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  • Whether you are engaging in a personal conversation with a student, emailing the CBS stakeholders, posting on social media, or creating a mass email campaign, confidentiality is critical. Any communication should adhere to policies HR-302 and HR 303 regarding confidentiality and student privacy.



    As stated in the CBS corporate policy, HR-302 Confidentiality, “Employees may have access to confidential information. Confidential information includes, but is not limited to, all data, documents, systems, improvements, architectural drawings, equipment, software, programs and student/contributor/employee list and information. This information, no matter how it is summarized, reproduced, or stored, is proprietary and confidential and should not be converted or used for personal benefit or advantage. Any misappropriation or unauthorized disclosure of such information is illegal (Privacy Act of 1990 Revised), prohibited and cause for immediate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.”


    Student Information

    Understanding policy regarding student information is also required of CBS staff. Per HR-303 Privacy of Records, “Employees should become familiar with procedural requirements for managing student information to avoid giving students or third parties wrong information. If you have any questions regarding what information is to be kept private, contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected].


    Personal Responsibility and Liability

    All communication follows PR-003 Intellectual Property guidelines to provide overarching guidance in the protection and use of intellectual property.

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  • College without Compromise

    The College of Biblical Studies applauds home school families for their years of dedication and hard work to among the noblest of causes. We share your stand that a “higher education” involves more than obtaining knowledge toward a vocation and that the college experience should result in raising one’s standard of moral and ethical integrity, not lowering it.

    Character and Competence

    At the heart of the CBS mission is a commitment to build upon the solid foundation you’ve laid for your life in Christ as well as your educational goals. This involves providing an environment that stresses character as well as competence.

    Truth. Training. Transformation.

    Our dedication to “training in truth that leads to transformation” finds no better outlet than in the mind and heart of a home school graduate. The attributes below reflect our interest in serving you and serving you well. We look forward to providing you a transformational college experience!

    Equitable Admission Process

    College of Biblical Studies recognizes the value of a home school education and places no extra burdens upon a home school applicant. An official transcript of courses completed toward high school equivalency is the only document required.

    Individual Attention

    We appreciate the (very) individual attention to which you have become accustomed throughout your educational experience. Our class sizes average 13:1 and our ministry-minded faculty welcome the opportunity to learn about you and your specific goals and objectives.

    Dual Credit

    CBS offers a fully regionally accredited, dual-enrollment degree program that not only allows home school students to complete their first two years of collegiate-level work, but also teaches all courses from a distinctively biblical worldview. Dual credit options decrease the cost of tuition and fees for students by accelerating their pursuit of a college degree.

    Pay no tuition for up to TWO dual credit courses per year!


    Online Program

    CBS students can complete a bachelor’s degree FULLY ONLINE by first completing an associate degree and then signing up for one of our accelerated degree completion programs (see below). Courses are also available online each semester to supplement on-campus programs.

    • ACCESS: attending class is simply a matter of logging in – from anywhere
    • FLEXIBILITY: go to school any hour day or night
    • SUPPORT: instructors are an email away, and eager to help you succeed

    On-Campus Programs

    Bachelor of Science Four-Year Degree Program

    Bachelor of Science Accelerated Degree Completion Program

    Associate of Biblical Studies Degree (also available in Spanish)

    Bible Certificate (also available in Spanish)

    Online Programs

    Bachelor of Science Accelerated Degree Completion Program

    • Biblical Counseling
    • Organizational Leadership

    Associate of Biblical Studies Degree

    Associate of Arts Degree

    Bible Certificate

    Ready to Learn More?

    Email Admissions Office or Call 844-CBS-WORD (1-844.227.9673 – toll free) 713-77-BIBLE (713.772.4253 – Houston area)

  • Completing your educational journey is one of great accomplishment and celebration.  The CBS family joins you in praising God and commending your efforts of a job well done!  Please review the following information to ensure the most positive experience possible during this very special time.

    Degree Conferral Checklist

    • Meet ALL academic degree requirements by the end of the semester you are applying for graduation eligibility
      • The Office of the Registrar must confirm satisfaction of academic requirements per the catalog and CBS faculty must approve petitioning graduates
    • Submit an Intent to Graduate Form
    • Pay the required $60 Graduation Fee
    • Complete all graduation assessment and exist survey requirements
    • Ensure no financial, academic, or library holds are in place
    • Decide if you plan to participate in the annual graduation ceremony each spring
    • If needed, review the CBS Graduation FAQ page
    • If you need assistance at any time or have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected]

    Degree Conferral AND Graduation Ceremony Participation Checklist

    • Meet ALL academic degree requirements by the end of the semester you are applying for graduation eligibility
      • Graduating students must have completed all academic requirements by the end of the spring semester to participate in the graduation ceremony.  If extenuating circumstances are in place and a student is within six credit hours of degree completion, an appeal to participate in the graduation ceremony early can be submitted to the Office of the Registrar at [email protected]
      • The Office of the Registrar must confirm satisfaction of academic requirements per the catalog and CBS faculty must approve petitioning graduates
    • Submit an Intent to Graduate Form
    • Pay the required $60 Graduation Fee
    • Complete all graduation assessment and exist survey requirements
    • Ensure no financial, academic, or library holds are in place
    • Complete the Graduation RSVP Form
    • Contact CBS’ preferred graduation vendor to order required regalia (graduates must purchase or rent regalia to participate in the ceremony)
      • Bible Certificate graduates will not need to purchase regalia
      • Associate level graduates will wear blue robes and red tassels
      • Bachelor level graduates will wear black robes and gold tassels
      • For those graduates who have earned academic honors, CBS will purchase and supply honor cords for associate level graduates and medals for bachelor level graduates
      • If desired, order and send out invitations, order a class ring, diploma frame, etc.
    • Regularly review your CBS email and the CBS website for important graduation information
      • Look for any communications regarding pre-ceremony recognition events
      • Ensure you know the exact location of the graduation ceremony; CBS recommends driving to the location ahead of time if needed
      • Ensure you know the exact time you need to arrive on the day of the ceremony; plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early to allow for unforeseen events that may delay arrival
      • Be aware of what clothing items to wear beneath your regalia
    • Review the CBS Graduation FAQ page
    • If you need assistance at any time or have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected]
  • Attendance / Course Structure

    Students are expected to attend all class sessions for which they are registered. Instructors are required to take weekly attendance. For on-ground students, tardiness are early departure are considered in reporting absences. For online students, class log in activity serves as “attendance”. Students are allowed to miss 20% of class time without penalty. Absences in excess of 20% of class time may result in an automatic “F”. Appeals for extenuating situations should be discussed with the course instructor. If the student is not satisfied with the instructor’s decision, the student can follow the academic complaint process in the Academic Catalog.

  • April 2018

    Job Description

    Job Title: Director of Marketing & Communications

    Department: Marketing and Communications

    Job Category/ FLSA Status: Communications / Exempt

    Accountability: President

    Authority: Assigned Staff

    Position Description:

    The Director, Marketing and Communications is responsible for stewarding the institutional branding and communications to achieve mission clarity with our students and prospective students and our donor and church community. This stewardship includes partnering with operational areas in the creation and production of marketing and communication materials to achieve one voice for the college, including the College website.

    Major/Essential Functions:

    • This position will be responsible for planning, coordinating and carrying out the College’s marketing, communications, public relations, and public information activities. Maximizing public and community awareness and support of the College’s Biblically based education and mission.
    • Develop and manage annual departmental program review including integration of units’ plans and assessments with institutional planning and assessment initiatives.
    • Monitor operational activities to meet goals, ethics and guidelines, and to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, and accreditation standards.
    • Assumes leadership in the development, implementation of plans, goals and objectives to facilitate the changes in policies, procedures and processes for continual quality improvement.
    • Monitor operational activities to meet goals, ethics and guidelines, and to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, and accreditation standards.


    • Provides leadership in developing and coordinating the public relations, public information and marketing efforts to enhance the image and community awareness and support of the College.
    • Enhances the College’s image expands public awareness and support of the College.
    • Develops and implements written annual marketing, communication and public relations plan that promotes the College’s Mission and Vision, and strategic pillars
    • Develops CBS institutional distinctive priorities for universal use in all marketing and communications for both English and Spanish speaking audiences.
    • Develops brand and standards metrics to assess results of strategies, penetration, capture and success rates.
    • Plans and executes a comprehensive, pro-active program of promotion, publicity and media relations, reflecting the College’s distinctive institutional priorities, through broadcast, print media, internet and social media.
    • Coordinates with the VP’s of Development and Student Services, or their designated representatives, to reach students and donors with marketing and communications support consistent with the prioritized institutional distinctives.
    • Ensures that the CBS distinctives are consistent in all publications and online communications.
    • Develops and manages a dynamic budget that supports the College’s marketing, communications and public relations program.
    • Managers the College website and works with content contributors to effectively present the CBS brand and to accomplish the implementation of innovative online marketing concepts.
    • Manages the CBS Media.
    • Manages the writing, editing and distribution of news releases and public service announcements.
    • Manages the design and composing of brochures, press kits and other promotional materials at both the College level as well as for specific student and donor campaigns.
    • Serves as coordinator of CBS personnel in interfacing with the media to provide the timely release of information that reflects the “personality” of the College.
    • Manages the use of the College’s logo in internal and external communications.
    • Assists faculty and staff with marketing of special events.
    • Provides technical expertise in Marketing Communications including developing and implementing prospect inquiry (lead tracking) systems.
    • Prepares reports on the successes and failures of individual campaigns upon completion of each undertaking.
    • Performs related duties as required. 



    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in journalism, marketing, mass communications, public relations and 3-5 years of progressive professional experience in marketing and communications or the equivalent.
    • A demonstrated history of managing personnel and to working independently as well as within collaborative environments.
    • Experience with web development, publications, e-communications, branding and marketing research and outcomes techniques and practices.
    • Be a committed Christian and in good standing with a local church.
    • Be in complete agreement with the doctrinal position of the college and able to sign its doctrinal statement without reservation.


    • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in journalism, marketing, public relations, mass communications and 3-5 years of progressive professional experience in
    • College/University/ Postsecondary education Marketing, Communications and/or Public Relations.
    • Bilingual in English and Spanish (speak, read, and write) 

    Equipment/Skills/Knowledge needed to perform job (i.e., vehicle, MS Word, License, etc.):

    • Ability to collect, analyze and effectively use qualitative and quantitative marketing data.
    • Ability to provide information in a variety of formats and media to promote the College to various individuals and entities from diverse backgrounds.
    • Ability to lead, manage and work alongside staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds in a team oriented environment.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including an ability to develop and make presentations to potential donors.
    • Ability to work with and influence others to achieve operational requirements.
    • Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team.
    • Ability to manage information system solutions and expansions to support the delivery of high quality and cost efficient services and communications.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while achieving goals and objectives.
    • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to assess problems, identify appropriate actions and communicate solutions to management, staff and student customers.
    • Ability to present information in individual, group and public settings.
    • Excellent writing, speaking and interpersonal skills.
    • Proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
    • Positive attitude and cooperative spirit.
    • Diplomacy, poise, discretion and strong leadership and interpersonal skills.

    Measurable Expectations/Fiscal Responsibilities (i.e., quarterly reports, annual events, etc.):

    • Develop annual and long-range Communications, Marketing and Public Relations written plans.
    • Develop and manage operation fiscal budgets within approved parameters.
    • Develop measurable outcomes and produce associated results. 

    Mobility/Physical Demands:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Employee must sit, stand and walk.
    • Employee must talk and listen via face-to-face contact and telephone.
    • Employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.

    Working Conditions/Environment (i.e., necessary travel, unusual hours, etc.):

    • Typical office environment.
    • Flexible work hours are required. 
    Security Sensitive:

    Statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, this job description does not establish a contract for employment and is subject to change at the discretion of CBS.

    Believing that God values and calls men and women from every language, people and nation into His kingdom, CBS is committed to cultivating and maintaining an ethnically diverse educational and work environment that motivates and retains God’s chosen individuals. CBS does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, national or ethnic origin, veteran, marital status, or physical or mental disability in the administration of its employment policies except as such conditions may constitute bona fide occupational or assignment limitation. 

    Applicants please visit CBS Job Opportunities website and follow the instructions to complete your applications. Thank you.

  • The College of Biblical Studies understands that minimizing debt is both biblical and a healthy way to ensure CBS students and graduates are able to focus on doing God’s work.  For those students who do not want to apply and/or do not qualify for need-based aid, but want to pursue their educational goals through CBS, a convenient payment plan process is provided as an alternative.  CBS students who have completed the admissions process and earned acceptance status can progress through the easy payment plan steps as follows:

    Payment Plan Process

    • Go to
    • Enter student ID and Pin to Log In (this is the information you were sent when your CBS student email account was set up)
    • Go to the “Billing” tab
    • Click on “Make a Payment/Payment Plan” and complete these final steps

    If you have any questions please contact Maggie Rodriguez at 832-252-4623 or [email protected] 

    Please note: there is a $25 per semester nonrefundable enrollment fee.

  • What Do the Students and Alumni Say about College of Biblical Studies (CBS)?  


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    “CBS equipped me with more than a bachelor’s degree – I walked away with a far deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. And God is using this transformation in me to help others toward their transformation...The counsel I provide to combat veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder requires more than an education – it demands that I have a profound understanding of God’s word and how it can heal the sense of brokenness these heroes wrestle with. Consequently, I am applying what I learned at CBS on a daily basis – to impact the world and change lives. And to God be the glory!"  (Zoeieann T)


    “As a youth leader I’m living out what I’m learning at CBS. No more having to decide between ‘competing voices’ as to the way forward in ministry; and no more ‘piggy-backing’ off of another’s faith. CBS has given me ownership of my faith through the study of the Word. The depth of learning and relationships I’m building, with passionate professors as well as mission-driven students, is preparing me to fulfill God’s call to ministry, not just respond to it.”  (Andrew)

    “I had the desire to honor God with my life but lacked direction. CBS is backing my passion and purpose with substance from God’s word. The knowledge and wisdom I receive from these professors does more than fill in the head, it fashions the heart. And their belief in me constantly fortifies my ability to minister effectively. I’m learning how to endure with excellence. Glory to God!”  (Caleb) 

    “Every day I see value in the biblical worldview I’m developing at CBS. As a dad, teacher of kids at church, and respiratory therapist at a children’s hospital, my basis for decision-making impacts the lives and minds of our next generation, as well as my own. Given the direction our society is heading and my increasing sphere of influence, I soon realized it was time for me to draw a line in the sand and cross it. CBS has brought me over that line and into a place of transformational service to the church and the world!”  (Chris) 

    “My CBS experience transformed me, quite literally, from the inside out. Training in the truth of Scripture helped me to greatly enhance my understanding of God’s will. The biblical counseling and worldview courses also equipped me to serve more effectively at the pregnancy center I now direct. Each day I can provide clarity from God’s word to young women confused by their circumstances – and desperate for hope!”  (Daisy)

    “This isn’t ‘second high school’. I like the strong presence of adults; mature students who are here to work, to build on their passion for God’s word -- and get things done! In my first class I received so much more of an understanding of God’s word than I ever had in years of attending church. I’m being equipped to disciple others effectively, which includes addressing any issue from a biblical worldview. CBS definitely exceeded my expectations!” (Daniel)

    “I’ve developed amazing friendships here – a shared hunger for truth. Moreover, CBS has transformed my ministry to the homeless. Before it was simply about ‘helping’ them; now I know that truly caring for them requires DISCIPLESHIP – seeing to it that both body and soul are fed, LONG term in Christ. CBS keeps me focused on the Word of God, staying fed so that I may feed others!”  (Greg

    “The teachers here—all of them – love what they do, demonstrating both passion and compassion. This helped me overcome the intimidation of returning to school after 20 years. CBS has provided me the confidence of who I am in Christ, helping me to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in me. I knew God had called me, but I was not equipped to do what I needed to do. CBS has helped me to not only understand and articulate God’s word, but to take ownership of its study for myself – and become a more effective disciple maker!” (Jesse R)

    CBS not only provided me the tools for a contextual study of God’s Word, but a spiritual growth has taken place that only God’s Word can produce. My work with prison inmates comes from a desire to see men’s lives changed by the living Word of God and to share the love of God with them. God has prepared and equipped these CBS instructors to properly handle God’s Word and to teach us the truth so that we can be the next leaders in our community. There is no secret here at CBS, God is simply with us, teaching us, and growing us up, to be the men and women He has destined us to be.”  (Jesus M)

    “The professors at CBS are ministers. They took me by the hand and led me through the process of understanding the character of God. This gave me the unction to serve God’s will and to be obedient to His calling to preparation as well as service. I’ve come to realize that the one place, the ONLY place of peace and purpose is at the center of God’s will!”  (Jonathan)
    “Getting to know how good God is – that’s the basis of my CBS experience! I had a scholarship toward another college, but God led me here. I’m so excited about the Biblical Counseling program and, as a bilingual, am passionate about applying God’s word to issues facing members of the culture I grew up in. CBS was not my first choice, but it was my best choice!” (Natalie M)

    “It would be difficult to minister to birth moms at the adoption agency without the Women’s Ministry program at CBS. I am gaining insight on how to handle situations and listen effectively – versus simply giving my opinion. The agency currently has me training pregnancy center volunteers all over Houston and other cities. These life changing opportunities have grown from the impact of CBS teachers who insist I develop a biblical worldview."  (Samantha)

     “In preparing me to pastor, CBS first had to “repair” my theology. Gaining a biblical understanding of grace has changed my ministry – and my life! I now see the reality of Ephesians 2:8-9, that our salvation is truly a gift – one that the Giver never takes away. CBS has taught me that we must always approach God’s Word ready for correction!” (Sammy P)

    “CBS shows you how authoritative the Word of God is; how spiritual discipline brings order and meaning to all of life. Whatever we study, it’s an opportunity to glorify God as we’re being equipped to help transform others. At CBS, we’re worshipping God in the COMPUTER class! My passion for the youth I teach is for them to be biblically sound and mission minded – reflecting God’s glory in everyday living.”  (Steven)

    “When you present yourself in devotion to Christ He presents opportunities for that devotion to be used for others as well. He has to minister to me first. And that’s the impact of CBS – it introduces you to Christ’s true character; to learn of His character. Sitting with these experienced professors allows me to receive wise counsel, applicable insight, not just knowledge. CBS is ‘Bible’ – straight up – that prompts my devotion, allowing me to build doctrinal understanding from the Word itself and not be led astray.” (Tyvon S)

    “Experiencing the care and compassion the CBS teachers have for their students has inspired me; it’s challenged my own motivation for teaching and given me a passion for discipleship. I want to help young adults develop a meaningful devotional life, one that transforms their ability to honor God and His calling. A biblical worldview impacts everything; CBS provides the skills needed for ministry and needed for LIFE!”  (Zach)
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  • Admission Requirements of College of Biblical Studies

    The CBS Admission staff will consider the following criteria when making a determination regarding admission:

    1. Applicants should be Christians who believe salvation is received by faith alone in Jesus Christ, who died in a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and rose again (Acts 14:12; 13:38, 39; 1 Cor 15:1-4: Rom 4:4, 5; 5:1).
    2. Applicants should be eager to grow in their Christian faith and be actively involved in Christian service.
    3. Applicants must be in full agreement with the Code of Conduct described in the Student Life section and must comply with those standards from the point of their admission to CBS and throughout their matriculation.
    4. Applicants should submit the documentation mentioned under “Admission Requirements.”


