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Monday, April 04, 2005

King's College Denied Accreditation

King's College in New York City is currently doing battle with the New York Board of Regents over their accreditation status. As Stanley Kurtz notes:
Even though the New York State Education Department’s own evaluators recommended a five-year extension of the college’s accreditation, the Board of Regents has torpedoed King’s College by giving the school a mere one year extension. That is equivalent to a death sentence–making it impossible to recruit students or faculty. Although we can’t be certain, anti-Christian bias is an all-too-likely explanation for the Regents’ decision.

The man behind the move to kill King’s College is New York State Board of Regents member, John Brademas. Brademas was a liberal Democratic congressman from Indiana, and a long-time backer of the National Endowment for the Arts. After losing his seat in Congress, Brademas went on to become the president of New York University. As Riley shows, Brademas has repeatedly raised bogus objections to King’s College. A major power on the Regents, Brademas has gotten the Board to ignore its own evaluations and administrators, effectively placing King’s under a death sentence. Brademas denies anti-religious bias, and maybe he’s right. But it’s tough to make sense of his baseless accusations against King’s in any other way.
King's College is closely affiliated with Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization that is near and dear to my heart. I'm not surprised that a school affiliated with an evangelical Christian organization is having problems getting accredited. That doesn't make it any easier to stomache.


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