Teach-out agreement with Clearwater Christian

by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

Cedarville University has finalized a teach-out plan for Clearwater Christian College students to complete their education after the Florida-based college announced its closure earlier today. Through the agreement, the Cedarville community is prepared to welcome Clearwater Christian students this fall.

A teach-out agreement is a formal document developed by a college or university when it decides to stop offering college degrees or close a campus location or branch campus. The agreement requires approval by both Clearwater’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and Cedarville’s accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission.

“When Cedarville was contacted by Clearwater Christian to consider a teach-out agreement, we knew we wanted to serve this sister Christ-centered institution in any way possible. Our team has quickly worked to simplify the admission process, provide favorable transfer credit, and a scholarship to offset the cost differences,” said Thomas White, president of Cedarville University. “Most importantly, we are praying for our Christian brothers and sisters at Clearwater who are affected by this difficult decision.”

According to the teach-out agreement, Cedarville University will offer CCC students a personalized Cedarville enrollment pathway, outlined at cedarville.edu/cccpathway. Both current Clearwater students and new students who had planned to enroll at Clearwater this fall are eligible for the enrollment pathway. 

Pending completion of the expedited, preferred admissions application and verification that they are in good academic and student life standing, Clearwater students will be admitted for the fall and will be eligible to register for classes.  CCC students who enroll at Cedarville University will also receive a $3,500 discount off Cedarville’s block tuition rate for the 2015-16 academic year and will be eligible to receive all applicable Cedarville grants and scholarships. The discounted tuition with additional Cedarville aid will relatively match Clearwater Christian College’s net basic cost. 

Cedarville will waive its residency requirement for all CCC students who are within 32 hours of graduation and who will complete all remaining courses at Cedarville. Students can begin the application process by visiting cedarville.edu/cccpathway. 

In addition, faculty and staff from CCC will be given consideration for any open positions at Cedarville University.

Clearwater Christian College students and their parents are encouraged to contact Roscoe Smith, associate vice president for university admissions, at 800-CEDARVILLE with any questions. Smith, along with Kim Jenerette, executive director of financial aid, and Karisa Linafelter, associate registrar for academic advising and transfer services, will visit with Clearwater Christian College students on Thursday, June 18 at the Florida campus. The Cedarville representatives will answer questions and assist students in the enrollment process.

Clearwater Christian College was founded in 1966 upon 50 waterfront acres in Pinellas County. CCC gained full accreditation in 1984 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The college offered 25 academic majors, including biology, criminal justice, pre-med, accounting, and elementary education that are offered at Cedarville. All Clearwater Christian graduates earn a Bible minor—just like Cedarville graduates. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.