    Vaccination Requirement

    Effective for the Spring 2014 semester and every semester thereafter, all new CBS students are required to receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or to meet certain criteria for requesting a waiver from such a vaccination prior to registration for classes.  This is a state requirement in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1107 (SB1107), as amended by SB 62. Students who are age 22-years-old or older are exempt from this vaccination requirement, per SB62, which will become effective on January 1, 2014. Entering students are required to submit a completed Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Form. For more information regarding the CBS vaccination requirement, including permissible waivers, please visit our Health Services Page.


    Additional Admission Requirements

    First-time applicants are defined as those students who have not taken any previous college courses. First-time applicants are required to submit the following documentation:

    • A fully completed CBS application for admission.
    • A non-refundable $40 application fee. Please note that the application fee may be paid in the following ways:
      • Online with a credit card or electronic check
      • In person at the CBS Bookstore (cash, check or money order)
      • By mail with a check or money order. Please mail the application fee to the following address:

    Student Accounts
    College of Biblical Studies
    7000 Regency Square Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77036 

    • An approved, unexpired form of photo identification, which may include an unexpired state driver’s license, unexpired passport, unexpired permanent residency card (Green Card), consulate ID, official federal/state identification, etc.
    • Official high school transcript, diploma or GED. Please note that official transcripts must show date of graduation, include the official school stamp and/or appropriate administrator signature and arrive in a sealed, unopened envelope that bears the logo of the school.


    Please have all official transcripts forwarded to the following address:

    Office of Admission and Advising
    College of Biblical Studies
    7000 Regency Square Blvd.
    Houston, Texas 77036


    Military veterans can obtain transcripts from their particular branch of service through one of the following links:

    Begin the process for financial aid. Apply here.

    Submission of appropriate placement testing scores. An acceptable score from ONE of the following examinations will satisfy this requirement: ACT, SAT, TAAS/TAKS, THEA/TASP/TSI, ASSET, COMPASS or ACCUPLACER.

    Exemptions to Placement Testing

    • Students who performed at or above the level set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS/TAKS) Exit Level Exam, Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP), Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), or other measurements such as ASSET, COMPASS, or ACCUPLACER. Students seeking exemption must show official documentation before exemption is granted. For more information, please click here.
    • Students who have achieved at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for 6-credit hours of college-level English Composition.
    • Personal Enrichment Students: Personal Enrichment Students are not subject to placement testing. It is impossible to receive a certificate or an associate's or bachelor's degree without proper documentation of qualifying exemptions or successful scores on all placement testing required of the student.
    • Bible Certificate and A.B.S. in Spanish: Students entering these programs may be exempt by meeting any of the qualifications listed in numbers 1-4 as long as the appropriate documentation is provided. Those students not meeting these exceptions must demonstrate the ability to benefit by successfully completing 6 hours of course work with an established GPA of 2.0 or higher. These 6 credit hours must be completed within the first three semesters of enrollment into the program.

    Please feel free to review your application status by visiting MyApp.

  • Connect with CBS Enrollment & Student Services


    Dr. Lisa Stewart

    Associate Vice President of Enrollment & Student Services; Dean of Students

    832-252-0758   [email protected]


    Admissions and Recruitment - Suite 114

    Staff Name



    Iris Davidson

    Admissions Associate


    [email protected]

    Dr. Doug Brooks

    Sr. Admissions Counselor


    [email protected]

    Joshua Cardoso

    Admissions Counselor


    [email protected]

    Kathy Perkins

    Assistant Director of Admissions


    [email protected]


    Alumni Services- Suite 114

    Staff Name



    Prima McFalls

    Volunteer Alumni Services Coordinator


    [email protected]


    Career and Student Services - Suite 114

    Staff Name



    Leonette Lewis

    Coordinator of Student Services


    [email protected] 


    Dean of Students - Suite 114

    Staff Name



    Dr. Lisa Stewart

    AVP, Enrollment & Student Services and Dean of Students


    [email protected] 


    Education Marketing - Suite 114

    Staff Name



    Lee Bouldin

    Enrollment Marketing Manager


    [email protected] 


    Office of the Registrar; Advising; Financial Aid; and Student Accounts (Enrollment Services) - Suite 112

    Staff Name



    Chris Fontaine

    Registrar & Director of Enrollment Services and Education Marketing


    [email protected]

    Natalie Menjivar

    Records Analyst


    [email protected]

    Esmeralda Barrera

    Sr. Academic Advisor


    [email protected]

    Debbie Harper

    Academic Advisor


    [email protected]

    ShaToi Newell

    Sr. Financial Aid Advisor & VA Certifying Official


    [email protected]

    Maggie Rodriguez

    Asst. Director of Financial Aid & Student Account Representative


    [email protected] 

  • V.A. Students

    Qualified veterans and the dependents of deceased or disabled veterans whose death or disability is a direct result of their military service may be eligible for VA educational benefits under one of the following programs while attending the CBS:

    • Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill®- Active/ Duty Discharged
    • Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 G.I Bill®                        
    • Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance

    Chapter 30

    1. Veterans who wish to use their VA educational benefits for the first time should apply online at and complete a Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
    2. If educational benefits have previously been used, complete a Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training, online at to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
    3. Submit the following items to the Financial Aid Office:
    • Certificate of Eligibility
    • Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
    • Official academic transcripts from previously attended colleges and/or universities

    Chapter 31

    Disabled veterans desiring to further their education under the VA Vocational Rehabilitation program should contact the Veterans Administration Counseling and Training office at 713-383-1985. 

    Chapter 33

    1. Veterans who wish to use their VA educational benefits for the first time should apply online at and complete a Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
    2. If educational benefits have previously been used, complete a Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training, online at to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
    3. Submit the following items to the Student Financial Services office:
    • Certificate of Eligibility
    • Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
    • Official academic transcripts from previously attended colleges and/or universities

    Chapter 35

    1. Qualified dependents who wish to use their VA educational benefits for the first time should apply online at and complete a Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance, to receive a Certificate/Letter of Eligibility.
    2. If educational benefits have previously been used, complete a Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training, online at to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.
    3. Submit the following items to the Student Financial Services office:
    • Certificate of Eligibility
    • Official Academic Transcript from previously attended colleges and/or universities

    Additional Assistance

    For additional assistance regarding VA educational benefits, please contact the Veterans Administration at 1-888-442-4551 or You may also contact the Office of Financial Aid at 832-252-4602 or [email protected]

    For additional assistance regarding disability services, please contact Disability Support Services at 832-252-0757 or [email protected]. The CBS Disability Services office is located in Suite 113; the operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


    Ask an Admissions Officer

    What leads most students to choose College of Bibilical Studies (CBS)?

    There are a number of good reasons why most students choose CBS. We have a very generous credit transfer policy. Our tuition rates are far more reasonable than any other 4-year school. It is a way for the Christian college student to get a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school with Christian values. It is a fabulous “springboard” for those who are called to ministry to prepare them for seminary. It is a means for the community college graduate who is already entrenched in a career to go on and obtain a bachelor’s degree in order to improve his or her chances of promotion at work. CBS provides a world-class education at a reasonable investment.

    What qualities and experiences are you looking for in applicants? 

    CBS seeks applicants who are professed Christians, who are looking to further their education, and who are seeking to grow in a deeper relationship with the Lord. (Truth, Training, Transformation)

    Can you tell me more about the application evaluation process?

    It is very easy to apply to CBS. Our application is online and represents a “turn-key” process for admission to the college. Upon full completion of the application and receipt of all required documents (transcripts, shot records, SAT/ACT scores, etc.) the CBS admissions team carefully reviews each application in order to determine admission status.

    How large of a role do SAT scores play in admissions? 

    Your SAT/ACT scores may allow you to bypass CBS’ admissions testing process.

    Can I meet with an admissions officer?

    Absolutely! If you wish to meet with an admissions officer, make sure to set up a meeting via email or calling beforehand. If it is during application, usually two months before the beginning of a semester, try to schedule an appointment to ensure they are not too busy to meet with prospective students.

    What are the college’s most important values, and how does it demonstrate this to students? 

    CBS’ values and vision are best stated in our mission statement.

    What sort of student would succeed here? 

    The profile of our most successful student is one who seeks to fulfill the imperative in 1 Cor. 10:31 and Col. 3:17 which (paraphrased) exhorts the believer to “do all to the glory of God”. Moreover, the successful student has a mindset to be challenged (but not overwhelmed) to glorify God through his or her seeking a deeper relationship with Him. Ultimately, it is this relationship that remains at the forefront of our successful student’s mind as he or she balances family, work, ministry, and school. The successful student delivers excellence in all these areas through maintaining this aforementioned perspective.  

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    Fianancial Aid

    What kind of need-based financial aid do you offer?

    In addition to pell grant awards through fafsa. CBS offers a number of donor based scholarships.

    What information do you require besides the FAFSA?

    On the CBS site, we have a financial aid portal known as “My FA”. This portal links fafsa’s assessment with our site in order for the student to see what financial aid they have received.

    Are there other scholarships that students can apply for at the time of application?

    Yes. However, CBS does require each scholarship applicant to complete fafsa and My FA as well as register for classes. Since the scholarships are “needs-based” each application is reviewed individually by our scholarship review board to determine eligibility. 

    Can I renegotiate my offer if it’s lower than I expected? 

    While many institutions use the word “negotiate”, CBS prefers the word “appeal”. If you feel like you should qualify for more assistance, we do have an appeal process.

    What are some opportunities for work-study?

    CBS requires each student to serve in the Body of Christ in order to graduate. This requirement takes the form of Christian Service modules of 28 hours of service during 3 different semesters. Contact the Dean of Students for other work-study opportunities.  

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    Ask A Professor 

    Meeting with a professor could be a great way for a prospective student to make contact and learn about a department and class, especially if the prospective student has a strong sense of his or her degree focus. The prospect can learn about the Prof’s teaching style, the department’s approach, and any opportunities for independent projects or research.

    What are your expectations for students in your class? How can students succeed in your class?

    Students are expected to honor the Lord through their efforts to study “heartily as if for the Lord”. Timely attendance to class, submission of assignments, and maintaining comprehension of the assigned reading places the student in the best position to be successful.

    What are typical requirements, like exams, papers, or presentations in a semester?

    All of these requirements reflect the array of requirement options for a class. Depending on the class and grade level, there will be a combination of some or all of these aforementioned.

    What kind of materials would I use in your class?

    The required and recommended textbooks are always listed in the course syllabus. Having a personal computer is a staple for student success.

    What skills or knowledge would you consider to be prerequisites?

    CBS requires that a prospective student be a professed believer in Jesus Chris as the sole means for salvation. A high school diploma or GED is required for admission to CBS. A fundamental level of computer skills is necessary in order to fulfill the course requirements.

    Do you offer any opportunities for students to do research?

    Yes. Many of our courses require research.

    Would I be required or able to write a senior thesis or do a capstone project?

    Yes. Depending on the degree plan, some of our programs require a capstone project that can be in the form of a thesis.

    How much flexibility would l have in shaping my major or taking an interdisciplinary approach?

    Some of our degree plans offer the flexibility of interdisciplinary studies due to the large number of elective courses in the program.

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    Academic and More...

    Below questions are divided up by academics, support resources, internships, study abroad programs, extra-curricular, residential life, and general culture, as well as some personal questions.

    Are some majors or departments considered stronger or more popular than others?

    That would be like asking a mother who her favorite child is! All of our curriculum are taught by world-class professors. The more popular bachelor programs include Biblical Counseling and Organizational Leadership.

    How large are the classes?

    CBS offers an extremely personal class environment with class sizes averaging 12-15 students. The professor knows each student’s name and face.

    Are the classes more lecture-based or discussion-based?

    The answer to this question depends on the course, objectives, and curriculum in each course.

    How many of the classes are taught by a professor, and how many are taught by a teaching assistant? 

    All CBS course are taught by the lead professor. Most of our Prof’s hold a terminal degree in the field of course study in which they teach.

    Are the professors accessible outside of class? 

    Absolutely! Each prof advertises office hours for a face-to-face meeting as well as e-mail and phone numbers. Many Profs give out their personal cell numbers for maximum accessibility.

    How much freedom do freshmen have in choosing courses?

    Some courses have pre-requisites and cannot be taken until other courses are satisfactorily completed. A recommended course chart for each degree plan is listed in the Academic Catalog. Additionally, the student’s academic advisor can assist in course selection. However, in most circumstance, the ultimate decision on course selection rests with the student.

    Are students usually able to take their first choice courses? 

    Yes, (usually). However, early registration is encouraged in order to avoid seeking a course that is full.

    How’s the Wi-Fi? 

    The Wi-Fi is free and is available all over the CBS campus.

    How are freshman advisors assigned? 

    Advisors are assigned by alphabet split.

    Is it easy to change your major? 

    Yes. However, a student must be aware of the impact that switching majors may have on the completed and required courses.

    How would you describe the freshman experience, in terms of advising or any classes that everyone has to take? 

    For the academic advisor, student success is our mission and ministry. Resultantly, the advisor not only recommends applicable classes, they also assist in helping the new student in realizing overall success through our student success center.

    Do the professors hold office hours? How often can students interact with professors outside of class? 

    Yes. As needed.

    Can students work with professors on research

    A student should check with his or her professor on a case-by-case basis.

    Are there honors programs or capstone classes? If so, what are they like? 

    CBS’ honors program recognizes students at the cum laude, magna cum laude, and suma cum laude level. Most 4 year programs finish with a capstone class.

    How many hours of class do students typically have each week? How much homework outside of class? 

    The typical CBS class meets once a week for 3 hours. In addition to the class time, 9 hours of assignment/reading is required for each class.

    Are finals more exam-based or project / essay-based? 

    The answer to this question depends on the class and its objectives.

    Where are the best places to study on campus? 

    CBS offers a number of study environments including the Student Life Center, the Student Success Center (in the Registrar’s suite), the library, as well as private rooms in the library.

    What are the hours for the library? Do these hours change during reading periods or exam weeks? 

    Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday- 8:30am- 9pm; Wednesday 8:30am- 6pm; Saturday 8:30am- 3pm; Friday & Sunday closed.

    Are there any research methods or databases I should learn about for my classes? 

    CBS employs the Logos biblical software program. CBS also requires each student in a bachelor’s program to complete a “Research and Writing” class. This class familiarizes the CBS student will all methods and venues for composing research papers of a sorts.

    Can you get help from professors outside of the classroom? 

    Yes. Because of the smaller CBS class size, each student receives a more personal experience with his or her professor.

    Is there free academic support or tutoring? Is it effective? 

    Yes. CBS employs a number of approaches to ensure student success. Some specific include student success through academic advising, mentoring/tutoring from fellow students, online writing center for paper evaluation, (to mention a few). Contact your academic advisor for ideas on how to best obtain assistance.

    Is there a writing center to help with essays and research papers? 

    Yes. The system as called “Net-tutor”.

    Do students organize study groups or online discussion forums? 

    Yes. Depending on the class and curriculum, such an approach is encouraged by the professor.

    Are there computer labs? 

    Yes. CBS has a computer lab, computers in the library, and well as computers in the student success center (in the Registrar’s suite). However, each student is encouraged to obtain his or her own computer.

    Would you describe any classes as especially innovative or project-based? 

    Yes. A number of the course in each degree program fit this description.

    Are academic advisors accessible and effective? 

    CBS student services offer world class service to our students. The academic advisor offers a “one-stop” approach at student success beginning at the first week of the student’s first class until the last day of the final class before the student graduates.Do the librarians help with research? Yes. Please visit CBS Library Writing Helps for details.

  • Oikos (οἶκος) is the Greek word for house, or by metonymy the persons of a house. The purpose of this program is to meet the goal of providing financial assistance to CBS students, staff, faculty, and alumni who have suffered financial loss due to catastrophic events.


  • We are excited to announce the launch of our Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) today. The goal of our QEP program is to equip students with a biblical worldview regarding the stewardship of their educational experience, time, finances, and the spiritual disciplines in order to prepare them not only for successful completion of a CBS degree, but also life after college.

    The concept of Stewardship is broken down into three parts to meet the above-stated goal in our new (pilot) first year experience course, GNED1301:

    • Spiritual Stewardship
    • Intellectual (Academic) Stewardship
    • Financial Stewardship

    Through the course the student will be able 1) to adopt learning strategies that conform to how God designed the student as a learner; 2) to incorporate biblical truths in planning, prioritization and implementation for realizing educational goals; 3) to develop a spiritual service of worship in academic life, personal life, and local church ministries.

    We believe the personal growth and communal ministry are an integral part of a student’s development at CBS. Thus, we prepared this course to reflect CBS’ commitment to improving student learning under the Quality Enhancement Plan of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, by which CBS is accredited as an institution of higher education.

    We want everyone to celebrate with us! Over the next several weeks you will see information regarding the QEP displayed on bulletin boards, in classrooms, the library, offices, and new student discipleship center. That’s not all! We will be distributing QEP T-shirts, pens, and bookmarkers to our faculty, staff and students beginning today and over the next few weeks. Here’s the schedule for distribution of t-shirts this week:

    Tuesday, September 12th

    • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
    • 5:00pm – 6:30pm

    Wednesday, September 13th

    • 11:30am -1:30pm - Faculty Meeting
    • 2:00pm – 3:00pm - CBS Live

    Thursday, September 14th

    • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
    • 5:00pm – 6:30pm

    We will have a table setup in the atrium on Tuesday and Thursday. If you miss receiving a shirt during the above distribution times please feel free to stop by the student services offices and we will be happy to provide you with a shirt. Thanks in advance for sharing in this exciting celebration with us. Wear Your QEP T-shirt proudly!

    Many blessings,
    CBS QEP Committee

  • Due to the financial hardship I experienced as a result of the hurricane and flooding is there any financial assistance available for CBS students enrolled for the fall 2017 semester?

    We are aware and are grieved that many of our students and their families have been dramatically impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding. If you are one of these students, you can submit an application request to potentially increase your financial aid or apply for an emergency scholarship. Go to to obtain additional information and access the application. Students will be contacted as soon as possible after their application is received and reviewed.


    Will the Deadline for Withdrawals Be Extended?

    The deadline for withdrawal with a 100% refund for session 1 of the fall semester has been extended to Tuesday, September 12. 

    The deadlines for 70% and 30% refunds have also been extended an additional week from the original respective deadlines. See the New Deadlines for Enrollment, Financial Aid, Etc. below.

    We encourage any student considering withdrawal to contact [email protected]  prior to taking such action.  We are committed to working with students during this difficult time as they transition back to school.


