In the United States, colleges and universities voluntarily seek accreditation from nongovernmental bodies. The purpose of this accreditation is to assure the public as to the quality of an institution and its commitment to high standards through a system of continuous improvement.
Higher Learning Commission (HLC): Mid-America Christian University (MACU) is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This accreditation is reviewed in-depth periodically by HLC; the last review was held in Feb 2014. On June 30, 2014, HLC and the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) acted on approving a continued accreditation of Mid-America Christian University with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2023-2024.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA):
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is a voluntary agreement among it's member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. Mid-America Christian University is approved pending ratification by the State Regents at their October 22nd, 2015 meeting.
Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (QEQA): The School of Teacher Eduation is accredited by the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. Working with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and representatives from teacher education programs has developed an exemplary system for the approval and accreditation of educator preparation institutions and programs. This approach emphasizes performance-based criteria and assessments, focusing on what candidates can do in the classroom.
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Additional Accreditations and Affiliations
The School of Teacher Education is accredited by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP).
National Professional Associations, Affiliations, and Approvals
The University is affiliated with a number of professional organizations, including:
American Association of Higher Education
American Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admissions Officers
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Oklahoma Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities
The University is approved by each of the following for participation in programs germane to their administrations:
United States Department of Justice.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement operating under the Department of Homeland Security for educating non-immigrant foreign students under the Immigration and Naturalization Act.
Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency for educating veterans and veteran's orphans under Section 1775, Title 38, USC.
United States Department of Education for participation in the National Direct Loan Program, Pell Grants, Guaranteed Student Loan Program, and College Work Study.
Social Security Administration for benefits to qualified recipients.
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
About the Higher Learning Commission
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the following 19 states:
Regional Accreditation Associations Map
Accreditation is provided by both regional and national associations of schools and colleges. The regional associations operate independently, but cooperate extensively and acknowledge one another’s accreditation. Here are the six regional associations, each named after the region in which it operates:
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Sharon Lease, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of The College of Arts and Sciences