HLC Approves IWU’s Australian ExpansionThursday, April 17, 2014
The Higher Learning Commission has approved Indiana Wesleyan University’s collaboration with the Sydney, Australia-based Wesley Institute, allowing IWU to forge a permanent relationship to make Wesley Institute the foundation for the first global Christian University in Australia.
IWU announced its plans with Wesley Institute last October, after both institutions’ Boards of Trustees approved the decision.
“Through this emerging partnership, with God’s guidance and blessing, we hope to broaden Wesley Institute’s course offerings and elevate its status to that of a fully-recognized university – the first such Christian university in Australia,” IWU President David Wright declared at the time.
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is the regional accreditation body for higher education institutions in the Midwestern and South Central regions of the United States. HLC approval came far earlier than expected, Dr. Wright noted upon receiving the news this week.
"Today is an historic day," said Wright. "I am so grateful for all who have worked to bring this to pass. The possibilities that now exist because of IWU and Wesley Institute becoming sister institutions in a new global Christian learning community are immense. We look forward to seeing the outcomes resulting from our shared mission and aspirations."