    What are the New Deadlines for Enrollment, Financial Aid, Etc.?

    New Deadlines and Due Dates Are:

    • Last Day to Drop for 100% refund: Tuesday, Sept. 12
    • Last Day to Drop for 70% refund: Monday, Sept. 18
    • Last Day to Drop for 30% refund: Monday, Sept. 25
    • Last Day to Arrange a Payment Plan: Tuesday, Sept. 12
    • Last Day to apply for Emergency funds: Wednesday, Sept. 27
    • Last Day to apply for financial aid funds reinstatement or additional financial aid funds: Wednesday, Sept. 13 for fall session 1, classes resuming or starting September 5th 
    • Last Day to apply for financial aid funds reinstatement or additional financial aid funds: Wednesday, October 5 for fall session 2, classes starting October 16th 
    • Last Day to Drop with a W: Tuesday, Oct. 31 


    If your financial aid is still being processed the financial aid staff will contact you with a decision or an update as soon as possible. If you need to complete your MyFA portal for the fall semester, it is not too late.  Please click here and log in using your Sonis Student ID and password or create a new account.


    What if I need create a payment plan or need additional time to pay my tuition?

    If you need additional time to pay your tuition, please send an email to [email protected].  We will respond to your email when the college reopens and will work with you to protect your classes from being dropped.


    Will the Semester Be Extended?

    The first online session was extended one week. All other classes are at the discretion of the faculty. Some can cover the material without adding make up days, others may wish to add time to each class session, while others may add week(s) to their classes. Professors have been instructed to provide maximum flexibility to students and to discuss how missed classes will be made up on the first day of class. If a student needs an extension on an assignment as a result of circumstances related to Hurricane Harvey, please email the professor and copy Dr. Joseph Parle the CBS Academic Dean at [email protected]


    What Facilities Will Be Open This Weekend to CBS Students?

    All CBS departments will resume operations when we reopen September 5, 2017


    What Can Students Do if They Are Unable to Return for Scheduled Reopening?

    We understand the considerable challenges some students may face in returning by Tuesday, Sept. 5, when classes resume.  CBS is committed to making every accommodation that is realistically possible to allow these students to return and continue their studies at a slightly later date.  Students who cannot return should contact their professor via email and copy Dr. Joe Parle, Vice President and Academic Dean at [email protected], so we can determine what arrangements can be made. Include your full name, student ID number and a good contact number.


    What is the status of Online and Distance Education?

    Online and distance education classes will resume when CBS reopens on September 5. Please contact your professor if you have any specific questions regarding your course.


    What are the Road Conditions Near College of Biblical Studies-Houston?

    Thankfully, the College did not flood and all roads near the campus are accessible. To check road conditions or potential routes to get to campus, TranStar Houston has a real-time website at 


    Other Questions

    If you do not find the information you need in this FAQ, you can send an inquiry to [email protected]


  • Generous Donor Agrees to Match Donations up to $50K for CBS Harvey Relief Fund


    Dear Friends of CBS:

    In surveying our students, faculty and staff, we have discovered that while most are physically safe, many have suffered significant losses – homes or apartments flooded, books and computers lost, furnishings ruined…. At least half don’t have insurance to cover their losses.

    Students are registered for classes, eager to grow in their knowledge of the Bible – but they are unsure how they will pay for classes, books, computers, etc., when facing economic devastation at home. We want to help students continue their dreams of completing their education, despite Harvey’s damage – but we need your help!

    Below is the form you can complete to contribute to the CBS Harvey Relief Fund. This fund will benefit students who have financial need and have suffered significant storm losses. It will benefit faculty and staff who have been impacted by Harvey. And it will help our campus recover from the aftermath of Harvey as we try to meet the special needs for student support, counseling, etc., that have arisen because of the storm.

    We are extremely grateful for your generosity and your heart for our students and for our faculty and staff who dedicate their lives to educating and mentoring our students. We are doubly blessed by our long-time, compassionate contributor David Weekley, chairman of David Weekley Homes, who has agreed to match donations up to $50,000 to assist those individuals with the greatest needs.

     Thank you for your support and your prayers!

     With sincere and heartfelt appreciation,

    Dr. Bill Blocker,




  • The College of Biblical Studies would like to provide financial support to our CBS family who have suffered losses due to Hurricane Harvey. This is not intended to replace insurance coverage or FEMA funds for which you may be eligible. Please click the button below to request funding. This is a one-time allocation and priority will be given to those with documented home or auto damage. We cannot guarantee that all requests for aid nor full amounts will be funded. However, we pray this will help lift some of the burdens as you recover.

     Harvey Relief Fund



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    Post-Harvey Update on Classes, Operations at CBS-Houston

    On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the College of Biblical Studies-Houston will resume operations, and online classes will begin. On-campus classes will not begin/resume until Thursday, Sept. 7. In the meantime, if you have storm related questions or concerns, contact us at: [email protected]

    Please join us in continuing to pray for everyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey.


    Houston Area Traffic Conditions:

    Resources Related to Hurricane Recovery

    Anyone needing to register for flood assistance, seek transitional housing or volunteer related to the storm may go to

    Download the FEMA mobile app (in English and Spanish) for shelter information, disaster resources, weather alerts and safety tips. Residents in areas affected by this storm should use social media sites like Facebook or Twitter to reconnect with loved ones.

    For more information about Hurricane Harvey, including resources deployed and updated information, go to:

    For City of Houston information about shelters and disaster follow up, go to

    Fort Bend County’s Office of Emergency Management has updates here:

    More information and current alerts can be seen by following Facebook pages for a relevant city’s police department, city or county, or office of emergency management.

    To learn more about what to do before, during and after severe weather, visit and

    Students with questions about Financial Aid


    Students with questions about VA Benefits




    • Anyone needing help (not a life-threatening emergency): 211
    • To report a missing child, contact the National Emergency Child Locator Center: 866-908-9570
    • To talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, visit, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.  

    HARRIS COUNTY specific:

  • You are cordially invited to the CBS family and campus!



    All students, especially new students


    Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 7:30pm 


    Rooms 104-106 


    Email: [email protected]


    Read below the invitation letter from Dr. Lisa Stewart, Dean of Students & Assoc. Professor:

    CBS Students,

    You are invited to the 1st CBS Convocation this fall on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 7:30pm in rooms 104-106. President, Dr. Bill Blocker, will officially proclaim the opening of the academic year and welcome all students, especially new students, to the CBS family and campus. Attire for convocation is “Sunday dress/business professional”.

    The word convocation derives from the Latin word convocare, which means “together” (con) and “call” (vocare).  Convocation is an opportunity to formally call together or summon and will allow us to open the year with a traditional college milestone and close the year with one as well–commencement. Therefore, we look forward to coming together with each of you at the start of our 2017-2018 academic year.

    At many Bible colleges, Christian universities, and seminaries, convocation also has theological significance. We assemble to celebrate our God, who calls us and equips us for every good work to bring Him glory. During convocation, we collectively and individually acknowledge our dependence on our Heavenly Father, through Christ Jesus and the power the Holy Spirit. We also reaffirm our striving for personal holiness and focus on personal ministry to others. It is our prayer that you will join us as we celebrate this special time of our academic year.

    I will also introduce our Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) which focuses on the theme of stewardship. Everyone who attends convocation will receive a free QEP gift. Students will also get the first opportunity to see the new Student Life and Discipleship Center. Refreshments will be served afterwards as we enjoy a time of fellowship. So we can plan accordingly please RSVP if you attend via email to [email protected].

    We look forward to what God is going to do this fall as we start our new academic year, collectively worshiping and praising God in one accord.

    Many blessings, 

    Lisa Stewart, M.B.A., Ph.D.

    Dean of Students & Assoc. Professor

    College of Biblical Studies - Houston

    7000 Regency Square Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77036
    832.252.0757 voice
    832.252.0857 fax
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  • Summer 2019 CBS Alumni Homecoming Event: Reuniting alumni, family, and friends!

    Join us in summer 2019, date to be announced soon, as we gather together for a fun time of worship, fun activities, traditions, and special events. If you are interested in serving on the alumni homecoming planning committee please contact Dr. Lisa Stewart at 832-252-0758 or via email at [email protected].

    Watch for more information coming soon!



    Though you may have left our classroom to take your training into the world, our desire is to continue serving you in any way we can.  Have you recently moved, changed jobs, got married, etc.? Help us keep track of your success by keeping your information updated. Please complete the form below, so we can stay in touch.

    Want to visit us? Stop by Alumni Services - Suite 114 (Admissions & Student Services Suite). Contact us by email at [email protected] or call 832-252-4649 to speak with the Alumni Services Director or Volunteer Coordinator.

    Alumni Contact Form

    SUBMIT (direct link to [email protected])

  • Coming Soon!

  • Alumni Networking Events (Coming Soon)

    Begin connecting with CBS graduates near you through our area network Facebook groups.

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  • Program




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    Associate of Biblical Studies


    Bachelor or Science


    Biblical Counseling

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  • Spouse, children, and grandchildren of CBS Alumni can take advantage of courses offered at College of Biblical Studies. Some courses are offered with a special alumni discount.

    Bible Study Methods Course (June 2017) 

    Dual credit courses for junior and senior high school students

    College of Biblical Studies offers dual credit courses for junior and seniors high school students. Click here for more information 

  •  Alumni Networking Events (Coming soon)

     Begin connecting with CBS graduates near you through our area network Facebook groups.

    • Southwest Houston
    • Southeast Houston
    • Northwest Houston
    • Northeast Houston
  •  Alumni Service Opportunities

     Alumni Family Benefits

    • Click here to check out the available educational benefits for your family

     Alumni News

    • Alumnus Alfred F. Lloyd, class of 2008 currently a school board candidate for the Pearland Independent School District

    • Alumnus Leonette Lewis, class of 2011, is graduating with her doctorate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary on May 12, 2018

     Graduation Gift Reminder

    • Class of 2017-2018 if you did not pick up your graduation gift from us at the graduation dinner or commencement please contact the Alumni Association Office at 832-252-4626 to make arrangements to pick it up.

  • The purpose of the CBS Alumni Association shall be to further the interests of the College, its graduates, and former student by maintaining and strengthening the loyalty and involvement of the members of the Association for the College. The CBS Alumni Association Board of Directors meets several times per year to help direct and guide the work of the CBS Alumni Association.

    New Picture of Alumni Board Coming Soon

    We are currently accepting applications for new board members. If you are interested in serving please complete the Alumni Board Application and return to [email protected].

  • Welcome to The CBS Alumni Association Page

    We value your continued interest and involvement in the life of CBS and invite you to visit this site often, taking advantage of the resources available to you as an alumnus. 

    Upcoming Events - Stay up-to-date on the latest news and events happening within the CBS Alumni community.

    Info Update - Have you recently moved, changed jobs, got married, etc.? Help us keep track of your success by keeping your information updated.

    Alumnus Family Benefits - Discover CBS benefits available for family members of CBS Alumnus. 

    Spirit Cords - order your Spirit Cord in order to display the CBS colors and show your school spirit!


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Alumni Association is to Encourage, Engage, Equip and Empower CBS graduates. In conjunction with Student Life, the Alumni Association strives to connect the alumni and student body by cultivating and encouraging meaningful relationships.  The Alumni Association will serve to maintain these relationships and keep CBS alumni informed and engaged in the life of the College for further equipping.

    In partnership with the Office of Advancement, Marketing, and Recruitment, the Alumni Association strives to actively chronicle the lives of the alumni and communicate their stories through various forms of media and speaking engagements to show the impact of God's transformation on their lives and in their ministries.  We also provide opportunities for alumni to express their gratitude to their alma mater through service and gifts to the college and referrals of prospective students. 


    Vision Statement

    Our servant leadership aim is to love well by reflecting Christ-like integrity and selflessness; beginning with the College of Biblical Studies and extending to our community and beyond.

  • "Bible Study Methods - The Proper Course of Action"

    Taught by CBS President, Dr. Bill Blocker

    The College of Biblical Studies is excited to offer an 8-week, non-credit course taught by CBS President Dr. Bill Blocker on the CBS campus. The course will teach an objective, impartial, and proven method for the active study of God’s word.*

    The English BSM class is now full - Registration is closed.  Please complete the wait list form (click HERE for link) if you are interested in future sections of this course. 

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    Pay no tuition for up to TWO dual credit courses your first academic year!

    (any CBS general education course qualifies, with the exception of GNED 1301)

    Double the value of your high school credits!

    College of Biblical Studies - Houston is pleased to offer selected college level classes to high school juniors and seniors. The dual credit program provides an opportunity for high school students to not only get a head start on college level course work but also provide you with a unique opportunity to gain a true college experience before graduating high school. All classes are taught by College of Biblical Studies professors.

    Dual Credit Enrollment Procedures 

    The following steps must be completed each academic year:

    1. Apply

    • Complete the College of Biblical Studies dual credit application
    • You will receive an email from the admissions office confirming recepit of your application
    • Email your completed and signed application to [email protected]

    2. High School Student Enrollment Form (required each semester)

    • Dual Credit students must complete and submit the high school student enrollment form
    • The form must be signed by the student’s parent/guardian and a high school official (i.e. high school counselor)

    3. Official High School Transcript

    • Dual Credit students should provide an official high school transcript to College of Biblical Studies

    4. Required Immunization Form

    Upon approval of your admission to the dual credit program you will receive an official acceptance email, which includes a reminder of the next steps.

    5. Registration  (Spring 2019 Schedule by Course)  (Registration Form)

    • After you have been officially accepted into the dual credit program, your Admissions Counselor will assist you with registration.
    • Review the schedule linked above to select up to two courses (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
    • Click on the registration form above, complete, and email to your Admissions Counselor.
    • Your Admissions Counselor will provide instructions to activate your CBS student portal and other important items.

    6. Tuition Payment

    • You can make a payment in the campus store or online. If you have questions our student account representative will be able to assist you.

    7. Books and Supplies

    • Visit the CBS Dual Credit website for information and instructions to order your textbooks. Remember students are required to purchase their textbooks prior to the first day of class.

    Dual Credit Prices

    • Application Fee: $40
    • Tuition: $83 per credit hour

    CBS Admissions is here to help:

    [email protected]


     We are "Home School Friendly"

  • Book Voucher Allowance

    CBS will now offer book voucher allowances maximum of $500.00 beginning Fall 2017 to students who meet the following criteria:

    • Student must be eligible for financial aid (Pell and Loans) and have a credit balance on their account of $500.00 or more. This will include all FSA funds (Example: Pell and/or Student loans)
    • All financial aid documents must be completed and ready for disbursement 10 days prior to the first start of class 

    If you are eligible for the financial aid, register early, and have funds remaining after tuition/fees are deducted, the CBS Office of Financial Aid will process a book voucher allowance for you. This book voucher authorization is not part of your financial aid. It is a short term loan from CBS as a courtesy to help defray expenses until financial aid funds can be processed and may not cover the total cost of your books. You will receive an email notifying you if you are eligible for a book voucher allowance. You can only use the book voucher in the CBS online book store and the total amount used will be deducted from your financial aid award before any excess refunds are made. If you wish to decline the book voucher allowance you must do so in writing. If you are eligible for Pell Grant or student loans and did not register in time for a book voucher allowance you must contact the Office of Financial Aid to see if you are eligible to have one processed.

  • 1098-T Form

    In January of each year per the IRS guidelines, CBS provides an IRS Form 1098-T to all students who had qualified tuition and other related educational expenses billed to them during the previous calendar year. The form will no longer be mailed because it can be retrieved by logging into the individual student’s account in and by clicking on 1098-T at the top of their account page.

    This form is informational only and should not be considered as tax opinion or advice. It serves to alert students that they may be eligible for federal income tax education credits. Receipt of Form 1098-T does not indicate eligibility for the tax credit. To determine the amount of qualified tuition and fees paid, and the amount of scholarships and grants received, a taxpayer should use their own financial records. CBS does not provide tax advice and individuals should consult a tax advisor as needed. 

    Please note that all alumni, former students and/or inactive students may log into their myrecords as an "Alumni" to access the 1098-T form.

    Retrieve your 1098-T by logging into MyRecords.

  • Delinquent Accounts Policy  

    All students are responsible for the payment in full of all tuition and fees incurred. During enrollment periods students who have not met their financial obligations prior to the payment deadline will be administratively withdrawn from all registered courses and will remain responsible for any non-refundable fee charges the student incurred during the registration process. Any student owing a balance after any pre-agreed or published due date will be assessed a $50.00 late payment fee.

    CBS reserves the right to withhold any grades, graded work assignments or projects, transcripts (unofficial & official), certificates, diplomas and participation in commencement ceremonies from students whose financial obligations have not been fully satisfied. Holds will be placed on a student's academic record and the student will be unable to register for additional courses until the balance is paid in full.

    CBS reserves the right to submit any unpaid financial obligations of former and current students to a third party collection agency and to levy a collection fee. By registering for classes the student agrees to pay the reasonable costs and expenses of collection, including the collection agency fee and attorney fees in the event that CBS places any outstanding account, debt or claim with a collection agency. Non-payment of a delinquent account may also result in notification of the national credit bureaus.

    Returned Checks

    Students or organizations who submit two checks that are not honored by the bank (unless due to bank error) to CBS for tuition and fees, books or for any other obligation will forfeit their check-writing privileges. In the event that this occurs the student or organization must satisfy any current or future financial obligations by cash, cashier's check, money order or credit card only. No future checks from the student or organization will be accepted.

    In addition, a student who has tendered to CBS a check returned unpaid by the bank will be assessed a $30 returned check fee. If payment is not submitted by the due date indicated, a $50.00 late payment fee will also be assessed and the student will be placed on holds.

  • The College of Biblical Studies accepts payments in the following ways:

    • Online by Web Check/ACH using the Nelnet e-Cashier site through
    • Online by credit card/debit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa) using the Nelnet e-Cashier site through
    • By mailing checks, cashier checks or money orders to:
    The Business Office
    College of Biblical Studies-Houston
    7000 Regency Square Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77036

    Payment Plans

    CBS offers online payments for those who qualify. A selection of payment plan options can be made through Nelnet Business Solutions.

    Through Nelnet’s e-Cashier you will be able to arrange for payments in full to be automatically deducted from your checking or savings accounts or charged to your MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express cards. Also for a $25 per term non-refundable fee, you will be able to arrange for monthly payments to be automatically deducted from your checking or savings accounts or charged to your credit cards.

    This is not a loan program so interest and finance charges are not assessed. Monthly payments will be automatically drafted or deducted on the 5th of the month according to the payment plan agreement you choose. Register early to allow for a wider selection of payment plans.

    For more information about our payment plan options and a schedule of the due dates, please read the payment plan information listed in the Financial and Aid Assistance Information section of the Academic Catalog.

