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BJU Not Seeking NLNAC or CCNE Nursing Accreditation

According to a comment on its Facebook page today, BJU is officially not seeking or interested in accreditation through NLNAC or CCNE for its Nursing program:

The current BJU Nursing page says the program is “approved by the South Carolina State Board of Nursing” but contains no other information on accreditation.

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2001 BJU Accreditation Pamphlet Surfaces, Shows School’s Apparent About-Face on the Issue

 

A pamphlet entitled “Taking The Higher Ground: The Accreditation Issue From The Bible Point Of View”, written by Bob Jones III 2001, has surfaced online–and its inflammatory anti-accreditation rhetoric emphasizes how completely Jones and BJU have reversed course on the issue, though without explaining that reversal.

Jones’s premise in the pamphlet is that “uniting” with an accreditation body is tantamount to apostasy for a Christian University.  The arguments used here are quite similar to those employed by Bob Jones Jr. in his 1960 defense of the school’s segregationist ethic (read that document here), particularly the paranoia regarding “the world” and its influence.

The accrediting associations will not approve our educational process if it does not include the worship of their gods. All education is brainwashing. We wash with the pure water of God’s Word, and they wash with the polluted waters of the New Age. [pg. 6]

Jones states flatly in “Taking the Higher Ground” that lacking accreditation will “not be easy” for BJU grads, but also claims that God will help those grads and honor BJU’s choice to remain “separated” by refusing to seek accreditation. That explanation seems inadequate in the face of the numerous and well-documented stories of BJU grads who experience endless frustration because of BJU’s proud unaccredited status.

As long as there is a Bob Jones University, God helping us, we will not make covenant with them, nor worship their gods. [pg. 6]

This brochure, which was apparently displayed publicly at BJU and mailed to pastors and alumni to reassure them that BJU would not “compromise” on accreditation, raises several questions. First, has there been some kind of enormous change in the so-called “agenda” of accreditation bodies that now allows BJU to in good conscience consider applying to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools*? Or was Jones simply trying, in this pamphlet, to justify a position that has now become untenable for a University trying to compete against more value-focused alternatives? It seems impossible to reconcile the extreme, caustic condemnation of accreditation in “Taking the Higher Ground” with BJU’s current overly-eager attempt to sell prospective students on its intention to pursue what Jones in just a decade ago equated with idolatry.

Regional accreditation is a sellout to the gods of the secular educational world. How can we make a covenant with them? [pg.5]

Hopefully the school will eventually explain how, in less than ten years, regional accreditation has gone from an indication of a school’s spiritual demise to being BJU’s favorite marketing tactic. If they do, you’ll hear about it here first.

(*note: BJU has NOT applied to that organization and, even if it did so today, would be years away from achieving accredited status even if the process went smoothly)

 

UPDATE: BJU Still No Closer To Regional Accreditation

Despite months of preperation and attempts to convince potential students of it being a sure thing, BJU still has not even begun the multi-year process of attaining regional accreditation with SACS.

The accreditation body published its June 2012 Actions Taken document last week detailing schools whose accreditation status have changed recently. BJU is nowhere to be found on the .pdf, indicating that perhaps the school’s plans to submit an application have stalled, or at the very least that the non-retroactive accreditation upgrade is still several years away.

 

 

BJU Still Not a SACS Applicant, Prospective Students Confused

Bob Jones University is not regionally accredited, nor has it submitted an application to SACS to pursue that status–a process which in itself could take years.

BJU previously advertised its plans to pursue SACS accreditation on its website, but was forced to remove the statement after it was shown to be in violation of SACS regulations.

Research done on the SACS website reveals that BJU has not even submitted an application to SACS, and BrainTrack indicates that  “most schools become accredited within three to five years after their candidacy has been awarded.”

Prospective students, as a rule, aren’t aware of the importance of regional accreditation or BJU’s status as nationally accredited. Many prospective students are allowed to believe that BJU is simply “accredited”, without any information given on the advantages of a regionally accredited degree. Wikipedia lists some of these advantages:

A 2005 study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that, in making decisions on credit transfer, about 84 percent of U.S. higher education institutions considered whether the sending institution is accredited, and many had policies stating that they would accept credits only from regionally accredited institutions.[15] About 63 percent of institutions told the GAO that they would accept credit from any regionally accredited institution, but only 14 percent similarly accepted credits from nationally accredited schools.[15] One reason given for regional institutions’ reluctance to accept credits from nationally accredited institutions is that national accreditors have less stringent standards for criteria such as faculty qualifications and library resources.[15] Students who are planning to transfer credits from a nationally accredited school to a regionally accredited school are advised to ensure that the regionally accredited school will accept the credits before they enroll.[11][12][14]