We have addressed the issue of accreditation in the past Blog post. As you know, it is a fairly complex issue. The principle of accreditation is simply accountability among peer educational institutions. There are a variety of accreditations that can be summarized under two headings: Governmental (USDOE) and Non-Governmental. As you know, CLST Global has always sought Non-Governmental accreditation as well as a variety of academic associations and affiliations.
But some have asked, “If CLST Global had the opportunity to have Governmental accreditation, would it pursue that opportunity” The answer is simply, “No.” If not, why not? Here are several reasons:
- We would not be able to offer Christian higher education programs and resources to local churches, ministries and global education partners. Traditional USDOE accreditation requires a traditional campus with traditional library resources and a full-time qualified faculty. A traditional educational institution is required to maintain centralized control of every aspect of education and is not able to provide resources in non-traditional settings.
- We would not have the kind of flexibility that allows students and schools to customize their own educational program. Traditional USDOE accreditation would require CLST Global to be in complete control of what is taught, when, and in what order. Our uncommon, nontraditional options make it possible for members to pursue their own unique educational goals.
- We would not be able to offer world-class Christian higher education programs and resources at the very affordable rate our students and schools have become accustomed to. Frankly, the requirements of traditional USDOE accreditation greatly increase the expense of education, resulting in a much greater cost for all concerned.
Because we are committed to having flexible and affordable programs, we choose to remain nontraditional. However, that does not mean we have in any way compromised the academic and educational quality of our resources. In fact, because we have highly qualified faculty developing course contents with a significant degree of academic rigor being administered with educational integrity, our credits easily transfer into parallel theological and ministry programs at USDOE accredited college and universities. And that’s good news for our entire network: Quality, Flexibility and Affordability!
To be honest, the only real benefit of having USDOE accreditation is the availability of student financial aid. However, with the serious problem our college students are having with student debt, not having government financial aid is itself a blessing! So for us, maintaining Non-Governmental accreditation and authorization is the very best option, now in the future!