There are two main forms of accreditation – Independent and Regional. Because all accreditation is purely voluntary, many institutions choose Independent accreditation, so they are not compelled to conform to governmental restrictions, but still have accountability with regard to the high quality education they strive to provide their students.
Sometimes erroneously referred to as governmental accreditation, Regional accreditation is granted by six private non-governmental corporations, known as agencies. Each agency is responsible for and provides accreditation for universities in a separate area of the country. Regional accreditation means schools are eligible to receive government funds such as student loans and federal student grants. Conversely, students who do not attend a regionally accredited school are not eligible to receive US government funds to help pay for their schooling. Many excellent schools are regionally accredited. Students with career goals that require a degree from a regionally accredited institution will want to complete a program of study from one of these schools.
International Theological Seminary is an educational facility that has chosen Independent accreditation based on our desire to teach the whole Word of God without secular government involvement.
State of Florida Department of Education
Disciples of Christ Bible College and Seminary operates under the authorization, as a degree granting religious institution through the exemption, by the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities under Section 1005.06 (1) (f), FLA Statutes. The state, like other states, does not require accreditation or theological accreditation for our religious education based programs. However, Disciples of Christ Bible College and Seminary has sought to attain accreditation anyway.
Association of Independent Christian Colleges & Seminaries
Disciples of Christ Bible College and Seminary is a member of the Association of Independent Christian Colleges & Seminaries (AICCS). Association of Independent Christian Colleges & Seminaries is one of the largest, non-government accrediting groups in the world. AICCS is a non-profit association of independent Christian Colleges and Seminaries committed to academic excellence, intellectual freedom, ethical conduct, and moral integrity. AICCS was chartered as a charitable corporation in the state of Missouri to help establish, support, maintain, and promote the development of non-traditional, modular, and private tutoring/mentoring methods on-campus, and audio/video-taped, on-line, and other distance learning methods off-campus.
National Bible College Association
The National Bible College Association seeks to provide non-governmental recognition and certification by way of providing accredited status to small, private, independent Christian institutions of higher learning. Our goal and purpose is to recognize, endorse and accredit institutions of higher learning that are dedicated to the principles of the Kingdom of God and the effectual nurture and training of Ministers throughout the United States.
We invite all independent Christian institutions to unite with us as we train up the next generation of leaders. We are a non-denominational, non-sectarian Christian Accrediting Commission.
The National Bible College Association provides reasonable and affordable accreditation for Bible Colleges or Theological Seminary’s. National Bible College Association is a membership-based association. However, it does not infringe upon Bible Colleges or Theological Seminary’s right to operate their schools in a way and manner that the Lord leads them to. All of their members are required to accept the credits, diplomas and degrees issued by all other member schools. This means that a student who earns their Bachelor’s degree from one of their accredited school and transfers to another member school they have accredited, then those transferring credits are recognized. Therefore, the student will not be required to take additional courses in order to obtain their Bachelor’s degree from the school they are transferring to.