St. Andrews Receives Educational Program Accreditation from AALE
The American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE), a national academic accrediting agency, notified St. Andrews Presbyterian College on Tuesday that it has awarded educational program accreditation to the college. The decision by the AALE came during its December meeting. The initial accreditation period runs for two years.
“This is a significant achievement and represents a meaningful affirmation of the quality of the college’s academic program,” said Paul Baldasare Jr., president of St. Andrews. “The college’s success in this initiative is the direct result of the quality of the work of both the faculty and staff on a daily basis.”
The decision by the AALE came during its December meeting. The initial accreditation period runs for two years.
The AALE is a national association that accredits institutions offering quality academic programs in the liberal arts that meet the Academy's educational, administrative, and financial criteria.
“Accreditation by the American Academy for Liberal Education signifies institutional integrity and a strong commitment to undergraduate education,” says Dr. Jeffrey Wallin, the Academy’s president, in his introduction to the AALE’s Standards and Criteria for Program Accreditation. “Membership attests to the fact that the institution meets or exceeds the Academy’s independently established Education Standards.”
St. Andrews applied to the AALE for membership, undertaking an exhaustive year-long review of the college’s educational programs and services. An evaluation team from the AALE also made a multi-day site visit to the college, meeting with numerous members of the administration, faculty and staff.
“Our standards require students to complete demanding studies in the arts and sciences taught by senior as well as junior faculty,” says Wallin on the Academy’s website. “Consequently, they provide interested parties – including parents and prospective students—a means of distinguishing between colleges and programs with focused, well-articulated goals for liberal learning in areas such as history, mathematics, science, literature, languages and philosophy, and those with lower expectations that fail to reflect a coherent approach to liberal education.”
The accreditation by the AALE is in addition to other accreditations the college holds including the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
“St. Andrews is delighted with its new association with the American Academy for Liberal Education, and looks forward to a long and exciting participation in the life of an organization with which it shares so many educational values,” said Baldasare.
About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
An innovative and bold academic venture to an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship have marked the distinctive character of St. Andrews. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE. See SAPC’s online programs at www.elearnportal.com/sapc. St. Andrews was formed by the merger on Aug. 29, 1958, of Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
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