Bethany College was notified by its accrediting body, The Higher Learning Commission, that it has been placed on probation. This status indicates that an accredited institute is no longer in compliance with one or more of the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.
While on probation, Bethany College remains fully accredited by the HLC and as an accredited college, Bethany’s ability to offer financial aid to students and course transfer is not affected. The HLC action allows the college to demonstrate within two years it has remedied the issues that led to the sanction. The HLC’s Board of Trustees took this action because of concerns related to financial and other resources.
“The status of probation will give the college an opportunity to focus on issues that have been of concern for several years,” said Dr. Robert Vogel, interim president of Bethany College. “But what is most important is that the recent HLC action will in no way affect the excellent quality of education that students experience at Bethany College.”
According to Bethany College Provost Bob Carlson, although not the basis of this sanction, but a concern to HLC was the college’s progress on assessment. Many of those concerns were resolved over the summer and progress continues to meet all of the assessment goals by the end of the upcoming academic year.
“We have a strong team of faculty and staff working very hard to resolve the concerns outlined in the HLC report,” Carlson said. “Our team is also dedicated to our students and will continue to provide the highest levels of academic and student services that our students and alumni have come to expect from Bethany College.”
Bethany College has been accredited with the Chicago-based HLC since 1932. In the college’s most recent comprehensive summary report, HLC stated that Bethany College maintains its ability to deliver a quality curriculum in spite of significant financial challenges. It noted as assets Bethany’s continued focus on its mission, a physical plant that provides a meaningful undergraduate experience, significant local support and faculty qualified to design and deliver relevant programs. Those qualities have not changed, according to Vogel.
“Accreditation is a continuing process for any school. This step in Bethany’s process will help us grow and assist us as we strive to provide an opportunity in the next months to put the college on a solid foundation,” he said. “We will accomplish this because of the quality of our curriculum, our able and dedicated faculty and staff and the strong support of our alumni, friends and the Lindsborg community.”