Accreditation in the United States is a voluntary, nongovernmental process, in which an institution and its programs are evaluated against standards for measuring quality.
The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education does not recognize Christian Accreditation International as an accrediting authority and therefore students that attend Christian Accreditation International member institutions are not eligible to participate in federal student aid programs. In order to maintain and encourage flexibility and innovation in Biblically-based, Christ-centered programs, Christian Accreditation International is not seeking recognition from the U.S. Department of Education.
Accreditation is “a review by your peers” that ensures that you are offering a quality program that fulfills the promises that you make, and many Christian schools do not recognize the U.S. Department of Education as a peer. Because it is a secular institution, its standards for accreditation are not necessarily biblical.
CAI offers an alternative for schools that want to be accountable for the quality of their programs by offering evaluation according to biblical standards by scholarly, spiritual peers.
Government-recognized accreditation is not necessary for the vocations in which CAI member colleges and universities are training people, which include worship, ministry, healing, the prophetic, and biblical studies. People can excel and hold jobs in all of these areas without government-recognized accreditation.
Feel free to contact us to see if a particular school is connected with us or to join if you are a Christian school or university.
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