I am pleased that the Commission on Accreditation for the Association for Biblical Higher Education, the organization with whom I relate most closely in my consulting, is working with its member institutions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most member institutions have suspended face-to-face instruction and are switching to online education for the remainder of the semester due to the threat of community spread of coronavirus. While member institutions are normally required to receive approval from the Commission on Accreditation if they offer 50 percent or more of a program via distance education, the COA supports their efforts to pursue a reasonable alternative to maintain the highest possible quality of education for their students during this emergency even if the action temporarily exceeds normal policy provisions. While some of the institutions that I serve already provide various types of online education, my consulting activities will take a different turn over the coming months as higher education responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an honor to serve for such a time as this in advancing the cause of Christ-centered higher education.
Larry J. McKinney
Higher Education Consulta