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Candidacy for Regional Accreditation Continues

7/18/2003

The Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities (NASCU) Commission on Colleges and Universities has continued the candidacy of Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary based on the recent candidacy report and site evaluation. Multnomah was granted candidacy with the regional accrediting association in spring of 2001, and is pursuing a path designed to achieve initial accreditation in 2006.

This most recent site evaluation brings the institution a step closer to its ultimate goal of initial accreditation. One more progress report and site visit is planned for October 2004, and another major self-study and site visit is scheduled for spring of 2006.

"The process has greatly helped Multnomah to carry out its mission effectively, and is helping our graduates and students especially regarding future educational options," said Dr. Wayne Strickland, academic dean of the college and accreditation liaison officer for the college.

Multnomah received seven commendations in the report including: 1) the "high degree of 'community' on the campus, encompassing students, faculty, and staff." 2) "the improvement in Information Technology resources during the past year" and 3) "recent steps to encourage more usage of library resources by students and faculty.

Additionally, the site visit team noted that Multnomah Bible College "now meets the minimum requirements for a broad general education component to every undergraduate degree," and encouraged the institution to continue implementing plans for further strengthening the general education component.

The 2003 site visit team was chaired by Dr. Kathleen A. Ross, snjm; President of Heritage College in Toppenish, Washington and also included three other academicians from regional academic institutions. Dr. Ronald Baker, Deputy Executive Director, served as the NASCU staff representative. The Multnomah Steering Committee guiding the entire staff in the process is composed of Dr. Don Brake, Dr. Steve Patty, Dr. Dan Scalberg, Mrs. Emi Koe, and Dr. Wayne Strickland.

The college has been accredited by the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (AABC) since 1952, and the seminary has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) since 1996.