The purpose of accreditation
The purpose of accreditation is to certify that an institution has met the established standards of excellence assist prospective students in identifying reputable institutions, which offer degree programs that will meet their needs and goals allow institutions to evaluate the acceptability of transfer credits into their own curricula programs. Accreditation is a private, voluntary, non-governmental peer-review process that reviews the educational quality of an institution or program. In the United States, accreditation is the primary means of assuring educational quality. Accreditation status confirms that an institution has voluntarily undergone a comprehensive self-study and peer examination that demonstrates the institution meets standards of accreditation. To receive accreditation, the institution must clearly demonstrate that it has established educational goals, offers formal, organized learning experiences and services that enable students to meet these stated goals and that students and graduates have benefited from the learning experiences provided.
Furthermore, accreditation assures that an institution operates on a sound financial basis, has approved programs of study, qualified instructors, adequate facilities and equipment and engages in continual improvement through self-evaluation and planning and promotes its programs truthfully.
A degree is only valid if it is properly granted by an entity that has the legal authority to do so and degree-granting authorization cannot be conferred by an accrediting body. Accreditation agencies are themselves private membership associations and relied upon by many governmental entities to perform certain qualitative and evaluative functions. However, they do not themselves have the authority to issue degrees nor have the power to authorize the existence of a college or a degree program.
Government-recognized accreditation is not necessary for the religious vocations in which we are equipping our students and people working in ministry positions do not need a government-accredited degree. Our courses meet the requirements established by many private, independent, and professional associations. Various regionally or nationally accredited Christian Universities, colleges and seminaries throughout the United States may accept transfer students, credits and degrees from Divinity College Consortium. Transferability of credits earned at Divinity College Consortium and transferred to another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Every ministry implementing Divinity College programs must do so under the name of their own Bible School and they are responsible for ensuring that they operate legally according their applicable statuary requirements. We encourage that each institution contribute the program with their own unique course, to ensure the preservation of the church heritage and compliment.
We have a verification system in place to identify and assist in rectifying any shortfalls within the church’s bible schools and encourage all entities to make use of our internet platforms to assist in the assessment process.