The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has given Georgia Perimeter College, a two year institution in Dunwoody, a 12 month warning to fix problems or lose accreditation. The board has reaffirmed Shorter University’s accreditation for another ten years.
Shorter University’s enrollment has declined by 7 percent from last year. An expert on religion and higher education says universities which require faculty to sign a lifestyle statement are putting their bottom line at risk.
Shorter University OFFICIALS SAY 51 new full-time faculty members will be starting at the Christian school in Rome this fall. Numerous faculty and staff left the school earlier this year rather than sign the school’s personal lifestyle statement.
An accreditation team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is conducting a tour of Shorter University this week as part of their regular review. The team will be looking at the University’s controversial policy requiring employees to sign a “personal lifestyle” statement.
Several members of the faculty at Shorter University in Rome are resigning rather than sign the Baptist University’s new lifestyle statement. It says employees must find premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality unacceptable.
Petition signers ask Shorter University to reconsider an employee policy. People who work there must agree to sign lifestyle statement or risk termination. Meanwhile, another Baptist university has extended benefits to same sex partners.