Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TRACS Conference 2010

One reason that I do my annual trip to the US in the Fall (besides the fact that it is a great time to recruit teachers) is that the annual TRACS Conference is always held in the Southeastern US in the first or second week of November. TRACS stands for "Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. TRACS is recognized by both the United States Department of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, as a national accrediting body for Christian institutions, colleges, universities, and seminaries. TRACS is also a member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education. TRACS is a voluntary, non-profit, self-governing organization that provides accreditation to Christian postsecondary institutions offering associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees." (from the TRACS web site) We have been accredited by TRACS since 2004 and, at this year's conference, PIU was recognized for achieving our first reaffirmation of accreditation as a Category III (college and seminary) school. I am very thankful for our staff, faculty and administration who all worked hard to make this happen.

This year's conference was held at the Grandover Hotel (pictured) in Greensboro, North Carolina. I enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the presidents and other administrators from other Christian colleges and seminaries with similar problems and opportunities to what we have. The seminars are also helpful. This year I especially enjoyed seminars on helping students with credit transfer issues and teacher training and development. And yes, the desserts they served were amazing again.

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