Bethel University reaffirmed for 10-year accreditation


Bethel University reaffirmed for 10-year accreditation

McKenzie, TN – President Walter Butler announced today that Bethel University has earned its 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The SACSCOC committee found Bethel in compliance and offered no further recommendations.

Reaccreditation is a multi-year process involving collaboration within the university’s three colleges, its employees, and its students. 

The university was reviewed by two committees: one off-site in November 2017, and one on-site campus visit in March 2018. The reviews were designed to assess the school’s ability to provide quality educational opportunities while aligning with the school’s mission. The On-Site Committee sent its report to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees, which reviewed the report and reaffirmed Bethel’s accreditation during its annual meeting. Regional accreditation allows Bethel University to participate in federal (Title IV) and state financial aid programs.

The concept of quality enhancement is at the heart of the Commission’s philosophy of accreditation. Each institution seeking reaffirmation of accreditation is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

The SACSCOC committee approved the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Write on Wildcats,” without stipulation. Under the leadership of Dr. Jon Turner, the Writing Enrichment Team established benchmarks for undergraduate students’ writing abilities and is designing enrichment classes which focus on written communication skills.  

“The reaffirmation underscores the strength of Bethel’s academic opportunities,” stated Chief Academic and Compliance Officer Dr. Phyllis Campbell. “It reflects our continued commitment to scholastic excellence and aligns with our mission to help students develop to their highest intellectual, spiritual, and social potential.”

Dr. Walter Butler lauded the individuals and teams who worked to ensure the university’s successful outcome.   

“This has been a tireless effort by everyone at Bethel University,” Butler said. “Our graduates, students, and future alumni will benefit from our continuous focus on growth and improvement for years to come.” 

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the recognized regional accrediting body in the 11 U.S. Southern states, assessing and guiding institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. The mission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions. The Association focuses on six core values: integrity, continuous quality improvement, peer review/self-regulation, accountability, student learning and transparency. 

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