Embry-Riddle University accreditation warning withdrawn by commission

An Accreditation Warning Against Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University published earlier this year has been removed, which means the university is in the clear.

Embry-Riddle, a private aviation and aerospace university with a site in Prescott, received a six-month warning from its accreditation body in June.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges warning related to requirements for accelerated undergraduate to graduate programs, where students can earn a bachelor’s degree and then graduate degrees.

The warning was withdrawn this month, the university said and the accreditation body’s website confirmed.

The Board of Directors of SACSCOC December 8 meeting report show Embry-Riddle has been removed from warning state.

Embry-Riddle has over 30,000 students across the country. On its Prescott campus, there are nearly 3,000 students, according to data published by the school on its website.

Its programs cover “the operation, engineering, research, manufacture, marketing and management of modern aircraft and the systems that support them”.

The accreditation body describes a warning as a “public sanction” related to “significant non-compliance”.

In this case, part of the accreditation standards include requirements on the duration of the programs, such as the number of credit hours for given degrees.

A letter from the accreditation body stated that Embry-Riddle “had not demonstrated compliance” with the program duration requirement.

Representatives from Embry-Riddle told the Arizona State Council for Private Post-Secondary Education in October that the warning was about “combined program routes.” Concern of the accrediting agency related to the total number of credit hours required.

It is not clear from the published information what exactly was missing from the programs.

During the meeting before the state board of directors, Embry-Riddle representatives said there appeared to be “poor communication” with the accreditation agency about the course programs and how they work. .

For example, it seemed like the accrediting agency felt that Embry-Riddle had cut graduate credit hours.

However, the school actually cut undergraduate credit hours and replaced those with graduate credit hours for those programs, Bree Meinberg, associate director of state licensing and development, told the board. of the school’s workforce.

“We keep our students at a higher academic standard as opposed to a lower academic standard,” she said.

After issuing the warning, the the school informed its community about it and discontinued admissions to the programs concerned. Admissions to these programs are now reopened, the school said in an email on Monday.

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