July 8, 2004
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) has formally awarded
Morningside College continuing accreditation. Morningside
has held continuous accreditation from the NCA since 1913.
Dr. William Deeds, vice president for Academic Affairs and
dean of the college, said, “Morningside College is very
pleased with the continuing accreditation, which is an indication
of the quality of our institution and allows our students
to continue to receive federal financial aid.”
The accreditation is for both the college’s undergraduate
and graduate programs. Morningside, founded in 1894 by the
Methodist Episcopal Church, offers five bachelor’s degrees,
including bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor
of music, bachelor of music education, and bachelor of nursing,
and a master of arts in teaching degree.
The HLC requires NCA member institutions to undergo evaluation
every 10 years. In February, a 5-member evaluation team from
the HLC was on Morningside’s campus to visit with college
constituencies and to review supporting documents and evidence
for the self-study report that college staff had prepared
during the previous year.
Morningside’s last evaluation had been in 1994.
Members of the HLC evaluation team included: Dr. Richard Hanson,
dean of the college and vice president, Augustana College,
Sioux Falls, S.D.; Dr. Elizabeth Brent, vice president for
student development and administration, Rockhurst University,
Kansas City, Mo.; Dr. Thomas Courtice, president, Ohio Wesleyan
University, Delaware, Ohio; Joni Blake, director of library
and information services, Stephens College, Columbia, Mo.;
and Dr. Elizabeth Fischer, health professions advisor and
lecturer in chemistry, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Ill.
The college’s 15-member self-study steering committee
was co-chaired by Dr. Mary Leida, dean of advising, and Dr.
Steve Nimmo, associate dean for Academic Affairs. Morningside
sought input from alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the
Siouxland community for the self-study report.
For more information on Morningside College and the accreditation
process, go to webs.morningside.edu/hlc
or contact Cathee Phillips, director of Public Relations,
For more information on the HLC, go to www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org
or call 1-800-621-7440.