Central has always been proud of the education provided in our classrooms. While we emphasize Biblical studies, we also provide quality instruction in Ministry Studies and in General Studies. Students receive a well-balanced undergraduate education here.
Our quality has been recognized by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) since 1982. ABHE provides standards for faith-based colleges and also sends teams of experienced educators to document that the standards are being met. Our last visit from ABHE was in 2012 and our accreditation with them was approved to continue. The approval stands for a period of ten years. However, we periodically make updates in between visits. One of our recent updates about the online program was accepted and approved in 2014.
For several years Central has been pursuing regional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC, formerly North Central Association of Colleges and Schools). While ABHE accredits over one hundred faith-based institutions across the country and in Canada, HLC accredits hundreds of colleges in a nineteen-state region of the central United States. To be accredited by HLC is to be recognized as maintaining a high level of education.
In 2012, Central submitted its first Self-Study to HLC and hosted its first visit from an HLC team. That visit was a success in regards to determining that we were headed in the right direction of being able to demonstrate the quality of our education. The Commission of HLC approved Central in 2013 for Candidate status. This status gave us four years to fully demonstrate our compliance with HLC standards. In 2014, a team visited our campus for an intermediate visit to see how we were doing and to make suggestions for improvement. That team’s recommendation that we continue in candidacy status was accepted by the Commission.
We are currently scheduled to have our final site visit in November 2016. The Commission wants to see that we have a system that continually evaluates what we do in every area of the college and that works to implement improvements. Professor Anne Menear has organized four assessment teams (Academic, Administration, Admissions/Student Development, and Business). These teams are working hard to document that Central is meeting the standards of HLC. We expect to learn the outcome of that visit in May of 2017. Join us in praying and anticipating the final decision of HLC that will determine if we receive regional accreditation.
(You can find more information about our accreditation status on our website at cccb.edu/about/accreditation.)
Dr. Eric Stevens, Academic Dean