C&A Files Petition to Compel Arbitration of Threat to Medical College’s 50-Year Accreditation Citing Right of Free Exercise of Religion

C&A Files Petition to Compel Arbitration of Threat to Medical College’s 50-Year Accreditation Citing Free Exercise of Religion

After nearly 50 years of regional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, the U.S. Department of Education’s designated accrediting agency for colleges and universities in 19 mid-western states, Kettering College, a well-respected medical college and division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Kettering Medical Center, faces the threat of withdrawal of its long-standing accreditation if it does not separately incorporate and divest itself of its ties to Kettering Medical Center and the Church that has managed its curriculum since its founding in 1967. In August, C&A filed a petition in federal court in Ohio to compel HLC to arbitrate the college’s dispute over the sudden mandate.

For the past 50 years, Kettering College has operated as a division of Kettering Medical Center, which is chartered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Church’s mission is to provide healing services to the world, and it provides high-quality education in the medical arts to further that mission. HLC’s ultra vires demand that the college separately incorporate needlessly tramples on the Church’s and college’s freedom of religion and the college’s ability to serve its students. Forced separate incorporation will disqualify the college from the receipt of significant federal funding of its educational programs and federal student financial aid programs. It also will imperil the Church’s ability to control the college’s curriculum in accordance with Seventh-day Adventist values. Loss of regional accreditation will have equally dire consequences to the college’s mission to serve its students and prepare them for careers in the healing arts as such accreditation is also required for the receipt of funding and the ability of its students to transfer credits or continue with post-baccalaureate programs at other institutions.

The stakes are quite high.

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01 Petition to Compel Arbitration