Questions for Accreditation:
- Define “Candidate status as a category III institution.” What benefits does this status grant AFLBS? This is good and quite an accomplishment. Basically “candidate status” says that we are accredited and have been considered to be in basic compliance with the accrediting standards. Our next step is full accreditation and this can only happen as we demonstrate that we continue to function as we already have been doing. Our goal is to obtain full accreditation within the next few years. However, students still experience the benefits of accreditation even during our candidacy phase. A “category III institution” says that the AFLC Schools (AFLBS and AFLTS) are currently approved to offer degrees through the master’s level.
- Why is accreditation important to the AFLC Schools? The entire process of seeking accreditation with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools or TRACS (tracs.org) has helped us sharpen our focus and make sure that everything we do is related to both our mission statement and our biblical foundations statement. Follow this link to learn more about the full benefits of accreditation with TRACS: http://tracs.org/documents/2015TheValueofNationalAccreditation.pdf
- How does accreditation “Candidate Status” affect the process of transferring AFLBS credits to other institutions? It helps greatly, but it still depends upon the institution and the focus of study being considered. AFLBS credits tend to transfer best into other Christian colleges with Bible-focused majors. Several Bible colleges accredited by TRACS and ABHE will potentially accept credits into their program, given AFLBS’s connection with those institutions.
- Will AFLBS be developing more transfer agreements with other colleges and universities?Yes. We care deeply about helping students transfer credits as they continue their undergraduate studies. Because of accreditation the transfer of credit can often now occur even without transfer agreements. As students express interest in studying at various institutions beyond AFLBS, we seek to assist them however we can.
- How does accreditation affect the ongoing education and necessary credentials of faculty members? How does it affect who the school hires as professors? We have excellent teachers at AFLBS, as our student evaluations consistently demonstrate. Some of our faculty that also teach graduate level studies at our seminary are continuing to study in advanced degree programs, which also positively impacts AFLBS students. Our teachers love to teach, but they also value continuing to learn as students. When our schools consider potential new faculty members we are much more concerned the character of who is chosen than whether they have fully gained the desired academic credentials. We are committed to assisting with the ongoing training that faculty may undergo even after they are called to teach.
- What is the benefit of accreditation with TRACS, other than transferring credits? Current students will benefit through the quality of their student experience. Our heritage as a two-year, college level program where the main focus is the Bible remains. Our accreditation through TRACS is actually helping to strengthen this focus at AFLBS.
- Will accreditation allow students and parents to file tuition deductions for Tax-purposes? We are working with the U.S. Department of Education so that we will be assigned the appropriate identification number to make this as easy as possible. We will notify students and families when this identification number becomes available.
- Will AFLBS be participating in government financial aid now that we are accredited?We are not planning to do this for a variety of reasons. However, we are seeking the U.S. Department of Education identification number mentioned above that would also greatly assist seminarians if they desire to defer their undergraduate student loans during their time of seminary studies.