    2018-2019 Payment Plan Information (PDF)


    Contact Information

    832-252-4623 (Student Accounts)

    [email protected]

    7000 Regency Square Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77036-3211

  • Once you’re registered for classes you only need to pay your tuition and fees. Payments are due by certain dates to hold your place in your classes. You can also take advantage of our installment plan and stretch the total cost over multiple payments.

    Fall 2017

    Fall courses start in August. Payment Deadline is Thursday, August 17th by 7pm. The one-time extended payment deadline is September 12th by 7pm. After Tuesday September 12th, 2017 payments must be made on the day you register. Payment plans are available July 1 - September 12. For more information please visit:

  • A question we often hear is "How do I find out what I owe CBS?" Most of your financial account questions can be easily answered by accessing your billing statement via

    For other questions, please use the menu to the left to learn more about: 

    • Payment Deadlines
    • Methods of Payment
    • Refunds
    • Delinquent Accounts
    • Tuition and Fees
    • 1098-T Forms

  • Dr. Lisa Stewart

    Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services; Dean of Students; Professor

    • B.S., LeTourneau University
    • M.B.A., LeTourneau University
    • Post Master Certificate, Capella University
    • Ph.D., Capella University


    Dr. Lisa Stewart, the wife of Patrick Stewart, Sr., serves as Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs; Dean of Students, & Associate Professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas.

    Although she started college after high school, she delayed her education to be a wife and mother. After her children were away at college, she returned and finished her education earning a Bachelor of Business Management in December 2005 from LeTourneau University. In May 2008 she earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a Human Resource Management Specialization. In September 2009 she completed her post graduate work earning a post master certificate in Enrollment Management. Dr. Stewart completed her work for a Ph.D. in Education in spring 2015 with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education at Capella University. As part of the program, she earned a post master professional certification from Noel Levitz in Enrollment Management in January 2010.

    Prior to working at CBS, Lisa worked at LeTourneau University, Central Christian Academy, and Ben Taub General Hospital. In addition to her administrative and teaching responsibilities, she is a pastor’s wife, author, and speaker.


    “Bridging the Gap between Enrollment and Graduation: An Exploratory Study of Retention Practices Utilized to Manage Retention of Nontraditional Undergraduate Students attending Faith-based Institutions”. (Spring 2015) ProQuest Dissertations & Theses 2015 199 pages; 3682701.

    "Best Practices in the Integration of Faith and Learning for Adult and Online Learners. (2010) C.T. Fleming and C.B. Tweedell (Editors).

    “Helping Students Remember their Why” (pp.87-93) Indiana: Triangle Publishing.

    “Becoming Faith and Fit - Learning Biblical Methods to Win our Daily Battles”. (1991) SMG Publishing, Houston, Texas.



  • Andy Lively

    Controller; Chief Financial Officer

    • B.S., Lipscomb University
    • M.S., Boston University

    Andy Lively serves as the Controller and Chief Financial Officer of the College of Biblical Studies. Andy has oversight of budget control and reporting, financial reporting, treasury operations, internal audit, and risk management for the College.

    Prior to coming to CBS, Andy served in operation and commercial finance leadership roles in the chemical and semiconductor industries for 11 years. He also served in the United States Marine Corps as an officer holding numerous leadership roles.

    Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University and a Master of Science degree from Boston University. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas.

    Andy, his wife Kristin, and their six children reside in LaPorte, Texas and attend Watters Road Church of Christ, where he serves as a Deacon in charge of administration.


  • Senior Admissions Counselor, Instructor

    • BS Biblical Counseling, College of Biblical Studies
    • M Div. Biblical Studies, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
    • D Min. Leadership, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary



    Dr. Douglas E. Brooks was born and raised in Woodbridge, VA, a suburb of Washington, D.C. He graduated from College of Biblical Studies with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Counseling. He obtained a Masters of Divinity/Biblical Studies degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He went on to complete his Doctor of Ministries in Leadership from Liberty. His focus of study was to develop a ubiquitous leadership training program for the local church. He also serves as Senior Pastor at Woodland Trails Baptist Church. Prior to his calling to vocational ministry, Doug served in business leadership, overseeing marketing and sales teams in a large corporation. Professor Brooks and his wife Diane have two sons, Avery and Jared. Avery is currently a CBS student. Doug has been at CBS since 2009 and primarily teaches in the Ministry Skills Department.


    • An Organic Model of Leadership Development for the Rural, Traditional Church (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2015)


  • Student Services Coordinator, Assistant Professor


    • B.A., College of Biblical Studies
    • M.A.C.E., Dallas Theological Seminary
    • D.Ed. Min. Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary (Women in Ministry)



    Dr. Leonette Y. Lewis is a native Houstonian. She graduated with honors from the College of Biblical Studies with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Counseling. She attended and graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary-Houston with a Masters in Christian Education and holds a Graduate Teacher Diploma from the Evangelical Training Association.  Dr. Lewis attained a Doctorate in Educational Ministry with a concentration of study in Women in Ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary-Dallas.

    Dr. Lewis’ research focuses on women’s work in the Body of Christ, and the discovery and utilization of their spiritual gifts in the church. She is the founder of a non-profit ministry called Refresh Ministries which presents the Good News of Jesus Christ to women who desires to be refreshed. She is a teacher, and speaker for women conferences, retreats, seminars, and Bible studies.

    She currently serves as a Prayer Minister in the prayer ministry at the local church and as the Student Services Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Ministry Skills department at CBS.

    Leonette has served in ministry with her husband, James, for 30 years. They have been blessed with four children and four grandchildren.

    Contact Dr. Lewis by email: [email protected]


    • The Wonders of God (Houston, TX: BL Writers, 2004)
    • Expressions of the Heart (Houston, TX: BL Writers, 2004)
    • A Family Fashioned by God (Houston, TX: BL Writers, 2005)


  • Purpose of Bachelor of Science Degree in Women's Ministry

    The Bachelor of Science Degree in Women’s Ministry is designed to equip women with 
a vast array of knowledge and skill in understanding and ministering to women according to a complementarian, biblical worldview. Students in the women’s ministry program will learn how to develop a philosophy for women’s ministry, address various counseling issues as it relates to women, and properly evaluate administrative models that are necessary for women in church and parachurch organizations. Additionally, these students will be thoroughly equipped to function according to biblical principles in their various roles in life as a mother, daughter, wife, employee, employer, etc.

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     Quick Facts of Bachelor of Science Degree in Women's Ministry

    • Minimum of 33 total hours in major at CBS
    • Minimum of 127 total hours to graduate

    Program Goals of Bachelor of Science Degree in Women's Ministry

    1. Develop a biblical philosophy of womanhood.
    2. Learn and apply biblical principles for leading, serving, and discipling women in a wide variety of circumstances.

    Suggested Sequence of Bachelor of Science Degree in Women's Ministry

    Curriculum (Suggested for Full-time Students)

    Year 1

    • MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods
    • HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1
    • ENGL 1301 English Composition 1
    • COSC 1317 Intro to Computing

    MSCE 3321 Role of the Women in Life and Ministry

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    THEO 1311 Intro to Theological Method

    ENGL 1302 English Comp 2

    • MSCE 3326 Feministy Theory
    • BIBL 1312 Historical Literature
    • THEO 1312 God, Christ and Holy Spirit
    • ENGL 2312 Research and Writing
    • MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    Year 2

    • BIBL 3343 Women in the Bible
    • MSCE 3323 Women Teaching Women
    • BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature
    • THEO 1313 Man, Sin, Salvation
    • MSBC 3301 Intro to Biblical Counseling
    • MSCE 4334 Hospitality and Home Governance
    • MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life
    • THEO 1314 Angels, Church and Prophecy
    • BIBL 1414 Prophets
    • MSMN 3141 Women's Spiritual Formation
    • MSBC 3301 Intro to Biblical Counseling
    • MSMN 2301 Missions, Evangelism, and Discipleship
    • BIBL 1321 Gospels
    • MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    Year 3

    • MSBC 4321 Women Counseling Women
    • BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles
    • PHIL 2304 Intro to Philosophy
    • MSCE 4325 Special Issues in Ministering to Women
    • MSBC 3304 Marriage and Family
    • BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation
    • HIST 2324 Church History
    • PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics
    • MSCE 4328 Stages of Women's Development
    • BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology
    • MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program
    • MATH 1322 Mathematical Principles

    Year 4

    • MSCE 4321 Role of Women in Church Administration and Leadership
    • MSCE 4331 Women Shepherding Women
    • GOVT 2301 Principles of American Politics
    • HIST 1322 Western Civilization 2
    • MSBC 4323 Women's Ministry Planning and Program Design
    • ENGL 2332 Literary Tradition
    • Elective
    • Elective


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  • Authorization to Offer Distance Education

    College of Biblical Studies-Houston, through its religious exemption with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, participates in The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement ( This agreement allows CBS to offer distance programs and courses to residents of member states without seeking state-by-state approval, and is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

    If you are an online student residing in a state that is not yet a member of NC-SARA (see member states, or that is not listed below, please contact the Admissions Office ([email protected] or 1-844-227-9673) for information on applying for admission. Students in the online program with complaints can refer to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Student Complaint Process web site and the Student Complaint Form.


    CBS is approved to operate outside of the authorization of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. This approval is an on-going self-assessment that the College undertook that was first affirmed by the Bureau in 2014. Additional information on the College’s status may be obtained by contacting Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833 or by calling (916) 431-6959. 

    How do I learn more about State Authorization?

    NC-SARA FAQs     |    NC-SARA-Texas

  • Fact Book

    Other Publications

    Because the Office of Institutional Effectiveness values professional development, the staff actively seek opportunities to present at professional accreditation and education conferences as well as in other settings pertinent to their areas of interest.

    Arguing the CASE: Critical Thinking through Writing

    For the best view of all IE documents, please download the most current PDF reader. This is a free download: 

  • Description of the Plan

    As a part of its 2018 Reaffirmation Process with SACSCOC, CBS has put together a comprehensive five-year Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) (in response to CR 2.12 and CS 3.3.2). This student learning-focused plan was developed out of an broad-based effort with both internal and external stakeholders of the College, including Students, the Board, Faculty and Staff, and church leaders in the local community of Houston.

    Quality Enhancement Plan Committee




    Dr. Marvin McNeese (Chair)


    Student Learning (Political Science)

    Dr. Harold Fisher


    Student Learning (Leadership)

    Dr. Steve Sullivan


    Student Learning (Ministry Skills)

    Dr. Brittany Burnette

    Administrative Faculty

    Distance Education

    Dr. Lisa Stewart

    Exec. Dir. Enrollment Services

    Learning Strategies

    Dr. Bryce Hantla

    Administrative Faculty


    Dr. Joseph Parle

    VP Academics

    Executive Liaison

    Natalie Menjivar


    Student Representation

     Data leading to the Topic

    The QEP Committee undertook countless hours of analysis to arrive at CBS’s QEP topic, and the following reports and documents contain some of the data that led to the decision to move forward with this topic.

    • QEP Admin Council Report
    • QEP Board Report
    • Institutional Assessment Report
    • Board Survey Results
    • Faculty Survey Results
    • Alumni Results
    • Potential Employers Results
    • Student Case Study Results

    Institutional Policy Manual

    In line with its mission to maintain high quality standards, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness oversees the writing, review, and publication of Institutional Policies. The institution has identified key decision-makers as Policy Owners to oversee the quality of their respective policy sections in the policy manual. 

    CBS’s policy approval process aligns with the SACSCOC Best Practices for Policy Development.

    All official, signed copies of policies are archived in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness digital files. For questions related to the Policy Manual (or e-Manual), please email [email protected]

    If you are an employee of CBS and would like a link to the e-Manual (the College’s online Policy Manual), please email [email protected]

    To initiate a policy, please use the following Policy Template with Signature Page

  • CBS Strategic Plans

    CBS maintains a healthy culture of self-assessment and planning. Evidence of this activity is the College’s Strategic Planning Efforts. For the last 15 years, CBS has maintained strategic planning efforts, regardless of administration. 

    • CBS Strategic Plan 2014-2019: Expanding Our Reach

    Strategic Plan Archive

    • CBS Strategic Plan 2008-2013: CBS 2.0
    • CBS Strategic Plan 2006-2009: Discerning His Will

    Institutional Effectiveness Plans

    CBS maintains a biennial Institutional Effectiveness Plan that incorporates all of the area’s assessment and reporting activities. In its process of maturing, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness established a robust plan during its 2013 SACSCOC initial accreditation process. 

    • IE Plan 2014-16
    • IE Plan Archive
    • IE Plan 2013

    Substantive Change Planning

    Substantive Changes on New Initiatives

    The College of Biblical Studies-Houston (CBS) tracks all of its programs and evaluates all new initiatives through established processes. Changes that deviate in a significant fashion from the current alignment of the institution will often require us to notify or seek approval of our accreditors. CBS has a policy on these types of changes (found here), but a brief outline of these types of changes is provided below.

    The following types of changes must be go through a special approval process at the College:

    • Substantive Change - A significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. Under federal regulations, substantive change includes
      • Any change in the established mission or objectives of the institution
      • Any change in legal status, form of control, or ownership of the institution
      • The addition of courses or programs that represent a significant departure, either in content or method of delivery, from those that were offered when the institution was last evaluated
      • The addition of courses or programs of study at a degree or credential level different from that which is included in the institution’s current accreditation or reaffirmation
      • A change from clock hours to credit hours
      • A substantial increase in the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program
      • The establishment of an additional location geographically apart from the main campus at which the institution offers at least 50% of an educational program
      • The establishment of a branch campus
      • Closing a program, off-campus site, branch campus or institution
      • Entering into a collaborative academic arrangement that includes only the initiation of a dual or joint academic program with another institution
      • Acquiring another institution or a program or location of another institution
      • Adding a permanent location at a site where the institution is conducting a teach-out program for a closed institution
      • Entering into a contract by which an entity not eligible for Title IV funding offers 25% or more of one or more of the accredited institution’s programs
      • Any additional change approved by the institution’s accreditors as requiring substantive change in their substantive change policies


    It is the responsibility of the College's Accreditation Liaison to:

    1. Assess any Substantive Change in the institution for accreditor requirements
    2. Determine what action(s) with respect to accreditors is/are needed; 
    3. File the appropriate notification, request, or prospectus with the accreditor(s) in a timely manner; 
    4. Liaise between the accreditor(s) and the College about any required follow-up action.
    5. Communicate the renewal of this policy with Academic and Administrative Leadership and Faculty, as well as new management employees through their IE training module.

    For additional research on what constitutes a substantive change, please review the following information:

    If you have any questions about a proposal or a change that you would like to see made here at CBS, please consult our Accreditation Liaison about our approval process. Contact [email protected] to identify CBS’s accreditation liaison.

  • Purpose

    The purpose of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness is to support the college in the accomplishment of its mission, goals and objectives through the collection, analysis, distribution and presentation of data and information for use in decision-making, policy formulation, budgeting and planning. 


    The Office is responsible for reporting data to internal and external entities, responding to diverse requests for information within the college community, and encouraging assessment throughout the college for continuous improvement, efficiency and effectiveness.


    Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. (Colossians 3:23-24)

    Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

    Whatever you do in work or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. (Colossians 3:17) 

    Change (Isa 43:16-21; Luke 5:37; Romans 12:1-2; Phil 3:13) We believe that change is guaranteed and constant and we must adjust to and use change to our benefit and to the benefit of our customers and CBS
    Improvement (Heb 5:14; 6:1) We all have areas which we can seek to improve upon and we will focus attention on achieving improvement both in our person, area of responsibility, departmental operations and CBS
    Communication (Ps 19:14) We believe that effective verbal, written and listening skills facilitate our ability to be successful
    Respect (1 Cor 12:13-14; Rom 12:4-8) We value others’ diversity and their contributions
    Professionalism (Phil 1:27) We believe that our behaviors, actions, and interactions must exceed expectations and reflect on our relationship with Christ.
    Teamwork (Ps 133:1; Rom 15:5-6; 13:3;  Eph 4:3-4; 4:13; Gal 5:13-15) We believe that when we succeed together the individual will also succeed
    Honesty (Prov 12:17; 14:22; Matt 5:37; John 8:32; Acts 26:25; Eph 4:15, 25) We believe that honesty must never be sacrificed
    Trust (Prov. 16:7; Rom 12:9-21) We believe that trust is obtained and sustained by achievement of desired results through confidentiality, integrity, and demonstration of concern
    Encouragement (Eph 4:29; 1 Thess 5:11) We believe in positively influencing others to pursue that which is attainable
    Accountability (Gal 6:1-5) We believe that we must accept that for which we are responsible
    Excellence (Phil. 4:8-9) We believe in striving to achieve our best in quality and results through learning, applying, influencing, assessing and correcting
    Perspectives (Phil. 3:13-14) We must never forget nor attempt to duplicate the past but rather we must use the knowledge gained to maximize the present and anticipate and plan for the future

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    Contact Us

    Office of Institutional Effectiveness

    7000 Regency Square Blvd.

    Suite 113B

    Houston, TX 77469


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    Institutional Memberships

    College of Biblical Studies–Houston holds memberships with:

  • As a Bible College committed to providing our students with a biblical worldview, the College of Biblical Studies (CBS) affirms and teaches what the Bible says about the roles of men and women  and their similarities and distinctions — and thus, seeks to operate according to that faith commitment.  CBS recognizes godly Christians have varying positions on gender roles, and seeks to give students examples inside and outside of the classroom, as well as the curriculum, of biblical leadership and authority that will equip them to serve in ways that we deem biblically appropriate based on the testimony of Scripture.  

    CBS affirms that men and women are created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27) and given spiritual equality in their relationship with the Creator (Gal. 3:28). We affirm that men and women have full access to God through the redemption of Jesus Christ. They also share in the same spiritual privileges, including but not limited to: justification, adoption, sanctification, the priesthood of believers, and spiritual gifts as distributed by the Holy Spirit to be used in biblically appropriate ways. 

    We believe men and women are equally valuable and responsible for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and furthering His instruction to the church.  Men and women are called to live a godly life in private and public by God’s grace. In love, God has established distinct roles and responsibilities for women and men.  We affirm the Bible’s teaching on biblical gender roles, which teaches men and women are equal in value but different in their functions within the home and the church. We also affirm that the opinions, ideas, and proposals of men and women are of equal value and should be considered under the instruction of the Scripture and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When men and women work together in their respective functions, then two are better than one, God is glorified, and the church and home are edified. 

    Biblical Role of Men

    We believe that God’s design is for men, who are biologically distinct from birth from women, to be the spiritual leaders of the home and the church. A man who is called to be a husband is to provide caring, spiritual covering over his wife in order to be used by God to meet her physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The husband is to selflessly love his wife, as Christ loves the church, and nourish her with God’s word. He is to be a servant leader who puts her needs above his and treats her in an understanding way as a fellow heir of the grace of God (Eph. 5:24-33; 1 Pet. 3:7). Single men are called to undistracted devotion to the Lord, to treat women as sisters in Christ in all purity (1 Cor. 7:32-33, 35; 1 Tim. 5:1-2) and to make disciples (2 Tim. 2:2; Mat. 28:18-20). 

