Accreditation essentially means approval. When an organization accredits a college, it affirms that it has examined the college based on established standards of excellence and found that the college meets those standards. Accreditation confirms that the college offers credible degrees.
Types of Accreditation
There are two types of accreditation available to colleges today: regional accreditation and national accreditation.
Regional accreditation is offered by one of six accrediting agencies in the United States, based on a school’s location. This form of accreditation is the highest an institution can receive and the most universally recognized standard of excellence. The major colleges and universities across America have regional accreditation.
National accreditation is designed to approve schools that may be more specialized in nature. A national accrediting agency applies different standards in its evaluation, depending on the type of school being examined. Many Bible colleges have sought national accreditation.
Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)
5850 T. G. Lee Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32822
- Fax: 407-207-0840
Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
- Fax: 312-263-7462
Iowa Department of Education
Approved so that graduates from the Teacher Education program are eligible to receive Iowa teacher licensure:
—Classroom teaching in Kindergarten—Grade 6
—English/Language Arts in Grades 5-12
—Music in Kindergarten through Grade 12
—World History in Grades 5-12
Office of Veterans’ Education of the Iowa State Department of Education
- Approved for training under the veterans’ programs.
US Department of Justice
- Faith is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries (AACC&S)
Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
Listed in the official publication entitled, Transfer Credit Practices of Selected Educational Institutions.
US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
Listed in the official publication entitled, Education Directory, Part III, Higher Education.