Accreditation process provides leverage to excellence
In this article, Melinda R. Heppe tells about three schools and their different experiences to give a picture of what the accreditation process can mean to an institution. Logos Evangelical Seminary, a ten-year-old school in California, made good use of its self-study exercise to set necessary procedures in place. Hood Theological Seminary in North Carolina, in operation for 116 years, had postponed the process but then found many benefits in it. Phillips Theological Seminary in Oklahoma undertook reaccreditation after it separated from Phillips University and struck out on its own. A reflection by Dale Launderville, O.S.B., dean of St. John’s School of Theology in Minnesota, gives another insight on the effect that the process might have on a school. How can your school use the self-study process as a tool for shared understanding rather than as a hoop to jump through?