    We believe that men who are fathers are called to love and serve their children by leading them in the love, discipline, and instruction of the Lord so that the children do not lose heart. Fathers are called to provide an example of Christlikeness and godly fatherhood that directs their children to their heavenly Father (Eph. 6:1-4; Col. 3:20-21). 

    As sons, they are to honor their mother and father. As boys in their youth, they are called to obey and submit to the leadership of their parents and apply the biblical teachings of their parents to their lives (Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20). 

    As it relates to the church, we believe God designed the office of elder/bishop/pastor to be restricted to men. They must shepherd the church with the love and care of Christ, Who is the ultimate head of the church. Men who are called to this office should exercise oversight not under compulsion; not for shameful gain, but eagerly and voluntarily according to the will of God(1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:2; Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:18).  Those men who are not in the office of elder/bishop/pastor are called to support and submit to biblically ordained male pastoral leadership.

    Biblical Role of Women

    We believe that God’s design is for women, who are biologically distinct from birth from men, to love God and others, be temperate,  modest, and if called to be a wife, to be a helper to their husbands and to love their husbands (Titus 2:3-5; Gen. 2:18; Proverbs 31:11-12, 23). Women who are called to be mothers are responsible to love their children and to assist in the instruction and correction of their children under the spiritual direction of the Bible (and biblical guidance of their husbands if married) for the glory of God and the benefit of the children (Prov. 13:15; 14:1; 22:15; 31:26-28; Ps. 128:1-3).

    We affirm that the responsibilities of women, as they relate to the home and the church, directly correspond with how they were originally created by God. Single women are able to dedicate more time to discipleship and service that glorifies God (1 Cor. 7:34). Women who are called to be wives should develop their lives in biblical character, discipleship, and service to glorify God through the priority of supporting and willingly submitting to their husband’s biblical leadership, as governed by the Bible (Eph. 5:22-24; 1 Pet. 3:1-6).

    As daughters, they are to honor their mother and father. As girls in their youth, they are called to obey and submit to the leadership of their parents and apply the biblical teachings of their parents to their lives (Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20).

    We affirm that in relation to the church, all women are called to support and submit to biblically ordained male pastoral leadership.  We affirm that it would not be biblically appropriate for a woman to have the same authority as a man in terms of leadership and the pastoral role in the local church. We affirm this is a function that has been sovereignly assigned to men based on 1 Tim. 2:11-15; 3:1-2; Tit. 1:6, and 1 Cor. 14:34-36. Women are responsible to instruct other women and children in the ways of righteousness (Tit. 2:3-5; 2 Tim. 1:5).  However, the apostle Paul instructs women not to teach or exercise authority over men (1 Tim. 2:11-15; 1 Cor. 14:34-36).   Paul is not preventing women from using their gifts in the local church context.  Just the opposite, Paul instructed women to teach and shepherd women and children (Titus 2:3-4). Therefore, we believe it is critical to the life of the local body that female students are theologically developed and encouraged to carry these truths back to their churches and teach the female members and children of their local congregations. 


    Summarily, there are two important truths that CBS values and will seek to affirm: 1) Both men and women should be theologically equipped, vigorously pursued, and highly encouraged to use their God-given gifts in biblically appropriate ways (1 Tim. 2:11-15, Acts 18:26; Tit. 2:1-8).  2) This biblical definition of manhood and womanhood (complementarianism) is not conditioned by culture or personal perspective; rather, it was designed by God and revealed at creation and is expected to continue until the Lord’s Return.

  • The College of Biblical Studies Campus Carry Policy 

     Campus Carry


    CBS takes the safety and well-being of our staff, students, and campus visitors very seriously. It is one of our top priorities, and it is with utmost care and diligence that we make decisions such as this.  

    After extensive review and evaluation of decisions from other private higher ed institutions, along with input from our staff, faculty, and students, a recommendation to opt out of campus carry was presented to the CBS board of trustees, and was approved on June 28, 2016.

    Therefore, CBS has opted out of the campus carry law. Weapons WILL NOT be allowed on CBS campus.

    Campus Carry Law at a Glance:

    Campus Carry Law S.B. 11 provides that license holders may carry a concealed handgun throughout university campuses, starting Aug. 1, 2016. However, the law gives private universities discretion to regulate campus carry including:

    •Section (1)(e ) A private or independent institution of higher education in this state, after consulting with student, staff, and faculty of the institution, may establish rules, regulations, or other provisions prohibiting license holders from carrying handguns on the campus of the institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by the institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle owned by the institution.

    The campus carry law applies to all land and buildings owned or leased by an institution of higher education. Open carry is not permitted on CBS property. Violators of the campus carry law will be subject to gun confiscation, legal action, and possible revocation of their CHL by state authorities. 

    SPECIAL NOTE: The campus carry law as noted above is not open carry but allows for carrying of a concealed handgun by a licensed holder.

    Campus Carry FAQ’s

    When will the campus carry law take effect?
    August 1, 2016

    What is the difference between open carry and campus carry?
    Open Carry 
    The Texas Penal Code generally regulates when and where handguns may be carried. Where Texas law or regulation prohibits possession of firearms on particular premises, the prohibitions are enforced as a matter of criminal law. The open carry legislation states that holders of a handgun license may now carry their handgun visibly in a waist belt holster or a shoulder holster. Prior legislation, however, provided a number of locations where the carrying of a concealed handgun, notwithstanding licensure, was prohibited. See Texas Penal Code sections 46.03 & 46.035. 

    Senate Bill 11 only allows for the concealed carry of handguns by licensed holders on campus.
    Consequently, open carry is not allowed on the CBS campus.

    Campus Carry: 
    Prior to changes made in the 84th Legislature, individuals, with certain exceptions, such as law enforcement personnel, were prohibited from carrying handguns inside any CBS buildings, even if the individual held a concealed handgun license (CHL). Senate Bill 11 Campus Carry, mandates that, pursuant to a prescribed process, institutions of higher education alter their rules governing handgun possession. While the open carry legislation allows licensed holders, starting January 01, 2016, to openly carry their handguns in various locations in the State of Texas, the campus carry legislation broadens the right for licensed holders to carry handguns in a concealed manner on college campuses, if deemed appropriate by the college. 

    What other safety measures does CBS have in place?
    Campus officials work hard to ensure the safety of our campus community. For more information see CBS also offers a crisis app that provides emergency information. Click here for download instructions.

    What do I do if I see someone with a weapon on campus?
    Do not attempt to confront the individual. Alert CBS security at 713.545.8602 or the director of real estate operations at 713.545.8543. 

    What happens if someone violates CBS’ campus carry policy? 
    A person who fails to comply with the concealed handgun rules and regulations prescribed by CBS will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or dismissal from the College; and may also be in violation of Texas Penal Code Sections 46.03 and 46.035, subjecting the individual to criminal penalties.

    Who are some of the other private institutions that have opted out of campus carry?
    Examples of other private institutions who have made the decision to opt out of campus carry include:  

    • Baylor University
    • Dallas Theological Seminary
    • Houston Baptist University 
    • Rice University
    • South Texas College of Law
    • LeTourneau University 
    • University of St. Thomas

    Where can I get more information about campus carry, concealed carry, and open carry?

    There is helpful information available on the internet, including:

    Providing a safe environment in which to work and learn is an ongoing process. This is just one part of a much larger, broader crisis management plan in place to ensure the safety of our CBS community.

    Serving Him together,

    President Bill Blocker











  • In accordance with Chapter 46.03 of the Texas Penal Code, the College of Biblical Studies-Houston prohibits the possession and use of firearms, explosives and/or ammunition, fireworks, incendiary devices, illegal knives or other sharp blades, or other prohibited weapons in 46.05 of the Texas Penal Code on its property. For purposes of this policy, CBS property includes, but is not limited to, all CBS facilities, CBS-provided parking areas, vehicles, and equipment that are either leased or owned by CBS. In addition, CBS strictly prohibits the unlawful carrying or possession of any weapon in a CBS parking facility or parking area, including in employee-owned vehicles parked on CBS property. This prohibition includes any devices that might reasonably be mistaken for a firearm or weapon. 

    Under Texas state law (Senate bill 1907), licensed holders may transport and store handguns and ammunitions in private locked vehicles while parked on the campus but may not carry a handgun or ammunition into the CBS building or on CBS property. All other non-licensed persons are not allowed to store handguns and ammunition in their private vehicles. 

    In accordance with Texas state laws, including the open carry, campus carry and concealed weapons laws, CBS will not allow a licensed permit holder to bring a firearm onto the CBS campus. The only exception to this law is for authorized law enforcement and police officers. Exceptions to this policy must be authorized in advance and in writing by the CBS administration. Violations of this policy will be considered a serious offense and will be referred to both internal administrative authorities and external police authorities. 

    CBS employees and students share the responsibility of identifying violators of this policy. An employee or student who witnesses or suspects another individual of violating this policy should immediately report this information to security, their supervisor, or human resources. 

    CBS reserves the right to request the appropriate license of any individual in accordance with this policy and Texas state law, and to require the immediate removal of the weapon and the individual from its property.

    Violation of this policy may subject an employee or student to disciplinary action up to including termination or expulsion.  


  • The College of Biblical Studies passionately teaches about and believes in the holy, righteous, loving, and forgiving triune God Who is responsible for giving all good gifts to His children (James 1:17). As a community of faith that trains men and women for Christian service, we desire to pursue His holy purposes and model His forgiving, redeeming, love to all with whom we come in contact (John 13:34 and 15:12). In His grace, God has revealed His sovereign purposes in His written Word and in the living Word of the person of Jesus Christ, Who is completely pure and without sin as the perfect High Priest and sacrifice for our sins (John 1:1-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 2:21-23; Hebrews 2:17-18, 4:14-15, 9:11-12). While on this earth, we will never live lives of complete sinless perfection as Jesus did or know all that the triune God knows; nevertheless, we desire to emulate the standards of holiness and love that God has established for us. 

    Consistent with our mission of providing biblically based education, the College embraces the Bible as the authoritative source of all beliefs about the sanctity of human life (John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible portrays human life as sacred with inherent value because humans are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1-2; 1 Corinthians 11:7; James 3:9). 

    As a result, the College of Biblical Studies does not endorse the taking of a life without just cause including, but not limited to, murder, abortion, euthanasia, and suicide.  Capriciously murdering another individual without biblical warrant is an affront to God, Who created man in His image (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17, 19:10; Proverbs 1:15-16; Matthew 5:21, 15:19; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:21; 1 Timothy 1:9; James 2:11; 1 John 3:12; Revelation 22:15). Suicide is an unbiblical way to escape the pain one feels and is never endorsed in Scripture (Judges 9:54-57; 1 Samuel 31:4-6, 1 Kings 16:18-9; 1 Chronicles 10:4, 13-14; Matthew 27:3-5). Abortion is contrary to the biblical mandate for mothers to protect their children, including those who are in the womb (Proverbs 31:27-28; Isaiah 49:15; 66:13). The Bible declares that life begins at conception and that abortion, even when the infant will be born with disabilities or infirmities, is an unnecessary taking of that life (Judges 13:2-7; Job 10:8-12; Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 49:1,5; 

    Jeremiah 1:4; Luke 1:44; Ephesians 1:4).  Forms of contraception that have the same effect as an abortion (e.g., morning after pill, abortifacients) should also be avoided. Other forms of contraception should be considered by married couples only after prayer and consultation with appropriate medical and pastoral staff. Forms of in vitro fertilization in which the human embryos and/or fertilized eggs are destroyed and not preserved should also be avoided. 

    The human body following physical death still possesses inherent value since it is the handiwork of God and will one day be physically resurrected from the dead (John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:11-15). Consequently, any form of biotechnology that dishonors human dignity should be avoided. While the College values organ donations and non-embryonic stem cell research, an individual should not consider abortion or suicide as a good means to provide stem cells or organs to others.  Forcing euthanasia on some (e.g., aged, criminal, insane, special needs, economically and socially disadvantaged) to take advantage of organ donation and/or generate other societal benefits devalues the inherent value of life.

    Situations in Which One May Have a Biblical Cause to Take a Life

    There are some instances in which the Bible permits the taking of a human life under specific conditions.  The Bible endorses capital punishment when justly and biblically applied as a means to demonstrate the severity of murder and preserve the dignity of human life (Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:12; Leviticus 24:17-22; Numbers 35:30-31; Romans 13:4). Christians should be advocates for justice in all areas of society and the world (Deuteronomy 16:20; Psalm 82:3; Proverbs 31:8-9; Isaiah 1:17; Jeremiah 22:3; Micah 6:8; Matthew 12:18-20). The Bible also allows for killing within the context of a just war or for an agent of the government having just cause to perform those duties required to preserve law and order (Deuteronomy 20:1-4; 1 Samuel 15:3; Romans 13:4; 2 Timothy 2:3). Furthermore, decisions concerning medical life support should also be made with medical and pastoral counsel. 

    A Biblical Response to Those Who Have Taken a Life without Cause

    As the lives of King David and the Apostle Paul illustrate, the Bible offers forgiveness to all murderers and those who have not appreciated the sanctity of life (Psalm 51:7-9; Ephesians 4:32; 1 Timothy 1:12-16; 1 John 1:9). As such, Christians should treat any individual who has done so with compassion and love in hopes that God may bring such a one to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:8-10; Galatians 6:1; 1 Peter 4:8). Repentance does not excuse the earthly consequences of such actions, but it does bring the forgiveness of God (2 Samuel 12:13-23). 

  • The College of Biblical Studies passionately teaches about and believes in the holy, righteous, loving, and forgiving triune God Who is responsible for giving all good gifts to His children (James 1:17). As a community of faith that trains men and women for the Christian service, we desire to pursue His holy purposes and model His forgiving, redeeming, love to all with whom we come in contact (John 13:34 and 15:12). In His grace, God has revealed His sovereign purposes in His written word and in the living Word of the person of Jesus Christ, Who is completely pure and without sin as the perfect High Priest and sacrifice for our sins (John 1:1-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 2:21-23; Hebrews 2:17-18, 4:14-15, 9:11-12). While on this earth, we will never live lives of complete sinless perfection as Jesus did or know all that the triune God knows; nevertheless, we desire to emulate the standards of holiness and love that God has established for us. 

    Consistent with our mission of providing biblically based education, the College of Biblical Studies embraces the Bible as the authoritative source of all beliefs about human sexuality (John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible portrays human sexuality as a gift given by God to the first married couple, originally biologically created as male and female,  to unite them for the purposes of pleasure and procreation to the glory of God (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:24; Matthew 19:5). God is the author of sex, and in holy heterosexual matrimony, He encourages a husband and wife to enjoy his or her spouse in love (Proverbs 5:18-19; Song of Songs 4:10, 5:16, 7:8-9). Married couples are encouraged not to consider their bodies as their own but to put the legitimate sexual needs of their spouse first, and to meet the spouse’s needs whenever possible (1 Corinthians 7:3-5). All board members, administrators, faculty, staff members, students, applicants, and all volunteers must agree to, adhere to in attitudes, actions and beliefs these principles as well as the below-outlined actions and other related acts that are prohibited in Scripture, both explicitly and in principle (Romans 12:1-2). 

    The holy purpose of God from the very beginning was for sex and marriage to be monogamous between one man and one woman, as originally biologically created by God, united in holy matrimony for life (Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:31-32). This design was marred by sin which twisted God’s purpose and began to promote sex for pleasure without the unique monogamous covenantal marriage commitment that the Bible requires (Romans 1:24-25; 1 Thessalonians 4:5).  While God allowed polygamy to occur in the lives of Abraham, David, Solomon, and others (Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 17:17), He never specifically endorsed such an activity; in fact, the Bible does explicitly state that Christians, especially those in church leadership, should maintain the monogamous commitment to one spouse for life (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6). Similarly, while God permitted divorce and remarriage under certain specific situations (Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Matthew 19:7-9), His original design was for one husband and one wife to be united for life (Matthew 19:4-6). 

    Some sexual actions are always prohibited in the Bible including, but not limited to, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, transgender identification, bestiality/zoophilia, prostitution, rape, and sinful lust in all forms. For instance, sex outside of marriage is always prohibited, especially for the Christian whose body has been bought by the price of Christ’s blood and is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:13-20; Hebrews 13:4). Furthermore, the Bible discourages Christians from associating with believers who are involved in unrepentant sexual immorality (Psalm 50:16-23; 1 Corinthians 5:9-11, 15:33). 

    Fornication, or sexual relations before the marriage covenant (including cohabitation), is always prohibited in the Bible (Matthew 5:19-20; Romans 1:29; 1 Corinthians 7:2, 10:8; Galatians 5:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Revelation 2:20). In fact, the Bible never endorses sexual behavior outside of the marital relationship. Similarly, adultery, that is, a married person having sexual relations with someone who is not his or her spouse, is always prohibited (Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 5:18; Proverbs 2:16-19, 6:32; Malachi 3:5; Mark 7:21; Galatians 5:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9; James 2:11). In fact, God specifically says that His desire to keep marriage undefiled is a reason why He consistently judges adultery and fornication (Ephesians 5:3-6; Colossians 3:5-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6; Hebrews 13:4). Additionally, the Bible specifically prohibits all forms of non-heterosexual monogamous marital expression, including but not limited to, homosexuality and bisexuality (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13-16; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; Jude 7-8), as such acts are contrary to God’s original design of sex and marriage between one man and one woman (Gen. 1:27-28; 2:24; Mat. 19:5) for God’s purpose for procreation (Gen. 1:27-28; 9:1, 7; Leviticus 26:9; Psalm 127:3-5; Malachi 2:15 and 1 Timothy 5:14). Despite the fact that homosexuality occurred and was endorsed by many during the time when the Bible was written, the Bible never endorses homosexual relationships and/or homosexual marriage. 

    Similarly, the Bible encourages Christians to understand their sexual orientation and sexual identity in the original design of God as biologically created at birth: male and female with distinct differences but equal value in God’s eyes (Genesis 1:27, 5:2; 1 Peter 3:7). In fact, a Christian should find his or her primary identity in Christ as a child of God (John 1:12; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:1-3, 1 John 3:1-2). As a result, the Bible forbids individuals from adopting a gender identity that conflicts with the biological sex they received from birth and to affirm others who accept the sex they were biologically assigned at birth (Deuteronomy 22:5; 1 Corinthians 6:9, where use of µa?a??? means “effeminate” or indicating a rejection of one’s God-given, biological sex). The Bible teaches that exchanging the natural functions of the God-given sex for unnatural functions (including same-sex attraction or desiring to convert to another gender) is a result of sin (Romans 1:26-27). The Bible recognizes only two sexes — male and female — and a trust in the sovereignty of God will lead Christians to display and adopt only the sex God biologically gave them at birth (Genesis 5:2; Matthew 19:4). To do otherwise through sex reassignment, transvestite, transgender, gender-fluid, or nonbinary “genderqueer” and related acts or conduct is to question God’s providence and sovereignty. 

