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Williams Prepares for HLC Visit


Williams Baptist College is wrapping up preparations for a regularly scheduled site visit from its main accrediting agency. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association will send a team to WBC in early November.

"For nearly half a century, Williams had enjoyed a great relationship with the Higher Learning Commission. We truly look forward to this routine review. It’s another opportunity to confirm the quality of the college and its programs," said Dr. Kenneth Startup, WBC’s academic dean.

Williams has been accredited through HLC since 1963. The agency last sent a team to the college in 2002, meaning WBC is due for its 10-year visit this fall.

The site visit culminates a self-study process that has taken two years to complete. Dr. Ruth Provost of the WBC psychology faculty has coordinated the self-study and led a team of faculty and administrators in preparing the lengthy document for the accrediting agency to review.

Provost says while the self-study process is lengthy, it is also a rewarding time for the college.

"The routine reaccreditation process for Williams has been a time to reexamine the college’s mission and goals, allowing the faculty, administration and staff the opportunity to work together and reaffirm our commitment to Williams and the community," Provost noted. "The evaluative visit next month will be an opportunity to share the Williams we love with the visiting team and an opportunity to tell the college’s story."

The HLC team, which is composed of members from around the country, will be on the Williams campus Nov. 5-7.

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