AFFILIATIONS & ACCREDITATION
What is Accreditation?
However, today there are hundreds of "accrediting agencies," most of which offer no guarantee of academic quality or genuine conservative theological soundness. Conservative Theological University meets or exceeds educational standards as set forth by secular colleges and universities. Conservative Theological University is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. We are also certified by the Council of Private College of America and active member of the Florida Council of Private Colleges. Although accreditation is not necessary or required for a Christian Theological University, we feel that the highest academic standards and ethics are essential. Through careful research and methodical development, we have the finest programs available anywhere in the world. Our graduates are committed, competent, and theologically qualified to minister the Word of God.
Dr. H. R. Kells, professor of higher education at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, conducted a survey of accrediting agencies recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation. The survey recorded several alarming aspects of the accrediting process. Dr. Kells said, "The accrediting process and the value of being accredited can be severely questioned." Kells' survey found that, "accrediting agencies are haphazard." Dr. Kells further stated that, "the accreditation process is flawed and accreditation serves no useful purpose." The problem with accreditation can be summed up by just one of Kells' questions. When asked to comment on the importance of accreditation, not a single respondent believed that accreditation was important in helping place a school's graduate in employment!
In his book, "How to Pick a Perfect Private School", Hallow G. Unger stated, "The accreditation idea has taken a firm hold on the nation's educational system. However, accreditation has only seemed to institutionalize the problems the process was meant to solve." Why should a conservative theological Christian school want to become entangled with any agency or organization that could dictate its agenda and creed upon its member schools? Why not be obedient to the Biblical mandate for Christians, "Come out from among them, and be ye separate from the world."
In his book, "How to Pick a Perfect Private School," Unger said, "Since accreditation means only what an individual's, or an organization's, opinion dictates, which precludes any general standard of acceptance, formal accreditation is, for practical purposes, worthless." Unger further stated, "Having been freed from the confinement of accreditation, a school can establish its own academic standards and concentrate on meeting the approval of parents, students, and employees." Furthermore, our goal is first, and foremost academically-theologically sound biblical training, through which God is pleased.
Conservative Theological University is content with providing the very best Biblical, theological, academic training through meeting God's standard of moral, ethical, Biblical absolutes, free from any societal, secular, humanistic, governmental contamination.
The exclusive purpose of Conservative
Theological University is the training for the
Ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For the
education of those in Christian service, accreditation
has little or no real value other than dramatically
increasing the cost of tuition and becoming a part of
the secular world's value system. C.T.U. has chosen
certification via The Council of Private Colleges of
America, which exceeds other standards.
There are only six regional accrediting associations recognized by the United States Department of Education. These associations evaluate a college or seminary on such items as educational objectives and outcomes, educational programs, admissions policies, personnel, services, institutional study, training, and experience of the instructional faculty, financial stability and library resources. In recent years, we find an eroding public confidence in the process of accreditation. George Arnstein's writing in Phi Delta Kappa says, "Accreditation is central in American post secondary education, but it is neither essential nor reliable as an indicator of quality".
Christians are commanded in Scripture not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers (II Cor. 6:14). Therefore, it is impossible for a Christian institution to obey the Lord and voluntarily align itself with an accreditation association where unsaved men and women sit as "peer reviewers" on the purpose, philosophy, objectives, and theological doctrinal programs being taught or carried out by the Christian institution.
There are those who think Christian institutions and organizations should have a Christian organization or association to police the educational standards and policies of Christian schools, however as stated by Dr. Bob Jones III, "A cursory knowledge of church history will reveal that ...such efforts result in religious TOTALITARIANISM in the religious hierarchy of control which is intolerable to any school owing its conscience to the Lord Jesus Christ". Is it possible for a Christian School to maintain high educational quality and scriptural studies without holding membership in an accrediting institution? Can its graduate serve our Lord in the Ministry around the world with integrity and skill? The unequivocal answer is Yes! For many years C.T.U. has had the privilege of training men and women of God in the Scriptures, equipping them to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thousands of C.T.U. students and graduates proudly minister the Gospel worldwide.
It is essential for C.T.U. to maintain
unanimity of doctrinal position, purpose and purity and
truly fundamental central Biblicist approach to
Christianity in all of the administration and faculty.
Thus the administration must maintain control of the
faculty, curriculum, and biblical-theological purity
without being subjected to intervention and pressures of
committees who are not Born-again Christians who fail to
understand our unique emphasis on scriptural purity,
theological freedom and ministry training goals. Yes,
you as prospective students should be concerned about
the accreditation of the Christian College or seminary
you plan to attend. The question that is so VITAL, "Has
the institution surrendered itself into the hands of the
unsaved system of the world who will attempt to dictate
the manner, methods, and materials in which its degree
programs are to be carried out?" CONSERVATIVE
THEOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY justly lays claim to
Biblical theological, educational purity apart from all
secular institutions or liberal arts schools that happen
to have a department of religion. Our graduates are
equipped in the Word of God to impact the world for