    Furthermore, the Bible expressly forbids bestiality/zoophilia, prostitution, incest, rape, and lust in all forms (Exodus 22:19; Leviticus 18:6-18, 23; 20:15-16, 21:14; Deuteronomy 22:25-27, 23:17-18, 27:20-23; 2 Samuel 13:12-14; Matthew 5:27-28; 1 Corinthians 6:15-18; Ephesians 4:17-19; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:22). Such actions reject God’s original design for sex, do not represent the selfless relationship of Christ and the church, malign the worth of the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit, and cause extensive harm to others. 

    In addition to the above, there are some items that the Bible does not directly address but provides principles that guide Christian conduct. For instance, pornography, polyamorous marriage, pedophilia, sexting, voyeurism, and sex trafficking all are forbidden based on the prohibitions against lust and care for other individuals provided in the Bible (Amos 1:6; Matthew 5:27-28; 1 Corinthians 6:15-18; Ephesians 4:17-19; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:22). Additionally exhibitionism, identification as an animal, self-marriage/sologamy, objectophilia, self-masturbation and all other selfish sexual acts are against God’s purpose of creating humans in His image and sex for the union of husband and wife in marriage. 

    The Bible states that individuals who struggle with same-sex attraction, who have practiced sexual acts condemned explicitly or implicitly by the Bible, or who have sinfully lusted in their hearts can receive God’s abundant grace through faith in the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ on the cross in their place as payment for their sins (Ephesians 2:1-10).  The Bible encourages anyone involved in such acts or thoughts and attractions to repent of such actions as well as thoughts, and confess these actions and thoughts as sin (2 Corinthians 12:21; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 2:21). Believers should  pursue a righteous view of sex and accompanying actions by faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ as well as the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 4:20-24; Hebrews 2:17-18, 4:14-16). While some may be more likely to struggle with certain sins, the Bible gives examples that these sins can be overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 21:31-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  

    Because a person can escape a lifestyle of sexual immorality, CBS encourages its board, faculty, staff, and students to demonstrate the love of Christ to all individuals, regardless of the sexual sins with which they may struggle (Matthew 9:10-13; John 8:3-11; 1 Corinthians 5:9-10; Colossians 4:5-6). As Christians, we should afford them the love and respect they deserve as people created in the image of God. 

    The Scriptures command Christians to be compassionate and sensitive to those who are experiencing the temptation towards same-sex attraction, the desire to abandon their God-given gender at birth, the struggle with what the Bible says about sex, and the confession of previously-committed immoral acts. Special consideration should be given to those who express a willingness to change by faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit and conform to these standards expressed in belief and act to the “CBS Statement on Biblical, Holy, Human Sexuality” (2 Corinthians 7:8-10; James 5:20; 1 Peter 4:8). The Bible commands Christians to be reconciled with a repentant brother in a spirit of humility and gentleness (Galatians 6:1-2).   

    CBS believes that God gives two life-enhancing options for human sexual behavior according to the Bible:  (1) a regular, active, biblical conjugal “one flesh” marital sexual union of one man and one woman to help overcome the temptations of the evil one (1 Corinthians 7:3-5), and (2) celibacy (Isaiah 56:3-5; Matthew 19:10-12; 1 Corinthians 7:7, 26-28). Those who cannot control their sexual urges are encouraged to pursue biblical marriage unless they are prevented biblically and/or situationally by God from doing so (1 Corinthians 7:2, 9). Both celibacy and marriage are gifts from God by His will, with their own unique blessings and challenges, and should be received with great joy and faith. Celibacy and faithful singleness as well as godly monogamous marriage are to be celebrated and affirmed within the College. 

  • The Office of Institutional Effectiveness evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission. CBS measures the following criteria in an effort to maintain institutional effectiveness and in response to federal requirements and its accreditors.

    The College uses the following definitions for Student Achievement: enrollment data; retention, graduation, course completion, and job placement rates; state licensing examinations; student portfolios; or other means of demonstrating achievement of goals.

    Student Achievement Goals

  •  CBS Alumni Association Board of Directors 

    Alumni Board


    Top left: Tracy Winkler (2010); Betty Stewart (2009); Terry Bryan (2012); Dr. Harold Fisher (2002); Darrell Jackson (2008)

    Bottom left: Wilma Shaw (2009); Prima McFalls (2012) Alumni Services Volunteer Coordinator; Christine Cummings (2006);

    Elizabeth Bosworth (2008) Director of Alumni Services  

    Absentees:  Shane Boothe (2006); Artis Lovelady, III (1997); Van Hollie (2012)


  • Suspicious Packages are any items capable of concealing or containing harmful substances that have been left unattended and/or visibly shows indicators of posing a potential threat.

    Characteristics of Suspicious Packages

    • Excessive postage
    • Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
    • Misspellings of common words
    • Strange return address or no return address
    • Incorrect titles or title without a name
    • Not addressed to a specific person
    • Marked with restrictions, such as "personal," "confidential," or "do not x-ray"
    • Marked with any threatening language
    • Postmarked from a city or state that does not match the return address

    Key Appearances

    • Oily stains
    • Discolorations
    • Odor
    • Excessive packaging material
    • Excessive weight
    • Ticking sound and/or protruding wires or aluminum foil

    Additionally, items such as briefcase, gym bag, suitcase, etc. may be deemed suspicious solely because it is discovered unattended in a public place or near a sensitive facility.

    What to Do with a Suspicious Package, Letter, or Container

    • Do not panic. It is important for all of your actions to be careful & deliberate.
    • Protect yourself from exposure to an unknown material. Do not touch, move, or attempt to clean up the unknown material.
    • Isolate the area and evacuate all personnel from the immediate area.
    • Contact 911 and the notify the director of real estate operations as soon as possible.
    • Do not use radios or cell phones. 
    • All personnel who may have had contact with the unknown material should wash their hands with soap and warm water. Shower as soon as possible.
    • Do not use bleach or other disinfectants.
    • Make a list of names and contact information for all personnel who have come into contact with the unknown material.
    • Provide this information to law enforcement and health officials.
    • Carefully follow the instructions provided by law enforcement and health officials.

    Threat by Mail

    • Note where it was found and who found it.  
    • Caution staff and students against picking up or touching any strange objects or packages.
    • Notify director of real estate operations or CBS campus security.


  • Bomb threats may be received by telephone, e-mail, or letter. If a bomb threat is received, remain calm and try to obtain as much information as possible.

    Notify 911 and be prepared to give as much information as possible.

    The crisis management and emergency procedures will go into effect at this time. After you call 911, immediately call the Director of Real Estate Operations and then CBS campus security.

    Implement the following procedures: 

    • If the threat was made in writing, do not handle the letter or note any more than necessary. 
    • Do not touch or move any unfamiliar objects and wait for police to arrive on the scene. 
    • The vice president of academic affairs and/or vice president of administration will make all decisions regarding cancellation of classes. 
    • Evacuation of the building is priority.
    • Cell phones, two-way radios, and pagers should be turned off at a minimum of 100 feet from the suspected bombsite.


  • Medical Emergency

    Accidents and emergencies are unpredictable. While some emergencies may only need first aid care, others may require emergency medical attention. If unsure of the seriousness, call 911. Medical emergencies involving any student or employee must be reported to the professor or staff member immediately. 

    Staff Actions:

    • Evaluate the scene to determine what assistance is needed. Students should be kept away from the scene of the emergency.
    • Assess the victim's breathing.
    • Stay calm. If a coat or blanket is available, use it to keep the victim warm. 
    • Do not move the individual unless there is danger of further injury. 
    • If 911 is called, remain calm and stay on the phone until the dispatcher hangs up. The dispatcher may provide instructions on how to care for the injured. 
    • Stay with the injured until medical assistance arrives.
    • Don’t hang up until you are told to do so by the 911 operator.

    Students and Staff should be able to provide the dispatcher with:

     College of Biblical Studies

    Address - 7000 Regency Square Houston, TX. 77036

    Exact location within the building

    Nature of the emergency

    Approximate age of the injured person

    Your name and phone number

    Basic CPR instructions provided by Red Cross:

    • BLOW: Tilt the head back and listen for breathing. If not breathing normally, pinch nose and cover the mouth with yours and blow until you see the chest rise. Give 2 breaths. Each breath should take 1 second.
    • PUMP: If the victim is still not breathing normally, coughing or moving, begin chest compressions. Push down on the chest 1 1/2 to 2 inches 30 times right between the breasts. Pump at the rate of 100/minute, faster than once per second.
    • CONTINUE WITH 2 BREATHS AND 30 PUMPS UNTIL HELP ARRIVES - NOTE: This ratio is the same for one-person & two-person CPR. In two-person CPR the person pumping the chest stops while the other gives mouth-to-mouth breathing.

    If the victim is choking:

    • Make sure they are coughing and getting air.
    • If the victim cannot speak or cough and you think something maybe lodged in their throat, from behind, slip your arms around the victim’s waist. Make a fist with one hand and grasp with the other hand. Place your fist right above the navel area. Press into the abdomen with quick upward thrust. Repeat until the object is removed, or the victim starts breathing or coughing.

    If the victim is bleeding:

    • First Aid kits are located in the CBS Bookstore.
    • Use rubber gloves (contained in the first aid kit) and apply pressure to the area. If possible, elevate bleeding area above level of the heart.

    For further details go to General Safety & Procedures at


  • Purpose

    The 63-hour online only program leading to the Associate of Arts degree is designed for individuals who wish to pursue an Associate degree while receiving foundational biblical principles that contribute to a biblical worldview. It may also be used as the first two years of a bachelor's degree program. Credits earned in this program may be applied to the bachelor's degree programs offered at the College or, when appropriate, may be transferable to other institutions. 


    Quick Facts

    • 63 total credit hours

    Program Goals 

    1. Categorize the literary forms of biblical books.
    2. Learn and apply principles of Christian ministry.

    Graduation Requirements

    1. Successful completion of all admissions requirements including completion of high school diploma or GED
    2. Satisfactory completion of all requirements on Official Degree Plan within a maximum of eight years
    3. Cumulative 2.0 grade point average
    4. Satisfactory completion of 3 units in Christian Service Learning Program
    5. Academic advising sessions including pre and post testing/measurements
    6. Intent to Graduate Form filed by submitted deadline
    7. Graduation/Diploma fee
    8. No unresolved disciplinary matter, including but not limited to, student code of conduct violations, library, or financial obligation
    9. Completion of exit counseling for students with Stafford or PLUS loans
    10. Approval by CBS faculty

    Suggested Sequence

    Curriculum (Suggested for Full-time Students) 


    Year 1

    • MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods
    • ENGL 1301 English Composition 1
    • COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing
    • ENGL 1302 English Composition 2
    • HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1
    • BIBL 1321 Gospels
    • MCSP 2011 Christian Service 
    • BIBL 1311 Pentateuch
    • BIBL 1312 Historical Literature
    • MSMN 2301 Missions, Evangelism, and Discipleship
    • MCSP 2011 Christian Service 

    Year 2

    • MATH 1332 Mathematical Principles
    • BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature
    • BIBL 1414 Prophets
    • BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles
    • BIBL 1323 General Epistles & Revelation
    • HIST 2322 Western Civilization 2
    • PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy
    • THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method
    • MCSP 2011 Christian Service
    • PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics
    • MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life
    • BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology
    • ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech


  • In January of each year per the IRS guidelines, CBS provides an IRS Form 1098-T to all students who had qualified tuition and other related educational expenses billed to them during the previous calendar year. The form will no longer be mailed because it can be retrieved by logging into the individual student's account in and by clicking on 1098-T at the top of their account page.


    This form is informational only and should not be considered as tax opinion or advice. It serves to alert students that they may be eligible for federal income tax education credits. Receipt of Form 1098-T does not indicate eligibility for the tax credit. To determine the amount of qualified tuition and fees paid, and the amount of scholarships and grants received, a taxpayer should use their own financial records. CBS does not provide tax advice and individuals should consult a tax advisor as needed. 

  • Women's Partnership


    "So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of faith." ~ Galations 6:10


    Mission Statement

    Christian women committed to the advancement of the College of Biblical Studies through ministry, fundraising, and community awareness.

    Come join the fun and invite a friend!


    Prayer Fellowship Dates 

    Prayer Fellowship, a ministry of the CBS Women's Partnership, gathers to intercede for the College of Biblical Studies on the first Wednesday of every month, September through May. 

    Prayer Fellowship meetings are held on the CBS Campus in Room 106 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am.

    Women Prayer

    September 14, 2016

    Off Campus Meeting

    March 1, 2017

    Campus Meeting

    October 5, 2016

    Campus Meeting

    April 5, 2017

    Campus Meeting

    November 2, 2016   

    Campus Meeting


    May 3, 2017

    Campus Meeting

    December 8, 2016 

    Off Campus Meeting


    June-August 2017
    Summer Break

    January 4, 2017  

    Campus Meeting



    February 1, 2017 

    Campus Meeting




    Special Events Dates & Volunteer Opportunities

    November 2, 2016   

    CBS 40th Anniversary Celebration


    September 2017

    Lunch & Learn

    March 8, 2017

    Mary Marth Award Luncheon

    December 2017

    Christmas Tea

    Prayer Meeting on site

    May 13, 2017
    President's Breakfast & Commencement



    Contact Us!

    Advancement Contact
    Phone: (832) 252-0748
    Email: [email protected]

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    HBU Bradshaw Fitness Center is offering the College of Biblical Studies students and employees an opportunity to become members, for a one-time payment and monthly dues. For more information contact Membership Services @ 281.649.3503. Learn more about the center at

    Student Membership:

    Enrollment Fee $35.00 

    Monthly Dues:
    Students: $35.00
    Family Add On: $35.00 

    Employee Corporate Membership:
    Enrollment Fee: $40.00 

    Monthly Dues:
    Employees: $40.00
    Family Add On: $35.00





  • Safe Environment 

    The College of Biblical Studies is committed to the safety of our students and staff. Our priority is to create a campus environment in which people are safe from physical harm and property is secure, in a manner that meets or exceeds federal, state and local laws, as well as CBS policies that regulate these matters. It is the intent of CBS to provide a safe and secure environment for students, visitors, and others with whom we serve. CBS has zero tolerance for violent acts or threats of violence. Emergency procedures are provided on the left. You are encouraged to read through and familiarize yourself with each procedure. If you have any questions about the procedures, please contact the director of real estate operations at [email protected].

    The CBS Watchman Alert System uses text, e-mail, and voice messages to alert CBS students and employees in the event of an emergency or urgent situation. Alert messages are sent to registered mobile phones, home phones and e-mail addresses. 

    To support the CBS security department, the College employs Professional Guard Patrol Security. This department accomplishes its mission through excellence in policing, safety, and security. Professional Guard Patrol and local police are the primary response agencies for all crimes and incidents on campus, including emergency assistance, investigating, and documenting incidents. CBS security is the liaison with local police, fire, and medical response agencies. CBS security may be reached during normal business hours at 281-448-4900 or 713-545-8602.

    If you see a crime happening on CBS campus or are a victim of a crime, please call 911 or CBS security immediately.  

    CBS Campus Numbers

    CBS Campus Security

    Dispatch 281-448-4900
    Cell 713-545-8602

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    Building Access

    CBS shall take all necessary steps to provide a safe and secure structure for the protection of its students, faculty, and staff members. The building will be opened based on an approved schedule and will remain locked otherwise. 

    Parking & Security Escort

    Students should park in designated parking spaces on the main campus parking lots where the lighting is the most efficient. Security escorts are provided during hours of operation for any reason by calling 713-545-8602.

    Drug and Alcohol Prevention

    It is the policy of CBS that the unlawful use, manufacture, sale, attempted sale, distribution, transfer, purchase, attempted purchase, cultivation, or possession of a controlled substance, alcohol, or any illicit drug on campus, in the workplace, or off-campus as part of any campus activities is prohibited. CBS believes that spiritual, emotional, physical, social, intellectual, and physical developments have their greatest growth free from mind-altering illicit drugs and alcohol.

    In Case Of Emergency, Call 911

    You should call 911 to report all emergencies, including an active shooter on the premises, fire alarms, bomb threats, chemical spills, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, or any incident that will require a rapid response. 

    You will be required to provide the 911 operator with the following information:

    • Your name
    • The location of the emergency (building, floor, room number)
    • Your location (building, floor, room number)
    • The nature of the emergency
    • How many persons are involved in the emergency

    Based upon the information that you supply to the 911 operator, assistance (i.e., police, fire department personnel, hazmat team, medical personnel) will be dispatched, as required. 

    Useful External Emergency Local Numbers

    General Resource Links and Videos

    Useful External Emergency Local Numbers

    Name of Agency

    Contact Number



    Ambulance Non-Emergency


    American Red Cross


    Ben Taub Hospital


    Boxer Management Company


    City of Houston


    Electric - Reliant


    Fire Non-Emergency


    Gas – CenterPoint Energy


    Harris County


    Hazardous Materials


    Health Department


    HPD Non-Emergency


    Memorial Hospital Southwest


    Poison Control




  • Breast Cancer Awareness



    October 1-31, 2015 is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


    The College of Biblical Studies will bring awareness to Breast Cancer the week of October 12-15, 2015. 

    Join us in the atrium Thursday evening Oct.15th @ 5:15 p.m. to hear Dr. Richard Gunasekera speak about the contributing factors of breast cancer, diet and exercise and the statistics of those prone to the disease. 

    Millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment. Getting mammograms  regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.

    Are you worried about the cost? The Center for Disease Control offers free or low-cost mammograms and education about breast cancer. Find out if you qualify.

    Breast Cancer Awareness month is a yearly occurance, but for a survivor, it’s every single day. Show your support, and wear your “Pink on Thursday, October 15th!

  • Marvin R. McNeese, Jr.

    Chair, General Education Department
    College of Biblical Studies
    7000 Regency Square Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77036
    (713) 204-8553 (cell)
    [email protected]



    American politics, public policy, subnational politics, campaign finance, corporate political activity, American political development, and Latin American politics.


    Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Rice University, Houston, TX. Major: American Politics.
             Minor: Subnational Politics, Comparative Politics. Dissertation: Win the War to Win the
             Battle: Putting the Venue in Interest Group Venue Shopping. Committee: Robert Stein
             (chair), Keith Hamm, John Alford, and Doug Schuler. Expected December 2014.

    Master of Public Affairs, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of
               Texas at Austin. Major: Public Policy and Public Administration. Thesis: Toward the
               '60s: Building an Institution for the Movimento Negro Brasileiro. Austin, TX.

    Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American
               Studies, The University of Texas at Austin. Major: Government. Minor: Economics,

    Bachelors of Arts, cum laude, Albion College, Albion, MI. Religious Studies, Spanish, and
              Political Science.


