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NWCCU Grants Multnomah Initial Accreditation


Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary is now an accredited academic institution with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) , an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Daniel R. Lockwood, president of Multnomah, received an official notification on July 26, 2006 that Multnomah was granted initial accreditation by the Commission. This final step in Multnomah's accreditation process is the culmination of years of work on the part of Multnomah's accreditation team, headed by Dr. Wayne Strickland, College Academic Dean.

"As an institution, we have been pursuing regional accreditation for almost eight years," said Dr. Lockwood. "It has been an amazing team effort with the full cooperation of trustees, faculty, and staff. The candidacy period alone was a mandated five-year process. But without a doubt, this process has enabled us to improve substantially as an institution without diluting either our mission or our distinctives."

Dr. Sandra Elman of NWCCU confirmed that Multnomah's accreditation is effective from September 1, 2005. This will result in graduates from 2005-2006 academic year receiving a degree from an accredited institution.

NWCCU accreditation allows Multnomah to expand into new territory. Multnomah's bachelor degrees will now be recognized by those state and private institutions that only accept students into graduate programs with a "regionally accredited" bachelor's degree. Individual classes will have a better chance of credit transferability to these institutions. Equally important, Multnomah will be able to offer education programs that provide graduates with special licensure, such as teaching and counseling programs.

In addition to initial accreditation by NWCCU, Multnomah Bible College has been accredited by The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) since the 1950s, and authorized to grant bachelor's and master's degrees by Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization . The ABHE is the national accrediting association for evangelical colleges that include a substantial requirement for biblical instruction and student ministry requirements.

Similarly, Multnomah Biblical Seminary is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) , the national accrediting association of seminaries and theological schools in the United States and Canada. Both ABHE and ATS are national accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) .

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