tuition of CBS-Houston.

How will Crossroads scholarships be affected?

Students should continue to receive scholarships consistent with Crossroads’ current student financial aid offerings. Additional scholarships/aid could be implemented as appropriate to affordability strategies and resources.

How will degree programs be affected?

A major initiative is to align the current Crossroads and CBS-Houston degree program offerings. It is anticipated that several of the programs will merge into current programs, while a select few will be new offerings. An appropriate plan will be developed to support students pursing degree programs.

Questions?

If you would like more information about the merger, please contact:

 

Melinda Merillat
Public Relations and Corporate Communications
Melinda.merillat@cbhouston.edu
832.252.0745 or 936.520.1852