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
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
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
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
(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).