Accreditation is a key issue for students and their families as they begin to consider different colleges.
What Is Accreditation?
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.
Different Kinds of Accreditation
Two kinds of accreditation are available to colleges today:regional accreditation and national accreditation.
Regional accreditation is offered by one of the 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.
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary has both regional and national accreditation. In fact, Faith is one of only a few Bible colleges achieving both kinds of accreditation. We are accredited regionally by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (ncahlc.org) and nationally by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (abhe.org).
Why Have Accreditation?
What does Faith's dual accreditation mean to students?
• Recognized Degree
This dual accreditation means that a Faith degree is a recognized degree by both the secular and religious standards. A Faith degree measures up to a degree from the University of Iowa or any other major school. A Faith degree also is an approved degree in terms of a Bible education. So at Faith you can be sure you are receiving a quality education in every way leading to a recognized degree.
• Financial Aid
Faith's accreditation means students qualify for financial aid to assist them in financing their education. In these days of rising college costs, being eligible for financial aid is essential.
• Transfer Credits
Many students who come to Faith want to transfer to another school to complete their education or enter a graduate program at a university. Faith's regional accreditation makes it possible for a student to transfer Faith credits to another school or to be eligible for a graduate degree without taking additional work. In every way Faith's accreditation benefits students.
As you consider colleges, check out their accreditation. A college with only a national accreditation usually cannot offer you all the benefits of regional accreditation. Having both types of accreditation, as Faith does, gives students the best of both worlds.
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