Marion College: reaccredited

Fond du Lac, Wis. — Marian College has received official notification that it has been reaccredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The accreditation includes all of Marian’s undergraduate programs, its three master’s degree programs — the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Quality, Master of Science in Nursing, and Master of Arts in Education— and Marian’s Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership.

“As we celebrate our 70th year, it is exciting to know that we do so with this affirmation of our legacy of excellence,” says Dr. Josefina Baltodano, president of Marian College.

Accreditation is sought voluntarily by colleges, and provides assurance to the public “that an organization has been found to meet the agency’s clearly stated requirements and criteria,” the North Central Association says in its Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions: An Overview, 2003. The evaluation is based on such aspects as governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student services, institutional resources, student learning, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with internal and external constituencies.

Marian’s accreditation site visit took place in November 2005. Marian received notice of its reaccreditation in late July.

The North Central Association, founded in 1895, is committed to the improvement of education at all levels throughout evaluation and accreditation. The association is a membership organization of colleges and schools in 19 states, including Wisconsin.

Marian College is a Catholic applied liberal arts college located in Fond du Lac, Wis. The college, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs at its main campus, and a variety of adult accelerated-degree programs in facilities throughout Wisconsin. The size of the College permits a very favorable student–faculty ratio, one of the lowest among Wisconsin colleges. Marian’s academic divisions offer programs of study designed to meet a full range of pre-professional and professional academic needs. The primary divisions and programs include business, education, the arts, sciences, nursing and technology. Marian College is a community committed to learning, dedicated to service and social justice, and joined together by spiritual traditions.