The Master’s University and Seminary (TMUS) in Santa Clarita, California, has been placed on probation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)—one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States.
Among the issues cited in the report include a lack of board independence, allegations of conflicts of interest regarding student financial aid, institutional leaders being hired who lack qualifications for the higher education positions they hold, and what the WSCUC described as “a disturbing climate of fear, intimidation and bullying” at the university.
In a statement issued by the TMUS board of directors, the school stated that they are proactively working to “resolve every area of concern.”
The university is associated with Grace Community Church, which is pastored by the university’s president, John MacArthur. One of the concerns voiced by the commission was that MacArthur, among other board and cabinet members at TMUS, are “also on staff at GCC.”
The concerns were raised following a visit by members of the commission to the 110-acre campus in the Placerita Canyon in March. Under the terms of the probation, the school will continue to maintain its accreditation but will have less than two years to remedy the concerns.
“We are very committed to addressing and fixing every issue that WASC has highlighted,” said Dean of Faculty Kevin Hill. “There’s a lot of complicated issues, so we’re working diligently because it’s not something we can fix in a day.”
SOURCE: Bob Ditmer