Western Association of Schools and Colleges Grants Loma Linda University Accreditation Renewal for 10 Years

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University commended on their achievement during the three-day assessment, during which time they received accreditation for the maximum amount of time.

Loma Linda University, a leader in health and science education in the nation and home of the only operational medical school in the Inland Empire, has received renewal of its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for the maximum amount of time—10 years.

This means the university’s current and prospective students can be assured of a solid education and training, including plenty of opportunities for hands-on training at the renowned Loma Linda University Medical Center.

During their October 27-29, 2010 visit, WASC praised the strength of the LLU curriculum and the learning outcomes for the students who attend the university.

In a letter announcing renewal of the accreditation, WASC president Ralph A. Wolff said the university, based on the assessment of a visiting WASC team, made “noteworthy structural and operational enhancements, appropriate allocation of resources, and broad-ranging changes in the institutional culture” to benefit the students attending the university.

“The team found much to commend about the institution’s engagement with each aspect of the WASC review process,” Mr. Wolff stated in the letter. He noted the attention given to the key trend indicators and noteworthy outcomes, such as students’ performance.

“[The data] indicates LLU graduates regularly perform at or above national norms in almost all professional programs in terms of pass rates and mean scores on standardized examinations,” Mr. Wolff wrote. Loma Linda University is one of the few to receive accreditation renewal for 10 years, whereas educational institutions typically receive accreditation renewal for only five to seven years.

Ron Carter, PhD, provost of Loma Linda University says, “This finding couldn’t be better. The intentional focus was science embedded in a faith community. There were many team members who were unaware of the depth and breadth of LLU’s reach into the local and global community.”

Craig Jackson, JD, MSW, dean of the School of Allied Health Professions, says, “In their partnership, Loma Linda University has been able to provide many graduates for the hard to fill positions at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). In addition, a vast majority of the disciplines taught at the university are those specialties provided within the Medical Center.” According to the School of Medicine, roughly one-third of their graduates complete their residency at LLUMC.

Graduates of LLU are also more likely to receive higher pay. According to PayScale, a site that collects data on salaries for different professions, Loma Linda University has the highest median starting salary (defined as salaries within five years of graduation), a function of the strong programs in nursing, dentistry, and allied health offered by each school.

WASC is a non-profit corporation formed in 1962 to promote the welfare, interests, and development of education in the Western United States. Being accredited by WASC means an institution meets educational standards set by the commission to assure educational effectiveness and student learning.

For more information on Loma Linda University’s accreditation, please visit the Accreditation Page or the Assessment Page.

Loma Linda University is a Seventh-day Adventist educational health-sciences institution with more than 4,300 students located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Eight schools make up the University organization: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Religion, and Science and Technology. More than 55 programs ranging from certificates of completion and associate in science degrees to doctor of philosophy and professional doctoral degrees are offered. Students from more than 80 countries around the world and virtually every state in the nation are represented in Loma Linda University’s student body.

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