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.
• 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).
• 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.
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.
OTHER RECOGNITIONS AND AUTHORIZATIONS
• Listed in the official publication of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) entitled, Transfer Credit Practices of Selected Educational Institutions
• An institutional member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
• An institutional member in the American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries (AACC&S)
• An institutional member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
• Approved by the Office of Veterans’ Education of the Iowa State Department of Education for training under the veterans’ programs
• Listed in the Education Directory, Part III, Higher Education, published by the United Stated Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
• Authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students
• Approved by the Iowa Department of Education so that graduates from the Christian School Education program are eligible to receive Iowa teacher licensure for classroom teaching in kindergarten through grade six, English/language arts in grades five through twelve, and music in grades kindergarten through twelve. Additional endorsements are also available. (See the Christian School section of the college catalog.)
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary is a private-not-for-profit institutiion of higher education.
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