    Instructor, Rice University, Fall 2014

    Assistant Professor, Political Science, College of Biblical Studies-Houston, Houston, TX, 2011-Present


    POLI 210 Introduction to Political Science, Rice University
    POLI 395 Introduction to Statistics, Rice University
    GOVT 2301 Principles of American Politics, College of Biblical Studies (English and Spanish)


    “What does punctuated equilibrium theory predict for the issue of hydraulic fracturing?” with
               Robert M. Stein and Seonghui Lee. Midwest Political Science Association Annual
               Conference, Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 2013.

    “Migration, Drugs and Threat to Regime in Mexico.” with Carla Martinez Machain, Midwest
               Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 2011.

    “The effects of early voting on congressional campaign expenditures.” with Robert M. Stein,
            Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, April 1-5, 2009.

    “Discriminating Corporate Campaign Contributors: Campaign Finance in an Unregulated
              Environment.” Political Science Poster Session, Rice University, Houston, TX, May 5, 2008.

    “Sources of Health Insurance Innovation.” Political Science Poster Session, Rice University,
              Houston, TX, May 5, 2008.


    Editorial Assistant, American Journal of Political Science, Editor: Rick Wilson, 2009-2011, 2013

    Teaching Assistant, Doug Shuler, MGMT 561 Business-Government Relations, Jesse H. Jones
               Graduate School of Management, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

    Teaching Assistant, Keith Hamm, POLI 435 Money and Politics Seminar, Rice University,
              Spring 2010

    Coordinator, American Politics Workshop (weekly), Political Science Department, Rice
              University, 2008-2009

    Research Assistant, Director: Rick Wilson, Behavioral Research Laboratory, Rice University,


    Research Fellowship, Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute, $15,000
    Research Award, Tinker & Ford Foundations, University of Texas at Austin, $6,000
    Fellowship, Foreign Language and Area Studies, U.S. Department of Education/ The University
                of Texas at Austin

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  • Marvin McNeese photoChair, General Education Department; Professor

    • B.A., Albion College
    • M.A. (Political Science)
    • M.A., University of Texas at Austin (Latin American Studies)
    • M.P.Aff.
    • Ph.D., Rice University (Political Science)


    Marvin McNeese Jr. has been teaching at CBS since the fall of 2004.  Following an interest in politics that God awakened in his youth, Marvin’s professional experience regularly had him serving in financial administration while serving the Lord.  His training in political science and economics began at Albion College in Michigan, and continued at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Teresa Lorenzo Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned two Masters Degrees.  Dr. McNeese earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University.

    Marvin married his college sweetheart (much later) and they have three children.  Most of his career has been spent in higher education, though He has helped several churches to develop and raise funds for their social service and charitable activities.  Marvin highly values international missions, having served as a missionary to Panama, and has participated in other short mission trips to Brazil, Honduras and the Philippines. Committed to serving through the local body, he is a deacon and Bible study teacher at Houston’s First Baptist Church.

    Marvin is Chair for the General Education Department and serves as a grant writer in the Development Department.  He has a passion for helping believers take up God’s challenge to meet social needs in Jesus’ name and to participate in government based on His principles.  His coursework clearly explains, according to the scriptures, the relevance and rightful place of government in our lives and a Christians’ responsibility in light of this.


    "The effects of early voting on Congressional campaign expenditures." With Robert M. Stein. Journal of Politics.

    Toward the '60s: Building an Institution for the Movimento Negro Brazil. University of Texas at Austin, 1999. (Master’s Thesis) Development

    Building a Workforce Development System for Texas: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Reform. Christopher T. King and Robert E. McPherson, University of Texas at Austin, 1997. 

     “Blessed are the Feet of Them.” Marvin R. McNeese, Jr., The Gospel Message, Kansas City, MO: Gospel Missionary Union, v109, Issue 4, 2001.


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  • CBS Alumni Services is now offering an exciting opportunity!

    The following 3 courses are FREE to all CBS Alumni who graduated with the Bachelor of Science degree. 

    If you have any questions, please contact Alumni Services at 713-785-5995.

    African American Literary Traditions

    Monday Evenings

    Time:  6:00pm –9:45pm

    Dates:  5/4/15-8/10/15

    Prof:  Dr. P. Sinitiere


    The Role of Women in Life and Ministry

    Monday Afternoons

    Time: 1:30pm –5:00pm

    Dates: 5/4/15-8/10/15

    Prof:  Dr. V. Ellen

    (For Women Only)


    Critical Thinking

    5 Saturdays

    Time:  9:00am –5:30pm

    Dates: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

    Prof:  Dr. P. Shockley

  • The College of Biblical Studies appreciates and values God’s gift of marriage between man and woman that God created in His own image. As a Bible College committed to providing our students with a biblical worldview, CBS fully believes what the Bible says about marriage and operates according to that faith commitment. We abide by Jesus’s teaching on marriage when He said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, 5 and said, 'FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH'? 6 "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate" (Matthew 19:4b-6 NASB, capitalization in the original).

    The definition of marriage provided by Jesus includes several important truths that CBS expects all board members, faculty members, students and staff to value and abide by: 1) Marriage is a covenant designed by God (19:4b). 2) This biblical definition of marriage is not conditioned by culture or personal perspective but decided by God from the beginning and expected to continue until eternity (v. 4b). 3) Marriage is intended to be between one man and one woman as God biologically created them male and female at birth (v. 4b). Hence, any other proposals for marriage are outside of God’s intended design (see also Leviticus 18:22, 20:13–16; Romans 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11; and 1 Timothy 1:9–10). 4) The marriage covenant is sealed through sexual intercourse which should be reserved for one husband and one wife after they have entered the holy covenant of marriage (v. 5). 5) God’s design is for marriage to last until the death of one of the spouses (v. 6 and Matthew 22:30).  

    Therefore, the College of Biblical Studies defines marriage as a divinely designed biblical covenant between one man and one woman and God that is intended to represent the relationship of Christ and the Church, and last until the death of either spouse. This view of marriage is affirmed in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament (see Genesis 1:27, 2:23–24; Malachi 2:14; Song of Solomon 2:7, 16; 1 Corinthians 7:1–16; Ephesians 5:22–33; Hebrews 13:4). 


  • Registrar, InstructorChad Kniffen

    • B.S., College of Biblical Studies (Christian Leadership)
    • M.B.A., University of Houston 



    Mr. Chad Kniffen has been married to Ingrid Kniffen since 2011. He currently serves as the Analyst for the college in the department of Institutional Effectiveness.

    He received a B.S. in Christian Leadership from the College of Biblical Studies in 2009. Immediately following graduation, Chad enrolled in the University of Houston, Bauer School of Business, to pursue an M.B.A. He completed his M.B.A in December of 2013.

    Mr. Kniffen has held several positions at CBS and has worked for the Bookstore, Operations, Information Technology, and Institutional Effectiveness. He began teaching in Fall 2014.

  • Director of Institutional Research and Accreditation; Assoc. ProfessorBryce Hantla

    • B.A., Mississippi College (English)
    • M.A., North Carolina State University (English Literature)
    • Ed.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Christian Education)



    Upon completing his Ed.D. in Christian Education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Hantla is serving as Director for Institutional Research and Accreditation at the College of Biblical Studies-Houston ( He is also an Associate Professor in the college, teaching courses in English and Christian Education.

    In his administrative role, Dr. Hantla manages all research efforts both internal and external to CBS in accomplishing their mission of providing a "biblically based education for the Body of Christ, with primary focus on African-American and other ethnic minority groups." He also manages issues related to compliance and is the liaison to SACS-COC and ABHE (CBS's accrediting bodies). 

    Dr. Hantla's current research interests range from researching best practices for implementing the flipped classroom design, an exciting technology-driven teaching approach, working with accrediting bodies to accomplish the goals of institutions of higher education, to applying effective methods for leading and managing others in Christ to grow personally and professionally. He has led numerous workshops at professional conferences on these topics and continues to research and write about educational best practices in the areas of critical thinking, technology integration in higher education, and educational leadership.

    For his dissertation, Dr. Hantla combined his work on critical thinking in a quasi-experimental study researching the effects of flipping the classroom on critical thinking variables measured by a critical thinking rubric. He successfully defended his dissertation with the highest score awarded by SEBTS and is working on turning his dissertation into journal publications.


    Doctoral Dissertation
    The effects of flipping the classroom on specific aspects of critical thinking in a humanities college: A quasi-experimental, mixed-methods study (2014)

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
    Noetic Sanctification: Using Critical Thinking to Facilitate Sanctification of the Mind (2014)

    The Portrayal of Fathers in Popular Media (2013)

    An intelligent critique of multiple intelligences: a Christian review for leaders (2012)

    Encyclopedia Contribution
    Hantla, B. (2014). Craig Dykstra: A Biographical Entry. The Encyclopedia for Christian Education. George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (Eds.). Scarecrow Press.

    Peer-Reviewed Accreditation Publication
    Arguing the CASE: Critical Thinking through Writing (2012)

    Conference Presentations
    Best Practices for Beginning a Flipped Classroom in the Humanities (2013)

    “If you notice it as advertising, it hasn’t worked”: Peripheral Persuasion and Neuromarketing as Behaviorism (2012)

    Cooks in the Kitchen: Promoting Writing Center Research through Collaboration (2012)

  • Maximize Your Time. Minimize Your Cost. Optimize Your Ministry.

    Earn a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in only FIVE years with the CBS/DTS 4+1 program

    Contact CBS Admissions today at 832.252.4253 or email [email protected]

    Get your Master’s faster with CBS and DTS!

    4+1 = Two Degrees! Earn a Bachelor’s degree at the College of Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts (Christian Studies) at Dallas Theological Seminary in just five years.  This new 4+1 program is convenient and cost-effective: 

    • Courses can be taken online or on campus, giving you greater flexibility to earn two degrees in less time
    • Dallas Theological Seminary’s Houston extension is located on the CBS campus
    • Reduced semesters = reduced tuition
    • Less time earning your degrees means more time in ministry!

    The 4+1 Program allows students to earn a four-year Bachelor’s of Science degree (Biblical Studies with Pre-seminary minor) and a two-year seminary degree in just five years. For the undergraduate degree, students take 103 credit hours at CBS Houston and 24 hours of dual credit through Dallas Theological Seminary’s Houston campus or online program. After the undergraduate degree is awarded students only need 25 more hours at Dallas Theological Seminary to earn a Master of Arts (Christian Studies) degree!

    Here’s how it works:

    1. Apply to the MA (Christian Studies) at DTS before you enter the final year of your bachelor’s at CBS
    2. Receive Advanced Standing for courses completed at CBS (15 hours; see Course Equivalencies).
    3. Take Dual Credit classes at DTS during your final year at CBS (24 hours)
    4. Complete your remaining MA(CS) courses (25 hours).

    Course Location


    CBS undergrad courses*

    15 hours of which can be applied to DTS MA(CS); must earn a “B” or better to fulfill DTS Advanced Standing requirements

    103 hours

    DTS Houston dual credit classes:

    Must earn a “C” or better to fulfill CBS requirements

    24 hours 

    (Click to visit DTS website)

    DTS master’s classes:

    Taken after completion of four-year CBS degree

    25 hours

    (Click to visit DTS website)


    152 hours

    *Students must apply to the MA(CS) program within one year of completing their CBS degree in order to qualify for the 15 hours of Advanced Standing.

    Recent CBS graduate? You may be eligible to receive Advanced Standing toward your Master of Arts (Christian Studies) at Dallas Theological Seminary! Please contact an admissions advisor at DTS for details.

    CBS-DTS Course Equivalencies:

    CBS Course

    DTS Course

    MSMN1301 Bible Study Methods*
    or BIBL 3301 Advanced Biblical Hermeneutics*

    BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics (3)

    BIBL1311 Pentateuch*                                

    or BIBL 3311 Special Issues in OT Historical Literature*

    BE102 OT History I (3)

    BIBL1323 General Epistles & Revelation*

    or BIBL 3323 Special Issues in NT General Epistolary Literature & Revelation*

    BE107 Hebrews, Generals Epistles, and Revelation (3)

    THEO1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation*

    ST103 Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology (3)

    THEO1314 Angels, Church, & Prophecy*

    ST105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology (3)

    * Must earn a “B” or better

    Hours: 15

    For details please contact the CBS Admissions office today.

    832.252.4253; [email protected]

    Already a CBS student? Contact your Academic Advisor at the Office of the Register:

    Last Name A-D and Spanish Speaking Programs

    Esmeralda Barrera 832-252-4640, [email protected]

    Last Name E-Z

    Debbie Harper 832-252-4632[email protected]

    Connect with us now and get your Master’s faster with CBS and DTS! 

  • CBS is Houston's only Training Center for Biblical Counseling Certification 


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    The College of Biblical Studies is pleased to announce its affiliation with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) as their newest Certified Training Center (CTC), 
    the only CTC in Greater Houston.

    The training necessary to become certified as a Biblical counselor is now available in the form of five for-credit courses offered by the College of Biblical Studies. The courses are listed below and may be taken in isolation or as part of our Biblical Counseling degree program:

    • MSBC 3301: Introduction to Biblical Counseling
    • MSBC 3302: Theological Foundations of Biblical Counseling
    • MSBC 3303: Analysis of Common Counseling Problems
    • MSBC 3304: Marriage and Family
    • MSBC 4303: Counseling Process 

    This training is retroactive! Those who have previously taken the five required courses have already met the training demands and do not need to repeat them. 

    For nearly 40 years, the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), formerly National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC), has been certifying biblical counselors to ensure doctrinal integrity and to promote excellence in biblical counseling (click here to learn more about ACBC and its certification program). Please note: The courses offered in the curriculum are not designed to meet academic or other requirements of the State of Texas for licensure as a professional counselor.

    To learn more about attaining certification, contact Kathy Perkins, 832-252-4625; [email protected].

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  • Help CBS Thrive. Refer Five. Win a Prize!

    Love YOUR school? Help us spread the word about the CBS Experience. Join our “Refer Five” Drive and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a brand new 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4!

    It’s easy! All you need to do is provide the names and contact information of FIVE friends who would benefit from a CBS education. We're extending the opportunity to participate in Refer Five to October 15, 2015.  Simply fill out the two-part form below and hit “Submit”.

    NOTE: You must provide FIVE names with valid contact information in order to be entered into the drawing. Contacts must be at least 14 years of age and live in Texas, California, Florida, Oklahoma, or Tennessee (states where CBS is currently offering online programs).

    Enter now to win a tablet in November!


  • The Christian Service-Learning Program is a supervised ministry process that is designed to help students develop and enhance their commitment and competence in ministry by promoting the practical outworking of the biblical, theological, and theoretical principles learned in the classroom setting. 

    While all students at the College of Biblical Studies are encouraged to take an active role and participate in ministries in their local church during their time of study, students enrolled in the Associate of Arts, Associate of Biblical Studies, or Bachelor of Science program are required to satisfactorily complete three Christian Service units for graduation.


    Articulate personal convictions rooted in an understanding of concepts, presuppositions, philosophical bases and worldviews that have been examined in light of biblical principles.

    • Demonstrate skills necessary for interpersonal relationships.
    • Examine personal strengths and weaknesses in ministry settings.
    • Demonstrate the skills necessary for ongoing Christian ministry.
    • Exhibit spiritual growth.


    • Students may complete practicum service hours in the local church and/or ministry to which hours are expended weekly (you must do at least 28 hours per semester in your ministry of choice). 
    • Timely submission of the completed Program Agreement (see course schedule in syllabus and in Blackboard for the online agreement link and due dates).  Each section of the agreement should indicate thoughtful reflection and consideration of the student’s participation in the practicum assignment and be described in detail.
    • Timely submission of the Student Evaluation (see course schedule in syllabus and in Blackboard for the online evaluation link and the due dates).  The student’s evaluation MUST indicate thoughtful reflection and consideration of your progress during the practicum assignment and be described in detail. Untimely or unauthorized submission of evaluations may result in an “Unsatisfactory” grade for the unit.
    • Timely submission of the completed Online Supervisor Evaluation (see course schedule in syllabus and in Blackboard for due dates). The online evaluation will be sent to your supervisor to the email you provide in the agreement and must be completed according to its printed instructions.  The supervisor’s evaluation MUST indicate thoughtful reflection and consideration of the student’s progress during the practicum assignment and be described in detail. Untimely or unauthorized submission of evaluations may result in an “Unsatisfactory” grade for the unit. 
    • Progress “Satisfactorily” in achieving the goals and objectives of the practicum assignment.
    • Any changes in approved service assignments must be approved in writing by the CSLP office before completion  of a Satisfactory Unit can be given for service performed.
    • Attendance is taken from the assignments submitted in Blackboard.
    • Course Requirements for Grading 

    Final course grades will consist of the completed ministry agreement (33%), the completed supervisor evaluation (34%), and the completed student evaluation (33%).  The Professor maintains the right to alter course requirements, grading, and/or change the schedule of assignments. Your grades will be posted in Sonis My Records.

    • Late Assignments
    • No late assignments accepted except for certain medical emergencies. Proof of these emergencies must be submitted to the office (see contact info below). Acceptance of each emergency proof is at the discretion of the Professor.
    • Attendance 

    Students are expected to log into blackboard the first day of class and review all information about the course in which they are enrolled.  Failing to submit any assignments will result in an automatic “Unsatisfactory” grade for the unit.

    • Letter/Numerical Grade Scale

    “S”   =  Satisfactory
    “U”  =  Unsatisfactory

    Once you enroll in the class, you will have access to the class in blackboard where you will find:

    • The Syllabus
    • A list of suggested places where you can do your service
    • A checklist for a successful CSLP
    • A list of questions to determine if your ministry can be used for Satisfactory Unit completion. 
    • A recommended guide to use when you meet with your supervisor that will assist you in filling out your student agreement
    • A document where you can track your hours for the semester

     For any questions or concerns regarding the CSLP units, you may contact Assistant Professor Dr. Leonette Lewis at (832) 252-0708 or by email at [email protected].

    You may enroll into CSLP via Sonis under the registration tab, the course number is MCSP 2011 and this course is only offered online. If you have issues registering, please contact the Registrar’s office at [email protected].  You may find more information regarding registration here

    The College of Biblical Studies – Houston (CBS) is an education community committed to living in accordance with biblical principles and standards, community laws and regulations and ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for all students, faculty and staff. This policy establishes the procedures for responding to incidents of sexual violence including procedures to assist victim/survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and reduce the incidence of sexual violence.


    The College of Biblical Studies – Houston (CBS) is committed to maintaining a safe learning and work environment for all students, faculty and staff and is committed to the elimination of sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy. Acts of sexual violence may also constitute violations of criminal and civil law that may require separate proceedings. To further its commitment against sexual violence, CBS provides reporting options, an investigative and disciplinary process, and prevention training and other related services as appropriate.


