Bethany College earns full reaffirmation of accreditation

BETHANY — Bethany College has again received reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission for the next 10 years.

The action signifies the commission’s “firm endorsement of the college’s leadership and strategic direction,” school officials said Tuesday.

“Bethany has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since the regional accreditation process began more than 50 years ago, and this latest news reaffirms HLC’s confidence in our vision, teaching, academic program and future planning as expressed in our strategic plan, Bethany Connect,” Bethany President Tamara Rodenberg said.

The next reaffirmation review will occur in the 2028-29 academic year.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission also has re-endorsed the college for the upcoming academic year.

Earning decennial reaffirmation from the Higher Learning Commission is an intense process, requiring a substantial investment of time, leadership and study among Bethany colleagues and the college overall.

Leading the process for Bethany’s 10-year reaffirmation were Provost Joe Lane; Richard Miller, assistant dean of accreditation, assessment and accountability; and Lisa Reilly, the Goulding-Woolery Professor of Chemistry and Bethany’s accreditation liaison officer.

“Provost Lane, Assistant Dean Miller and Professor Reilly’s leadership in preparing, organizing and coordinating this process were essential to securing Bethany’s future, and I am grateful for their partnership with all of us in meeting this institutional milestone,” Rodenberg said.

Founded in 1840, Bethany is the oldest private college in West Virginia. Today, the college offers 26 departmental and six interdisciplinary majors, 33 minors and three dual-degree programs.

It is one of a few liberal arts colleges to require students pass comprehensive written and oral exams for approval to graduate.

“Earning reaffirmation of accreditation reflects our proud and longstanding partnership with the HLC,” Rodenberg said. “Over the next 10 years, we will again continue to work with HLC to assess and improve our programs, to refine our budgeting practices, and to provide a superior education in the liberal arts and sciences to a new generation of Bethanians.”