Multnomah University (MU) is pleased to announce that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has approved the courses offered by Multnomah on the Reno-Tahoe campus to be regionally accredited.
This enables Multnomah to operate the Reno-Tahoe campus as an accredited teaching site, in which up to fifty percent of the courses required for any program (collegiate or graduate) may be offered.
This represents a significant milestone for the Reno-Tahoe campus and the result of lots of work by many people. Regional accreditation required licensure by the State of Nevada-a laborious process overseen by several Portland campus officials and Reno-Tahoe campus officials including Administrative Director Jason Daniels and Assistant Academic Dean Dr. John Burnett. After the required prospectus was submitted to NWCCU, approval was communicated to MU President Daniel R. Lockwood by letter on January 22, 2009.
Multnomah's national accrediting agency, The Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), had approved last summer Multnomah's offering of courses at the Reno-Tahoe campus.
The Work Begins
Multnomah Reno-Tahoe's spring semester has already begun, with adult education courses offered as in past semesters. That being the case, the satellite campus is preparing for the September 2009 semester when the courses offered there will be accredited.
Multnomah Biblical Seminary will also begin planning the launch of on-site courses in Reno to serve those in the Mountain West who seek accessible seminary training. These classes will be offered in conjunction with the on-line seminary courses Multnomah is already offering. The recently announced $500,000 Kern Family Foundation grant for the seminary will provide necessary resources to develop programs for those in ministry.
At this point, the Reno-Tahoe campus will function as a teaching site, offering only up to fifty percent of the courses necessary for the degree. This is an accreditation policy that enables Multnomah to begin the programs while fully developing all of the services necessary to operate a full extension campus.
"This is the fulfillment of years of hope, hard work, and prayer," said Dr. Lockwood. "While much, much work remains to be done, it is an important paragraph in the exciting story of providing biblical education to Northern Nevada."
"While the process seems slow, it is amazing to recall that it has been only six months since the property was transferred to Multnomah. Remember, the Lord's timetable is the important one. But, we're so delighted for this tangible evidence of His providential care and guidance."
"I am thrilled that we at the Reno-Tahoe extension campus are now able to offer accredited Christian education to those who want to serve in their local churches and local nonprofits, caring for those in need," states Jason Daniels, administrative director of the Reno-Tahoe extension campus.
"This is great news for Christian college students in Northern Nevada and across the Mountain West," explains Daniels. "Our students will have the opportunity to take high-quality general education courses that include a Christian worldview and then transfer them to other institutions like the University of Nevada, Reno."
For more information about Multnomah's Reno-Tahoe campus, call 800.275.4672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, graduate programs, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.