For the first time in its history, Bacone College has received full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and is now officially a four-year college, according to Bacone President Rev. Dr. Robert J. Duncan, Jr. “We met all of the HLC’s new criteria and were one of the first colleges to successfully undergo this process,” said Duncan.
In order to celebrate this historical achievement, a ceremony was held on Friday, November 4 in the Palmer Center located on Bacone’s campus. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the College’s Trustee meeting.
“This is truly a monumental accomplishment,” said Duncan. “We are now fully accredited without any stipulations until 2012. In addition, Bacone’s Criminal Justice Studies program has been approved as a four-year degree.”
Duncan said that Bacone can now offer any degree that has been recommended by the faculty and approved by the Board of Trustees. Previously, the HLC had to approve any new four-year program, which could take up to a year. “This approval from the HLC gives the College tremendous momentum in moving forward in the years to come. There are many exciting things taking place at Bacone,” said Duncan.
Students were let out of class and all campus offices were closed during the ceremony so that the entire campus community could attend the ceremony. “This is a credit to our staff, faculty, students, trustees and the entire community,” said Duncan. “We want everyone involved to be able to share the excitement of this moment,”
There was a short ceremony in the Gymnasium, which is located in the Palmer Center.