AUC Update on Meeting With
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Meeting
April 18, 2013
On April 18, the Atlantic Union College (AUC) team met with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (MDHE) team in reference to the status of AUC’s application seeking degree-granting authority.
The meeting, which started with an introduction of both teams and lasted approximately an hour and a half, was conducted in a very congenial and positive manner. The MDHE Commissioner, Dr. Richard Freeland, chaired the meeting and explained on behalf of the MDHE why it has taken so long to process the application. Dr. Duane Cady gave an overview of AUC’s history with the MDHE, the application process, and noted that the purpose of the meeting was to continue the relationship between AUC and the MDHE and to find out what needed to be done to move the application process along. The members of the MDHE group asked detailed questions about the finances of the institution, future plans, accreditation questions, and potential next steps. The AUC team felt comfortable in their responses to the questions, which were anticipated.
The meeting ended with both groups feeling that the time spent was clarifying, constructive, and affirmative. The AUC team represented the institution in a positive light as well as ensuring the MDHE of its commitment to Christian higher education and a stable financial future. AUC awaits next-step instructions and a pending decision from the MDHE and will continue to keep all informed of the process. The AUC team included Donald King, Duane Cady, Leon Thomassian, Lloyd Brown, Gina Brown, and Jim Cox (attorney from Rubin and Rudman law firm in Boston).
Please keep the institution in prayer as we await further feedback from the MDHE.