November 4, 2009: By Liberty University News Service
Last week, Liberty University Online Academy received an “overwhelmingly positive exit interview” regarding regional accreditation, according to the school’s dean, Jay Spencer.
The Online Academy offers a turnkey online program for students in grades 3-12, taught from a Christian perspective. The program grew out of Liberty University’s award-winning distance learning program – Liberty University Online – and launched in 2007.
The recent review came from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), which now approves school accreditation in 30 states. The Quality Assurance Review team within SACS CASI “gave us an excellent review, thanked us for a great visit and told us that they recommended us for full accreditation with the commission”, which meets in January, Spencer said. After the commission’s final blessing, the school may begin to use the SACS CASI logo in its promotional materials and advertise itself as a SACS CASI accredited school.
“The SACS accreditation will definitely help us increase enrollment,” Spencer said. LUOA currently has about 650 students enrolled, double the number the school had at the same time last year.
“We continue to enroll students on a rolling basis,” Spencer said, referring to the school’s system that allows students to start the program at any time during the year. “We expect to meet or exceed our goal of 1,000 students by the end of the fiscal year.”