Association Removes Claremont From Probationary Status

March 13, 2009

CLAREMONT, Calif. (UMNS)
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an accrediting agency for higher education in the Western United States, recently removed United Methodist-related Claremont School of Theology from probationary status, thereby reaffirming the institution's full accreditation.

In a letter dated March 5, the association recognized the school's "considerable progress" over the past two years to restore effective leadership and fiscal integrity.

"The faculty, staff and trustees at Claremont have worked very hard to repair the foundations of this institution," said President Jerry D. Campbell, whose tenure began after the WASC sanction was announced. "Even though Claremont never lost its accreditation, the probationary status was a difficult episode in the life of this school."

The association initially imposed probation in 2006, citing issues of planning, budgeting and leadership after three years of unbalanced budgets.

Following a site visit in October 2008 and a hearing in February 2009, the association found the school in compliance with all its accreditation standards.

"In the end, the accreditation process has left Claremont stronger than ever and poised for greatness once again," Campbell said.