Long resistant to accreditation, Florida-based private Christian college Pensacola Christian College has announced plans for accreditation.
The accreditation, which will become effective in 2012, will be through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. PCC will then become known as Pensacola Christian University, or PCU, for short.
“We’ve resisted this for a long time but now feel it is the Lord’s leading,” said PCC’s vice president of public affairs, Dr. Joel Mullenix.
Mullenix said the president and founder, Dr. Arlin Horton, made the decision after much prayer and council. “He feels it is needed for the college to continue expanding and meeting the needs of the modern Christian church,” Mullenix added.
The accreditation will also be retroactive for all degrees issued since 1995 and will be conditionally retroactive for all degrees issued before then. PCC degrees of graduates from 1994 and prior who have gone on to earn accredited bachelor’s or master’s degrees will have their PCC degrees accredited. All others must complete five credit hours at an accredited university or community college for their PCC degrees to officially be accredited.
Mullenix said PCC’s resistance to accreditation stemmed from a concern of government control, such as telling the college whom it could hire and what it could teach.
PCC’s decision to accreditate and become PCU has immediately been met with sharp resistance. Noted independent fundamental Baptist evangelist and blogger, Dr. Phil Armenik, minced no words on his blog denouncing PCC.
“This iz [sic] unbiblkul [sic], amen!” Armenik wrote. “Soon PCC will let womun [sic] ware [sic] britches and let thuh [sic] men groe [sic] fashul [sic] hair! Preachur [sic] boys will start worryin [sic] about exejesusus [sic] instead of preachin’, amen! Akreditashun [sic] means PCC and its folks are goin [sic] to hell!”
Armenik urged other Christians to boycott the new PCU and instead consider a place like Hyles-Anderson College.
PCC was founded in 1974.