Atlantic Union Conference and Atlantic Union College have released a joint response to a student-led petition against the school that began circulating online last week. More on the student petition can be read here. The conference and college’s joint response can be read in full below:
A letter citing several concerns about Atlantic Union College (AUC) was recently circulated by students who choose to remain anonymous. No doubt this has caused students, faculty, staff, alumni, the Atlantic Union constituents, and the community at large to be concerned regarding the state of AUC at this time.
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Atlantic Union College is open, and fall semester 2017 classes begin August 27 for certificate programs and August 28 for degree programs. The current degree programs offered are a B.A. in either Theology or Religion and a B.S. in Health Sciences/Biology, as well as several certificate programs. The college continues to follow the guidelines established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Higher Education for operation during this period of transition toward accreditation.
Maintaining the college operation during the reopening and accreditation period has required great financial sacrifice by all of our conferences in the Atlantic Union, of which we are very thankful. The college has fulfilled all financial commitments with outside creditors and has reduced its internal debts by $3.8 million as of May 2017. The most recent Atlantic Union College Audited Financial Statement indicates a healthy and sustainable financial environment for the school under the current operation. It is known that subsidies from each of the conferences represent the largest income for the college. Any reduction in the coming years will place a huge burden on the operation and the college will need to adjust accordingly. The college administration has maintained strict financial measures, established proper internal controls, and reduced costs in operation by eliminating all...
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