ABHE is recognized as a national accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It is one of four faith-based acrrediting agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education. The ABHE process of accreditation involves three stages that progress from applicant to candidate and finally to accredited status. The school's administration hopes to be granted candidate status in February 2010 based upon ABHE approval from this week's visit.
Candidate status makes the school eligible for Title IV funds including Stafford, Pell, and National Direct Student Loans. Also, it increases the degree of transferability of credits from Simmons to other higher education institutions, vouches for the school's academic integrity and enhances the potential for private and corporate funding. "Candidate status is like the doctor who has a white jacket, stethoscope and course work under his belt," states Executive Vice President Rev. Frank Smith (pictured above left with professor Ron Robinson), "All that is left is completing residency and boards."
Candidate status is the pre-accredited status granted to those institutions that show promise of achieving accreditation within four years. A self-study report and an evaluation team visit determine the institution's readiness for candidate status.
Simmons attained applicant status in 2006. The school is expects to be fully accredited by 2014.
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Below are pictures of the campus and Student Government Association picnic from Thursday, August 27th.
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