Good News for SCU from The Higher Learning Commission

BETHANY, Okla. (March 4, 2016) — Southwestern Christian University announced today that the regional accrediting body of universities and their programs, The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), has reaffirmed their accreditation and removed the sanction of Notice from the University.

The HLC Board determined that the removal of the sanction was warranted based on evidence from the visiting HLC team report in September 2015, the University’s response to the Team Report and the overall satisfaction of the University’s progress in meeting the standards for accreditation established by the Higher Learning Commission.

Southwestern Christian University first received accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (now The Higher Learning Commission) and was approved as a four-year baccalaureate-level, degree-granting college in the field of religion in 1973.

The Higher Learning Commission sent a team of five individuals to SCU in the fall of 2015 to evaluate the university’s academic process. During their visit the HLC team evaluated the academic excellence of the university based on the five criteria for accreditation. These criterions include; Mission, Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct, Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support, Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement, and Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness.  After further investigation and research, The Higher Learning Commission found that Southwestern Christian University met all five criterions. This allows Southwestern Christian to expand their academic programs by offering new majors, as well as the ability to grow demographically. SCU’s next comprehensive evaluation visit will be in 2019-20.