Message From The President
September 25, 2017
Dearly Beloved of God.
Atlantic Union College (AUC) is a ministry of the Atlantic Union Conference. At the core of the ministry is providing a Christian Seventh-day Adventist higher education learning environment. The AUC experience nurtures the development of a Christ-like character.
During the beginning of this third year of the re-start of AUC, Fall 2017, the College experienced some events that may have impacted the forward momentum of the institution toward a good standing in the academic, financial, and Adventist communities. To God be the glory, the college received support from the Atlantic Union Conference, the parent organization of AUC. The events arose in rapid sequence and succession. In spite of this, is the fact that students have continued to enroll at Atlantic Union College. Among the students to enroll are returning/continuing students, and this may speak to the positive viability of AUC in the community.
Accreditation. The work to regain accreditation, build the academic programs, and increase the financial stability of Atlantic Union College continues. AUC continues to make measurable progress toward acquiring/regaining accreditation. The NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) application is still in process. Currently, AUC is at the phase of submitting the Eligibility of Affiliation Report. Once the report is accepted, the next step in the process is to apply for candidacy. Additional elements in the process ("a series of actions used in achieving something," Oxford American Dictionary) to accreditation include submitting an application for accreditation, conducting a self-study, and a site visit.
AUC has also submitted the AAA (Adventist Accrediting Association) application. To move forward in this process, the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists requires an independent feasibility study. The Atlantic Union Conference Executive Committee approved conducting the study, and the Atlantic Union Conference will provide the funding to implement the study. Items to be researched include, but are not limited to: finances, curricula, actual community need for the programs recommended, long-term conference and union support, total staffing needs, alternate methods of delivering Adventist higher education in the Atlantic Union territory, and facilities. The report is due to the Atlantic Union Conference Executive Committee at the end of January 2018.
Status of Articulation Agreements. The academic programs received external validation with the establishment of articulation agreements. To date, there are two articulation agreements, with Southwestern Adventist University and Andrews University. Discussions continue with other colleges and universities. We are putting effort into acquiring at least a total of three articulation agreements.
Fundraising Updates. Similar to other institutions of higher education, AUC must raise money. The President's VIP Reception and Fundraiser in April 2017 provided the funds to reopen the Bartlett Gallery in September 2017. The gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., or as otherwise posted. The first viewing will be on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The gallery currently features Seventh-day Adventist memorabilia and historical artifacts. Additional events and exhibits will be scheduled.
Funds were also raised by the Director of Thayer Performing Arts Center (TPAC), to paint the outside of the more than 100-year-old Georgian Revival-style building located on the AUC campus. Thayer Performing Arts Center serves the surrounding area as a community music school by offering music, art, and acting classes.
More to be accomplished. Much of the work will need funds donated by friends of Atlantic Union College. We would like to continue repairs of the Field House/gym, particularly before the cold and wet weather settles in the area. Students from Adventist academies, community members, and AUC constituency will benefit from the repairs which will serve to provide an indoor gym facility for use in continuing athletic and health-promoting activities.
The mission of Atlantic Union College is to educate diverse individuals who will graduate and excel in their service-centered professions and actively participate in community engagement. Christ ministered to people's needs before inviting them to follow Him. "Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, 'Follow Me.'"—The Ministry of Healing, p. 143.
We welcome your financial donations at www.auc.edu.
Thank you for your continued support. Be well.
In Christian Service,
Dr. Avis Hendrickson