Is La Sierra University Legally Distancing Itself from the Church?
La Sierra University is about to vote on proposed bylaw changes that appear to allow it to distance itself from as much church influence as had previously been in place with regard to the governance of the school. It appears that such measures are being considered due to the recent pressures from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) – ever since the evolution/creation controversy has come to the forefront at LSU. Consider, for example, the explanation of LSU’s executive director of university relations, Larry Becker:
The recommendations [regarding proposed changes to the university's bylaws] address concerns about university governance issues identified by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), La Sierra’s regional accrediting body (Link).
And what will these bylaw changes do? Well, the proposed changes will effectively distance the school from church influence and control over the governance of the school to at least some degree – compared to the degree of influence and control that is currently in place. Is LSU heading down the path of so many well-known schools that started out as Christian church schools, but eventually ended up as secular institutions (i.e., Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc)?
Additional analysis of these bylaw changes can be found posted at Advindicate.com: Analysis of La Sierra Bylaw Changes