    • Sexual Consent: “Sexual Assault” (as defined by section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code) means intentionally or knowingly committing a sexual act, without the consent of the person or intentionally or knowingly committing a sexual act with a child.
    • Dating Violence: “Dating Violence” (as defined by Family Code 71.0021) means an act, other than a defensive measure to protect oneself, by a person that:
      • is committed against a victim:
          • with whom the person has or has had a dating relationship; or
          • because of the victim’s marriage to or dating relationship with an individual with whom the person is or has been in a dating relationship or marriage; and
      • is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the victim in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury assault, or sexual assault.
    • Dating Relationship: “Dating Relationship” (as defined by Family Code 71.0021)means a relationship between individuals who have or have had a continuing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on consideration of:
      • the length of the relationship;
      • the nature of the relationship; and
      • the frequency and type of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
      • A casual acquaintanceship or ordinary fraternization in a business or social context does not constitute a “dating relationship”.
    • Domestic (Family) Violence: “Domestic Violence” (as defined section of 71.004 of the Texas Family Code) means:
      • an act by a member for a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself;
      • abuse, as that term is defined by Sections 261.001(1) ( C ), (E ), and (G), by a member of a family or household toward a child of the family or household; or dating violence.
    • Stalking: “Stalking” (as defined by section 42.072 of the Texas Penal Code) means a person commits an offense if the person, on more than one occasion and pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct that is directed specifically at another person, knowingly engages in conduct, including following the other person, that:
      • The person knows or reasonably believes the other person will regard as threatening:
          • bodily injury or death for the other person ;
          • bodily injury or death for a member of the other person’s family or household; or
          • that an offense will be committed against the other person’s property;
      • causes the other person or a member of the other person’s family or household to be placed in fear of bodily injury or death or fear that an offense will be committed against the other person’s property; and
      • would cause a reasonable person to fear:
          • bodily injury or death for himself or herself;
          • bodily injury or death for a member of the person’s family or household; or
          • that an offense will be committed against the other person’s property.
    • Employee: “Employee” means any individual employed by the College of Biblical Studies –Houston(CBS), including student employees.
    • Student: “Student” means all persons who:
      • Are enrolled at the college in one or more courses, either credit or non-credit;
      • Withdraw, transfer or graduate, after an alleged violation of the student conduct code;
      • Are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have an continuing relationship with the college; or
      • Have been notified of their acceptance for admission or have initiated the process of application for admission or financial aid.
    • College security authority: “College security authority” means the following category of individuals at the college:
      • Individuals who have campus security responsibilities;
      • Any individual or organization identified in the college policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses;
      • Any official of the college who has responsibility for student discipline and judicial proceedings; or human resources disciplinary management.



    • Reporting incidents of sexual violence
      • Prompt reporting encouraged.
          • Complainants of sexual violence may report incidents at any time, but are strongly encouraged to make reports promptly in order to best preserve evidence for a potential legal or disciplinary proceeding.
          • Complainants are strongly encouraged to report incidents of sexual violence to law enforcement where the incident occurred. Complainants are also encouraged to contact victim/survivor offices, counseling and health care providers, and college security authorities for appropriate action.
      • Assistance in reporting.
          • Students and employees who become aware of an alleged incident of sexual violence are urged to encourage and assist complainants, as needed, to report the incident to local law enforcement, victim/survivor offices, counseling and health care providers,  and college  security authorities.
          • College security authorities, when informed of an alleged incident of sexual violence, shall promptly assist the complainant, as requested, including providing guidance in filing complaints with outside agencies including law enforcement obtaining appropriate assistance from victim/survivor services or medical treatment professionals, and filing a complaint with college officials responsible for enforcing student and employee conduct code/standards.
          • When appropriate, CBS may pursue legal action against a respondent, including, but not limited to, trespass or restring orders, in addition to disciplinary action under applicable student and employee conduct policies


    • Confidentiality of reporting
      • Confidential Reports. The college cannot guarantee confidentiality to those reporting incidents of sexual violence except where those reports are privileged communication with licensed health care professionals or other reports that are privileged by law.
      • Reports to college security authorities
          • Complainants of sexual violence may contact any college security authority for appropriate assistance or to report incidents.
          • Confidentiality of reports cannot be guaranteed. College security authorities shall not disclose personally identifiable information about a complainant of sexual violence without the complainants consent except as may be required or permitted by law.
          • The college may determine it necessary to take action regardless of whether the parties have reached a personal resolution or if the complainant request that no action be taken. In such instances, the college will investigate and take appropriate action, taking care to protect the identity of the complainant and any other reporter in accordance with this procedure.
      • Required Reports.
          • Any college security authority, employee with supervisory or student-advising responsibility who has been informed of an alleged incident of sexual violence must follow college procedures for making a report, including a report for the annual crime statistics report.
          • College security authorities shall report to other school officials, as appropriate, such as the Office of the Dean of Students which is responsible for administering the student code of conduct, Human Resources which is responsible for the administration of employee disciplinary policies, and the designated Title IX compliance coordinator, in order to initiate any applicable investigative or other resolution procedures.
          • College security authorities may be obligated to report to law enforcement the occurrence of a sexual assault, but the name or other personally identifiable information of the complainant will be provide only with the consent of the complainant, except as may be required by law.
    • Policy Notices
      • Distribution of policy to students.
          • The college will distribute the sexual violence policy and procedure by posting on the CBS website and directly providing students of how to access the policy by an exact address.
          • The college will distribute the sexual violence policy and procedure by including in the Student Handbook available to students on the CBS website.
          • Students may request a paper copy of the sexual violence policy through the Office of the Dean of Students.
      • Distribution of policy to employees.
          • The college will distribute the sexual violence policy and procedure by posting in the CBS policy manual and Employee Handbook.
          • Employees may request a paper copy of the sexual violence policy through the Office of Human Resources.
      • Required Notice.
          • Notice of complainant options. Following a report of sexual violence the complainant shall be promptly notified of:
          • Where and how to obtain immediate medical assistance; complainants should be informed that timely reporting and a medical examination within 72 hours are critical in preserving evidence of sexual assault and proving a criminal or civil case against a perpetrator. Complainants should be told, however, that they may report incidents of sexual violence at any time.
          • Where and how to report incidents of sexual violence to local law enforcement officials, and/or appropriate college contacts for employees, students and others. Such contacts should be identified by name, location and phone number for 24-hour availability, as applicable.
          • Resources for where and how complainants may obtain on- or off-campus counseling, mental health or other support services.
          • Notice of complainant rights. Complainants shall be notified of the following:
          • Their right to file criminal charges with local law enforcement officials in sexual assault cases;
          • Availability of prompt assistance from campus officials, upon request, in notifying the appropriate campus investigating authorities and law enforcement officials, and, at the direction of law enforcement authorities, assistance in obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence in connection with a sexual violence incident;
          • Assistance available from campus authorities in preserving for a sexual violence complainant materials relating to a campus disciplinary proceeding;
          • That complaints of incidents of sexual violence made to campus security authorities shall be promptly and appropriately investigated and resolved;
          • That, at a sexual assault complainant’s request, the college may take action to prevent unwanted contact with the alleged assailant, including, but not limited to, transfer of the complainant and/or the respondent to alternative classes, or a work site, if such alternatives are available and feasible.
    • Investigation and disciplinary procedures.
      • Immediate action.
          • The college may, at any time during the report/complaint process, reassign or place on administrative leave an employee alleged to have violated this policy.
          • The college may summarily suspend or take other temporary measures against a student alleged to have committed a violation of this policy in accordance with Administration of the Code of Student Conduct.
      • General principles.
          • The college shall use the procedure for Report/Complaint of Discrimination/Harassment Investigations and Resolution when investigating complaints of sexual violence. Procedures used in response to a complaint of sexual violence should avoid requiring complainants to follow any plan of action, to prevent the possibility of re-victimization.
          • The college investigation and disciplinary procedures concerning allegations of sexual violence against employees or students shall:
          • Be respectful of the needs and rights of individuals involved;
          • Proceed as promptly as possible;
          • Permit a student complainant and a student respondent to have the same opportunity to have an appropriate support person or advisor present at any interview or hearing, in a manner consistent with the governing procedures and applicable data practices law;
          • Employees shall have the right to representation consistent with Employee Handbook;
          • Be conducted in accordance with applicable due process standards and privacy laws;
          • Simultaneously inform both the complainant and respondent of the outcome in a timely manner, as permitted by applicable privacy law.
          • Be based on a preponderance of evidence standard, meaning that it is more likely than not that the policy or code has been violated.
          • The past sexual history of the complainant and respondent shall be deemed irrelevant except as that history may directly relate to the incident being considered.
          • A respondent’s use of any drug, including alcohol, judged to be related to an offense may be considered to be an exacerbating rather than mitigating circumstance.
      • Relationship to parallel proceedings.
          • The college investigation and disciplinary procedures for allegations of sexual violence will proceed independently of any action taken in criminal or civil courts.
          • The college will not delay its proceedings while a parallel legal action is on-going.
          • If the college is aware of a criminal proceeding involving the alleged incident, it may contact the prosecuting authority to coordinate when feasible.
          • Criminal or civil court proceedings are not a substitute for the CBS procedures.
      • False statements prohibited.
          • The college takes allegations of sexual violence very seriously and recognizes the consequences such allegations may have on a respondent as well as the complainant.
          • Any individual who knowingly provides false information regarding the filing of a complaint or report of sexual violence or during the investigation of such a complaint or report may be subject to discipline or under certain circumstances, legal action. Complaints of conduct that are found not to violate policy are not assumed to be false.
      • Withdrawn complaint. If a complainant no longer desires to pursue a complaint through the college’s proceeding, the college reserves the right to investigate and resolve the complaint as it deems appropriate.
      • Discretion to pursue certain allegations. The college reserves discretion whether to pursue alleged violations of policy under appropriate circumstances, including, but not limited to, a determination that an effective investigation is not feasible because of the passage of time, or because the respondent is no longer a student or employee of the college.
      • Discretion to deal with policy violations disclosed in investigation.  
          • The college reserves the right to determine whether to pursue violations of policy by students or employees other than the respondent, including a complainant or witness that comes to light during the investigation of an incident of sexual violence.
          • In order to encourage reporting of sexual violence, under appropriate circumstances college administrators may choose to deal with violations of college policy in a manner other than disciplinary action.
      • Sanctions.
          • Sanctions that may be imposed if a finding is made that sexual violence has occurred include, but are not limited to, suspension, expulsion of students or termination from employment.
          • The appropriate sanction will be determined on a case-by-case basis taking into account the severity of the conduct, the student’s or employee’s previous disciplinary history, and other factors as appropriate.
      • Retaliation prohibited. Actions by a student or employee intended as retaliation, reprisal or intimidation against an individual for making a complaint or participating in any way in a report or investigation under this policy are prohibited and are subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
    • Sexual violence prevention and education.
      • Campus-wide training.
          • CBS will provide educational programming (brochures, posters, etc.) to students and employees to promote the awareness of sexual violence offenses, including sexual violence prevention measures and procedures for responding to incidents, and advise individuals of legal and other options available if they are the complainants of an incident or they learn of such an incident.
          • Provide training on awareness of sexual violence prevention measures and procedures for responding to incidents of sexual violence. At a minimum, all incoming students and all new employees will be provided this training.
          • Education shall emphasize the importance of preserving evidence for proof of a criminal offense, safe and positive options for bystander intervention, and information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and risk associated with the perpetration of sexual violence.
      • Training for individuals charged with decision making authority.
          • Prior to serving as either an investigator or decision maker for complaints under this procedure, administrators must complete investigator or decision maker training.
          • Investigators/decision makers and anyone else involved in the adjudication process must receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
    • Maintenance of report/complaint procedure documentation.
      • Data that is collected, created, received, maintained or disseminated about incidents of sexual violence will be handled in accordance with the privacy requirements and other applicable laws.
      • Information on reports of incidents of sexual violence that are made to college security authorities shall be documented in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 United States Code section 1092 (f). Such information will be used to report campus crime statistics on college and university campuses as required by that Act. 
      • During and upon the completion of the complaint process, the complaint file shall be maintained in a secure location. Access to complaint file information shall be in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable law and policy.

    College students or employees who experience conduct in violation of this policy are likely to have concerns and questions, including how to report and respond to sex-based misconduct. Title IX complaints by or against CBS students, employees, or third parties, can be filed with the Title IX Coordinator. To discuss concerns or report violations, please contact the Title IX Coordinator: 

    Paul Keith
    Title IX Coordinator 
    [email protected]

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  • Shelter-in-place means to seek immediate shelter and remain there during an emergency rather than evacuate the area. It is always preferred to evacuate. Shelter-in-place should only be used when an evacuation is not safe.

    Certain events may necessitate the initiation of the College’s shelter-in-place protocol. The decision to shelter-in-place will be made by the president or his designee. Once the decision has been made, the director of real estate operations will instruct the campus community to shelter-in-place. This notification will be made using the CBS Watchman Alert System.

    Shelter-in-place procedures are outlined under each emergency where appropriate. General shelter-in-place procedures are as follows:

    Upon receiving notification to shelter-in-place:

    • Stay in your office/classroom.

    • Notify those around you, and encourage others to remain in their office/classroom rather than to try to leave the building.

    • Lock the doors, cover the door window, close the blinds, turn off the lights, and stay calm.

    • Stay away from the windows.

    • Check your phone messages, email, and the College website. If a TV is available, turn it on, turn the volume off.

    • Report any suspicious activity, sounds, or smells to the director of real estate operations, or call 911.

    • Only come out when you recognize the authority directing you to do so.


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  • General Evacuation Procedures

    If an evacuation is ordered, follow these procedures:

    • Stay calm, do not rush, and do not panic.
    • Gather your personal belongings if it is safe to do so. (Reminder: take prescription medications out with you if at all possible. It may be hours before you are allowed back in the building.)
    • If safe, close your office door and window, but do not lock them.
    • Use the nearest stairs and proceed to the nearest exit as outlined on the fire escape map located in each room of the building. Do not use the elevator.
    • Wait for any instructions from emergency responders or received from the CBS Watchman Emergency Alert.
    • Do not re-enter the building or work area until you have been instructed to do so by the emergency responders.

    Evacuation Procedures for People with Disabilities 

    People with disabilities will often need assistance evacuating. Always ASK someone with a disability how you can help BEFORE attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance. Ask how he or she can best be assisted or moved, and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person. 

    Evacuating a disabled or injured person yourself is the last resort. Consider your options and the risks of injuring yourself and others in an evacuation attempt. Do not make an emergency situation worse. Evacuation is difficult and uncomfortable for both the rescuers and people being assisted. Some people have conditions that can be aggravated or triggered if they are moved incorrectly. Remember that environmental conditions (smoke, debris, loss of electricity) will complicate evacuation efforts.

    Use the following guidelines:

    • DO NOT use elevators, unless authorized to do so by police or fire personnel. Elevators could fail during a fire or major earthquake. 
    • If the situation is life threatening, call 911. 
    • Check on people with mobility disabilities during an evacuation. 
    • Attempt a rescue evacuation ONLY if you have had rescue training or the person is in immediate danger and cannot wait for professional assistance. 
    • In particular, be aware when assisting someone with a disability. 
    • The individual with the disability is the best expert in his or her disability, so ask that individual for advice before lifting or moving him/her. 
    • Take extra time when communicating with people who are deaf, hearing impaired, or speech impaired. 
    • Never separate a disabled person from his or her assistive aids: wheelchairs, canes, hearing aids, medications, special diet food, urinary supplies, etc. 
    • A disabled person’s equipment may not be working after a disaster occurs, or it may be insufficient for emergency circumstances. 
    • A service animal, usually a dog, is an assistive aid used by some blind, deaf, and mobility-impaired people. A disaster may temporarily confuse service animals and they may not be able to help their owners as effectively as before the disaster. 
    • Some individuals with emotional and developmental disabilities may be too unsettled to respond appropriately to instructions and directions, such as a public address announcement to evacuate a building. Some disabled individuals may need to be in a quiet place for a while to regain their composure; others may even try to hide from rescue workers. 
    • Some individuals with significant mental or learning disabilities might not understand the significance of “Keep Out” signs and barricade tape.

    Assisting the blind or visually impaired:

    • Give verbal instructions to advise about safest route or direction using compass directions, estimated distances, and directional terms.
    • DO NOT grasp a visually impaired person’s arm. Ask if he or she would like to hold onto your arm as you exit, especially if there is debris or a crowd.
    • Give other verbal instructions or information (i.e. elevators cannot be used). 

    Assisting the deaf or hearing impaired:

    Get the attention of a person with a hearing disability by touch and eye contact. Clearly state the problem. Gestures and pointing are helpful, but be prepared to write a brief statement if the person does not seem to understand.

    • Offer visual instructions to advise of safest route or direction by pointing toward exits or evacuation maps. 

    Assisting the mobile impaired:

    It may be necessary to help clear the exit route of debris (if possible) so that the person with a disability can move to a safer area.

    • If people with mobility impairments cannot exit, they should move to a safer area and wait for assistance from first responders.
    • Notify police or fire personnel immediately about any people remaining in the building and their locations.
    • Police or fire personnel will decide whether people are safe where they are and will evacuate them as necessary. The fire department may determine that it is safe to override the rule against using elevators.
    • If people are in immediate danger and cannot be moved to a safer area to wait for assistance, it may be necessary to evacuate them using an evacuation chair or a carry technique. 
    1. Discuss with the user of the wheelchair how to lift the user and the wheelchair either together or separately. When circumstances necessitate separating the user and the wheelchair, keep the period of separation to a minimum. 
    2. Some parts of a wheelchair are safe to lift, others are not. Always ask the user to confirm where it is safe to lift. Also, ask the user what else you should know about his or her wheelchair in order to lift it safely. 
    3. Wheelchairs with four wheels (not three-wheeled scooters) usually have handbrakes on each side of the chair. When the wheelchair is to remain stationary, set both brakes. 
    4. When the lifting is complete, follow the instructions of the user and restore the manual or motorized wheelchair to full operation; then direct the user to a safe area. 

    Power Outages

    • If an outage occurs during the day and people with disabilities choose to wait in the building for electricity to be restored, they can move near a window where there is natural light and access to a working telephone. Advise emergency personnel.


  • Utility Interruption Emergencies

    All utility interruptions (gas, water, or electric) should be reported to facilities at 713.545.8543. If no answer or after hours, call security at 281.448.4900.

    If necessary, the director of real estate operations will inform the president or a vice president concerning the nature of the emergency and the anticipated time of restoration of service, if known.

    Under some circumstances, power interruptions may be anticipated. During the summer months when demand for electricity is high, the College may experience a planned interruption or rolling blackouts as required by the local utility company. Normally, the College will have advanced warning when this occurs.

    If it becomes necessary to reduce energy consumption, the following will be instituted:

    Condition Amber (Curtailed Load)

    • Shut off all lights and equipment not essential for safe operations. Power down all equipment after each use and only turn on that which is needed to complete work. The cooling plant will be taken offline; but staff will endeavor to maintain fan operation to provide ventilation in the buildings.

    Condition Red (Power Failure Imminent)

    • Shut off all lighting (except for emergency lighting) and extinguish any open flames. Take measures to protect equipment. Voltage may fluctuate. Remember, air operated contr