St. Andrews accreditation continued through end of July
Laurinburg, N.C. – As the merger plans between St. Andrews Presbyterian College and Webber International University continue moving forward, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) agreed to extend the College’s accreditation through the end of July.
“St. Andrews and Webber submitted a Substantive Change request to SACS seeking approval for our plan,” said Paul Baldasare, president at St. Andrews. “Our attorney and the SACS attorney worked together to submit a joint request to the federal district court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals asking for an extension of our injunction.”
Approved and signed by District Court Judge William Duffey, the agreement maintains accreditation at St. Andrews through July 31.
“This ensures our accreditation past the date in late June when SACS will make its decision and gives us additional time to complete the final legal work for the partnership,” said Baldasare.
St. Andrews and Webber announced the merger plans in January and have worked since that time to work out the details in ways to satisfy both institutions and the accrediting agency.
“This merger will give our students more opportunities going forward while at the same time providing Webber’s students with new programming in some of our areas of strength,” said Baldasare.
Webber has the authority to offer 100 percent of an academic program online, something St. Andrews cannot currently do.
“Through this partnership, we will be able to offer our programs online to help expand our offerings to adult learners,” said Baldasare. “The greatest enrollment growth in post secondary education is with working adults who enjoy the flexibility to do coursework completely online or through a hybrid of online and classroom work. Adding these options will allow us to expand the degree offerings through our satellite program on the Sandhills Community College campus in Pinehurst.”
Webber also has the authority to offer graduate level courses. While they currently only offer a Master’s of Business Administration degree, a part of the merger will be the exploration of additional graduate programming in a number of area, including teacher education and fine arts at St. Andrews.
St. Andrews, with a strong reputation in equestrian-related programs, will also be able to utilize the expertise of the equestrian faculty and staff to help Webber create an equine business program in the heart of Florida’s horse country.
“There are programmatic growth opportunities for both institutions that will benefit students, faculty and staff both in North Carolina and Florida,” said Baldasare.
About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. 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.
On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.