Columbia International University has received reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The SACS decision came during the SACS Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 5-7. The accreditation is good for 10 years.
To obtain reaffirmation, CIU demonstrated high standards of excellence in accordance with the SACS "Principles of Accreditation." These included governance and administration, institutional effectiveness, undergraduate and graduate programs, the qualification of faculty members, the availability of library and learning resources, student affairs and services, and financial and physical resources.
CIU President Dr. Bill Jones says the university is committed to exceeding all guidelines of accreditation, and with the reaffirmation the school is positioned to move forward with plans to pursue new initiatives and strengthen current academic programs.
"Providing a quality education for each of our students is a daily goal for every faculty and staff member of Columbia International University," Jones said. "We want our students to be fully equipped for wherever God leads them after graduation, whether the ministry or the marketplace, and that begins with challenging academic programs, qualified professors, and a physical environment that encourages learning."
CIU is an academic leader among biblical universities in the United States. It was one of the first to be accredited by SACS in 1982. CIU is also accredited by The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Additionally, CIU Seminary & School of Missions is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).