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Lindenwood University offers values-centered programs leading to the development of the whole person – an educated, responsible citizen of a global community. Lindenwood is an independent, public-serving, liberal arts university that has a historical relationship with the Presbyterian Church and is firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian values. These values include belief in an ordered, purposeful universe, the dignity of work, the worth and integrity of the individual, the obligations and privileges of citizenship, and the primacy of the truth. Lindenwood University is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities. CHEA recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations, including the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting agency by which Lindenwood University has been continuously accredited since 1921. Lindenwood University is a NC-SARA approved institution. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.