Biblical Higher Education Accreditation: A Goal Within Reach for LABI College!

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“God is raising up a remarkable new generation of spiritual leaders who love God boldly and serve Him courageously.” ~ Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)

Unlike traditional regional accreditors that accredit mostly secular and some Christian universities; Biblical Accreditation requires special attention, emphasis and assurances that “Bible and Ministry” objectives are at the core of the learning experience. On November 15th, 2015, LABI College submitted to the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) an extensive portfolio of over 1,000 pages of reports, assessments and related documents. This portfolio’s review led to ABHE’s approval for an official “Candidacy” site visit for this fall. Recently, LABI College President- Dr. Marty Harris, has been invited to serve as an official ABHE Accreditation Site Team Evaluator for ABHE Bible colleges. This past spring, Dr. Harris visited Bible Colleges in Florida and Ohio, where he provided evaluative feedback and reports related to: Mission, Goals, and Objectives, Authority and Governance, and Student Services, among others. This fall Dr. Harris has been invited to serve on an additional ABHE site visit team for a Bible College in Virginia. These experiences in working with ABHE will provide a good foundation as LABI College prepares for our own site visit. Biblical Higher Education Accreditation is a goal for our beloved LABI College, and it is within reach!
Why is Biblical Accreditation important for LABI College? Here are just a few reasons…
· For the public, accreditation promotes assurances of standards, excellence, and quality;
· For prospective students and their parents, accreditation serves a consumer protection purpose;
· For prospective employers/churches, it provides assurance that the curriculum is appropriate;
· For the church, and ministerial profession, it promotes the notion of rigorous preparation;
· For the federal and state levels and other public agencies, it helps to establish financial aid;
· For private banks/lenders, it provides a level of assurances for private lending opportunities;
· For foundation grants, it represents a solid indicator of a program’s quality and viability;
· For the College, it provides a foundation for articulation agreements and transfer of credit;
· It promotes self-evaluation/continuous improvement and provides for accountability;
· Accreditation enhances the College’s local, regional, and national academic reputation.
Please pray for our next level of review and consideration from ABHE, and for God’s blessings to rain down on our progress, as we achieve this goal for our beloved LABI College.
Dr. Andrew Stenhouse, Vice President of Academic Affairs, LABI College
Dr. Marty Harris, President, LABI College

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