History

Sheridan College and Australian Baptist Education: A Brief History

Sheridan College is the higher education initiative of Australian Baptist Education Inc (ABE). The name “Sheridan” is derived from the Celtic “sirideán”, which means “seeker” or “searcher”, and is frequently used in the context of seeking truth or wisdom.

ABE was established in 2009 to facilitate the ongoing extension of Baptist ministry through education. Current and former members of the ABE Board of Directors have been extensively involved in private, not-for-profit education for the last 25 years.  Two ABE directors were foundation board members of Lake Joondalup Baptist College (1990) and served on the board of the college until 1999. Three ABE directors were foundation board members of Winthrop Baptist College (1994), and Somerville Baptist College (2004) - two schools which later merged to form Kennedy Baptist College  (2013) - as well as serving as foundation board members of Mandurah Baptist College (2005). The last director stepped down from the Kennedy and Mandurah Baptist Colleges boards in 2014. The Executive Chairperson of ABE also served on the steering committee that established Carey Baptist College (1998). The ABE Board of Directors currently manages Quinns Baptist College (1996), Geelong Baptist College (2002), Alkimos Baptist College (2011) and Austin Cove Baptist College (2011).

On current growth trends, the Baptist schools will soon become the third largest private school system in Western Australia. More than 7,000 students and 700 staff now study and work in open-entry Baptist schools. That number will increase to 9,000 students and 900 staff when the newly-established schools reach full enrolment.

At the tertiary education level, the directors of ABE have been pursuing the registration of a higher education provider in Perth for over ten years.

  • In 2000, an exploratory committee was established to examine the feasibility of starting a new university in Western Australia. The committee was later dissolved.
  • In 2005, “Sheridan College” was registered as a business name.
  • In 2010, Sheridan College Inc. was registered as a not-for-profit incorporated association.
  • In 2014, Sheridan College was registered as a higher education provider with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), and accredited to deliver a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (GradCertBA) and a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (GradDipBA).
  • In 2016, Sheridan College was accredited by TEQSA to deliver three undergraduate diplomas - Diploma of Arts (DipA), Diploma of Business (DipBus) and Diploma of Science (DipSc).

Vision

To offer higher education to those who are seeking to live an extraordinary life.
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Graduate Attributes

Lovers of Truth, Innovative Thinkers, and Effective Communicators

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Values

We believe learning can have a transformational effect on the person's own nature.

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College Registration

TEQSA Provider ID: PRV14012

CRICOS Provider Number: 03391M

ABN: 22 506 508 071

 

Location

Sheridan College and Sheridan Research Institute are located at
18/7 Aberdeen St, Perth, in the Piccadilly Square West building.

For students, it conveniently places Sheridan College next door to McIver Train Station and a 9-minute walk from Perth Train Station. 10 parking bays will also be available for the exclusive use of staff and students, and the Aberdeen St entrance to the Newcastle St Carpark is across the road.

Baptist Colleges

Alkimos Baptist College - www.alkimosbc.wa.edu.au

Austin Cove Baptist College - www.acbc.wa.edu.au

Geelong Baptist College - www.geelongbc.org

Quinns Baptist College - www.qbc.wa.edu.au