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Certification and Endorsement for Private Christian Bible Institutes, Bible Colleges, Seminaries and Universities

QUESTIONS CONCERNING ACCREDITATION

Q. Is all accreditation the same?
A. NO. All accreditation is not the same. Accreditation has many purposes. There are many groups that accredit for different reasons. The National Association of Private Theological Institutions exists to assist the Christian educational arena obtain accreditation which is not government affiliated. However, is recognized and validated by all Christian groups, organizations and churches affiliated with NAPTI.

Q. Is the size of a school a requirement before the school can become a member of NAPTI?

A. NO. NAPTI recognizes that some of the most reputable schools, colleges and universities in the world started with only a few students (Harvard, Princeton, and The College of William and Mary to name a few). NAPTI recognizes that quality cannot be evaluated by the size of the student body, number and sizes of buildings, and financial endowments. Students must receive quality education in a proper climate to receive the education they need. We have schools with enrollment in the single digits, as well as schools with enrollment of over a thousand. Size is not the final word in accreditation.

Q. How important is a library and its holdings before we can become accredited?

A. While NAPTI encourages the college or small school to have a vision for a library; we do not reject a school on the basis of a faulty library alone. Some schools and colleges have access to large public libraries only a few blocks away from their location. Other schools and colleges utilize the use of the internet, providing their students with an online library that equals or surpasses their local library. In addition, the internet can provide information that may not be readily available in conventional libraries. These may be utilized while the school strives to obtain its own library holdings.
Q. What is the average cost of gaining membership in the National Association of Private Theological Institutions?
A. All applicants for membership are required to submit the annual membership fee of $250.00 at the time they submit their application for membership. Upon approval of the application the applicant school is awarded "Associate Member Status." Associate Membership Status for all new member schools. Once the school has established two (2) consecutive years of membership in NAPTI, the school is then elevated in status to "Candidate Member Status." Upon completion of the evaluation (On-Site Visit/Certification Evaluation), and the maintenance of membership for a period of two (2) consecutive years, the Candidate Member is bestowed with Certified Member Status and benefits upon renewal of membership in their third year.

*Bible Institutes, Schools of Ministry and Schools of Divinity providing Theological Degrees are classified as Colleges, Universities and Seminaries. Those member Bible Institutes, Schools of Ministry and Schools of Divinity providing only Certificate and/or Diploma Programs are classified as institutions providing Adult Education (NOTE: member Colleges, Universities and Seminaries will bestow CEU's [Continuing Education Units] to those students coming in from member schools providing Adult Education). Please be advised that an On-Site Visit is required for all member schools.

The fee for the On-Site Visit/Certification Evaluation is $1,500.00, which covers the cost of travel and lodging. The On-Site Visit/Certification Evaluation may be postponed until the second year of membership. However, schools who have not been qualified by an On-Site Visit/Certification Evaluation will be bestowed "Associate Member Status" and not "Certified Member Status."

Q. Do the benefits of membership justify the cost?
A. YES. Absolutely! One of the first questions a prospective student asks is, “Are you accredited?” Students are looking for quality. Quality accreditation helps lead them in the right direction. Member schools use our name as a referral and testimony that the school uses our services. Several students are gained by the school being a member of NAPTI each year, due to the fact that the school is accredited. The cost may be easily defrayed by the addition of programs and qualities pointed to by our visitors.
Q. Is an On-Site Visit essential for every school, even if they have been accredited in the past?
A. YES. There are several reasons for this. NAPTI realizes that education today is big business. Since there is financial involvement in this business of education, there are of course undesirable institutions. We can not fully know what a school is doing unless we “see” first hand what they are doing. Accreditation without a personal visit is all but worthless.
Q. Does accreditation make the school “above the law of the land?”
A. NO. All NAPTI member schools are required to operate in compliance with the laws governing their particular local, state or country of domicile.
Q. Do all schools that are members of NAPTI accept credits issued by other member schools?
A. YES. One of our requirements is that member schools accept credits from other members if they apply to their programs.
Q. Do other schools outside of NAPTI membership receive our credits?
A. This depends. Some schools, governments, and industries have accepted our credits, etc. due to our membership. NAPTI makes no guarantee outside of our own membership.
Q. Will NAPTI supply our name, address and contact information to anyone who asks?
A. Our complete mailing list is provided to our membership. We do not provide this list to the general public. However, listing of the school name, mailing address and school web site will be provided on the NAPTI web site.
Q. Will NAPTI recommend our school to potential students?
A. YES. We receive inquiries daily. We endeavor to recommend member schools which maintain the nearest to detail of the program the student is seeking. In some cases, we do take into consideration the geographical location of the school. However, sometimes this is not necessary.
Q. Can a school become accredited by NAPTI who provides only courses through correspondence?
A. YES. Some of the member schools only provide courses and programs through correspondence. This is a totally acceptable practice.
Q. Are NAPTI schools required to observe Civil Rights laws where they exist?
A. YES. NAPTI insists that our membership does not discriminate because of race, color, age, sex, national origin or physical handicap.
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