November 18, 2014— Barclay College announced today that it has been named a candidate for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Candidacy is an essential step toward earning accreditation—a major milestone that acknowledges the exceptional growth of the College. Institutions seeking regional accreditation through the HLC are required to complete a period of candidacy prior to being evaluated for full accreditation. To earn and maintain candidacy, an institution must fully meet the Commission’s Eligibility Requirements and Assumed Practices and demonstrate the capacity to meet all the Criteria for Accreditation within the candidacy period.
At its meeting on October 30 – 31, 2014, the Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees voted to grant Barclay College the status of candidate for accreditation. In taking this action, the Board considered the self-study submitted by the College, the report of the comprehensive evaluation team that had visited in April, the report of the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) hearing committee which met in Chicago with Barclay College representatives in August, and the College’s responses to these reports.
Barclay College adds this accreditation to its national accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) which it has held since 1975. As the College continues to work toward full accreditation, it will now prepare to host a comprehensive evaluation in 2018 to determine whether it meets the Commission’s requirements for full accreditation.
“This has been an epic task for Barclay College. Over the past five years we have compiled thousands of pages of documentation, hosted a demanding but informative site visit, and represented the college at a hearing before the Commission in Chicago. It has required the dedicated efforts of our Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and constituency to reach this plateau. This is a great day for the Barclay College family,” said President Royce Frazier. “The approval is an endorsement of the quality of our academic programs and our exceptional faculty. It is fitting we receive this affirmation during this Thanksgiving season.”
Barclay College’s new status provides many tangible benefits. It will allow specific professional degree programs to seek specialized accreditations, students will more easily transfer credits for graduate studies, and Barclay College graduate students can now access federal financial aid, including Pell Grants and federal student loans. Moreover, Barclay College is honored to take its place among the outstanding colleges and universities throughout our nation.
“Barclay College continues to position itself for a bright future. As the only four-year institution of higher learning in southwest Kansas, it is important that we continue to demonstrate our capacity to serve both our region and the world. There have been times when we thought this day would never come,” said Frazier. “But here we are, thanks to the leadership and vision of our Board, faculty, students, and staff. The generous support of our alumni and friends has sustained the Full Tuition Scholarship program whereby every campus student receives a full tuition scholarship. This is one example of the entrepreneurial spirit that underpins the vibrant community of faith that is the hallmark of the college. It is also the spirit that will propel us into an even brighter future.”
Barclay College is an undergraduate and graduate institution of higher learning that welcomes students from all evangelical faith traditions who seek a rigorous academic setting with a solid biblical foundation.