Fall 2016

Biola’s Accreditation Renewed for Longest Term Possible

By Brenda Valesco

Biola University has been granted a 10-year reaccreditation term — the longest term possible — from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

“We are extremely grateful and humbled by the affirmation Biola received by WSCUC,” President Barry H. Corey said following the commission’s decision in July.

The announcement comes after the commission evaluated Biola’s institutional report and conducted a three-day on-site review in April. Over the last year, Biola has been under the reaffirmation of accreditation review by WSCUC. The new accreditation term will last until 2025, at which point Biola will undergo another review process.

“We appreciate all the work that was done during the review process,” said Deborah Taylor, Biola’s provost and senior vice president. “Receiving the longest possible term of 10 years is encouraging and indicative of Biola’s strong commitment to high quality standards in higher education.”

The commission was impressed with the last four years of diligent work that took place at Biola. As stated in the official letter from the commission, they “appreciate the extensive work that Biola University undertook in preparing for and supporting this accreditation review.”

In its report, the commission praised Biola for its commitment to ethnic and cultural diversity across the institution, specifically with the establishment of the Mosaic Cultural Center. The commission also commended seven other areas, including leadership’s commitment to thinking proactively about future challenges and trends.

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