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Liberty University accreditation reaffirmed for next 10 years

December 7, 2016 : Liberty University News Service

After a very rigorous review, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), has reaffirmed Liberty University’s full accreditation for the next 10 years. This accreditation affects almost every area of the university.

Dr. Ron Hawkins, provost, said the report process is extremely vigorous: “It’s impossible to really describe how complex that report is. It’s thousands of pages and appendices that look like the IRS code. We’ve been seriously engaged in this report for the last two years.”

And practically everything rides on getting it right.

“It’s the Super Bowl,” Hawkins said. “The night before our meeting with the agency, I could feel the butterflies starting to rise in my stomach. I thought, ‘Oh my goodness. This is really happening. This is for all the marbles!’”

Now, Hawkins, and the entire administration at Liberty, is breathing a big sigh of relief, while celebrating the impressive results.

Jerry Falwell, Liberty’s President, informed the campus of the continuing accreditation at Wednesday’s Convocation.  He called it a monumental achievement.

“I’m so grateful for the hard work everyone put into this, from the faculty to the Provost’s Office,” Falwell said. “To have full accreditation from SACS, no sanctions, for the next 10 years, that’s going to allow us to focus fully on our very big plans for the future. This reaffirms that we are doing things the right way and meeting the highest standards required of universities.”

Also at Convocation, Kevin Corsini, vice provost for academic operations, told the students: “This news benefits you, the university, and each class subsequent for the next 10 years. We could not have gotten a better report from SACS.  We got an A-plus. God really prioritized this in our lives and made it a successful venture.”

Liberty University was first accredited by SACSCOC in 1980. In 2009, Liberty received Level VI accreditation, the highest classification from SACS reserved for colleges and universities that offer four or more doctoral degrees.  SACS requires a more rigorous self-study report every 10 years. It includes responses to 96 standards. Schools must also complete a report every five years.

Read more about Liberty’s Institutional Accreditation.

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