IWS Accreditation Self-Study Update & Next Week’s Surveys

To: IWS Students, Board, Faculty, Staff and Alumni
From: Jim Hart, President

In February of 2015 the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Study will be considered for reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. An important component in our preparation for reaccreditation involves the work being done by our Accreditation Self-Study Committee (ASSC) to lead the process of self-study. This committee comprises representatives of the faculty, administrative staff, governing board, alumni, and student body of IWS. Another important component of our reaccreditation work involves preparation for a site visit team this coming June during our on-campus session.

The self-study being led by the ASSC forms the backbone of the entire process and is the major document used in informing the site team and Commission on Accreditation of our readiness for continued accreditation. To provide additional input to the self-study report, some students, faculty and alumni will receive a survey that will be distributed next week. It is critically important that those of you receiving a survey complete and submit it by no later than October 29th, 2013.

I cannot emphasize too much the importance of this reaccreditation process and the value your input will contribute to the evaluation and future direction of IWS. Please contact our Director of Accreditation, Assessment and Planning, Dr. Steve Huntley if you have any questions or concerns. He can be reached at steve.huntley@iws.edu.

Thank you for all you do to help make IWS successful in achieving its mission!

Grace and peace,
Jim Hart

About the author

Dr. James R. Hart served as President of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies from 2007-2024. Dr. Hart was a member of the first IWS doctoral class, the Alpha class, and served as Dean of Students during his matriculation. After graduating from IWS, Dr. Webber appointed him as the Dean of Administration, and then Provost in 2006. In June of 2007, he was inaugurated as the second president of IWS. Dr. Hart holds a B.M. in Sacred Music from Oral Roberts University, an M.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Tulsa, and a D.W.S. from the Institute for Worship Studies. He was critical to the formation of IWS in Florida and has held administrative responsibilities since its inception in 1999. He is a professional trumpeter, choral director, and worship leader, and a published composer/arranger, songwriter, and author. He has been involved in worship leadership in various contexts around the globe for over 40 years and has taught in the areas of worship, theology, and music in various conferences, colleges, and seminaries. Dr. Hart and his wife, Carol, have three daughters and three grandchildren.