Cornerstone University received re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for another 10 years after the HLC conducted an extensive site visit and review of the university last fall.
“The positive report and ‘clean bill of health’ from the Higher Learning Commission was a great affirmation of the progress that we are making as a university in building an academically excellent and spiritually vibrant learning environment,” said Provost Rick Ostrander. “It also sets out some signposts for future projects as we continue to grow and develop as a university.”
The recommendation for approval of re-accreditation included a report that said, “Cornerstone University has provided evidence that it meets the criteria for accreditation and has provided evidence that it has the ability to address previous financial concerns through careful prioritization and fiscal accountability. The improvement in the last four years is commendable, especially when the institution continued to make improvements in infrastructure and in the restoration of student and faculty support.
“The institution has also carefully moved through a process of defining the nondenominational identity of the institution, of reaching out to new markets for students, and of reconnecting with alumni and donors who have seen a myriad of changes throughout the history of the institution.
The institution appears to be ready to meet the next 10 years with a plan for sustainability and growth.”
The report also cited increased enrollment, a stronger financial foundation and a defined purpose and mission as other positive reasons for accreditation.
“Despite the university having undergone significant administrative change over the last five years,” the report stated, “all but one of the executive leadership are new to Cornerstone University. The president, completing his fourth year, has pulled together a strong team that has helped define the mission.”
Some of the other strengths the committee referenced were: an institutional sense of shared mission, optimism and confidence in the future; restoration of fiscal health; restoration of institutional trust (tenure, communication) and; community interest in and support of increased academic rigor.