Have you heard the news? Antioch College is a candidate for accreditation!

Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt announced the candidacy status news during his annual State of the College address to more than 350 alumni, friends and residents of Yellow Springs on Saturday night during the College's 2014 alumni reunion. Photo by Dennie Eagleson

Antioch College announced this month that it has been named a candidate for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. Antioch’s request to be considered for early initial accreditation was also approved, meaning that after hosting a comprehensive evaluation visit, the College can expect a determination on accreditation to be made in June 2016—two years earlier than allowed by the traditional candidacy path.

“Antioch is the only liberal arts institution in America starting or re-starting today—certainly the only 164-year-old start-up,” said President Mark Roosevelt. “And with this news, we believe we are the only institution of our kind to be granted candidacy after a closure.”

Candidacy is an essential step toward earning accreditation—a major milestone in the revitalization of the College, which re-opened in 2011 following a brief closure.