Atlantic Union College to Keep Regional Accreditation in 2011
Adventist-owned school to seek national accreditation, has backup plan


After several anxious months, students at Seventh-day Adventist Church-owned Atlantic Union College can breathe easier: their school will retain its regional accreditation in the current school year; expects to receive national accreditation before July 31, 2011; and has a “backup” plan if those efforts fall short, AUC president Norman Wendth said September 16.

“AUC has settled with [the New England Association of Schools and Colleges] for an extension of accreditation until July 31, 2011,” Wendth wrote in a letter to friends and supporters of the school. “This gives us an extra full year of graduations—winter graduation, spring graduation (the major one), and summer graduation. That protects all of our students and gives us all the time we need to complete new ways to accredit their education into the future.”

Wendth said “AUC has applied for accreditation through a national accrediting association. We should be fully accredited by that association well before our NEASC accreditation expires, and they will accredit AUC’s students’ credits for many years.”
In addition, he wrote, “we have told you of AUC’s partnership with Washington Adventist University through which we could guarantee the accreditation of all of the courses and degrees AUC offers. That continues. In addition, because our NEASC accreditation has been extended, now that arrangement—if needed—will cover students throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. This partnership alone protects students’ credits for two full years if not more.”

Wendth concluded, “the current threat to AUC is over. We will continue preparing the children you love to be engaged citizens and servant leaders for as long as this world lasts.”

Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, was founded in 1882, and is the oldest Seventh-day Adventist college in the world still on its original site. Long known for strength in the liberal arts, especially literature, art, music, and history, the college adopted a new focus on Christian leadership and community service in a major redirection in 2007.

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