A Note on Accreditation
The Board of Trustees has authorized Zaytuna College to seek accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a preeminent accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to conduct reviews of schools and colleges. Full accreditation is generally a four to seven-year process. In addition to seeking accreditation from a U.S.-based agency, Zaytuna College will be working toward achieving recognition from Islamic institutions of higher learning in the Muslim world, which would make it possible for our graduates to apply and continue their education outside the United States.
ZAYTUNA COLLEGE GETS STATE APPROVAL TO AWARD DEGREES
BERKELEY, CA -- Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college, has been authorized to operate and award degrees by California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), a necessary step towards getting accreditation.
“We are delighted to get this approval from the BPPE, and we feel confident that we will be successful, God willing, in becoming a fully accredited institution of higher education,” said Dr. Hatem Bazian, co-founder of the college and chair of its Academic Affairs Committee.
Zaytuna College, located on “Holy Hill” in Berkeley (so named because of the cluster of religious studies institutions in the area), is seeking accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the agency which also accredits well-known universities in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Stanford University and UC-Berkeley.
The approval from BPPE indicates Zaytuna College’s compliance with the standards contained in the California Education Code and California Code of Regulations. The Bureau examined data on, but not limited to, Zaytuna’s mission and objectives, educational programs, faculty qualifications, organization structure, and financial resources and statements.
In obtaining recognition from BPPE, Zaytuna has demonstrated that it is in compliance with standards for fiscal integrity, protection of student rights, safety, instructional quality and institutional stability.
Zaytuna College, co-founded by Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf and Hatem Bazian, welcomed its first freshman class in 2010 and plans on graduating that class in 2014. Last year, the college bought property on Holy Hill and plans to renovate and refurbish it into a full-blown campus. Zaytuna’s mission is “to educate and prepare morally committed professional, intellectual and spiritual leaders who are grounded in the Islamic scholarly tradition and conversant with the cultural currents and critical ideas shaping modern society.”
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