In January, an on-campus administrative review team from the Adventist Accrediting Association recommended that the university receive another five-year accreditation term. The Adventist Accrediting Association is one of seven organizations that extends accreditation to Southern.
During the accreditation team's visit to Southern's campus, team chair Gerald Winslow, vice president for spiritual life at Loma Linda University, described Southern as a “place on the move.”
This was reaffirmed not only by conversations accreditation team members had with students and faculty on campus but also by the number of students enrolled this semester. With 2,407 students taking classes (20 more than the winter 2007 semester), Southern has broken yet another enrollment record.
One hundred and sixty-seven of these are graduate students. Lisa Beardsley, associate director for education at the Seventh-day Adventist Church world headquarters, was particularly impressed with the growth the graduate program has seen since its formation in 1996.
“Southern has created a vibrant, rich learning environment,” said Beardsley.
The recommendation for reaccredidation goes to a committee vote on March 30 at which point it is expected Southern will receive continued accreditation to 2012.
The Adventist Accrediting Association is the accrediting body established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide coordination, supervision, and quality control to its education system. There are 15 higher education institutions in North America with a total of more than 24,000 students in the system.