ACU earns reaccreditation by SACS


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Dec. 12, 2001

Abilene Christian University has been reaccredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools.

ACU president Dr. Royce Money, ACU provost Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen and other university officials traveled to New Orleans Tuesday for the official announcement, which was made at the SACS annual meeting. SACS accredits its 800 members in 11 states for periods of 10 years.

ACU's reaccreditation comes almost exactly 50 years after its first accreditation Dec. 6, 1951.

The university conducted its own self-study before a visit in April 2001 by a SACS committee chaired by Dr. Thomas E. Corts, president of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

The rigorous, comprehensive set of SACS standards for its members includes about 500 areas of compliance. While the visiting committee did make a few recommendations, all were ones that had already been recommended by the university's self-study. University officials said they were easily addressed.

"We value the accreditation process because it make us a better institution," said ACU president Dr. Royce Money.

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