SACS approves Webber and St. Andrews Plan
Webber International University and St. Andrews Presbyterian College have received verbal notification that at its June 20-23 meeting the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved the proposal that St. Andrews become an additional instructional location of Webber. This means that St. Andrews will continue to be regionally accredited through this new and exciting partnership with Webber. The official SACS letter regarding the approval is expected in the near future.
“This begins a new era for both Webber and St. Andrews,” said Dr. H. Keith Wade, Webber’s president and CEO. “While there are several more approvals which need to happen, SACS’ approval of the deal is a major milestone.”
The merger plan, which was first announced in January, means additional educational opportunities for current and prospective students at both campuses.
Wade and St. Andrews President Paul Baldasare both expressed their excitement about the benefits of this affiliation for their students.
“Webber has a much wider representation of international students than does St. Andrews, a more robust business program with more degree options, four MBA degrees, and the ability to offer any or all of our coursework online,” Wade said.
Baldasare added that St. Andrews has a wider array of undergraduate programs and majors.
“Much of the benefit of this merger comes from the enrollment growth which will be fueled by more choice and more flexibility in meeting the needs of students,” Wade said.
Baldasare emphasized how much the two institutions have in common.
“Among many other things, both schools have strong academic reputations and we share an emphasis on providing the highest quality of classroom instruction and academic support for student success,” he said. “The greatest enrollment growth in post secondary education is with students who enjoy the flexibility to do coursework completely online or through a blended program of online and classroom work. There are programmatic growth opportunities for both institutions that will benefit students, faculty and staff both in North Carolina and Florida.”
Wade, who is a 1987 magna cum laude graduate of St. Andrews, added, “What it does not mean is the exportation of Webber to North Carolina. We intend for St. Andrews to retain the flavor, heritage, and culture of St. Andrews. Each school is excellent in its own way, but each student has his or her own set of criteria which one school will naturally fit better than will the other. Students choose Webber because it is Webber; they choose St. Andrews because it is St. Andrews.”
Although state and federal regulatory approvals are also needed, both Presidents commented on how helpful officials at both levels have been throughout the process. They also joined in thanking the staff at SACS for their advice and assistance in the months leading up to submission of the merger proposal.
"They went way, way out of their way to help make this plan a reality,” Wade said.
About Webber International University
Founded in 1927 by Roger Babson as the first private college chartered under Florida’s then new charitable and educational laws and one of the nation’s first business schools for women, Webber International University now hosts men and women from some 48 different nations. Recognized by the Princeton Review as a Best Southeastern College, GI Jobs as an America’s Most Military Friendly School, and listed in the US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, the SACS and IACBE accredited not-for-profit independent University offers degrees exclusively in the areas of business at the associate’s and bachelor’s levels (Accounting, Computer Information Systems Management, Corporate Communications, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Management, Marketing, Pre-Law, Security Management, and Sport Management) and at the master’s level (MBA, MBA with an emphasis in Accounting, MBA with an emphasis in International Business, MBA with an emphasis in Security Management, and MBA with an emphasis in Sport Management) in traditional day, accelerated night and weekend, and on-line formats. Further information may be obtained by visiting the Webber University website.
About St. Andrews
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.
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.