Visible Changes

Plans and progress ring in Visible School’s 10th anniversary year

By Crissy Smith Lintner

Looking forward to a year of change and growth, Memphis-based Visible School, a music and worship arts college, kicks off its 10th anniversary year with several accomplishments in hand.

In November 2009, Visible School was awarded accreditation by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Qualifications for accreditation were measured by quality of instruction, student services, and adequate facilities based on a thorough peer-review process. Visible School will continue to evaluate and build selected areas of the college’s curriculum and student services over the next five years, at which point, the school will be eligible for re-accreditation.

“We are thrilled to have received accreditation by TRACS. It is yet another step in the right direction for our college, and we are looking forward to continuing to improve upon our existing educational offerings,” said Ken Steorts, founder and president of Visible School.

In addition, Visible School closed a contract to buy its new downtown campus, the former C&I Bank Building located at 200 Madison Ave. in Downtown Memphis. The college, which is temporarily located in Lifelink Memphis at the corner of Cooper and Walker, announced its plans to purchase a building in spring 2009. A six-month fundraising campaign raised $525,000, and an anonymous donor provided the remaining $525,000 through a matching grant. Visible School will begin renovations on the new building this year and hopes to be in their new home during the 2010–2011 school year.

Visible School had yet another opportunity to expand upon its new status in January 2010 by launching its new web address and site, Accreditation by TRACS allowed the college to adopt the “.edu” domain used to signify accredited colleges and universities. The college took the opportunity to not only change the web address but to roll out an updated and interactive version of its site featuring dynamic content, an online music store, and videos that connect visitors to the site with professors at the college.

“The new site is more user-friendly, making information easily accessible not only for prospective students but also for current students, staff and donors,” Steorts said.

Visible School is the vision of founder and president Ken Steorts. Started in 2000, Visible School is an independent music and worship arts college enrolling more than 100 students from around the world per year. Visible School educates students interested in careers as musicians, technicians, music business professionals, and music ministry. The accredited college offers a three-year bachelor’s degree and a one-year certificate program. Visible School offers an integrated, holistic, academic, vocational discipleship and community-based degree that is rooted in Christian beliefs. In 2001, Visible School founded Visible Media Group, a nonprofit music production and artist development company.

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