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St. Andrew’s College believes months of dedicated work, review and institutional investigation will be rewarded with a positive affirmation of the program by a key North American accreditation association.

The college spent much of the past year in preparation for and engaged in the process of reaccreditation with the Association of Theological Schools’ Commission on Accreditation.

The effort involved a significant amount internal evaluation and self-study followed by visit from a team of scholars who subjected the college to an intensive review of its programs and every aspect of life at the college.

The college has received the report that provided for the commission as it prepares to make its accreditation decision and principal Lorne Calvert says he is pleased the team of visitors recognized the work St. Andrew’s has done to build its program.

“The report we have been given is extremely positive. In many ways we could not have asked for a better review. We are very hopeful that we will receive a very strong reaccreditation come the month of June,” Calvert says.

“It is very, very significant in the life of a college. It will mean that St. Andrew’s College, with the kind of accreditation we hope we will achieve, will be on par with any other theological collage in North America and in the top percentile. We are very excited about it.”

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of more than 270 graduate schools that provide programs for the practice of ministry and teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The Commission on Accrediting accredits the schools and approves the degree programs they offer.

Membership in the ATS is open to schools in the Christian and Jewish faiths. It currently represents the full range of Christian denominations, including schools in mainline and evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions, as well as multidenominational and nondenominational schools.

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