Trinity: The First School To Offer Free Apologetics/Theology Graduate Distance Programs
Question: Is Trinity accredited by U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher education Accreditation (CHEA)?
Answer: Accreditation is a national phenomenon, not international, with private accrediting institutions accrediting schools within the country in which they are situated. Since the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) are American agencies, they are related to accreditation of ONLY educational institutions in USA. They have NO legal jurisdiction over educational institutions such as Trinity which are situated outside the USA. Theological schools in India are accredited by private Indian accreditors such as ICAATE.
Students often ask us if we are government-recognized and whether we are accredited in their country so that they might be able to get a job in USA or be able to transfer credits to another institution in the USA. Often these questions represent a misunderstanding about Theological Schools and their standing with the government. Kindly notice the following about this:
1. Accreditation is not equivalent to direct "Government Recognition". To the best of our knowledge, the US government does not get into recognizing/accrediting Theological Schools.
2. According the CHEA website (http://www.chea.org/public_info/index.asp#what∞) "In the U.S., the accreditors are private, nongovernmental organizations created for the specific purpose of reviewing higher education institutions and programs for quality."
3. The same is the case with Theological Schools in India, where the secular government does not get involved in accrediting Bible/Theology Degrees. Accreditation has to take place through private accrediting agencies meant for Theological Education.
4. There are several private accrediting agencies for Theological Schools in India. These are BTESS [Theologically Radical], ATA [Loosely Evangelical], NAPTI [Pentecostal], ICAATE [Theologically Conservative]
5. Trinity School syllabus is fully accredited by ICAATE [International Council for Accrediting Alternate and Theological Education] which is a private Christian agency.
6. This guarantees that the syllabus/courses offered by Trinity School meet exceptionally high standards.
7. Accreditation by any agency anywhere only guarantees the quality of education, and nothing more. It does not guarantee admission to all schools, nor does it guarantee job placement in government agencies. Nor does it mean government endorsement.
8. If your primary concern is a government job or admission in another school, after you study with Trinity, you should approach those institutions first to see if they accept ICAATE accredited degrees. Please remember that we are not responsible to do your homework for you and we possibility cannot go all over the world asking people a million questions.
9. Trinity is not based in the USA, nor is it under control of the US laws. Therefore, before they apply, applicants from America and developed countries should ensure that Trinity programs are fit for their needs and local situation.
11. Trinity can guarantee only an international quality education, and nothing else. There is no accrediting agency that is accepted by educational institutions or employers uniformly throughout the world. Each educational institution and employer sets their own criteria for these things.