On February 3, 2011 Shepherds College was officially granted accreditation candidacy status from the North Central Association - Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). This is a significant accomplishment in the growth and development of Shepherds College and validates its legitimacy as a postsecondary school.
In October 2010, Shepherds College hosted a NCA CASI Quality Assurance Review team that assessed the school's ability to meet the seven accreditation standards. Overall, Shepherds College scored very well in this assessment, especially for a school only 2 ½ years into its existence. The school received the highest possible score, "highly functional", for the Teaching & Learning standard and earned a score of "operational" in each of the other six standards. The official candidacy report highlights areas of commendation for Shepherds College and identifies areas in which the school needs to improve.
This candidacy status will allow Shepherds College to make application for participation in the Federal Student Aid program. It is anticipated that NCA CASI will conduct a full accreditation visit in late October or early November 2011, and if all goes well Shepherds College should be fully accredited by February 2012.
The faculty and staff of Shepherds College, and everyone else who has played a role in the development of the school, are to be commended and congratulated for this outstanding achievement. The attainment of NCA CASI accreditation candidacy is a wonderful testament to the school's commitment to student achievement and organizational effectiveness.
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