Mount Union College Receives Continued Accreditation from NCA
April 22, 2010
Mount Union College has received continued accreditation without conditions for the next ten years, according to a report from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
"Accreditation without conditions" represents the highest designation awarded by the NCA. The accreditation follows months of internal work by the campus community in compiling a self-study report that was evaluated by a team of educators. An NCA evaluation team subsequently visited the campus March 18-20 and interviewed numerous members of the campus including members of the Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and students. After compiling strengths, challenges and suggestions for institutional improvement, which were shared in the report, the team made its positive accreditation decision.
The multi-page report concluded with the following statement: "In short, Mount Union College has a well-defined and broadly defined mission statement and possesses the resources to fulfill its mission as an undergraduate liberal arts college with selected professional programs. All indicators appear to promise that it will continue to possess these resources and utilize them wisely in carrying out its educational mission."
Dr. Jack Ewing, president of Mount Union College, was pleased with the report. "Given the strength of Mount Union College and its people, it is not surprising that we
were accredited without conditions, but it always nice to hear affirmation from your peers in the higher education community," Dr. Ewing said. "There is great value in the accrediting process, especially in the self-study, because it gives us a chance to take a good look at ourselves. We are grateful to all who participated in this arduous and worthwhile task and especially to our self study team led by Dr. Tom Botzman and Dr. Carol Canavan."
The next NCA accreditation visit will be in the spring of 2012.