June 29, 2009 – (Omaha, NE) Grace University has been informed by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools that the Higher Learning Commission has approved the site team’s recommendation to re-affirm accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association through 2018-2019.

The accreditation process involves writing a self-study document focusing on the HLC-NCA criteria for accreditation – nearly a two-year process. During that time, five major committees, led by Dr. Karl Pagenkemper, Vice President for Academics, and Dr. Ron Shope, Professor of Communication and Research and involving faculty, staff and members of the Board of Trustees engaged in research, data gathering, and the writing of the study document.

“The re-affirmation of our accreditation through 2018-2019 with the HLC-NCA is a tremendous validation of our mission and the academic excellence that pervades Grace University,” said Dr. James Eckman, President Emeritus of Grace University. “I could not be more pleased. I am very proud of our faculty and staff and thank God for each one.”

Grace University is accredited by:

  • The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Last 10-year affirmation: 2009.The Higher Learning Commission230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500Chicago, IL 60604-1413(800) 621-7440


Grace University is listed in the current edition of Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education and Programs published for Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) by the American Council on Education (ACE). The current edition of the Higher Education Directory.


Grace University is approved by:

  • The United States Department of Justice for the education of foreign students.
  • The Nebraska State Department of Education for the education of veterans and/or other persons eligible for Veterans Administration benefits.
  • The Nebraska Department of Education as a standard institution of higher education offering teacher education programs leading to certification within the state of Nebraska.


  • American and Nebraska Associations of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Nebraska
  • Christian Librarian’s Fellowship
  • Christian Camping International
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
  • Evangelical Training Association
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Nebraska Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • Nebraska Council for Teacher Education
  • Christian Library Consortium

Articulation Agreements

Grace University has articulation agreements and special academic relationships with the following institutions and organizations:

Contractual Agreements

  • Camp Forest Springs
  • Childrens Ministry Institute (Child Evangelism Fellowship)
  • Focus on the Family Institute
  • H.E.A.R.T Institute
  • Jerusalem University College
  • Kearney Evangelical Free Church— Kearney Institute
  • Rural Home Missionary Association (RHMA)
  • Seattle Union Gospel Mission
  • Spencer-Perkins Center

Consortial Agreements

  • Bellevue University
  • Clarkson College
  • Creighton University
  • Iowa Western Community College
  • University of Nebraska— Lincoln and Omaha

Institutional Effectiveness Data


Fall 2012 Traditional Undergraduates (Including Transfer) 314
Fall 2012 Excel Adult Degree Completion 57
Fall 2012 Graduate College 68
Fall 2012 Average ACT Score Incoming Traditional Students (Non-Transfer) Grace University    22.5National Average   21.1Nebraska Average 22
Fall 2012 Student/Teacher Ratio 8:1
Fall 2011 Retention Rate (First Time Full Time Undergraduate 82%
Spring 2013 Traditional Undergraduate Completion/Graduation Rate (Fall 2007 Cohort including transfers students) 50.78
Percentage of graduating students who indicated they had employment (Spring 2012 Graduate Exit Survey) 80.68%

General Education Skills

Spring 2013 ACT CAAP Scores Grace National Average Percentile Rank
Writing Skills 64.9           63.1                           63.68
Social Science Reading 63           61.7                           59.10
Critical Thinking 62.8           59.9                           69.15
Science 61.0           61.1                           50.4
Writing Essay  3.7           3.2                             79.67


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