Ferrum College Affiliations

Ferrum College is proudly affiliated with the following organizations.


The Appalachian College Association

Ferrum College is a member of the Appalachian College Association a non-profit consortium of 36 private four-year liberal arts institutions spread across the central Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Collectively these higher education institutions serve over 54,000 students.

The Association helps develop and share ideas, information, programs and resources to achieve its goals, which include promoting cooperation and collaboration among its member institutions to serve the people of Appalachia through higher education and related services. The ACA functions independently of any one institution to serve all its members.

The College Board

Ferrum College is a member of the College Board. The College Board seeks to ensure that every student in the United States has access to a high-quality education and is prepared to succeed in college. Our College Readiness initiatives promote curricula, assessment tools, district and guidance resources that help K-12 students prepare for the academic rigors of higher education.

The Council of Independent Colleges 

Ferrum College is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. CIC focuses on providing services to campus leaders through seminars, workshops, and programs that assist institutions in improving educational offerings, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility.

The Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia

Ferrum College is a member of the CICV or Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia, which believes  that studying the liberal arts and sciences enriches students a individuals, prepares them as world citizens and distinguishes them as  professionals. Students also gain an edge in the workplace, and are better equipped for a complex, diverse and ever-changing world.

The Council on Undergraduate Research 

Ferrum College is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research.  The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research. CUR’s leadership works with agencies and foundations to enhance research opportunities for faculty and students.

The Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc.

Ferrum College is a member of Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc. (EIIA) As a not-for-profit organization, EIIA not only offers a sophisticated range of insurance and risk management services, but we are also an advocate in the insurance marketplace. Solely focused on institutions of higher education, we are proud of our long-standing track record for educating institutions in managing risk, and providing unique insurance programs and services tailored to their needs.

The International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges & Universities

Ferrum College is a member of the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges & Universities (IAMSCU). The vision of IAMSCU is to develop a dynamic, worldwide network of member institutions, resulting in effective inter-institutional cooperation and collaboration to prepare a new generation of Christian leaders.

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Ferrum College is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) which serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation. 

The National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church

Ferrum College is a member of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) -- a voluntary association of schools, colleges, and universities committed to the historic and distinctive values of United Methodist-related education. It exists:
  • To advance the work of education and scholarship in member institutions,
  • To work cooperatively with conferences, boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church to address issues of mutual concern to the Church and the Academy,
  • To work in partnership with the Church to educate students for leadership and service to the global community,
  • To foster and encourage the common good of member institutions, and
  • To strengthen the collegiality and camaraderie among member presidents, deans and heads of school.

The National Collegiate Honors Council

Ferrum College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, (NCHC) the professional association of undergraduate Honors programs and colleges; Honors directors and deans; and Honors faculty, staff, and students. NCHC provides support for institutions and individuals developing, implementing, and expanding Honors education through curriculum development, program assessment, teaching innovation, national and international study opportunities, internships, service and leadership development, and mentored research.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Ferrum College is accredited by and is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.  The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students.  It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

Ferrum Renews Accreditation With High Praise
For the past several years, Ferrum College faculty and administration have been focused intently on the 10-year reaccreditation process through the accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The demanding process includes several steps:

(1) Preparation of a Compliance Certification document and website that is reviewed by a team of peers from other institutions across the SACS region (compliance Certification report submitted in May 2010.)
(2) The preparation of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that articulates a five- year plan for focusing on a high priority student learning goal. The formative evaluation of the QEP and any follow-up verification identified by the Off-site Review comprise the focus areas of the On-site Review. The On-site Review team was on our campus October 11-13, 2010. The team is completing their final report which will be sent to the SACS Commission on Colleges.
(3) The Commission on Colleges will receive the final report and render a decision regarding the college's reaccreditation status. The College received high praise for the work it has done and a very positive reaccreditation outcome.

Though many on campus were involved throughout the process, the core leadership team members were: Dr. Tina Hanlon, Associate Professor of English and SACS editor; Dr. Delia Heck, Director of Assessment and Institutional Research; Dr. Kevin Reilly, Associate Professor of Psychology and QEP team leader; and Dr. Leslie Lambert, Provost/VPAA.

The Virginia College Fund

Ferrum College is a member of the Virginia College Fund (VCF) whose mission is to “make a private college education affordable for Virginia’s students.”  To that end, THE VCF seeks funding from businesses, foundations and individuals to assist needy and worthy student and help us in our cause.  The VCF believes in accessibility, diversity opportunity and academic excellence.

The USA South Athletic Conference

Ferrum College student athletes compete with other NCAA Division III athletes in the USA South Athletic Conference.   Ferrum College joins the following institutions of higher learning in the USA South: Averett University, Christopher Newport University, Greensboro College, LaGrange College, Mary Baldwin College, Maryville College, Meredith College, Methodist University, N.C. Wesleyan College, Piedmont College, William Peace University and Agnes Scott College (women's lacrosse).