FAQs about accreditation status
Q: Does probation status affect Emmaus’ accreditation?
A: Emmaus remains fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) during the probation period. The college is also accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education (CHEA).
Q: Why was Emmaus placed on probation?
A: The Higher Learning Commission determined that the College does not meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation related to autonomy of board governance and sufficiency of financial resources. HLC also noted several other areas needing improvement including establishment of an institutional research office, a more formalized process for academic program review, and improved Title IX training for students and employees.
Q: What is the College doing to address the HLC’s concerns?
A: A number of steps have already been taken to deal with the areas of concern:
Autonomy of Board Governance: HLC expressed concern about Emmaus Bible College Trustees who were also trustees of other ministry organizations with business ties to the college. Our Board took immediate action to resolve all conflicts via resignations. HLC also recommended that members of our Board of Trustees receive Conflict of Interest training, which was initiated in May 2017.
Sufficiency of Financial Resources: Emmaus Bible College has taken many steps to address its financial resources and significant progress has been achieved. Student enrollment has grown by 32%, from 184 to 243 full-time equivalent (FTE) students from the fall of 2013 to the fall of 2016. Gift income has increased to a new ten-year high of over $2,000,000 in the just-completed year. At the same time, overall expenses have been carefully managed and the college expects to maintain a balanced budget moving forward. Emmaus has made every effort possible to manage expenses in ways that do not affect the student experience.
Q: How long is the probation period?
A: Probation lasts for up to two years.
Q: What happens during the probation period?
A: Emmaus will work to fully resolve the concerns identified and prepare for another comprehensive evaluation due October 2018 and a team visit no later than December 2018.
Q: Will probation status affect access to financial aid resources for students?
A: Emmaus students will continue to have full access to federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs.
Q: Will probation status affect transfer of credit to other colleges or universities?
A: Regardless of accreditation status, transfer decisions are always at the discretion of the receiving institution. Most colleges and universities will continue to accept Emmaus credits in transfer or for admission to graduate programs while the college is on probation. Students with questions regarding transfer of Emmaus credits to other institutions should consult that institution’s transfer policies for clarification.