|Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, RI.|
March 28, 2011, Greenville, Rhode Island – Five years of
hard work has paid off for Mater Ecclesiae College,
according to college president Dr. Luly Fernandez. The college has
received its initial accreditation.
The accreditation is the final step
in a five-year accreditation process through the New England Association
of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC is one of six
regional accreditation bodies in the United States.
Mater Ecclesiae is
the center of formation for the Regnum Christi consecrated women
in the United States. Students obtain a 4-year Bachelor of
Arts degree in Religious and Pastoral Studies with a minor
in philosophy and a specialization in communication. In addition, students
complete required fieldwork each semester, to put theory into practice.
“In keeping with the institution’s mission statement, Mater Ecclesiae’s goal
is ‘to prepare consecrated women for leadership positions in educational,
pastoral, religious and social services,’” said Dr. Fernandez. “We are
very proud of our accomplishment, and our students are already
enthusiastically helping to plan the college’s first graduation ceremony.”
candidacy status in 2005, Mater Ecclesiae has been working steadily
to achieve official recognition as an accredited college. The work
involved 3 year-long institutional self-study processes conducted between 2005 and
2010. Each process culminated in a 100-page report submitted to
NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), with a
follow-up site visit from NEASC representatives.
|MEC students at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.|
As a follow-up to
the third and final site visit held November 7 –
10, 2010, Mater Ecclesiae College President Dr. Luly Fernández, Vice
President Daire Ryan, Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Patricia Camarero,
and Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Directors Fr.
José Félix Ortega LC, appeared before the commission on March
3, 2011 to answer questions about the self-study and visiting
team reports. At the CIHE’s recommendation, the NEASC Board of
Trustees officially granted initial accreditation to Mater Ecclesiae, retroactive to
the last day of the final site visit last November.