July 09, 2015
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has reaffirmed the accreditation of Mid-Atlantic Christian University for the next 10-year period. This announcement came in a letter from Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, President of SACSCOC dated July 1, 2015. The accreditation is reaffirmed without any required conditions or follow-up actions.
The mission of SACSCOC is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions. The six core values of SACSCOC, on which accreditation is based, are: integrity, peer review/self-regulation, student learning, continuous quality improvement, accountability, and transparency. Each candidate institution must submit documentation that the detailed specifications of each value have been met during the last 10 years. The intense reaffirmation process took two and a half years of writing various reports that were reviewed by three different committees of peers from member institutions of SACSCOC. Mid-Atlantic Christian University’s reaffirmation means that the university remains regionally accredited through 2025.
A major component of the reaffirmation process is the development of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). MACU’s QEP is “Connecting Cultures.” The university will seek to increase students’ global awareness by increasing their cultural knowledge and cultural engagement. Global awareness is linked to globalization, the increasing connectivity of all nations, cultures, and peoples around the world. The university will measure students’ awareness and knowledge of the world and stimulate students to engage in a lifelong learning process of understanding and appreciating cultural experiences around the world. MACU is a leader in the field of cross-cultural studies as they have alumni serving in 25 countries, as well as in 48 states and 1 territory. Numerous students engage in overseas mission trips during their college career, and the university now sponsors two summer trips. This summer and last summer, teams have served in Haiti and Zimbabwe.
This landmark reaffirmation announcement means that Mid-Atlantic Christian University will continue to offer 19 regionally accredited academic degree programs including counseling, psychology, elementary education, business, cross-cultural studies, Biblical Theology, and ministry.
President D. Clay Perkins stated, “We are thrilled to be reaffirmed by SACSCOC with no additional reports required. Few schools accomplish such during the reaffirmation process, and I am thankful to serve alongside a great team. The multi-year process of reaffirmation is now history for MACU. Our students, the Elizabeth City community, and others can have confidence that Mid-Atlantic offers superior higher education from a Christian world view.”
Mid-Atlantic Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mid-Atlantic Christian University.
Mid-Atlantic Christian University, a private, faith based, four year college is committed to equality of educational opportunity and will not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, or prior military service. Federal guidelines (Sections 702-703 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act) clearly recognize the right of church related institutions to seek personnel who will support the goals of the institution. Being a student or employee at Mid-Atlantic Christian University requires a commitment and lifestyle consistent with the institution's mission and values.
John Maurice, VP for Institutional Advancement