The University Senate of The United Methodist Church recently reaffirmed Albion College’s affiliation with the church, after an in-depth review last fall. Albion was founded by Methodist clergy and other early settlers of what was then the Michigan Territory in 1835, and has maintained its relationship with the church since that time. United Methodist representatives continue to sit on the College’s Board of Trustees. Albion is one of 120 United Methodist-related educational institutions in the United States.
“We are proud of Albion’s 177-year heritage and the many current students and alumni who are active leaders in the United Methodist Church,” Albion President Donna Randall said.
The College received notification of the reaffirmation this spring, following an independent reaffirmation review and visit conducted by members of The United Methodist Church’s University Senate in September 2011. The recommendations of the visiting team were reviewed by the full University Senate in late January 2012.
The United Methodist Church reviews Albion College every 10 years, within a year of the College’s reaffirmation of accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. During this year’s review, a team of three persons representing the University Senate examined full documentation for the HLC reaffirmation, including self-study, institutional profile, and other College measures of academic and fiscal soundness. Criteria for evaluation included institutional integrity, well-structured programs, sound management, and a clearly defined church relationship.
In its official letter, the University Senate “approved Albion College for continued listing as a United Methodist-related institution of Higher Education.” As part of the report, the visiting team noted that “the College is committed to the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church, and it is extremely effective in its work with diversity and social justice issues.”
“The church relationship means history, but more importantly people,” said Rev. Daniel McQuown, College Chaplain. “The legacy of our founders is still alive, and I see the church relationship as embodied in our current students and alumni who are United Methodist. Wherever I go in United Methodist circles, I experience a deep love and respect for the foundation Albion College has offered to church leaders.”
He added, “I’m happy that the University Senate celebrated our good work with the diversity and understand it in theological terms. The students I work with are passionate in engaging diversity in many forms, and that matches the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church in furthering God’s kingdom.”