Questions about CLST Global and accreditation come up frequently. As the Academic VP for Beacon University I was responsible for our relationship with accrediting agencies so I became very familiar with the subject. Since we are asked often about accreditation I thought I would provide a Readers Digest answer.
Accreditation is all about accountability to educational standards and criterion in the context of peer institutions. There are several kinds of accreditation but they can be summarized under two headings: (1) Governmental Accreditation, and (2) Non-Governmental Accreditation. The US Department of Education itself accredits certain agencies, regional, national and professional.
CLST Global is an NGA, a non-governmental accredited educational institution. Governmental accreditation would enable us to offer professional degrees and student financial aid. However, neither of those two benefits are relevant to us. Instead, we are associated with such agencies as the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) and the International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries (IABCS). We also maintain professional associations with organizations such as the Association of Christians Schools International, the Academic Council for Educational Accountability, and the Association of Christian Distance Education. The articulation agreement we have with a regionally accredited University shows our course offerings and academic programs to be the very best – in fact, a world leader in Christian higher education programs and resources.