Bethany University Teach-Out and Closure

Since March 21, 2011, Bethany University has been in close communication with the office of the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges & Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges about immediate financial challenges. On June 13, 2011, Bethany University informed WASC that it planned to cease operations at the conclusion of the summer session on August 12, 2011. On June 24, 2011, the Commission voted to accept Bethany's request to withdraw accreditation on August 12, 2011 when the summer session ends.

Bethany administration has been working closely with WASC to create an orderly teach-out plan and closure. This plan and related agreements with other colleges have been approved by the Commission as of August 16, 2011. This plan includes agreements to provide for the fair and equitable treatment of all current students by offering them smooth pathways to complete their degrees at other regionally accredited institutions that offer comparable academic programs, in keeping with WASC policy and federal regulations. Arrangements also cover the housing of all past and current student records.

Olivet University, a faith based institution in San Francisco, California, sponsored by the Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches, has reached agreement to purchase the Bethany University campus in Scotts Valley including rights to use the name of Bethany University and its web site. Olivet University is NOT accredited by WASC but is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. They have agreed to post on the former Bethany University web site until August 31, 2013 the teach out agreement with WASC. The Memoranda of Understandings (MOU) with each institution developed as part of this teach out agreement developed by Bethany are listed below.

The Bethany University web site now maintained and changed by Olivet University may be found at:

Official MOUs were developed with:

Brandman University -- Monterey, CA

Holy Names University -- Oakland, CA

Oral Roberts University -- Tulsa, OK

Life Pacific College -- San Dimas, CA

Northwest University -- Kirkland, WA

Notre Dame de Namur University -- Belmont, CA

Palo Alto University -- Palo Alto, CA

Patten University -- Oakland, CA

Simpson University -- Redding, CA

Southeastern University -- Lakeland, FL

Southwestern Assemblies of God University -- Waxahachie, TX

Vanguard University -- Costa Mesa, CA

Western Seminary -- Portland, OR and Santa Clara, CA

William Jessup University -- Rocklin, CA and San Jose, CA.

Additional colleges/universities offering special consideration include:

Azusa Pacific University – Azusa, CA

Central Bible College -- Springfield, MO

Colorado Christian University – Lakewood, CO

Evangel University – Springfield, MO

Grand Canyon University – Phoenix, AZ

John F. Kennedy University – San Francisco, CA

Menlo College – Atherton, CA

North Central University – Minneapolis, MN

Regent University – Virginia Beach, VA

San Diego Christian College – San Diego, CA

Valley Forge Christian College – Phoenixville, PA

Zion Bible College – Haverhill, MA

These MOUs can be found at:

Teach Out of MS in Clinical Psychology

Since the MOUs were approved, Simpson University in Redding, CA was approved by the WASC Commission, upon the recommendation of the WASC Substantive Change Committee, to teach out the Bethany MS in Clinical Psychology for students already enrolled in the program and for a new cohort previously accepted by Bethany to begin in August, 2011 at a location in the Scotts Valley area.


A Memoranda of Understanding for student transcripts has been negotiated with Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA to go into effect on August 1, 2012. From August 12, 2011 until August 1, 2012, transcripts may be procured from the District Office of the Northern California and Nevada District of the Assemblies of God in Sacramento, California at P. O. Box 292959, Sacramento, CA 95829 or by calling (916) 503-2899 or FAX (916) 503-2917. The Transcript Request Form can be found on the Bethany web site at:

For any questions about these WASC agreements, feel free to contact Richard Osborn, Vice President, at rosborn [at] wascsenior [dot] org .