Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of April 23, 2007
Newman Theological College receives unconditional accreditation
By BILL GLEN
"It means our programs and degrees are solid."
- Fr. Don MacDonald
Newman's faculty, student recruitment and services along with authority and governance were also considered.
"Accreditation is a very challenging thing," MacDonald said.
Institutional resources regarding human, financial and physical resources had to be addressed. The study also looked at a broad area of instructional technology that included on-line courses for distance education.
Newman College started its on-line bachelor of theology degree program two years ago. The college is now one of the most advanced in the ATS regarding distance education, he said.
"One of our challenges that they recognized was that we have such a huge area (Western Canada and the North). They saw how important distance education is for us."
The study was submitted to the ATS, which received a glowing review, MacDonald said.
A four-member team representing the ATS was dispatched to the college recently to determine if what was said in the study was actually in place.
"The important thing about the self-study is to be honest," MacDonald said.
Before the ATS team left, they advised the college it was approved for accreditation.
"They told us immediately our accreditation was re-affirmed for 10 years and all of our degree programs were approved." MacDonald said.
So, what's next?
"Something the ATS is concerned about is that what you do during the self-study in an intensive way, you continue to constantly assess and evaluate yourself," MacDonald said. "For the time being, our major concern is solidifying and improving what we have."
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