The Agony and Ecstasy of Loma Linda Accreditation

Speaker: Categories: Oct 21, 1989


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[1hr, 18min, 47sec]


Accreditation -- what is it and who needs it? What's a Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher education doing trying to seek the approbation and commendation of "the world" anyway? Are we not losing our identity, our peculiarness, the uniqueness of our mission by submitting our educational institutions to "outside" scrutiny?

Persons not involved in the milieu of education may well consider the topic of accreditation to be uninteresting and unimportant. University faculty and administrators, however, have a more vested interest in the process, its rewards and penalties.

The accreditation or non-accreditation of Loma Linda University has gained considerable publicity during recent months. Some observers have cited this "bad press" as just another example of Satan's trying to thwart "God's plan." Others, basing their convictions on the same SDA and non-SDA news sources, have concluded that the events associated with accreditation and the conclusions reached ought to convince us once and for all that we should not to be "unequally yoked with unbelievers" -- in this case, the accrediting agencies.

Dr. Knittel, during the FORUM meeting on October 21, will construct a philosophical framework for accreditation. He will provide an historical perspective for this rather recent phenomenon in Seventh-day Adventist higher education. He will examine the impact the accreditation process has on the institution undergoing the experience. He will also help us to look at what the process of accreditation does not proscribe and does not prescribe.

This will lead to a discussion of the recent problems of accreditation associated with Loma Linda University -- What actually happened? What should have happened? What should not have happened? He will cite, as an item of particular interest, the faulty preparation of the self-study and the lack of faculty participation in this vital process.


Frank Knittel is a product of Seventh-day Adventist elementary and secondary schools. A 1947 graduate of Union College, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

He has taught at all levels, elementary through university, and has served in numerous administrative roles including president of Southern College, 1971-83. Since then he has chaired the English department at Loma Linda University. During the past three years he has presented Chaucerian studies papers at the Medieval Society -- papers from his special area of scholarship. He currently has a book manuscript in preparation which will be published in early 1990.

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