Webber International University’s Accreditation Reaffirmed! Babson Park, Florida Following a multi-year review period including an exhaustive self-study, the review and verification of thousands of pages of documentation, and comprehensive on-site review visits to the University’s campuses (located 550 miles apart), at its annual meeting in Atlanta on Monday, December 5th, 2016 the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed the accreditation of Webber International University for a ten-year period. “We’re ecstatic,” said University President & CEO Dr. Keith Wade, who broke the news to faculty and staff over pizza and champagne. “Exhausted, but ecstatic. Regional accreditation isn’t a quick look under the hood… it’s an exhaustive review of the entire institution. Obvious stuff like checking faculty’s transcripts to be sure they really took the classes they say they did and verifying the data backing up advertising claims. And some things you wouldn’t think of either, like reviewing the plan for how you keep student records safe in a fire or hurricane. It’s a tough review – professional and courteous – but that’s what makes it worthwhile. Nothing, I believe truly nothing, is a stronger indication of a college or university’s quality than regional accreditation.” Established in 1927 by Roger Babson as the first college chartered under Florida’s then new charitable and educational laws and one of the first schools of business for women in the nation, Webber International University now educates men and women from over 50 different nations. Students at Webber’s Florida campus major in one of the many disciplines of business offered at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s level through traditional day, accelerated night and weekend, and entirely on-line formats. Joining Webber as a branch campus in 2011, and featuring a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum, St. Andrews University was established by merger in 1961 but traces its roots back to the 1896 founding of its predecessor Flora Macdonald College. The University features highly qualified faculty, highly engaged staff, small class size, and a wide array of intercollegiate sports and other extracurricular activities. The University has been recognized as a Princeton Review Best in the Southeast College, a US News and World Reports America’s Best Colleges designee, and an America’s Most Military Friendly School. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and several programs have earned additional programmatic accreditations. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees.